A strong understanding of how to self-motivate is one of the most useful things a parent can pass down to their child. For the final MOM Series of 2020, we connected with a Promise Scholar whose drive empowers her to juggle being a parent, student, professional, and entrepreneur.
After graduating from Kalamazoo Central High School in 2016, Alysia Johnson attended Grand Valley State University her freshman year before returning to Kalamazoo to pursue a major in Business Administration at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. It was during this time that she found out she was pregnant and although it took some getting used to, she quickly learned what being a mom was all about.
“Before I became a mother myself, I thought parenthood would be easy,” Johnson shared. “It is doable but requires strong-mindedness and putting your kids first. Being a mom is very much worth the joy and happiness your child gives you, but it is not easy!”
As the mother of a two-year-old girl, Johnson balances motherhood, school, a job as a phone representative for PNC Bank, and her own self-care business.
Established in 2020, Sevens Serenity: Mind, Body & Soul is a one-stop shop for personal and spiritual care items. The idea for the store came from Johnson’s experience with parenthood, as each product she sells eased her transition into becoming a mother. Currently, the store’s inventory includes smudge sticks, healing crystals, and natural bath and body products.
Eventually, Johnson would like to use The Kalamazoo Promise (The Promise) to take marketing classes at Western Michigan University in order to expand her business skills. By staying committed to her goals, she hopes to set a strong example for her daughter and demonstrate the importance of staying inspired and having a plan for school.
“It is hard sometimes, but I stay focused and am very self-motivated,” she explained. “Right now, I am working from home, so I spend all day with my daughter. This allows me to engage with her when she needs me.”
Additionally, Johnson hopes that her daughter can one day take advantage of The Promise and follow her own ambitions.
“If it was not for The Promise, I would not be in school,” she revealed. “I appreciate the fact that it helps so many kids who do not have the benefit of a financial head-start to create a better future for themselves and their families.”
As far as advice for expecting parents, Johnson stresses the importance of doing what is best for both the child and the parent as well as always staying driven.
“Try to focus on what makes you happy,” she proclaimed. “If you are happy, your child will be happy. Staying motivated is also important. It is going to be hard sometimes, but you have to put in the work to see a better outcome later in life.”
Thank you for sharing your story, Alysia! We are thoroughly impressed with your business determination as well as your attentiveness as a parent. We hope that 2021 is the best year yet for you and your family!