Anita Washington, M.Ed. & M.B.A., CEO & Founder of That Anita Live, LLC, host of the TV show That Anita Live and The Emotional Happiness Podcast with That Anita Live provides a platform for women to learn, laugh and more importantly heal emotionally by learning from the challenges and successes of others.
A former school and community agency counselor and creator of the 7-Step Method, Anita’s helped guide people from the ages of eleven to fifty through their own life issues, personal transformations and professional endeavors. With an old soul and a comedic, honest voice. She uses many southern colloquialisms and colorful expressions to unwrap personal stories of surviving a homicidal alcoholic father, a mother in denial and four physically and emotionally abusive brothers and relates them to guiding principles and healing techniques.
Through her powerful and uplifting interviews at ThatAnitaLive.TV and The Emotional Happiness Podcast women get to see and hear real women with resourceful stories living relentless lives after life’s most devastating events. Through her charismatic and compelling speaking, Anita helps women use the tools and resources they already have to reveal and release success blockers such as childhood trauma and family dysfunction to build self-confidence, boost their self-esteem and feel free to live true to their own personality, spirit and character.
She has self-published two books: number one ranked ebook, 7 Simple Steps to Beat Emotional Baggage: How To Become Whole, Healed, Healthy & Happy, which shares actionable techniques that will walk women through letting go of the past and rising above the glass ceiling to reach higher levels of success and satisfaction in life and newly released book (ebook and paperback), Family Is Not Everything: How To Minimize Their Mess, Maximize Your Happiness and Enjoy Emotional Baggage Breakthroughs which shares trauma stories you can relate to along with the seven techniques, affirmations and activities to help you heal.
From nine-to-five, Anita is a Senior Acquisition Support Specialist, possessing over nineteen years of performing and administering program management and cradle-to-grave commercial and federal contracting activities for acquisitions ranging from $500,000 to over $2 Billion. She has progressively worked her way up the federal acquisition life-cycle and commercial supply chain through various positions from pre-award and requirements definition to commodities buying to contract close-out. In her career, she has mastered the art of transitioning to level-up.
Anita is a graduate of Limestone College, Virginia State University, and Strayer University with a B.S. in Mathematics, an M.Ed. in Guidance & Counseling, and an M.B.A. in Contracts & Acquisitions. You can find Anita online at ThatAnitaLive.com, Twitter, Periscope, Instagram and Facebook. Her handle is That Anita Live on all four social media platforms.
BPM: It is such a pleasure to have you join us to discuss, your latest book, Family Is Not Everything. Describe yourself in three words.
Disciplined, Determined and Destined.
BPM: Describe what you do outside of writing to expand your business or brand.
I coach women on how to create the life they secretly crave. I also host a podcast titled, The Emotional Happiness Podcast with That Anita Live and I host a local television show called, That Anita Live.
BPM: Have you written any other books that are not published?
Yes, right now I’m editing two devotionals and a journal I want to share with my tribe. I’d like to offer more of the inspiration and motivation that helped me accomplish big things in my life.
BPM: What is your preferred method to have readers get in touch with or follow you?
I love Twitter and Instagram. Readers can connect with me on either platform and I’m always open to answer questions or respond to comments.
BPM: Are you an author that interacts a great deal with your readers?
Yes! We have a good time. We tweet each other and I follow them on Instagram and comment on their posts all the time.
BPM: How do you balance the professional, personal and spiritual sides of your life, while pursuing your dreams?
I compartmentalize time for each area of my life. Each area has a designated time slot and during that time, I’m all in. I live fully in the experience of that moment.
BPM: What does the phrase ‘Fail Forward’ mean to you?
It means as long as you are in motion, even though you may not be seeing the success you desire, momentum moves you closer to success.
BPM: If you could pass on a single piece of advice to authors out there reading this interview, what would it be?
Live authentically through the words you write, by being true to yourself and your beliefs.
BPM: How do you stay connected with others in your industry?
I stay connected through networking. Once a calendar quarter I gather with other authors and life coaches to meet for lunch or dinner and discuss new marketing strategies or to bounce ideas off of each other. We’re suppose to meet for business but we goof off and have a lot of fun.
BPM: How can we support you? What’s next for you?
Follow me on social media and stay in touch. Give me your feedback on my posts. If you like a post or tweet, like it, but also comment and let me know what you think. I love knowing what readers think of the posts and tweets I share.
BPM: Please share ways that our readers can stay connected to you online.