TL James is a Business/Life and Literary Coach, she helps one design and manifests a life that’s in harmony with one Soul’s purpose. She was certified by the world-renowned Life Mastery Institute as a Dream Builder Coach. TL is also the author of the bestselling series, The MPire.
Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like? Did you have any particular experiences/stories that shaped your adult life?
I grow up in an urban inner city. As a child, I had to navigate my safety and security. I spent a lot of time in the library to shield myself from harm. I was forced to take responsibility for taking care of myself. My childhood showed me that I am resilient, resourceful and a planner.
What is something you wish you would’ve realized earlier in your life?
I had access to more resources that were not exposed to me.
What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise? – You need to quit your job to focus on your passion. NOT TRUE! Everything is a transition. Life is a transition. You need to build a foundation and that takes time and resources.
Tell me about one of the darker periods you’ve experienced in life. How you came out of it and what you learned from it?
What is one thing that you do that you feel has been the biggest contributor to your success so far?
After getting divorced, I was bitter beyond compare. I achieve a lot the following year, but I was still angry and bitter. It wasn’t until I got pregnant that I thought I needed to change my attitude and life. I didn’t have the best childhood experience, but I wanted to enjoy my child. I started counseling. The more I learned to release the bad experience and detach from the pain the better mom I became.
What is your morning routine?
Yeah, I don’t have a defined routine these days. I wake up naturally at 7:30 am. I take my vitamins and drink my coffee before I get online. I enjoy my day at work and come home. Things have been very different since covid. I learn to enjoy life.
What habit or behavior that you have pursued for a few years has most improved your life?
I started skating. I see it as a 3D meditation. Your mind and heart must be aligned with your body, and you have to be a focus on every move, or else you will fall. And at my age, I cannot afford to fall.
What are your strategies for being productive and using your time most efficiently?
It is all a mindset. I rely on my future self (intuition). It also helps that I chunk my activities and set a timer.
What book(s) have influenced your life the most? Why?
Excuse Proof Leadership by Traci L James; Profit First by Mike Michalowicz; The Science of Getting Rich Wallace D. Wattles – These books helped me defined and connect my profit streams (health, wealth, and relationships). I have learned how to be a leader in my life first, then in my business and work positions. And I learned how to craft my dreams and stay focus on those dreams in the midst of life.
Do you have any quotes you live by or think of often?
“Let this be the last time you…” (I am building and reinforcing boundaries). Being healthy, wealthy, and relationships – it is not profitable.