We had the good fortune of connecting with Roxanne Langley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Roxanne, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
From my personal journey, I knew I wanted to help other women navigate and learn about their money but not from an investment side. The original plan after I received the Master Financial Coach designation was to begin my business as a sideline and build it over the next 3 years to eventually be self-employed. However, when I found myself laid-off like many others I knew it was the perfect opportunity to jump in with both feet and complete additional training in order to launch in 2020.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
As a woman unprepared for the financial journey after a surprise divorce the motive behind why I work with women comes from the shame and unhelpful advice I was given at the time. When I sought help from the “experts” I was told there wasn’t a template for working with someone in my situation and I should just file bankruptcy. To them, it was an easy fix.
When you are in the middle of an emotional event most decisions are made in survival mode. At the time you don’t realize the long-term consequences of incorrect advice until you’re on the other side trying to figure out how to start over. As a Money Coach for Women, I know the shame, the doubt, and the questions they face every day. Even though it has been several years since my divorce the learning is still there. Many times it’s the little things with our money that make the biggest impact and I show them it’s absolutely possible to start over and re-write their money story with a happy ending. Each individual has a unique situation and by working together to craft the best plan for her particular challenges and goals.
90% of women at some point in their life will be in control of the family finances. However, only 20% of women feel confidant in that role and making decisions for the future. The difficulty of being in a position where you don’t know what you don’t know is scary.
I make sure we don’t just work on the numbers but the overall woman!
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.
If the Astros are playing in town, definitely a day at Minute Maid with a trip to Irma’s for tamales. A little road trip to the Kemah and Galveston area for sightseeing and seafood. Gaido’s in Galveston is a must-stop on the seawall. Shopping and antique trips through MAI, Back Row, and so many of the smaller boutiques along Upper Kirby and Rice Village. One of my favorite restaurants in The Heights is Superica so we would definitely be there a couple of times along with a day through River Oaks shopping on W. Gray. A quiet evening to relax and catch up sitting outside at Tony Mandola’s with great seafood and even better wine.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutout is most definitely my friend, Evelyn, and her entire family. Through all the ups, downs, and curveballs that life has thrown at me, she is always as close as a phone call. During my darkest days, they held me up, never judged or shamed but included me in their day-to-day lives. The love, support, and encouragement with personal and now my coaching business are given so freely that I can’t imagine them not in my life. The best and most important shoutout I can give them is they led by example when it comes to having a relationship with Christ. It was with her and another friend I surrendered my life to Him and I’ve never looked back but forward.
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