How do you survive when your dream dies? Author Micah Byrd tells us how
Micah Byrd penned She’s Unstoppable: How I got it together after everything fell apart, which explores how she got it together after her dreams fell apart. The businesswoman, wife, mother and grandmother started losing her fire and passion and just couldn’t quite get it together. She discovered that the death of her dream signified the beginning of a new dream.
Byrd walks you through her journey of experiences and gives you real-life examples and shares tips on how courage and faith changed her direction and walked her right into her destiny.
Meet Micah Byrd.
Why did you write this book?
I wrote this book because as a young girl my voice was often stifled. I wasn’t given many chances to voice my opinion or tell my story at a young age, so immediately when I discovered my voice and learned to appreciate it, I stop allowing the e-ne-my to speak on my behalf. I began telling my story because it allowed me to live.
What’s the story behind the title?
The message is for all women and women alike to learn to walk in their UNSTOPPABLE greatness. Too often we as women are told that we should be meek, not outspoken about our gifts, dreams, and aspirations, that we should be seen and not heard, [so] we secretly muzzle ourselves and it sets up a sense of fear. And, we know that fear is the false evidence of things appearing real.
What do you hope readers will glean from reading your book?
I hope readers will take away from reading my book, the spirit of not being afraid to tell their story even if it appears unattractive. I also hope the reader will draw from the inspirational tips and tools to visualize and blueprint the life they want to see manifest in their lives today.
How long did it take you to write this book?
I began physically writing on my book in January 2016 and completed the entire story in July 2016.
What was your regimen to complete this book?
My regiment for completing my book was to write daily and read from my multiple journals and notes where I pulled information that would solidify my story as a whole.
How did you arrive at this career choice?
I arrived at this career choice by walking through this journey daily. You see by profession I am a public accountant, my childhood aspirations were to be an accountant. But I’ve always been a writer and an inspirational individual. I honestly didn’t feel worthy to call myself a writer nor teacher at times even up to recently. It wasn’t until I lost a major client from my accounting firm, that begins my life to spiral and started me on this new journey of my true life’s love. See it’s true that a family inability to support and spotlight a child’s dreams will cripple it. I don’t blame nor am I upset with my family about not knowing that they should have fostered and helped me learn to filter my God given purpose. Having to walk the journey to discover my purpose makes me appreciate it much more. Was it a deliberate decision or a gradual and natural evolution? It was a gradual and natural evolution, and do I love it. I must be honest it still feels weird, you know like an out of body experience but once I get going it flows naturally almost like “butter”.
What separates you from others in your field?
My distinction is authentication, my realness. You can’t fake, nor make up these experiences I’ve had, you can’t even pretend like it never happens because every time I begin to tell someone my story they must hear it all and not just go by what they see. You know the saying “you must hear my story, to understand my glory.” What is unique to the experience that you create? It is ground rooted. It’s evolving there is no duplication from others and one will have to had walked the exact same experiences and tested the exact tools and tips to have a movement like such.
For those considering entering this arena, what skill sets do you recommend mastering?
I recommend mastering time management, organization, prayer, self-evaluation, and separation. What traits are most conducive to success? Comprehending that you are unique, knowing consistency is the true road map to success and being open to investing in yourself to expanding your knowledge.
How do you stay at the leading edge of your craft?
I join organizations in the industry and attend various events that expand my networking pool and knowledge.
Do you think that there are any widely held misconceptions about what you do?
Yes. I believe that there is one widely misconceptions about being a writer and that is “everyone is a writer, that has a story.” If so, what are they and how do you work to dispel them? Although I do believe everyone has a story, I don’t believe that makes them a writer. I work really hard at being an author by investing in my purpose daily. This is not a fly by night gig for me. I am not just trying to keep the lights own. I am trying to spread the message of empowerment and inspiration among my women readers that they too can achieve those secretly held desires if they changed their mindset.
How do you map out your goals?
In our home, I have a room that I call “My Dream Room” it is where I have a huge whiteboard calendar, where I write all my important tasks, events and etc., I also write on sticky notes my dreams, goals, and aspirations. I go into my room daily before getting my day started and I meditate and prepare for my day’s task. How do you measure your success? I measure my success by completion, and there’s no unrealistic pressure for completing my goals. Although, there are things that require completing immediately. I properly prepare and plan so that there is no unmeasurable pressure or stress put on myself that doesn’t allow me to see the vision throughout its process.
Name two of your top role models: one from your industry and one from outside of it.
My immediate role model is Iyanla Vanzant and my ultimate role model is Oprah Winfrey. Both ladies are pioneers in my industry as well as outside. They both seek and succeeds in empowering women to change their mindset in making a difference in this world.
Name three books, works, performances or exhibits that changed how you view life and/or yourself.
The first book that changed my life from girl to womanhood is One Day My Soul Opened Up by Iyanla Vansant. The second book that has impacted my life is As a Man Thinketh by James Allen, and the other book that captivated me when I decided to become an entrepreneur is Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman by Gail Evans.
Why do you consider continued learning important?
I consider education continuation because it keeps me sharp and informed.
What affirmations do you repeat to yourself that contribute to your success?
I repeat Psalms 23, every morning. I also repeat this “that I am a creative thinker that makes money from all my ideas” along with some other ones that are very close to my heart.
What role does technology play in your day-to-day life? How do you utilize it?
Technology is my first reach. I schedule all my appointments, notes etc., in my phone and on my computer. However, I am old school and everything is documented on paper for just in case measure because although I might be loyal to technology it isn’t always loyal to me.
Please define your personal brand.
My personal brand is multifacet, it includes me as an all-around woman professionally a public accountant, an author and a boutique owner of women fashions. Personally, a mother of three adult children, grandmother, a daughter, sister and a wife.
What is your favorite vacation destination and why?
My favorite vacation destination is anywhere with blue water, white sand and a drink with an umbrella in it. I am an adventurous woman by nature. I enjoy getting away for a quick weekend or for a planned trip. The place I enjoyed the most is Turks and Caicos.
If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
I really would like to change the world by being the love genie. I want to bring back love and caring for others more.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would change how hard I am on myself. I don’t give myself any slack and I would change being a workaholic.
What does it take to be iconic?
It takes determination, focus and hard work. It also takes having a team.
In your estimation, who has achieved that status?
Maya Angelou, Oprah, Beyoncé, and Barack Obama.