We had the good fortune of connecting with Torriana Roberson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Torriana, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
It’s funny Because My mother always says I have to bump my head to learn, I will never do it because you tell me to. I think that tells you what sort of person I am!
Once I have decided i want something and I sit with it… I tell myself JUMP. I know most people think it’s the most unadult way to live, but I really wouldn’t have experience some of the greatest moments of my life if I didn’t close my eyes sometimes and take that leap, I wouldn’t have ever embarked on my doula journey.
Taking the risk isn’t a fearless thing though is what I have learned. It’s very scary, because there’s always that self-doubt, I mean come on we are all our own worst critics, right? But with each risk you take you learn to trust YOU. You find bravery and independence in risk.
What should our readers know about your business?
Becoming a Doula was something that I just knew I had to do for my community. There is a need for minority birth workers Like I said my children are my guides. I reflected on my own birth stories with my boys and I always knew there were things that could/should’ve been done differently. So I educated myself on pregnancy and birth work and fell in love with the holistic approach. I’ve always known whatever I made my career path would be something I could nurture people in. What better place to start than the beginning.
With anything there is challenges. Being a small business you make a lot of mistakes, and growing pains. Especially as a single mom of two. I had to go into this with passion. I knew if making a dollar was my main focus in this field, I would be burnt out quickly.
I want people to know that this isn’t a job for me. My Doula work is where I feel at home. I’m here to create a sense of peace in a time where every piece of the mother is tested.
I’ve learned that even though this is my passion, to not take business personal. In doing so I have been able to keep a clear head.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
For starters I have to give the most praise to my mother. Without her unconditional love and support I wouldn’t be who I am. She constantly calls me out when I’m not pushing myself. Secondly my children. They are my get up and go. My motivation, the reason That giving up isn’t an option. Wanting better for them has made me want more out of this life for myself.
Facebook: Bijoux Doula