Ahyiana Angel, is a full time creator, living by the motto, feel the fear and do it anyway. Ahyiana not only has a background of over 12 years of experience including PR, Business and Marketing, she went from unknown writer to traditionally published author in less than a year. Ahyiana has been featured on many publications such as Essence.com, xoJane.com, LifeHacker.com, Ebony.com, ForHarriet.com and Travel Noire. Angel provides a unique perspective as our February 2017 career feature. Real Brown Girls meet Ahyiana Angel.
What is your current position and how did you end up where you are now?
Writer (published author), Chief Encourager at Life According To Her. I felt like I’d checked all of the boxes and had a cool position as a publicist at a highly coveted company, the NBA. But after a few years, most of my mornings were spent heading to the train thinking “this can’t be life.” I was burnt out on PR and the company so I kept asking myself what was next. I just knew that I wasn’t utilizing my full potential and there had to be more out there for me. I started a process of self-discovery that included everything from reading more to taking all types of classes (even acting). Through that process I figured out my next move, becoming a traditionally published author. Once that was secured and done my story continued to evolve as I continued to dig deep and find out what makes me tick. As a result, my role as Chief Encourager at Life According To Her was born.
“Success is when you attain your goals”
Everyone hits a low point; where they doubt what they’re doing and contemplate giving up. What was yours? What got you through that low point and what’s your advice to readers for when they meet that moment?
I would say that between being unhappy with my past career day-to-day and working independently, I’ve definitely experienced some unsure feelings or questioned myself. So sure, I’ve had those low moments just like everyone else but I typically don’t live there too long. I’ve always been a pretty positive and happy person so the Debbie Downer days are not my thing, plus I’m a problem solver by nature. If I’m feeling down or discouraged I usually try to give myself some time away from whatever has me feeling a way. I may watch a movie, chat with a friend or listen to something that will get me hyped up, then I’m good. I’ve never had extended periods of feeling low. I guess it’s just in my DNA to be optimistic because my mom is crazy positive ha.
When I asked Ahyiana what should women do who are struggling to figure this whole adulting thing out, she dropped a few nuggets. I intend to put these up somewhere for the reminder.
“Get to know and understand yourself first. Once you get clear on who you are, your likes and dislikes, what makes you tick, what you are passionate about etc., it makes other decisions and things related to career a bit easier.”
I learned very quickly Angel wasn’t just a person who said catchy phrases laced with gimmicks when I asked her, to date, what is the best career advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t rush the journey. I feel like we are all in a rush to get from point A to B to C to D and check all of the boxes. In that process we can overlook and not allow ourselves time to appreciate our journey and where we have come from.
Many successful women are leaders and speak of leadership often, how do you define leadership and what does it mean to you?
Leadership to me is being decisive, flexible, having big ideas but also being able and willing to get in there and get your hands dirty, doing the work.
What has been the most important or most helpful innovation you’ve experienced since the beginning of your career?
I’d have to go with the cliche social media or social networking. Now people can really groom their careers, corporate or not, with the social aspect and it’s potential impact in mind. It just offers more possibilities.
What is the greatest professional challenge you’ve had to overcome to date?
I’ll be honest, a raging bitch of a boss and all that came with her drama. Whew am I glad that those days are over! Working with insecure people is the worst.
If you had to go back and redo anything professionally speaking, would you? If so, what was it and why?
I personally would not change a thing because everything that has happened has been for a reason, I truly believe that. All of my decisions good or bad, helped develop me into the woman and professional that I am today.
How do you define success?
My ability to positively impact others and to provide a lifestyle for myself that I can truly enjoy.