Never underestimate the power of associating with positive and inspiring people.
Today, let's get to know someone who completely embodies this.
Crystal Washington-Martin is a virtual Queen - she fuses beauty and style with knowledge to bring a unique style of quality to her craft. Crystal is a marketing consultant, speaker and owner of crystalwashington.com, a Houston-based marketing firm. Crystal’s passion is empowering small business owners through sharing effective marketing strategies.
Crystal connects entrepreneurs and small business owners that typically don't know each other. A 'Synergist", her ideas help you to capitalize on the power of the Internet. If you have a business idea that needs expert guidance, call Crystal. Do you need to learn how to capitalize on the power of the Internet? Or, do you need to inject inspiration and drive into your business? Crystal brings it - and this is why Crystal is my first official female 'Get To Know...' honorette and I am honored to share her greatness to the World. Enjoy.
My Interview with Crystal Washington-Martin:
Crystal: I wake up at 3:00 AM to meditate and plan out my day. Go back to sleep at 3:30. I'm up again at 7:00 to "officially" start my day. I get myself together and head out for appointments/ work on client projects and normally attend a networking or community event in the evening when I am not conducting a webinar.
TMS: 3AM huh? Wow. You are so busy, so tell me, how do you balance Family and career?
Crystal: I'm very blessed! My husband's office is upstairs. We sometimes eat lunch together or run up/down the stairs to steal a kiss. We support each other. I market his photography business and he provides amazing photos at my events. While we both work hard, we actually spend more time together than the average couple.
TMS: What inspired you to be a small business owner?
Crystal: I’ll give you the short version- divine intervention, quite literally. I was praying one day and this entire vision came to me. Six months later a voice told me that I was to leave my position and work my business full time. I was pretty scared. In the end, I left a well paying position in corporate America to pursue a business that would not only empower me, but would give me the opportunity to make a positive lasting impression on hundreds of small businesses. The fact is that many small businesses fail not due to lack of money but rather due to a complete lack of strategic marketing. As my business grew, the demand for me to become a speaker and teacher did as well. That is when I developed www.crystalwashington.com.
TMS: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Crystal: I am a “Big” with Big Brothers Big Sisters and I truly love being a mentor and exposing my “Little” to new cultures, experiences and thoughts. I also serve on the advisory board of Inprint, a premier national literary organization that demonstrates the value and impact of creative writing to Houston’s varying communities. I recently joined the advisory board of Rice’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality; an extremely eye-opening and rewarding experience. Other than that, you can find me taking West African Dance Classes, practicing Zen Meditation with Buddhist monks, reading a good book in a corner or just being a complete goof ball with my husband.
TMS: Who inspires you?
Crystal: My husband is my first source of inspiration. He seems to have God on speed dial and never fails to amaze me. My clients inspire me with their unique gifts and abilities. My friends and family inspire me with their wisdom and tenacity. I’m very often moved by children; they truly possess more knowledge than most of us adults can ever wish to. In the public arena, people like Don Miquel Ruiz and Maya Angelou are amazing sources of inspiration. In short, anyone who hungers for true wisdom and has a mission to empower others.
March was National Women's History Month, but we will continue to celebrate throughout the year. While the history of women often seems to be written with invisible ink, even when recognized in their own times, women are often not included in the history books.
National Women’s History Month provides an excellent venue to recognize and celebrate women’s historic achievements as well as an opportunity to honor women within our families and communities. Let's do this everyday though.
Who inspires you?