How would you describe your swagher? What makes Makini, Makini?
My swagher is confident yet humble. My confidence comes from knowing who I am and whose I am. As God’s child I have faith in myself and know that I have unlimited potential to go I go after what I want and in turn lead by example so others can do the same.
You say you were practically forced to sell real estate full time after your divorce and enrolling in a course. Can you tell us what that was like and how hard was it to break into real estate?
I originally began the course to make a side income when I was married, but by the time I filed for the divorce I realized it was the logical decision to pursue it full time as it allowed the most flexibility as a new single mother. It also allowed unlimited income potential to make up for the loss of household income from my partner.
It was a rough start for me to break into real estate. I consistently worked hard for 8 months and didn’t get my first pay check until then. The flood gates then opened up, and I sold 3 times more real estate in the last 4 months of the year than the average realtor sells all year in Toronto.
Tell us about your book, A Walk in My Stilettos: How to Get Through the Struggle With Grace?
My book is a self help on how faith, courage, compassion, and connections can unlock the hidden powers inside of us that hold us back in life. It is based on my story of trials to triumph and the lessons learned along the way.
What has your biggest obstacle been so far in your professional career, and how did you overcome it?
My biggest obstacle in my professional career has to have been the journey of learning to get out of my own way. We hold ourselves back with fear and doubt in the process limiting our success. Through faith and perseverance I got over that. I put my trust in God and got out of the way. I didn’t quit the second things got hard. I kept my eye on the prize and knew that the obstacles were just a test to get me to quit. I wasn’t afraid to fail, because I knew that God had my back. Each time I slipped was just him letting go to show me my strength. The tests will come, but it’s how you deal with them that will determine how the journey goes.
You’ve graduated from the SisterTalk Circle Leadership Program and now facilitate your own meetups. Can you share a little about the program and your meetup, as well as what it’s like to work with Karlyn Percil?
Members of the SisterTalk Group come together to elevate, celebrate, and support each other as they pursue their dreams and goals in life. Through open and honest dialogue, women tackle why women can’t “Lean-In”, what holds us back from living the life we truly deserve; we tackle the things that often gets in the way of creating a life we love.
My meetup is a place where women feel comfortable enough to remove the labels, the masks, and egos to be vulnerable and have conversations that matter sharing things that they haven’t even shared with family or other friends. The group is kept small so they can build a bond and feel safe. My ladies have created a sisterhood outside of sistertalk to support each other in goals and making dreams a reality.
Working with Karlyn has been a blessing. From her first major Sistertalk event in Toronto, we connected, and she has been a friend and mentor ever since. She displays the true meaning of collaboration over competition. She has been an exceptional coach!
Home ownership is a big goal of many single mothers. Do you have any tips you could share for those pursuing home ownership in the near future?
I personally didn’t understand the real value in home ownership until I became a single mother. If I had been simply paying rent, which is essentially paying someone else’s mortgage, I would probably not be where I am today. Home ownership isn’t for everyone, but if you can balance your funds and keep up with your bills then you need to own a home. If you can pay mortgage that is equal/close to what rent is and have equity build that you can use in a few years to invest into making more money, then DO IT! Invest in real estate over throwing away money on material things. Purses, shoes, hair, and nails are nice, but owning property that grows in value is nicer.
Who are some of your favorite shoe designers?
My most comfortable stylish heels are mostly Sam Edelman. Most of the higher end designers are not comfortable at all.
Do you have any upcoming projects or events you would like to share with us?
I have a new book coming out in the new year. Many women wanted to know how I stay positive, so I put my favorite affirmations into a book. A Walk In My Stilettos: 111 Affirmations to Help You Heal. For me affirmations are a form of self love that when repeated trains the brain to think positive. The forward is written by the self love ambassador Derrick Jaxn.
What words of inspiration would you care to share with our followers?
No matter what your circumstance are, where you live, what you look like, you were born royalty. Stand tall and hold your head high so your crown won’t slip. Put on your heels and walk by faith.
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