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Inspiring Conversations with Mya Douglas of Girls Anthem

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mya Douglas.

Hi Mya, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Growing up in North Philadelphia, I always had a desire to help people because I came from a family of givers and I saw what serving looked like firsthand. Naturally, I thought going to school for Pre-Med (Temple University) was the path God wanted me to take because I could solve the desire to help people and be in a field that was secure. Three years into college and I switched my major to Journalism. My creative side was telling me to follow my heart, while my upbringing was telling me to follow structure and guarantee.

Fifteen years later and I have a plethora of experiences under my belt that made me realize following my heart and God’s voice offered more guarantees than any “straight path” could have. I’ve taught English in South Korea, I’ve lived & worked in Hollywood, I’ve written thirteen books, I have two degrees – and I could’ve never gotten those experiences by staying stuck in the box of my childhood narrative. Growing up, it was enough in Philadelphia to just graduate from high school and survive the city. Anything beyond that was considered remarkable. I’d like for young girls coming up behind me to see what I’ve done as a standard and even as the floor, because there are no limits.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Of course not. There were many times I wanted to give up. So many things plagued my bloodline and I found that I always had to fight with my back against the wall. What I mean by bloodline is – so many of us first or second-generation entrepreneurs have to get past the generational trauma that’s been passed down to us from our ancestors. So, in addition to overcoming any external obstacles, we have to overcome the internal ones first. Mindset is the biggest key to changing your life. You can’t be bogged down with fear, insecurities, a poverty mentality, depression, anxiety, etc. I’d come to realize that I was fighting to break some common patterns that existed in my family for years and there’s no book that can teach you how to do that (other than The Bible).

My mother had tongue cancer twice (2011 & 2017) and we’ve lost five family members pretty much back-to-back since 2013. I actually finished my first book during my mother’s first battle with tongue cancer. It was therapeutic for me and kept me sane. Lastly, I love how things come full circle. Nine years ago, I took my first leap of faith to Atlanta and was literally living here again in the same neighborhood I was in before. Just to give you a glimpse of how far God has brought me: In November 2014, I was coming up on the last week on a friend’s couch in ATL and was calling shelters all because I was scared to drive back home with nothing to show from it. Today, I’m living in my own apartment with a patio and a beautiful sunroom and thriving in business and ministry. Adversity births warriors if you rise to the occasion.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Girls Anthem?
Girls Anthem is a multifaceted business and ministry that teaches teen girls and women how to pursue destiny without compromising their values or their stories. The overall goal is to coach women and girls to wholeness by providing resources and tools for them to heal, grow and pursue purpose. Through Girls Anthem, I offer four different kinds of coaching: 1) One-On-One Coaching: Using a four-step process, I cover four focus areas that will help the client move into wholeness, step-by-step. 2) Mommy/Daughter Duo Coaching: This session includes a one-hour combo session for mom and daughter. I work with mothers and daughters to create a clear blueprint for strengthening their relationship with each other as well as coming up with a plan to help them pursue their individual goals. 3) Writing Coaching: A lot of women and young girls have powerful stories to tell and they want to share it with the world. Writing a book isn’t easy, whether they need help to create a fluid system designed to propel them forward or a quick session to get out of a rut, this coaching gives them the tools they need. 4) Launch Entrepreneur Coaching: This session is designed for teen girls who have a desire to be an entrepreneur. Created to help them write a clear vision for their business, we work through the “Slam Dunk Business Plan” to come up with a blueprint for the kind of business they want to build.

By the end of the session, they will have the following: Your “why” (the thing that will keep you going when you want to give up) – Business Name – The product/service you are selling – Your story (people connect to you because of who you are, not what you sell) – The Need (what need does your idea serve?) – Plus more! Ultimately, I’m more concerned about the person behind the book, business or movement that these women and girls are trying to build. Working on you is just as important as working on “it”. I’m most known for coaching writers, however, I’m more focused on the launch entrepreneur coaching and the mommy/daughter duo coaching. So many mothers and daughters are struggling in their relationships and I believe it’s because they haven’t taken the time to cultivate a bond that doesn’t include dysfunction and trauma. Lastly, Girls Anthem also produces the podcast, The Girl Files, a weekly podcast that ushers women and girls into healing by using The Gospel and down-to-earth storytelling. It’s available on all nine streaming platforms.

Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
None. I believe in Jesus. Luck has nothing to do with it.


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