Get to know Dr. Shavona Whitehead
Hi, Dr. Whitehead. Thank you for joining us today. Can you introduce yourself to our audience?
Hey there, I'm Dr. Shavona L. Whitehead, but you can call me "The MORE Pusher". My focus is on empowering women to break free from their limiting beliefs and live the life they were created to live. I own the MORE Brand, which stands for Motivated Overcomers being Restored and Empowered, and we offer life and empowerment coaching, Restore Your ROAR Experience, journals, books, t-shirts, and more.
Can you tell us more about your Break the Box Journey and Restore Your ROAR Experience?
Absolutely! My "Break the Box Journey" is an 8-week program designed to help women break free from the boxes that have held them back. These boxes are created due to trauma, failed relationships, family history, low self-esteem, opinions, mistakes, and even self-doubt. During the journey, we work on breaking these boxes so that women can embrace their self-confidence and self-love, and live in the fullness of who they were created to be.
My "Restore Your ROAR Experience" is a sisterhood event where women can come together to restore, overcome, affirm, and release. Life circumstances may make you feel like you no longer have a voice, but this event is all about rediscovering your voice and coming out with something to say!
Your latest release is "The Cutting That Made Me Whole." Can you tell us more about it and how readers can gain from it?
"The Cutting That Made Me Whole" is my story about my journey to reconnecting to the authentic me. It's a story of multiple tragedies that led me to infinite triumphs, and it's the uncut and unadulterated truth of how I endured betrayal, heartbreak, and loss.
This book is the journey of how I healed and embraced the authentic me, and reading it can help shift your perspective to understand that many things were rejection, it was protection. Many things weren’t meant to hurt you, they were actually tools to birth the better you.
You'll be amazed at how one CUT could actually shift the trajectory of your life for the better. Better yet, the Cutting will be the very thing to Make You WHOLE. The cutting helps you reveal the real you to yourself.
You mentioned earlier about wishing you knew how to protect your heart earlier on in coaching. Can you share how you were able to cope and what you've learned from it?
Yes, in coaching, there is a desire to see a change in people, especially when they say that is their goal. However, the inability to use wisdom concerning your heart when guiding someone through the transformation journey can lead you to allow them to lead the way as you push, not vice versa. I had to learn not to take everything personally.
You mentioned your latest book, "The Cutting That Made Me Whole," can you tell us a bit more about the inspiration behind it?
Absolutely. "The Cutting That Made Me Whole" is my personal story of triumph over tragedy. It's a journey of how I reconnected with my authentic self after enduring multiple heartbreaks and betrayals, both from external sources and those self-inflicted or allowed. I wrote it with the hope that my story could help others see their own hardships and obstacles in a different light, as tools that can help birth a better version of themselves.
It sounds like your coaching program, the Break The Box Journey, is all about helping women break free from limitations and embrace their authentic selves. Can you walk us through what that journey entails?
Sure, the Break The Box Journey is an 8-week program that takes mentees through the process of breaking the boxes that have held them captive. These boxes can be anything from trauma, failed relationships, family history, low self-esteem, opinions, mistakes, and self-doubt, to name a few. Through the program, I push them to be committed to breaking these boxes and embracing self-confidence and self-love. The journey is all about empowering women to live in the fullness of who they were created to be.
You mentioned the Restore Your ROAR Experience, which sounds like an incredibly powerful event. Can you give us a sneak peek into what attendees can expect?
Absolutely! The Restore Your ROAR Experience is a sisterhood event where attendees can come together to restore, overcome, affirm, and release. It's all about empowering women to find their voice and tap into their inner strength, even in the face of life's challenges. Through a combination of powerful speakers, interactive exercises, and opportunities for reflection, attendees will leave feeling restored and empowered to live their lives to the fullest.
With everything going on in your busy life, from being a wife and mother to running your own coaching and empowerment brand, how do you find balance and make time for self-care?
Self-care is essential for me, and I make it a priority each week. Whether it's scheduling a day for myself, taking a staycation each quarter, or a vacation each year, I always make sure to prioritize my own well-being. It's not selfish - it's necessary. I encourage others to fall in love with themselves again and to find self-care practices that work for them.
What advice would you give to someone who is struggling to break free from their own limitations and embrace their authentic self?
My advice would be to take it one step at a time and to be patient with yourself. Breaking free from limitations and embracing your authentic self is a journey, and it's important to remember that it won't happen overnight. But with commitment, self-love, and the right tools, you can get there. I also encourage anyone struggling to seek support, whether that be through coaching, therapy, or a supportive community. Remember that you are not alone, and you are capable of so much more than you know.
Finally, for those who want to support your brand and mission, what's the best way to get involved?
There are many ways to get involved! You can purchase one of my books or a MORE t-shirt from our website, or even make a donation to help cover the costs of attending our events for those who can't afford it. And of course, connecting with us on social media and sharing our brand with your family and friends is always appreciated. We believe that every woman deserves to live a life of purpose and fulfillment, and we are grateful for anyone who supports that mission.