Episode 13 Transcription Monica Wisdom

Misha: Hello, GSD Factor podcast listeners. I’m your host, Misha Bleymaier-Farrish, and I am so honored today to have Monica Tyson. Monica embodies the GSD Factor attribute of being inquisitive. Being inquisitive means we’re always learning. We’re always students of life. We’re walking in that humility, knowing we’re not the smartest person in the room, but we know how to mobilize that right team and ensure that we’re living out the fullness of that life.

Misha: And Monica and her amazing career and all the amazing things that she does, it really embodies being inquisitive and I’m so excited to have Monica here today. Monica, welcome to the GSD Factor podcast. 

Monica: Thank you beautiful woman for having me, and I appreciate being here and the invitation. 

Misha: Yes. So Monica, I’m gonna share a little bit about your background and then I would love for you to talk to your story as well.

Misha: So my GSD Factor podcast listeners, Monica, has an adventurous spirit that she has taken with her in many different directions and avenues, including cosmetology and writing in the music industry. And she has continued to have this amazing career. And one of the things that we’re really gonna talk about today, Monica, is how you are the founder of Black Women Amplified. And that’s an organization that’s designed to amplify the perspective and voices of black women throughout a blog and the podcast.

Misha: Monica, share with our audience a little bit about your background. 

Monica: My background, goes in many different directions. As I told you earlier, it’s because I get bored. I’m a self-educated woman who wanted to explore the world, and I did. As a young child, I decided I didn’t wanna be married. I didn’t wanna have kids, but I wanted to see the world.

Monica: So I started off with traveling, and I’ve been to 19 countries and 34 states. And in the midst of that (amazing) I have met some amazing people and have had conversations and built relationships that led toward great opportunities. I started off on cosmetology when I was 18 years old. I wanted to be on the big stages, but at that time, there were no black girls and there were no big girls doing it.

Monica: So, I had to forge my own path. And I had beautiful women who believed in me, who took me to the next heights of where I wanted to be. So that’s how I ended up with working with Sebastian and Schwarzkopf and then my love for writing really flourished when I was asked to be the director of operations for a magazine called Today in Church.

Monica: And so I was able to interview amazing people like Evander Holyfield and different artists like Kirk Whalen and Eric Roberson. And that is my inquisitive piece. I’m curious. That’s why I love to interview people. And so when I created the Black Female Factor, I noticed that in the conversation, this was specifically around the political campaign of Hillary and Barack, and they were not asking black women our opinion or what we thought.

Monica: And so I thought if they’re not gonna ask us, I’m just gonna create a place where we can share it. So, that’s how I started The Black Women Amplified, and it started off as a blog and then during the pandemic it moved over into a podcast. One, I had too much to say. And two, 

Misha: I love it.

Monica: I wanted to bring other people into the conversation. So I started, Black Women Amplified the podcast in 2021 and we are gearing up for season two, which is gonna be very exciting. It’s gonna focus on women and the arts in all different areas. Theater. 

Misha: Oh, that’s wonderful. 

Monica: Healing and other areas. 

Misha: And we’ll be sure to share that with all of our GSD Factor podcast listeners as well, so that they can be sure to subscribe and listen to your season two.

Misha: That’s wonderful. So Monica, first of all, thank you for being inquisitive and thank you for always asking those questions and doing those interviews and, and seeing a need and a void and a gap, and then filling it with action. And maybe highlight some of the stories or some of the voices that you have been able to amplify through your blog and your podcast?

Monica: Yes. It’s been a challenging experience that I have fallen in love with. It took me a while to build up the confidence to put my voice out there because I’ve always helped other people build their businesses and build their dreams. And so it was a conversation with myself by myself. And my sister friends and my goddess friends telling me your voice needs to be out there too.

Monica: So when I started the Black Women Amplified, it started off as Black Female Factor, and then I switched the name. And in doing that, I empowered myself to not only get my opinion out there, but really, really hone into what’s important to me and my perspective, and not to the point of repeating what other people say. I had to ask myself. What do I think and why is this important? And so I wanna build a platform where other women can ask themselves the same question.

Misha: And that is so important, right? I think as women, we are not necessarily taught to put our voices out there or taught to put our desires out there. I know that my daughter came home from her first karate lesson and said, “Mommy, my sensei told me that my voice is my strongest weapon,” and that was at the age of four years old. That has stuck with her, has stuck with me. My podcast listeners have heard me say it time and time again.

Misha: But I do think it is really important, especially for women in this day and age, to know that their voices. Are worthy to be heard that they have value that they should come out and they should speak up, and that people do want to listen. They are ready to listen. We have much improvement in our listening skills, but I think it is for us such a time as this. Would you agree? 

Monica: Oh,100% more than ever. We have to do two things. We have to use our voice for the greater good of all people, and we have to tell our stories. 

Misha: Yes. 

Monica: There are so many stories that need to happen so that we can build a nation of empathy and compassion. Because if I understand that you’re going through similar things that I’m going through, one, I won’t feel alone. I won’t feel isolated. And two, I build community so I don’t feel alone and isolated. So all of that feeds in together. We’re all interdependent, as Dr. King says of one another. (Yes.)We are not independent and we are not in isolated silos. We all need each other. 

Misha: We do. And it’s our tribe and it’s our community, and we were built to live in that community. And that’s a perfect segue for us to talk about your new course, The Storytelling Course. So, talk to our listeners about that because I think it would be really great for our listeners to look and learn more about that, but also look into engaging that to help teach people about storytelling.

Misha: So share with us about your course. 

Monica: Storytelling is ……everything! It is how we communicate with one another, whether we’re speaking or not. Whether you’re writing a speech or you’re talking to kids at a workshop. We’re always telling stories. Our whole life is a story. Our life is a story of who we are, what people told us that we are, what society says that we are and all the things that puts us from the beginning to the end of our journey. And story is the foundation of all of us. The Power Story Formula, which is the name of my course, is about us understanding that we have the power to change our story at any time. We are not who our parents told us that we were. We’re not who society tells us that we are.

Monica: And we have to ask our questions, what do we believe, and why is that important? And then you can transform your story. Who doesn’t have that story of trauma as a child, but then they thrive as they get older. Most people tell their story in the, chronological order, I did this.

Monica: But the Power Story Formula is about that story of transformation that connects with others. 

Misha: That is exciting. And how do people find out more information on this course that you have put together and that you’ll be leading? , 

Monica: They can simply go to www.powerstoryformula.com and sign up for our wait list. And they’ll receive emails and information, and when the course is ready, they can sign up.

Monica: And I’m really excited about it. It, it is my baby because it is how I have lived my life. I changed and I transformed. That’s why when you read my resume you’re like, how did you do so much stuff? I’m constantly changing my story. 

Misha: No, that’s absolutely amazing. And I think what happens too, and we talk about this in the GSD Factor life, right? Is that you’re going, you pause, you pivot, you reevaluate, and then you relaunch yourself, And you, as you have relaunched, you have just retold your story one more time. Monica, you have this amazing story and it has all these fantastic adventurous chapters and you’re continuing to write it and it’s continuing to evolve with you.

Misha: And so I’m so excited for you to be here today. Thank you for sharing with us about the Black Women Amplified podcast. We’re looking forward to that season two. And then we’re looking forward to the Power Storytelling Formula course. All you GSD Factor podcast listeners, please be sure to go out there. We’ll also provide the links to sign up. Monica, what few nuggets would you like to leave with our listeners today?

Monica: In light of what’s going on in the world, in light of what’s going on to our nation? We have to learn to be courageous. Continue to be curious. Practice empathy, and know that your life, your ideas, and your perspectives are important and we wanna hear ’em.

Misha: Amen to that. 100%. Monica, thank you so much for being with us today, and we look forward to continuing to collaborate with you and looking forward with great anticipation to these courses and your next season on your podcast. And to our GSD Factor podcast listeners, thank you for tuning in.

Misha: We look forward to the next episode and don’t forget to get shit done. 

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