We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Vernell Deslonde and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Dr. Vernell, the decisions we make often shape our story in profound ways. What was one of the most difficult decisions you’ve had to make?
The most difficult decision I’ve ever had to make was whether or not to become an entrepreneur. After my marriage ended unexpectantly, my life changed dramatically. I was left raising two young children alone, suffocating under more than one million dollars in debt, and living the day-to-day aftermath of self-doubt, self-blame, and self-defeat. I spent countless days, nights, and months struggling to move beyond limiting beliefs with no relief in sight. I was desperate and broken. I felt like a failure as a wife, mother, and woman. My self-worth splintered, and my life seemed to be falling apart. Everything felt barren, like a desolate wasteland.

So when God led me down the path of entrepreneurship after experiencing turmoil and low self-worth, I was afraid. I was afraid of failure. I was afraid of the unknown. I was afraid of not being able to provide for my children. But I had to make a decision. And that decision, to do it afraid, changed my life.

Now, I am living my purpose. I am teaching women around the world to create businesses they love, have more control over their own life and career, and make a difference in the world.

That is how my company, Relentless Pursuits Unlimited (RPU), was born – out of fear and a relentless passion for helping other women succeed in business and life.

I am proof that it is never too late to start over after you’ve experienced failure or a life-altering event, and that your darkest days can lead to your brightest tomorrow.

What should our readers know about your business?
RPU is a personal development firm that specializes in helping purpose-minded beginning and aspiring entrepreneurs unleash their potential by launching online businesses they love and leveraging what they have already learned and mastered to create an irresistible program. We give women a proven method to package and sell their services and provide the resources, support, and accountability needed to turn their gifts, talents, and passions into a profitable online enterprise.

Everyone is born into the world with potential given to them by God. And potential simply means hidden abilities and talents which were placed inside of you that are waiting to be unleashed. And when you develop and use what you’ve been given, along with you what you already have learned, mastered, and love doing, you are releasing the potential He created in you!

Our mission is to help purpose-minded women fulfill their God-given potential, reach their highest level of success through online entrepreneurship, make a difference in the world, and do it with ease, joy, and simplicity.

We believe that every woman has something special to offer the world and that entrepreneurship is the answer to many of life’s challenges.

I’ll be honest with you – entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart. It takes courage, tenacity, and a willingness to fail. It takes pushing your doubts and limiting beliefs aside and taking massive action towards your dreams. It takes being relentless in the pursuit of your vision and never giving up.

But the rewards are worth it. You get to create your own destiny. You get to design your life around your deepest values and passions. The freedom, the flexibility, and the ability to globally impact lives – are just a few of the benefits of being an entrepreneur.

If you are a woman who feels called to entrepreneurship but you’re afraid of failure, I want you to know that you are not alone. And know that it is never too late to start again. You can do it afraid. You can do it with passion. You can do it with purpose. And you can do it with Relentless Pursuits Unlimited.

So take the first step today! And watch your life transform before your eyes!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My best friend enjoys hanging out at the beach, laughing, and having lively conversations with strangers.

For a night out on the town, we’d head to downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. With its lively bars and clubs, this is the place we’d go for a fun night out of dancing dining, and drinking cocktails. The next day, we’d likely do something more low-key and check out one of the many craft breweries in the area. For a dose of culture, we’d visit Balboa Park, home to museums, art galleries, and gardens, making it the perfect place to spend a day. And, of course, we’d have to take a trip to the beach where we’d lay in the sun, jump in the water, and listen to our favorite music artists.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to thank the countless people (coaches, mentors, clients, and my bestie) who have supported my journey of entrepreneurship. I’ve been blessed to be surrounded by a community of men and women who believed in me before I believed in myself.

Website: www.drvernell.com

Instagram: @IamDrVernell

Linkedin: vernell deslomde

Youtube: Awaken to Purpose

Other: Subscribe to the Awaken to Purpose YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrlP4_rGBiSUSC6VMhftpbA/featured Follow me on IG: http://www.instagram.com/iamdrvernell Take The FREE Purpose Walk Quiz: https://quiz.tryinteract.com/#/preview/6144ce8b823a0b0018508aa5 Purchase my book, From Pain to Purpose: https://drvernell.com/from-pain-to-purpose/

Image Credits
Photos were taken by Brittney Murray, Mogul Behaviour

Nominate Someone: ShoutoutLA is built on recommendations and shoutouts from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you or someone you know deserves recognition please let us know here.