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|Atlanta lesbian author reveals lessons for success as 'grown woman'|
|by Dyana Bagby|
|January 31, 2013 15:28|
Lakara Foster is known to many as the host of the popular Brown Sugar Vibe monthly poetry sessions, but she is also an author and motivational speaker who owns her own business, She Speaks! Inc., a firm that offers workshops and resources to empower women and girls.
Her new book is "The Grown Woman's Guide to Greatness" and is available at the independent feminist bookstore Charis Books & More. She will be discussing the book, its lessons, what it means to be "grown" and how to achieve this success on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 1-2:30 p.m. at Charlis, located at 1189 Euclid Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307.
We talked to Foster, a lesbian, before her reading about the book and the lessons she learned while writing it — and how those lessons can help others become who they are supposed to be.
How did you come up with the title and narrow it down to eight lessons?
What exactly do you mean when you say "grown"?
But my personal definition of “grown” goes beyond age, income and education. Writing this book has made me understand that being grown means acknowledging that you were created for a purpose and accepting your calling in life. It also means serving others with your gift, rising above mediocrity, and fully standing on God’s word and promise.
At the start of writing this book, I made a covenant with God that I would complete this divine assignment that I was given, no matter what. Within days of making this agreement, I lost my job as a school counselor after eight years, my relationship of four years ended, and I had no idea how my mortgage or other bills were going to be paid. I didn’t let any of this stop me because I believed that a way was being created simply because I had decided to be obedient to the call. Whereas many people would have allowed fear and panic to set in, I knew I was being set up for something extraordinary and for the first time in my life I knew what peace and living fearlessly felt like. I have always known that my testimony would be used to inspire other women to move into their destiny. I didn’t know that God would make me lead by example, but I am glad it worked out this way.
You were on "Oprah!" What was that like?
After the show we got a chance to talk intimately with Oprah about how to find our purpose and discover our destiny. She said, "The problem with your generation is you all are not connected to the source and once you get connected to the source all of the questions you have will be answered." It took 11 years for those words to make sense to me, but in the process of writing this book I got a major "aha" moment. I realized that Oprah had given us the "what to do" and this book is the "how to" guide to achieving that connection to the source.
God and spirituality play a huge role in your book, because they play a huge role in your life. What about people who are not religious — what can they learn from this book and your lessons?
You give people specific actions to take in the book to help. How did you come up with these actions — were they actions you had taken yourself?
I want other women to have that same experience so I ask each reader to complete the action steps with honesty and integrity as it is a step on the journey toward greatness.
Why do you love words so much?
Photo: Lakara Foster (courtesy photo)
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