Tuesday, March 5, 2013

An Intimate Conversation with Author Lakara Foster of The Grown Woman’s Guide To Greatness

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Lakara Foster
How did you start out your writing career?
I have been writing since I was five years old. I started plays and somehow getting my kindergarten class to perform these plays that I had created. I look back at it now and think it’s pretty funny!
What did you learn while writing this book?
I learned so much about myself while writing this book. I realized there were fears that I needed to overcome before God would allow me to move forward with writing certain chapters. Each chapter in The Grown Woman’s Guide to Greatness comes with exercises for the reader to complete on their journey to Greatness. I came up with and did every single exercise in the book. Some of them were hard, because every single one of them helped to push me into Greatness!!!
What did you hope to accomplish with this book?
My hope is to empower women (and men) of all walks of life to discover their divine assignments and to begin to live a life of purpose.
What has surprised you most about becoming a published author?
Becoming a published author has opened many doors for speaking opportunities and seminars.
What aspect of writing do you love the best, and which do you hate the most?
Seeing the completed project is the best part of the process for me. Writing this book was such a divine process that I can’t say that I hated any part of it.
How do you conquer writers block?
When I am having writer’s block I pray and meditate and sometimes I even fast. Usually after a few days, the block is lifted.
What books are on your to read list?
1. The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
2. What Makes the Great Great? (Dr. Dennis Kimbro)
3. The Four-Hour Work Week (Tim Ferris)
Has having a writing career always been your dream?
No, but having my own talk-show has always been my dream and it looks like it will happen much sooner than later.
Can you give us one do and one don’t for those aspiring to be a writer?
1. Do believe in yourself and your story.
2. Don’t Give Up…Ever!
What is your writing process? How do you feed your writing muse?
When I was writing this book, I was lucky enough to have an accountability partner. We met every Tuesday and I was required to turn in a chapter every time we met. This process worked to keep me on track with completing the book.
Within the next five years what stage do you expect to be in your career?
In the next five years I will have my own talk show on television and will have written five more books. And it is so!
When you're not writing, what do you like to do in your spare time?
Spare time? What’s that? Seriously though, I love reading. I probably order four books a month, but I usually only get to read one of them. I also love working out, traveling, and watching SCANDAL.
What do you do to interact with your readers?
I answer all emails personally and try to make sure I am able to meet and greet with every reader that comes to my signings.
Can you give us a sneak peek of your next book?
I am working on several projects at once, but just know that The Grown Woman’s Guide is a series…more info coming soon!!!
How can readers get in contact with you? (mail, email, website)
Twitter: @grownwomanguide
The Grown Woman’s Guide To Greatness™
Lesson # 2
Stop Apologizing for your Greatness
God granted you permission to be you because YOU are what is needed in this world at this time. He did not create you to become the next Oprah or the next Beyonce. You were created to be the FIRST you. The BEST you. The Greatest Version of God in this life. This starts with owning who you are. By seeking validation from others you give away all of the power you inherited from birth, all of the power God granted you at birth. He did not give you this so that you could give it away.
Yes, you may have been hurt by someone during your childhood and you may still be wearing the spiritual scars of this hurt but it is time to let this go. You cannot step into your greatness until you forgive those who have hurt you, those whom you feel have abandoned you, those whom you feel didn’t protect you, those whom you feel weren’t there for you, those whom you feel bullied you, those whom you feel rejected you. When you forgive, you take the first step to retrieving your power. SANKOFA: go back and get it. It’s yours.
Today is the day you stop seeking from others what God already gave you…GREATNESS. NO APOLOGY NECESSARY!
Author| Speaker | Educator |
| Spiritual Development Expert | Facilitator | Host |
As a premier expert in the art of positioning females to recognize and maximize their potential, author, entrepreneur, and speaker, Lakara Foster is Founder of She Speaks!, Inc. , an Atlanta-based consulting firm that provides tools, support, and a voice to those seeking a more powerful existence. She Speaks!, Inc. provides retreats, workshops, seminars, coaching, and mentoring programs focused heavily on relationships, love, life, and spiritual development. Lakara has always had an abiding certainty that she has a very rich, very specific, and very rare calling on her life. She has always been aware that she is here on divine assignment, however, she admits that she was not always faithful to this appointment.  But, one specific moment forced her to commit to the mission her spirit was assigned at birth.
Eleven years ago, Lakara Foster sat directly across from Oprah Winfrey as a guest on her talk show. The show was titled The Turbulent 20s and focused on young women who were experiencing what had been aptly termed The Quarter-life Crisis. They were confused about their purpose and when they would begin to walk in their greatness.  Oprah looked each young woman squarely in the eyes and gently said, “The problem with your generation is that you all are not connected to ‘The Source’, but once you get connected, all of your questions will be answered.”  That divine meeting eleven years ago provided Lakara with ““WHAT” she needed to do to achieve greatness. Today her personal mission is to show women “HOW” to achieve greatness
Lakara Foster, a native of New Orleans, LA, holds a B.S. in Psychology, a B.S. in Criminal Justice, and a M. Ed. in Counseling Education from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida.
Despite many obstacles, Lakara remains determined to utilize her gift of empowering women and girls. With 16 years of combined educational, counseling, and spiritual coaching experience, Lakara has helped hundreds to tackle real life issues allowing them to become victorious over sexual abuse, drug abuse, low self esteem, and other barriers standing in the way of their greatness.
Lakara hosts a monthly poetry venue called THE BROWN SUGAR VIBE where thousands have come to experience the best spoken word, live music, and visual artistry that Atlanta has to offer. She's the self-published author of The Day the Truth Was Told: Poetic Confessions of a Liar and has written a series of spiritual guides for women with the first titled “The Grown Woman’s Guide to Greatness” due out in October 2012.
Lakara is an extraordinary motivational speaker and workshop presenter. She has designed and implemented several innovative workshops and hosts The Grown Woman’s Annual Women’s retreats in the mountains of north Georgia focusing on the empowerment of women in all areas.
From 2007-2010, Lakara served as host of her own talk radio segment called SHE SPEAKS! on WRFG 89.3 FM in Atlanta reaching millions of listeners weekly. As an MC, host, actress, poet, and speaker, she has performed in front of thousands, been featured in numerous publications and on several television shows.
She Speaks! Inc. client list includes Youth Vibe, Precision, Inc., PACE Center for Girls, Agnes Scott College, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, and Atlanta Pride Committee Inc.,  to name a few.