We had the good fortune of connecting with Sophia Antoine and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sophia, 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 biggest decision I’ve ever made was to be authentic about telling my story. I had to make peace with myself and forgive myself for all of the things I thought I did wrong. It wasn’t that I did anything wrong. I wasn’t completely right either, but I didn’t know any better and I can’t continue to beat myself up for things I didn’t know.
What should our readers know about your business?
I am the lead coach at Authentic Wellness Coaching, Inc. What sets me apart from other coaches is that I cater to a population that is usually overlooked, I work with women who believe they have nothing to offer the world. I support them by helping them to raise their levels of self-confidence and esteem. I also help them to recognize the cycle of toxic relationships and to build better boundaries. I am also studying to become a doula. I want to help women get to a good place in life and subsequently deliver their babies in a peaceful way.
I worked full-time while building my business. I would work on my business before and after leaving my job. I would take clients whenever I had free time in my schedule. It wasn’t easy, but it wasn’t hard either. My love and passion for mental wellness kept me going. There is hardly a feeling better than when you see a person’s “light bulb moment” When there were challenges, I would allow myself to quit. Not forever, but for a period of time. Sometimes it would be an hour, Sometimes it would be a week. I would always come back to my business though.
While building my business, I’ve learned that I am much stronger than I ever knew I could be. I am also much more resourceful and creative. Problems don’t have to be solved right away. There will be times when you learn more by helping someone else than when you stay at home moping and feeling sorry for yourself. I’ve learned that everyone is hurting in some form or fashion; it’s usually those who seem to be the happiest.
I want the world to know that there is no story too shameful to share. The hurt they feel no will fail in comparison to the appreciation of knowing that their story helped someone through a tough time or alleviated the guilt or shame that someone else feels.
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?
My husband Bradley deserves recognition. He has always been my biggest cheerleader and supporter. He has shown me the meaning of resiliency and perseverance. Early in our time together, he was diagnosed with end-stage renal failure. He endured dialysis and two major surgeries. Never once did he miss out on an event that was important to me or our children.
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