My Journey to a
Positive Identity

Velera Wilson

From Timid to Tenacious in my Career

I’m a passionate marketing director at a Fortune 500 company – I LOVE marketing (almost as much as I love helping other women!). I’ve enjoyed an awesome career that’s allowed me to move across the country a number of times leading teams and driving results. It’s been amazing to collect friends, colleagues, and memories all along the way!

When I started my career, I was a bit timid. I was the first in my family to graduate from college or have a “corporate job” so often times I didn’t know that I fit in or what the rules of engagement were – in short, I didn’t know what I should ask for or what I was worth. Over time I’ve learned to walk with confidence, knowing that if I am invited to the table, I absolutely have something to offer. I’ve launched and marketed products used in the U.S. and around the globe and it’s such a dope feeling! Little ol’ black girl from L.A (that’s Los Angeles honey!) has a footprint around the world! Never would’ve imagined it in a million years….I’m truly grateful.

From “Just Enough” to Stability

Do you know what I get excited about? Being able to pay my bills! Crazy right – I literally get excited when I am paying my bills each month. I am so thankful that I get to pay my bills on time.

For the girl that stood in line with my mom at the grocery store and had to put stuff back because we didn’t have the money – I am so thankful that God has allowed me to reach a place of financial stability.

It wasn’t without work – I had to unlearn bad spending habits and learn the value of money. Sounds boring huh? Well it’s the truth – I set goals to pay off my car, my bachelors and masters degree loans, credit card debt, and I did it.

Relationships – My (Former) Achilles Heel

To say I saw healthy marital relationships growing up would be a lie – I was raised by my mother and grandmother and both were single women. Layered on the absence of my father was abuse I experienced as a child – so by the time I became an adult my perception of relationships were tainted at best.

When I realized my brokenness was keeping me from having what I really desired – a loving relationship – I decided to do the work to heal. I believe your dating relationships are a reflection of what you believe about yourself – change the image you have of yourself and you’ll change the relationships you pursue. That’s what I did – and I married my loving husband in 2012.

Faith: The Foundation for My Life

For anything that I have and will accomplish – God is the reason for it. I believe faith should be put into practice. My career? He said I should work unto Him so I’ve done my best at work and watched Him promote me. My relationships? He says He has made me whole and His has given me a spirit of power, love and sound mind so I’ve pursued wholeness and relationships that reflect His love.

At one point in life I lost my faith – I thought it was too restrictive, too boring and I ran. I realized that my concept of God was not accurate – He gives ABUNDANT life – in no way does He restrict good things in our lives. Boring? Nahhh, He brings excitement without any hidden costs. He is the reason I live, I thrive….and so can you.

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