We had the good fortune of connecting with Veronica Burnett and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Veronica, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I am from a small town in South Carolina, however, I was raised in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. I come from a family that believes in and serves God. We believe the principals set forth in the Bible. My grandmother taught us how to serve others, how to be kind to others and help others who need it. Those same principles were reinforced by my mother who would encourage women in shelters in DC when I was a part of a mentoring program called the S.B. Step Ahead Program. In that program, we were taught and shown how to help others who were in need and to do so in love, knowing that if not for God’s grace and the tables are turned, it could be us.
I have been surrounded by great examples of servants and encouragers. It’s part of who I am as a person. Today, I use what I know and love to help other women to see that even though life get tough, they don’t have to stay down or where they are. They have a choice to turn their situations around. I help lead them to their own solutions and help them find resources to support their efforts to progress.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
HERSAC Enterprises stands for Healthy, Empowered, Relationships, Speaker, Advocate, Coach. I am a certified life coach who helps women who are ready to break cycles and reposition themselves for the life they want. My client may not know what the next steps are so I coach her through the process based on 3 main pillars: Acknowledgement, Forgiveness, and Intention. What sets me apart from others is that I know first-hand what it is like to be in a cycle of abusive relationships and only want to get out, but not have anyone who could help me with the steps to do it. It would have been easier if I had a coach to walk me through the process. That is who I am and that is what I do for my clients and any other person who wants to transform their life. My promise is honest, sincere, hopeful, safe, nonjudgmental, quality, and transformative coaching. I don’t tell my clients what to do; I lead them to their own answers. What I am most proud of is being able to share my voice and experiences with others and see them transform their own lives using the tools and methods I used and shared with them. Because those I have encountered and coached are seeing better days, I’ve been affectionately named The Better Days Coach. I’m proud of the fact that God uses me and my story to help the next woman see that she gets to choose the life she wants and thrive in the freedom it brings. There is no better feeling than that.
The journey to get here was not always easy because there was much I had to overcome and heal from during the process. I had to overcome the victim-mentality. I had to heal from the hurt inflicted by past abusers. I had to change how I think about myself and what I deserve and what is inherently mine. This came by way of spending time in therapy, spending a lot of time talking to and listening to God and then implementing strategies He gave as well as those I learned in therapy. It wasn’t always easy, but I wanted my life trajectory to change, so I dug in deep and did the work to become whole again.
I learned in this process that not everyone wants to be better or break cycles. And just because I want to doesn’t mean that it will be embraced by others. I had to learn to be okay with that. I also learned that my voice is valuable and that others need to hear what I have to say so that they can see that they can be free as well.
I want the world to know that Better Days is not just a brand or a title. It is a continual movement that requires your energy and your strong desire to get there. I want the world to know that you get to choose the better day for yourself and it is possible to achieve it.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Given that I am a homebody, I would need to do some research and ask my village for suggestions. However, just from what I enjoy:
Monday: Hang out at the National Harbor then take the trolly to Old Town Alexandria for dinner
Tuesday: Visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture
Wednesday: Visit our other friends
Thursday: A day by the pool
Friday: Whatever she/he wants to do, Maybe a hike
Saturday: Rest and prepare for his/her departure
Sunday: Church or worship together by some water or in nature somewhere
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This first shoutout goes to God for gifting me with the ability to hear other people’s hearts and lead them to their answers. Next, my mother, Virginia Brailsford and my grandmother, Rosa Lee Cooper, for supporting me and teaching me how to love people. They are love in action.
Simene Walden, also known as The Student Teacher, who is the editor of my first book, the one who is always putting my name in the hat, and who is, most importantly, a friend indeed.
My best friend, LaTarsha Wells for always encouraging me and praying for and with me.
Last, everyone who has supported me in my life journey. My village is strong!
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