Today we’d like to introduce you to LaTonia Taylor.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I remember the day my life gave me signal that I had an extraordinary call like it was a scene in a movie. While in High School, “something” called me into a book store in my hometown of Vickburg, MS. I didn’t know why. I just listened to Inner Guidance that told me to go into the bookstore. As I walked down the isles, the book that landed in my hands was: The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck. That moment, that book and that internal GPS has been the story of my life. You see I never fit in or at least it felt that way, especially in my family. When I was growing up, I knew very little about being “gifted” as an Empath or Intuitive. I just knew I different. Experiences landed in my spirit deeply and I knew things before they happened and was always called “The Mother” in my circle of friends.
However, I began to define myself by what I call my “little girls broken-heart” as a result of my parent’s divorce and experiences with adults that left me feeling like The Black Sheep and The Rebel. That drew me into deeper conversations with God at an early age and I thought it was religion that would love me in the places where I felt loveless. I took the road less traveled every chance I got, starting one summer vacation enroute to Washington, DC while my Mother processed the divorce. I met and befriended a Buddhist and fell in love with chanting and mystery of energy, but I returned to my half Southern Baptist and other half Catholic family traditions. Then again in college, outside of The Business building at Southern University in Baton Rouge, I heard a debate about the biblical truths. I was peaked again and later became Muslim in The Nation of Islam, much to my family’s dismay.
I had used religion to access LOVE, yet my heart of still broken but I didn’t really know it. While I regret nothing, I am grateful that I listened again to that guidance when called out of rigid and dogmatic practice again and into a Universal understanding based on Spiritual Law. Exploring religions and studying their commonality led me to Metaphysical Master Coach like my Mentor The Rev. Dr. Iyanla Vanzant. and teacher of Spiritual Law to others, but years later it would be The Feminine Arts that called me to yet another road less traveled, especially by women who looked like me. That guidance that called me into the bookstore and into dynamic moments spoke through my own womb healing which led me to my heart. My own Feminine Intelligence rebirthed me and is now rebirthing other women and their families through Marketplace Ministry, Writing and now Media and Television on The # 1, Award-winning show on The Oprah Winfrey Network – Iyanla, Fix My Life.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Oh My! No. It has not been smooth. I consider myself a Prodigal Daughter of sorts due to my unwillingness to just “conform”. Although there were times that I did and I call that the “good girl” complex, I was unconscious of my unmet “daddy issues” AND “mother wound” drove me to look for love in all of the wrong places including the way I chased God. My life was supposed to look different, as I was on a track to be commissioned as an Officer in Army after winning an ROTC Scholarship. That was the first thing I left behind. I had broken the rules by getting married at 19, changing my religion, dress, and diet in a deep South. So one can only imagine the resistance I faced. Then, I had the nerve to leave that marriage when everyone thought, “Girl, you had it good.” to listen to a deeper call, yet again. After being sheltered by “being good”, I had to rediscover myself and most of all my womanhood after years of following rules, yet I wasn’t exempt from domestic violence, spiritual abuse, and depression.
However, breaking those rules feels like it saved my life because the last straw with all I knew intellectually was when realized that I’d betrayed myself in yet another marriage. I always wanted children and after a myomectomy surgery (fibroid removal), the specialist gave the green light I had to face another truth about my choices to procreate with someone I knew I should not be with. I had to face the painful messages I’d internalized about womanhood. I write about this story in my book: My Juicy Rebirth. The next thing I would have to leave was the version of myself that sought security over freedom. However, the willingness to Prodigal birthed me over and over again. Because I was willing to ask questions, challenge and implement it cost me yet it was necessary.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
ReBirth International is a coaching and consulting company serving individuals and organizations in the areas of Personal and Organizational Development, with signature programs specialized for women’s reclamation of their spiritual authority through Purpose, Pleasure, and Passion. I help women rebirth themselves, heal their heart and renew their relationship with love, sex, and money. I am most known for my signature message of “feminine soul retrieval” and rites of passage program, called Juicy Spirit and The Juicy Womanhood Rites of Passage. What sets us apart from many women’s empowerment communities is the depths of application of Spiritual law to the womanly arts of sensual expression and sexual succulence without guilt, shame or lasciviousness. I am most proud of the growing tribe of feminine, intelligent women whose lives have created a movement of spiritual liberation and celebration of thriving women. While I am a Metaphysician, my work as a Spiritual Midwife honors the Elder Mothers who have taught me, chiefly the mentorship of Iyanla Vazant where I’ve had the opportunity to see my work touch the home of over 3 million viewers on Iyanla, Fix My Life. I mean how many people can say they’ve worked for Oprah? I can.
What were you like growing up?
Everyone thought because I was so tall that I’d be a basketball player and they “tried it”!!! I am Gemini never to be boxed into one way of being. I was a curious, stimulated by “intellectual things”, mouthy, a flirt and a natural leader even when I wasn’t trying. I loved the band, arts, dance and playing “teacher”. One of my fondest memories is sitting behind the college bands percussion section and learning all of the moves. That was heaven music, dance, and laughter away from the adults with “my girls”. I loved sisterhood so much that in high school, I created the first Delta Sigma Theta, little sister organization that still exists today called Tantalizing Socialites. Who knew that this too would be a forecast of my ability to organize, call women together and get our needs met by women we admired. What peop[e didn’t know about me was how “sensitive” and empathic I am. I hid that with my independence and academics and it paid off when I went to college in the honors program and a four year Army ROTC Scholarship. I was determined to leave that small town as I felt like an alien there because of this spiritual knowing that I didn’t have a name for at the time.
- Book: My Juicy ReBirth – A Journey to Healing The Feminine through Pleasure and Sacred Process ($20)
- Online Learning: The Power of The “P” Master Class series ($29- $97)
- Process: The Juicy YOU – ReBirth YOUR Juicy 30 Days Living your Sacred Sweet Spots ($397)
- Signature Program: The Juicy Womanhood Rites of Passage Learn More Or Apply Online
- Website: LaToniaTaylor.com
- Phone: 240-25-POWER
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://instagram.com/rebirthbylt/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RebirthbyLaToniaTaylor/
- Other: https://about.me/LaToniaTaylor/getstarted
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