I had the pleasure to meet Ebony Combs last Summer through a mutual friend and my wife. Her story and passion for helping others goes beyond her inspiring Facebook posts and Twitter following. She’s sincere and authentic in every since of the “words” in real life. In addition, I recently ran into her at an event in Downtown Dallas, almost a month ago, and she was super humble and excited to be a part of this series. She’s a mover and a shaker who has garnered a handful of accolades and accomplishments under her belt on a national level in a short amount of time.
It is my pleasure to kick off the “Entrepreneurs and Influencers Series” by presenting to you, The Multi-Talented Entrepreneur – Ebony Combs
Ebony D. Combs, MS
Oklahoma State University- Stillwater, OK
Master of Science, Educational Leadership Studies—Higher
Education and Bachelor of Science, Business Administration—Human Resources Management
What do you do?
I wear many hats, but the one I’m most proud of is Mommy! Being a mother has led me to my purpose of being an entrepreneur, more specifically, a single moms coach. For title sake, here are my roles: Creator & CEO, iamebony.com | Full time Single Mom | My Black Is Beautiful Ambassador | Blogger | Speaker| Goal Strategist | Single Moms Coach
What started you on your journey?
My journey started on May 21, 2007, when I gave birth to my daughter, Zari, and journeying alone. She opened my eyes to a world I didn’t know, and that was a world of transparency and purpose. She has been my reason for living to see another day and fighting until the final round.
When did you realize you could achieve your dream?
I realized I was capable of achieving my dream once I got out of my own way and sought the help of my Creator. He showed me a strength I didn’t know I possessed; when I had to simultaneously learn how to parent my daughter alone and figure out life. God began to open doors that only he could and shut the ones that were no longer for me—one’s that I’d passed the test and the season had ended. I applied for and was chosen one of six women to become the first-ever ambassadors for My Black Is Beautiful (MBIB)—a Procter & Gamble initiative designed to empower and motivate Black women. Receiving this opportunity confirmed my faithfulness and obedience to my life’s work.
What is a quote you live by?
[inlinetweet prefix=”RT” tweeter=”imebony” suffix=”#quote”]“Do one thing every day that scares you.”― Eleanor Roosevelt[/inlinetweet]
What is a tough lesson you learned? And how did you recover from it?
A tough lesson I learned was that life will knock you flat on your behind, but staying there is optional. As a single mom, I got hit with a ton of bricks when my daughter’s father checked out on us. I wasn’t sure of the direction I should take, coming from a two-parent home, the experience I had of ‘family’ gravely differed than that of my daughter’s. I wasn’t accustomed to a one-parent home, weekend visits, split holidays, and child support. I still have days where this is a challenging concept to wrap my brain around, especially with its inconsistencies—he tends to parent when it’s convenient for him. Our views of the relationship were extremely different and the ‘love’ I believed we had, was a tough pill to swallow in seeing its truth. I learned to swallow the pill with one big gulp of forgiveness, a changed mindset, and radical moves toward a better future for my daughter and me, but it took some time because I often blamed myself. I knew that forgiving myself of his cheating—it wasn’t my fault, and barring that bitterness from my heart was the only way I’d be able to fully embrace my new experience as a single mother and woman searching for her purpose. I owed it to myself first and foremost, but then to my daughter. I couldn’t pour into her, when my well was dry. I recovered by drastic goal setting, getting my own life coach, and stepping out on faith.
What advice can you give aspiring, entrepreneurs, leaders, influencers, artists and dreamers?
Advice I’d lend to aspiring entrepreneurs, leaders, influencers, artist, and dreamers would be to trust God! It’s a simple as that. Trust him, his plan, and his timing. You must do your due diligence in seeking your purpose and applying action steps in getting there. Use one revenue stream to invest in your purpose and just flat out BE STILL and listen! Don’t be afraid to ask for help, you won’t know how to do everything, don’t be afraid to fail—your greatest blessings.
What’s next is the March 2015 release of, “Fabulous New Life,” a book I’m co-authoring. Then, it’s publishing my first solo book project, “NAKED MOMMY TRUTH: The Single Moms Unique Guide on Complete Restoration, Resilience, and Prosperity,” under my publishing company, B.A.R.E. publishing. 2015 is the year of open doors and supernatural blessings. I also plan to host intimate events for single moms to be rejuvenated and poured into, along with a little pampering. These events will fall under my single mommy society—a group for single moms to meet on a quarterly basis and support one another, our children, and dreams.
How can people get in contact with you?