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UZOMA F. OBIDIKE

What does a day in the life of Uzoma look like? How do you stay balanced?

 

Uzoma: I do my best to focus on my school work and business operations during the morning half of the day. I love spending my afternoons attending networking events or "coffee dates" with new connections. My evenings are devoted to client calls, cooking, and/or family time. I am a night owl, so I will definitely stay up late listening to professional development podcasts or browsing social media.

 

Of course, each day doesn't always pan out exactly this way, but blocking off time for specific tasks and responsibilities truly helps keep me productive and stress-free.

 

Please tell us about your self-love journey! What did you learn about yourself in the process?

 

Uzoma: Between 2017 and 2018, I experienced a number of personal adversities which included the loss of a job, the loss of life, and two major emergency surgeries.  I am the type of person who always sees the glass as half-full, so I did not spend too much time in a place of grief or sadness. I am also the type of person who takes care of everyone else before taking care of myself.  Therefore, it was easy for me to keep myself busy with a new job, my new business, and by serving others through my community involvement.

 

Eventually, I reached a point where I was beginning to feel overwhelmed by the weight of the load I was carrying. I had overextended myself and I was simply drained. Keeping busy was simply a distraction. I realized that I never took the time to deal with the realities of my losses and properly heal.  I eventually made a huge decision to leave my job in January 2019. I also resigned from a board position and cut back my involvement in things that were no longer essential to me in this current season. This was the first time in my life that I truly put myself first. Though it was not easy for me to reduce my load and finally place the focus on myself, it was such a liberating experience.

Uzoma F. Obidike, M.S. Ed., is a Certified Career Advisor and founder of She Leads Beautifully. Through this platform, she helps professional women overcome mid-career stagnation by teaching them how to leverage the power of personal branding and networking, so they can finally reach their next level. She does this through coaching, training, and a free online community.  Uzoma also has over ten years of experience in student affairs roles at institutions of higher education and is currently pursuing her doctorate in higher education leadership.

Educator and Certified Career Advisor

It is often those journeys of self-love that lead us to come into our own. Does your journey inspire your speaking and coaching at all? 

 

Uzoma: Absolutely! I lost my job in 2017 due to a reduction in force. It was at that moment that I saw first-hand that no job was secure. I had always had an entrepreneurial spirit. Both of my parents are entrepreneurs, so I knew that "one day" I would eventually make a move and start my own business.

 

Though I was already in the beginning stages of starting my business, it wasn't until I lost my job that I mustered up the courage to finally follow my dreams and go all in with the development of what is now called She Leads Beautifully. Because of my own experiences, I always encourage the women who I work with to advance their careers on their own terms. As we move through life, our circumstances change. As a result, our interests and priorities will change. There is no law that requires us to stay with the same employer because we feel we owe them something, or to stay in a career industry because we invested "x" number of years.  We only get this one life to live, so why not live it doing what it is you truly want to be doing, even if it means making a career change.

 

Why should professional women seek career advice? Can you offer us some words of wisdom??

 

Uzoma: Professional women should seek career advice because a lot of the time we can get stuck in our own heads. We get caught up in fear, complacency, and self-doubt.  I say "we" because I have definitely been there. Sometimes it really takes talking to a professional career coach to really help you see your true potential. Also, a coach can help you see the career opportunities that exist for you even if you don't believe you can attain them.

 

 

Learn more about Uzoma by checking out her Instagram HERE! You can also get your professional connections on and poppin' via LinkedIn here or visit her website for more information about her career coaching services. Thank you, Uzoma!

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