Today we’d like to introduce you to Ar’Sheill Monsanto.
Ar’Sheill, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I moved to Houston from Chicago eight years ago for a change of pace. When I first embarked on this journey, I was fairly new in my profession and was navigating the career world without a compass. I’d read popular books on leadership and how to prosper in the workplace (written mostly by men). And while the readings did provide some sage advice, it just didn’t resonate as much with me as a 25-year-old African American woman working in an industry dominated by white males. I started my lifestyle blog, ArYouSerious.com, to share my experiences, adversity, and triumph of climbing the career ladder and playing various roles from intern to Executive Director. I realized that my passion and purpose was centered around empowering women. With that, the focus of my writing is tailored to address career aspects such as goal-setting, productivity, generating quality results and creating the life that a person desires. I also, enrolled in a coaching certification program so that I could further help women turn their thoughts into actions that can change the world. Often times, we possess great ideas inside and just need a coach to help us articulate that thought and turn into an action.
Great, 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?
It hasn’t been a perfectly paved road but I’m moving in the right direction. When I decided to launch my blog I was extremely nervous about how I would be perceived and because of that anxiety, I wasn’t fully committed. Those internal reservations made it more difficult to create relevant content and share my gifts with the world. I felt that there were millions of bloggers out there and thousands of bloggers within my niche doing an exceptional job. But, my story was different. All of our stories are different and that uniqueness is what sets us apart from others. It’s also an attribute that will draw others in and creates empathy and understanding. When I decided to be confident in my approach and understand that there is value in what I do, I started to see a transformation in my personal life as well as in the life of some of my readers.
ArYouSerious.com – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
What sets me apart from other bloggers in this space is that I’m an intuitive empath and I have a great understanding of how to trust the process. Through my writings, I share my experiences and perspective on life, along with a litany random rants and gems. I provide advice and resources about career and other things relatable to women. In a nutshell, I specialize in teaching women how to set and accomplish goals. It seems simple and even trivial, but there is a science to attaining goals. By establishing a vision, the brain is able to conceptualize what that success would look like and then it actualizes. Often time, we don’t set goals; we just exist. The resources I share on my blog show women how to abandon what we’ve been taught in the past. For example, I created a Brag Sheet, a personal document that can be used to archive accomplishments at work or in life. I created this tool because women typically don’t like to brag about accomplishments in the workplace. However, its necessary in order to be seen as a results-driven leader who is ready for the next level. One of the things I’m most proud of was launching a vision board workshop at the top of the year. My goal was to teach people how to create a mission, vision and strategic plan for their year. I had a great turnout at the inaugural event and I constantly hear from participants about their progress thus far. Beginning in the summer, I’ll also start individual coaching sessions for individuals who are ready to grow in all aspects of life.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
My career has been vertical (despite a few obstacles) because I’ve spent a great deal of time being strategic in my plan for career advancement. If I had to select a single moment, I’m most proud of the opportunities where I was able to go back and work with young girls to empower them to achieve their dreams. Those times have been a proud moment for me because I didn’t come from the best background. I grew up in the inner-city of Chicago, in a single-parent household but I was the first in my family to attend college and obtain my master degree. I’m proud to use my story to let young girls know that despite the odds not being in their favor success is still an option. The path to success may be bumpier and it may take a lot longer to get there but you can get there.
- Website: www.aryouserious.com
- Phone: 773.512.8493
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: ar.youserious