“Helping people unpack the weight they carry”
– LaShatá Grayson
Hitting rock bottom can feel like the end of the world, and LaShatá Grayson, Founder & Educational Consultant at Carrying The Weight, understands the whirlwind of emotions during that experience. She shares her story of how she persevered to shine that light of hope. Read below to find out more!
“My passion for aiding women worldwide in feeling less alone stems from a transformative moment in my life back in 2016 when I hit rock bottom. During that period, I found myself struggling to show up for myself and failing to prioritize my own well-being. It was a profoundly challenging time for me, and it made me acutely aware of the isolation and despair that can accompany such experiences.
In that moment of personal struggle, I am to learn to unlearn unhealthy habits. Since unlearning, I made a commitment to ensure that no one else would have to carry the weight of the world on their shoulders alone like I did.
My passion is driven by the belief that we all have the capacity to support and uplift one another, especially during our darkest moments. We all have something to give! By sharing my own journey and by dedicating myself to empowering women and fostering a sense of community, I aim to create a world where no one ever feels as alone as I once did. It is through this work that I find purpose, and it fuels my commitment to leading with values of compassion, empathy, and inclusivity.
If given the opportunity, the advice I would give my younger self is to pace myself and understand that there is no traffic when I stay in my own lane. Comparing myself to others only hinders the progress I have in life. I would emphasize that my unique gifts will always make room for me if I allow myself the grace to pursue my dreams. It’s important to remember that I’m on my own journey, and I should never let society impose a timeline on me that I didn’t set for myself.
I pass the torch by being an asset in their journey, not a gatekeeper. I had to figure out a lot on my own without much help, and looking back, I wish I had been better at seeking and accepting assistance. However, my younger self struggled in that regard. Through the trials and tribulations of navigating entrepreneurship without much guidance, I gained invaluable experience.
Now, my mission is to ensure that I can pass on the lessons I’ve learned, share resources, and connect women with funding opportunities. Passing the torch, to me, means creating space and providing a platform for every woman to feel seen, heard, and most importantly, not alone on their journey.”
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