We had the good fortune of connecting with Melissa Lona and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Melissa, how do you think about risk?
I believe taking risk is an important part of the process of building a business or brand. As a christian entrepreneur, taking risks is an act of faith and is necessary for success in your business or any area of your life. There is a lot of fear before making that decision or making that big investment but it’s absolutely necessary if you want to see progress in your goals and within your business.

My brand focuses on divorce and personal development after divorce and I constantly talk to my clients about taking risk in this new season of their life. Many women want to redefine themselves. You want to have a fresh start but in order to do that you have to be willing to do something you’ve never done before. It requires you to operate outside your comfort zone and it almost always require you to overcome your fears. I encourage divorced women and entrepreneurs that in order to find success at the next level, you cannot be afraid to step out on faith and you must have the fortitude to suppress that voice in your head that speak to your insecurities. We tend to worry about the worse-case scenario behind every decision but did you know that 99% of the time the catastrophe you imagined in your head never materializes.

In my personal experience, I was afraid that I wasn’t qualified to run a business or to speak into the lives of women. When I stepped out on faith and started the business, I quickly realize that great things happen on the other side of risk. I encourage my clients to be confident in their decisions believe that good things will happen.

Here’s the beautiful think about risk. You are in a win-win situation. If it work out, you’ll get the results you want. If it doesn’t work out, you’ll gain enough wisdom to try again and then it’ll work out the next time but if you don’t try at all, you’ll never achieve the goals you set or live the life you dreamed.

-Melissa Lona

What should our readers know about your business?
My name is Melissa Lona and I am passionate about helping women unleash the potential within to create a life they’ve always dreamed of.

I believe the journey after divorce should not be one of fear and loneliness but instead it should be built on the foundation of faith. We all have the potential to increase the value within ourselves and lead our life in the direction we want it to go. True transformation take place when faith and a set of practical strategies meet execution.

What sets me apart of from other divorce coaches in my industry is that I do not encourage my clients to constantly talk about or “walkthrough” the painful moments of their marriage. Our time is spent on personal development and helping them see their own potential. There’s nothing like a client that finally realize they have full control of what happens next in their life. It’s one thing to know it, it’s another thing to believe it. Many women become victims to their divorce. It’s easy to play the blame game but playing victim is not what you do when you work with me.

I was able to get where I am today because I am relatable and I truly believe in my vision. I’ve been divorce and I’ve experienced the feeling of failure and disappointment. I understand every emotion because I’ve been there. We are drawn to people that have experience our struggle and can relate to what we’ve been through. However, this journey has not always been easy. I struggled with my own fears of entrepreneurship. I struggled with understanding how to run a business and the importance of branding. I was walking in unfamiliar territory and I had to teach myself how to do everything. This journey will be a never-ending lesson and it will require constant learning. I was able to overcome this by being open to learn and not giving up when it became too hard. It’s so important to know the why of your business. It has to be for more than just money. My desire to help women is more than just profits, it’s a calling. In the moments, I felt like quitting I remembered all the women I wouldn’t be able to help if I quit. That motivated me to keep going.

I learned that if you are called to do something, God will see to it that you have what you need to pursue the call. I’m learning that consistency, discipline, and commitment are the key ingredients to success and it may take a while to master all three but it’s ok. Entrepreneurship is a marathon not a sprint.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I reside in Houston, TX. Some of my favorite spots in Houston are

Market Square Park
Memorial Park

Turkey Leg Hut
Big 6 BBQ Food Truck In Sugar Land
Mia Bella’s

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 would like to shout out Ashley Brown of Ashley Empowers. She’s committed to her craft and I’ve learned so much from her about starting and running a business. I’m also extremely inspired by her faith and dedication to her brand.

Website: www.melissalona.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iammelissalona/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MelissaLonaEmpowerment

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/melissalona

Image Credits
Photography: Francis Bassey

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