Welcome to My Timeline
1980 – Present
Hi, welcome to CoachMisty.com and The Goal Digger Chronicles. This is my personal story of how I arrived to my current place in the world and how I overcome opposition and negativity thru the Power of Goal Digging. One thing you will find out quick is that I L-O-V-E planning and creating Goals along with Action Plans (I might be the Queen of Action Plans). I don’t believe in writing “Fluff” pieces, I say what I need to say and move on. I am very direct and a certified Realist which is a great attribute when creating goals and taking action. So with that being said let’s get right to it:
- 1980: Born in Cleveland, Ohio on the hottest day of the year.
- 1988: Opened my 1st cupcake stand outside my grandmother’s house to earn money for BBQ Fries (btw..I love BBQ Fries) – 8 yrs. old
- 1988: Placed into the Talented & Gifted Program in 3rd grade. – 8 yrs. old
- 1994: Kicked out of the Talented & Gifted Program in 8th grade (I lost focus due to family issues) – 14 yrs. old
- 1996: Hired at my first job on my 16th Birthday. Discovered I was pregnant a couple months later and was kicked out the house. – 16 yrs. old
- 1997: Gave birth to my oldest son Ian and returned home from Open Door Maternity Home. – 17 yrs. old
- 1997: Left my mother’s house for good. – 17 yrs. old
- 1998: Graduated from High School and gave birth to my 2nd child, Erinn. – 18 yrs. old
- 1998: Accepted to Ursuline College majoring in Nursing and working at Einstein Bros. Bagel Co. part-time. – 18 yrs. old
- 1999: Dropped-out of Ursuline College to work at the U.S. Postal Service as a Clerk. I needed money and the bagel gig wasn’t getting it. – 19 yrs. old
- 2000: Helped my grandmother pay off her mortgage and realized that I didn’t want to work at the Post Office for the rest of my life and I at this point I’m barely seeing my kids…so I quit (Never be afraid to quit a job if your family is on the line). – 20 yrs. old
- 2001: Enrolled in Beauty School because I wanted to own a Salon. I also was pregnant with my 3rd child whom I lost the same year. Dropped out of Beauty School upon my Instructor telling me that I needed to enroll in a university..plus I couldn’t give a roller-set to save my life. Moved to Public Housing to start my journey of educating myself and becoming independent.- 21 yrs. old
- 2002: Gave birth to my 4th child, Zoe and enrolled at Cleveland State University during the Summer term. Awarded two scholarships and working in my 2nd year as a AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer with the HIPPY Program. Stated making jewelry and decorating mini tote bags for fun. – 22 yrs. old
- 2003: Gave birth to my 5th (and final) child, Zion. Raising my children in a two-parent household and enjoying life. Obtained a wholesaler license in order to buy my personal jewelry for the low. – 23 yrs. old
- 2004: Separated from the kid’s father, woke up one morning and discovered that I only had $5 to my name and I needed milk and diapers for my babies. Instead of borrowing money from my mom I decided to sell that jewelry I had bought in bulk to the lunch lady’s at my kid’s school. Within three hours my $5 budget turned into a $50 budget and my 1st business (The Bag Lady) was born. – 24 yrs. old
- 2005: With the help of my mom, I supplemented my part-time job income with profits from The Bag Lady and moved out of public housing into a 3-bedroom duplex house. I also bought my 1st car. At this point I’m a single mom raising four children while enrolled in college full-time. – 25 yrs. old
- 2006: Placed on academic probation and on the verge of being kicked out of college. This is when I made my 1st real Action Plan in order to graduate on time. Step 1 – move back to grandmother’s house to redirect my life (no privacy + no boy’s = good grades). I sold my car to pay for one semester of classes because I had lost my financial aid due to my GPA. My last year of college I completed 35 credit hours in order to graduate on-time. I barricaded myself in my small bedroom every weekend to study from sun-up to sun-down because I had a goal to achieve: Graduating from College. – 26 yrs. old
- 2007: Graduated from Cleveland State University (on-time) and applied to Ashford University’s MBA program (majoring in Human Resource Management). Started my MBA program two weeks after graduating with my Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Next goal, Get a Real Job. – 27 yrs. old
- 2007: Accepted a position with Lowe’s Home Improvement and moved to Valdosta, Georgia. Worked there six months and moved back to Cleveland, Ohio because I missed my kids. Next goal, Find a place to live and a job while working on my MBA. Because my Hustle Game is sooo strong, I found an apartment and a job within two weeks of being back in Ohio. Over the next two years I worked and enjoyed life. – 27 yrs. old
- 2009: Moved into another duplex house, graduated with my MBA and baked some cupcakes for a work function (why did I do that…). I also became a Certified Life Coach specializing in helping other’s achieve their processional and educational goals. – 29 yrs. old
- 2010: Enrolled my kids into a private school; started tinkering with the idea of baking cupcakes as a side hustle while working full-time. During the second half of the year I was placed under a new manager and that’s when all hell broke loose. My stress level was off the charts and the only thing that gave me peace was baking so I decided to step out on faith and buy a booth at a Women’s Expo (which cost me my whole paycheck). One week after the expo I had secured catering contracts from two Forbes 500 companies and had accumulated over $1700 in sales online. Needless to say, I was able to quit my job within three months.
- 2011: Weather took a toll on my cupcake business (our niche was delivery) and I felt as if I had outgrown Cleveland, Ohio so my next goal was to move to a warmer climate. In February 2011, I packed up my kids up in my mini-van and moved to Lewisville, TX. I didn’t know anyone in Texas (at this point..it’s just me against the world). Arrived in Texas on a Saturday and started work on a Wednesday. Tried to start making cupcakes again but after suffering a home invasion that left me homeless for 30 days, I had to put my entrepreneurship goals on hold to fulfill my basic needs (housing and safety).
- 2012: Being homeless motivated me to work harder than ever so during this time I worked two full-time jobs (and I also started my stand-up comedy career) at the same time to secure my financial standing and afford a place in a safer neighborhood. I worked for Delta Airlines (Online Customer Service Supervisor), the State of Texas(Workforce Case Manager) and Irving ISD (Paraprofessional). The only goal I had was to keep my family safe.
- 2014: I was offered an opportunity to work at Dallas Area Rapid Transit as a Customer Service Supervisor which meant working a “normal” schedule and spending more time with my kids while earning enough money to maintain my lifestyle on a single income. During my time as a supervisor I was assigned to New Hire training and I absolutely loved it…I had a chance to create training programs for New Hires and current customer service employees. I had found a new calling..Training Facilitator. I loved training so much that I decided to leave customer service to work in the Training Department at DART.
- 2015: After accepting my new position in the training department (and taking a pay cut) I realized that I needed another side hustle to supplement my income..which brought me bake to baking. My next business, Cake with A Kick, was born. I hustled harder then I had ever hustled before. I gave cake to anyone who was willing to taste it. Within three months I had appeared on CW 33 News and was on my way to financial freedom. I sat down at my kitchen table and devised a year long plan to bake my way to entrepreneurship and for awhile it seemed like everything I wrote down became true.
- 2016: I decided to re-apply for my old position as a supervisor because I could use the extra money to support my growing business. I also applied to be a vendor at the 2016 Essence Music Festival (New Orleans, LA). To my surprise my application was selected and I had eight weeks to come up with $2500 for my vendor space. I added that $2500 to my goal list and I came up with the money at the last hour (literally..lol). Although my business was growing by leaps and bounds, my work life was horrible. I was super stressed by an overwhelming work load (I had taken on some one my manager’s duties while she was out on short-term leave) and in the midst of everything I was handling, a subordinate at work tried to attack me at work which caused me to slip into a mild depression and I tried to cover up my feelings with staying busy..but soon my world would come crashing down. After a successful run at the Essence Festival I decided to start a distributor program for my cake company because as a leader I knew that I needed help selling and advertising..plus baking was my passion (not customer service..lol). The Distributor program took off faster than I could handle and it turned into a Crash ‘n Burn situation. I ended up quitting my job at DART, cutting off contact with friends and family, closing my cake business, letting a lot of people down and almost ruining my reputation (Almost is the KEY WORD).
In order to find my happy place I had to FIND ME. I had to RE-DEFINE what is important to me and LIST MY LIFE GOALS. I basically COACHED MYSELF out of a CRAZY SITUATION. I discovered my passion AGAIN and I vowed never to ignore my PURPOSE or PASSIONS again…So because I am very passionate about: Helping People, Achieving Goals, Making People Laugh and Baking, I have decided to:
- Start CoachMisty.com to help people achieve their goals and hopefully inspire other’s with my Story (Goal Digger Chronicles).
- Create online training that incorporates comedy and realness.
- Continue to re-invent myself.
- Commit to my Goals and Action Plans 110%.
- Re-brand my cake business.
- Teach 5th grade Math until my passive income exceeds $100,000.
- Start a tutoring business that focuses on Math and How To Pass Standardized Tests.
Buckle Up and Get Ready For The Ride…Welcome to The Goal Digger Chronicles…