Monique Dennis Spence is the founder of Positive Light Media, LLC, an empowerment company which specializes in products, lectures and all things related to inspiration, positivity and optimistic living. She is a frequent guest speaker and writer on inspirational topics and is also a public relations veteran having managed marketing campaigns for Allstate Insurance, Burger King Corporation, Toyota Motor Sales USA, and others. She earned a B.A. degree from Hampton University and an M.B.A. from Florida International University. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Jack and Jill of America and The Links, Inc. She also sits on the boards of the Women’s Elite Power Society and Youth of Excellence. A divorcee, Monique is the proud mother of a 5 year old daughter, Sydney.
Q. Describe what “Motherhood” has been like for you?
Motherhood has been the most tremendous and amazing experience. I thank God everyday for the gift of motherhood and for blessing me with an adorable little girl (Sydney) who inspires me every day. Motherhood has broadened my view on every aspect of life and given me a clearer more succinct direction on my purpose in life. Living, laughing and loving is at a completely different plateau and it is so true that you haven’t lived and you haven’t loved until you have had children.
Q. Who was most influential person in your life growing up?
Without a doubt, my parents, Melvin and Elizabeth Dennis have been the most influential people in my life. They provided me with a great foundation grounded in love and faith; and a moral compass to navigate my way through life. It is because of them that I have such an optimistic outlook on life and truly believe that anything is possible.
Q. What inspired you to create Positive Light Media LLC?
PLM was birthed out of a life-altering period in my life where I was faced with quite a few challenges all at once. I was going through a divorce, caring for my 4 month old daughter, and trying to re-establish my life all at the same time. The dream life I thought I aligned myself with was in fact the same life I had to walk away from. I went through a complete transition and heavily relied on my support system, my faith in God and my optimistic mindset to push through this phase of my life. I realized I had the power to change the direction of my life and began looking at the lessons to be learned in order to prosper. Walking away from my prior life and blazing a trial for my new life was one of the most positive experiences. I truly understood that in every challenge, there’s a lesson to be learned. My inner spirit kept me in line with a path of possibility and I became inspired to empower, uplift and encourage others. I published my first book, “The Quest for Positive Living, Seven Simple Truths for a Happy Life,” and Positive Light Media, LLC was founded. I view every new day as the opportunity to share my positive light and inspire others through my enterprising movement to do the same.
Q. Where do you see Positive Light Media in the next 5 years?
As an inspirational powerhouse and brand recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in the nation with products being sold in stores and speaking engagements being conducted globally.
Q. Where can we purchase your books, candles and other goodies?
www.positivelightmedia.com, www.amazon.com and www.bn.com (barnes and nobles online)
Q. Are you working on any other projects right now?
I’m excited to be in the midst of planning RISE, our first premiere success summit for women scheduled for August 2013. Filled with inspiration, speakers and strategies for success, this summit promises to be a supercharged gathering for women to become empowered and RISE to every occasion in their life (career, family, business and self).
Q. What advice do you have for other Sporty Mommas that may be thinking of starting something new?
1. Define what motivates you and where your passions are. This is where you will meet your life’s purpose. Someone once asked me the question, “What would you do if you weren’t afraid? I would ask all Sporty Momma’s to ask themselves that same question, step out on faith and become who you are destined to be.
2. Develop your own personal board of advisors. Companies have made this a corporate practice for years to help direct and drive their business. Use your own BOA to help you reach your goals, bounce off ideas, or just be the cheerleader(s) you need to help get you where you want to be.
3. Be your own brand and not just an accessory. Know your worth, know who you are and be able to communicate that in your everyday life. Do not give other people the opportunity to define who you are.