It’s so easy to get caught up in the hype of appearances or to become fascinated with someone else’s life in this new age of social media and digital content. We often never get to see the reality of each person’s entire story. The hardships, the dedication, the failures, the stress, and the struggles. No one escapes life’s challenges. This is what makes us who we are and inspires us to be better. I hope my story can inspire you on your path.
One of my earliest memories as an entrepreneur was while I was waitressing at a sushi restaurant in 2005. I was ear hustling a conversation between my boss/restaurant owner and his long-time friend, also a business owner. He was complaining to his friend about how irresponsible his employees where and how they never show up on time or they regularly call out of work. His friend laughed and responded “What do you expect? These people don’t care about responsibility, why do you think they work here?” I was just 25, but I knew then that I wanted to retire my parents by the age of 40 and to acquire plenty of assets to pass down to my own children.
Something about this conversation deeply bothered me and stuck with me in the coming months as motivation. I had come from a poor family who taught me to stay out of trouble, finish school and find a “good job”. I half-heartedly bought into this story. I didn’t realize that my negative inner dialogue was contributing to my status in life. I also didn’t understand the importance of engaging with people who had a high prosperity consciousness and maintaining a high-frequency environment. I decided to take a leap of faith.
I took a non-paying internship for a year as a colon therapist as I was already on a serious mission to detox from the toxic lifestyle of my youth. I rode the bus every day to both of my jobs and back home rain, sleet or snow! My mentor was adept in the universal principle of creating your own reality and we watched “The Secret” on repeat every day. Needless to say, the manifestation force was strong with her and our clients basked in this energy. I decided to take a leap of faith.
Eventually, I took many of her clients as my own and decided to offer culinary classes and services to many of them struggling with health issues. This took courage and preparation but was quickly a success. I began to blog about my experiences and take photos of my food. I manifested a talented photographer who had experience in web design and marketing and together we worked 8 hours a day for the next 3 years. Now listen very closely to this next part folks because this is the part where most folks would have thrown in the towel. I didn’t see one dollar for the first 2 years!!!
I showed up to work, with a wardrobe and groceries, makeup and jewelry 5 days a week 8 hours a day to write articles and create visual content for free. Eventually, the calls came in, I invested back into my company. I lost money, I made mistakes, I lost followers, I struggled to pay employees. I had to do design ads and be the cook and the photographer and the booking agent! But guess what..that’s what it took.
It has been 5 years now since I launched my e-store, books and virtual classes and although I have a few special clients I no longer cook for a living. I’ve been featured in over 35 magazines, newspapers, and a dozen television shows. I’ve done campaigns with Ford, Toyota, and Lincoln. I have helped thousands on the path to wellness through my retreats and workshops.
“This ain’t for everybody. Nothing came to me easily. Don’t let the pretty pics fool ya.”
I am so proud of not only being a mother who is running a 6-figure company most of which goes towards employees, ads, and back into the company, but mostly at who I’ve become because of my journey. This ain’t for everybody. Nothing came to me easily. Don’t let the pretty pics fool ya.
– Chef Ahki