Today, we are introducing you to "Joyce L. Kyles"
Share info about you, where you are from originally and where you are now, and what you do?
My name is Joyce Kyles. I am originally from Chicago, IL. I currently reside in Moscow, TN. I am a speaker, coach, consultant and author. I am the CEO of Joyce Kyles Consulting and Executive Director and founder of Walking Into A New Life.
What have you overcome? Share a little about your topic.
I have overcome domestic and financial abuse. When most people think about abuse, they think of the physical aspects associated with abuse. In this case, we didn’t have physical altercations. But the emotional abuse and intentional lack of financial support was overwhelming. I had shared intimate and vulnerable parts of myself with someone I loved. That person took advantage of those intimacies, vulnerabilities, and my desire to have a two parent household.
How did you know you needed to change?
I realized that I needed to change when I saw the holistic impact my situation was having on my overall quality of life. That included my ability to provide for my children; not just financially, but emotionally. I had become depressed and lost my sense of confidence and self worth. I vividly remember the day when I said enough was enough, even if it meant losing the remaining tangibles we had. I realized at that moment that I was losing touch with who I was and whose I was. We deserved better than that. I wasn’t sure what would be on the other side for us, but I knew that I owed it to all of us to see.
What steps did you take to implement change?
The first, and I believe, the most important step I took was to acknowledge that I needed and deserved better for myself and my family. I had to put aside my pride and any fears of embarrassment and self doubt I felt at that time. I uncomfortably faced the reality of my situation, prioritized our needs, and proactively searched for resources that would be helpful with ensuring our holistic needs would be met. Those holistic needs included counseling and digging deep to find the courage to confide in two people about the things we were experiencing. I started doing yoga and incorporated exercise.
What encouraging words can you leave for the readers?
Believe that you deserve to be happy, thrive, and live in holistic abundance. Remain focused on your journey’s needs to thrive. Regardless of a specific form of religion, I believe we all possess an inner spirit that guides us. Trust yourself, your instincts, and at least one to two people that can provide you with guidance and support. The beginning of the beautiful life I am experiencing began when I did that. Give yourself grace. Understand that overcoming takes time, but you CAN overcome and thrive. My experiences didn’t happen overnight, and neither did the process of overcoming. Forgive yourself and anyone who caused you harm. I am proof that you can get back everything you lost and be blessed with more than I could have ever imagined.
What is your favorite quote?
Trust in HIM with all your heart, and lean not to thine own understanding, but in all thy ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your path - Proverbs 3:5,6
Provide the best ways to contact you.
Joyce Kyles is an award winning, international speaker, 2x Amazon best selling author, life and thriving skills coach, and consultant. She is the CEO of Joyce Kyles Consulting & the Executive Director & Founder of Walking Into A New Life. She has received certifications in areas of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse and molestation. A graduate of Arkansas State University, she recently received her certification in Women’s Entrepreneurship from Cornell University, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace from the University of South Florida and Mental Health First Aid USA. Her humbling accolades and published work include features in Huffington Post, The Memphis Flyer, Tri-State Defender, Black Press USA, the New Orleans Tribune, the Welcome Greenbook for Black Tourists and being named the Crime Victim Advocate of the Year. .Joyce also wrote PSAs and performed voiceovers used for domestic violence campaigns for 103.5FM, a local Cumulus affiliate station. Joyce currently serves as the Vice President of the Memphis & Shelby Co Domestic and Sexual Violence Council, Vice President of Beautiful Spirited Women and is a member of ICF TN Chapter and Philanthroforce.
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