E67: An Intentional Time Out

I wanna teach, I wanna travel the world, and I want to have enough money to be financially stable. And that was the lens I began to filter everything through.”

- Asha Wilkerson, Esq.

Episode Summary:

In this episode, I share my thoughts about taking an intentional break from the podcast to create more alignment in your work.

Making pivots in your strategy is a natural part of your entrepreneurial journey. In my specific case, there isn’t one thing that needs to change, but instead, I feel a shift occurring in my personal life and my business, and I want to make sure that everything I put out for you is actually in alignment with the work that I am doing. 

If you’ve felt called to make a change, perhaps an intentional break will give you the space to devise a plan. Tune in to hear my thought process for making this decision for my business.

What You’ll Learn On This Episode:

  • [00:44] Taking an intentional break
  • [02:26] There is no shame in pivoting
  • [05:32] Realigning my work with what I’m called to do
  • [06:07] Building a business and life around your values
  • [07:44] How to stay in touch; join the newsletter

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[00:00:04] AW: You’re listening to the Transcend Podcast. I’m your host, Asha Wilkerson, an attorney by training and an educator at heart. This podcast is all about empowering you to build a business and leave a legacy. Here’s the thing, the wealth gap in America is consistently increasing, and while full-time entrepreneurship is not for everyone, even a side hustle could change your financial landscape if you’re intentional about using your business to build wealth. I’ve run my own law firm for over 10 years, and in that time, I’ve helped countless California businesses go from idea to six figures. On this podcast, we talk about what it truly takes to build a sustainable business and find financial freedom. Let’s dive in.


[00:00:44] Hey everyone. Welcome back to another episode of Transcend the Podcast. I am your host, Asha Wilkerson, professor, attorney, business coach. I don’t know what other adjectives you could use to describe me, but here I am. I am logging into this episode of recording this episode to let you all know that I am going to actually take a break from the podcast for a couple.

[00:01:07] Not because anything is wrong, but because I feel a shift occurring in my personal life and in my business, and I want to make sure. That everything that I put out for you is actually in alignment with the work that I am doing. So I’ve been working with people doing one-on-one coaching. It has been absolutely fantastic.

[00:01:29] I’m enjoying it so much that I may even consider doing some life coaching or maybe coaching with individuals who are transitioning out of corporate and into their own business. But I feel like I need some space to be able to. Really think about it, see what aligns, and see what really excites me. I love working with you all and talking to you all about building businesses and leaving legacies and financial literacy and creating generational wealth and all of that stuff.

[00:02:00] I’m not a huge fan of the law. It’s a tool. But, let me tell you, it is not very exciting for me to get up and like write a contract. But what I love, love, love doing is working with you all to see what your next steps are going to be. So in my, own kind of experience as a professional adult, I guess, if you will, I’ve had to pivot a couple times, which is normal.

[00:02:26] No shame in pivoting. That’s actually. Being adaptable to life and whatever life, has in store for you. But I, I remember, mm, I think it was 2016 and I was standing in my, office downtown and my business partner, what we were talking, and he asked me, he was like, Asha, what do you really wanna do?

[00:02:46] Because clearly this litigation practice, this law practice is not it. And I said, you know, I wanna teach, I wanna travel the world, and I want to have enough money to be financially stable. And that was the lens I began to filter everything through. I ended up taking a break from litigation and from law for a little bit in terms of the traditional practice, and started running the paralegal program at American River College in Sacramento.

[00:03:12] And it was probably a month, no a. Into the job there that I realized that the things that I had just said two years prior, not knowing how they were actually going to come true in match, like how they were all going to coalesce into something that I wanted had actually come true. I was teaching at the college level, which I still am doing.

[00:03:37] And the vacation days are great. You get a month off between the semester, you get spring break, you get summers all summer off if you want it. So about, 10 weeks if you want in the summers. And with flexibility of having to be on campus when you’re teaching and for some meetings, but not like a nine to five, I realized that I had.

[00:03:56] Stepped into my dream situation, but I didn’t realize that this was the dream job, if you will. And maybe it’s not really about the job. I don’t really think it is. I think it’s about creating an environment for you to really carry out. The goals that you have to be in alignment with what is being called forth in your soul or in your body or in your work.

[00:04:21] And for me, it was being able to travel and being able to teach. I love teaching, which is why I’m here on this podcast, which is why I have a coaching practice now, which is why I’ve done workshops in the past for business owners on legal information and stuff like that, and why I’m actually a college professor.

[00:04:38] Right? A community college professor, an educator. So I love that. I know that whatever I do, I will always be teaching cuz that is, comes easily and naturally for me. And I know that travel is important, so location independence is important. Or at the very least, having a situation, whatever I create that is flexible enough to allow me to see the world.

[00:04:59] I have this burning desire to continue traveling. I love meeting new people. I love practicing my languages. I was just working on Haitian Creole that I have not really sat down and focused on and practice for probably. Almost 10 years since 2013, when I last went to Haiti. but all of that to say, I’m kind of rambling now, but all of that to say I love the transition into realignment and I think that that’s what I am being called to help people with.

[00:05:32] I am processing aloud to you all, but I think the next move for me is helping you figure out what it is that you really, truly want out of life.

[00:05:43] And then creating a business or getting a job that allows you to hold those values that you’ve identified with me at the top right. just today I was talking to somebody who is in a law firm talking about. Adding more partners to the, to the ownership group that’s there, and having to think about, well, how big do you actually want to grow?

[00:06:07] Do you still wanna be able to leave work around four 30 or five o’clock to be able to pick your kids up and take them to the activities? Is it money that you’re after? Do you want the nanny in the workplace? What are these things that you actually want? What are the values that you want in your life and in your business?

[00:06:24] And then build your business around those values. Don’t just copy every other big law firm that’s out there where everybody’s miserable. Please don’t do that. But to really sit and think about what is it that this person, this, this group actually wants in their lives on a personal level and wants in their business on a professional level, and then marrying those two things so that they can create a business and a life that is enjoyable, that gives them, joy and energy and, they can celebrate as.

[00:06:57] Move along instead of thinking, oh, I just can’t wait for the weekend, or I just can’t wait until I can retire. So those are the things that I’m flushing out in my own life. Like I said, I have had to pivot multiple times and you know, about six or seven years ago, got really serious about thinking, what is it that I actually.

[00:07:17] Not just want to do, but how do I want to live? So I am going to be working through my own sort of, storytelling to be able to communicate that a little bit better. And, well in the meantime, I’m still doing one on one coaching. But if you would like to stay up to date with what’s going on with me, and the business, please go to my website so that you can get on the mailing list.

[00:07:44] So the website is the wilkerson law office.com/newsletter. Join my mailing list. I will definitely keep you up to date with what’s going on. I will let you know when I’m opening more spots for coaching.

[00:08:00] the best way to. Figure that out is to join the mailing list again, The Wilkerson law office.com/newsletter. I’m totally over social media, really over social media, so I am thrilled and excited. If you reach out to me on Instagram, Asha Wilkerson, esq, but I can tell you that’s not where I’ve been having the most fun hanging out these days.

[00:08:22] so definitely get on that email list so you can know what’s going on in the practice over here. I may come back, who knows? I may come back in the new year, with a different business name. We’ll see. There’s some shifts going on. I’m sure it’s in my astrological chart. , I don’t have all the answers yet, but I’m getting.

[00:08:41] Very clear sort of agitation that how things are now is not how I want things to continue to be. So I’m gonna work on the alignment. Gonna give myself some time at the end of this semester to just rest and to just be and, will get back to you all on the podcast as soon as I have. The pivot figured out because I want to continue to talk to you.

[00:09:04] I want to continue to help you grow your businesses, to heal as people and to be all that you want to be. All right. That’s it for me today, y’all. I, adore you all and I wish you a happy holiday season, and I will come back to you all in 2023 Ciao Ciao.



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