EP #68: Honoring Black Military Women with Business Coach Marilyn West

In honor of Black History Month, I am interviewing four amazing black military women throughout the month of February, who’ve gone BEYOND the military as coaches. They share their journey, the challenges they faced, and how they overcame every obstacle to get them where they are now.

Today, I introduce you to Marilyn West, Army Retired Chief Warrant Officer Three and Business Coach. She walks us through her time management hacks that help her balance life as a leader, wife, mom, entrepreneur, and woman of God all while still on active duty. She is an example of going BEYOND the military even before transitioning out of the service. 

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[00:00:00] Wendi: Hello ladies. And welcome I pray that you are doing well [00:01:00] and that you are super ready for today because we have a very special guest. And if you’ve been listening to the podcast and tuning in, you know, that I have talked about bringing on not only amazing women, but also military women that have gone beyond their military career, beyond their military lifestyle.

[00:01:18] Wendi: And today we have Marilyn West with us. And I’m pretty sure you’re going to love her as much as I do because this woman, when I tell you, she is not only an amazing leader, she’s an amazing business woman, mother, wife, and also a woman of faith. So I am just super excited that you guys are here tuning in.

[00:01:37] Wendi: And if you are new, I want to welcome you and just say, thank you for tuning in and possibly you even stumbled. Upon this podcast today, but I want to personally welcome you. And I hope that you’re ready because you are going to learn so much not only from what Marilyn has to share the tools that she has, but really just from her story.

[00:01:55] Wendi: And when I tell you this woman is just, you know, God sent. I actually [00:02:00] did not know her. And I. Found her through a mutual friend that we have, and I found her, her page on Instagram. And I genuinely connected with her just by her page because she is just so welcoming. She invites you into her space and it just makes you feel like you’re a part of her community already, even by just looking at her profile.

[00:02:20] Wendi: So if you’re on Instagram or on Facebook, you will know, and you’ll find everything in the show notes for today, how to get in touch with her, how to connect with her. But I promise you that the. 30 minutes or less that we spend with. You’re you’re definitely going to get something out of it. So I hope that you stay to the very end and I pray that this episode resonates with you.

[00:02:41] Wendi: And with that, I will go ahead and kind of give you, um, who Marilyn west is. I actually request like a little bio from all my guests that are going to interview here on the podcast. And this is what Marilyn has to say. She is a business manager for entrepreneurs specializing in [00:03:00] building a profitable business without social media burnout, through organic marketing strategies.

[00:03:05] Wendi: Marilyn is a combat veteran. They’re retired with 20 years as a human resources, chief developing and streamlining procedures to serve American greatest Marilyn trained in. Her military career. As a warrant officer to bring accountability organization and streamlined CEO’s processes and procedures to run effective businesses without being overwhelmed and to regain their excitement to serve.

[00:03:28] Wendi: She has over nine years of experience as an entrepreneur and her entrepreneurial journey began as a photographer where she realized in branding sessions for small businesses, she’s very motivated and skilled in startup businesses and scaling. She is dedicated to simplifying entrepreneurial businesses.

[00:03:50] Wendi: And a dedicated professional with a master’s degree focused in business administration American Intercontinental university, Marilyn served more than 20 [00:04:00] years in the United States. Army is a true professional certified in public speaking business management in organizational leadership. Ladies.

[00:04:08] Wendi: Welcome Marilyn West.

[00:04:11] Marilyn: Thank you, Wendi. I’m so excited to be here with you today and your community.

[00:04:16] Wendi: Thank you. I’m just so happy to be that you’re here. And honestly, like at the very beginning, when you said, you know, pulling a profitable business without social media burnout and through organic marketing strategies, again, I love everything that you do. And, you know, before we get into where you are at now, like, I always want to give, you know, my listeners, you know, kind of where you came from, um, as well as, you know, highlighting.

[00:04:40] Wendi: You know, black history month. Right? I know you and I talked about this prior to the interview and, you know, being able to celebrate and honor black women, especially, you know, black women in the military. Right. And you know, all the things that you’ve done, um, all the challenges that you have to go through as well.

[00:04:57] Wendi: I kind of want to go back, you know, to kind [00:05:00] of your, your early story of. Very, um, you joined the military, you know, kind of how you got into the military and what got you into, you know, the investing part in everything else that you’ve kind of through.

[00:05:15] Marilyn: Honestly, when I joined the military, I had no clue what I was getting myself into. I wanted to serve, I wanted to be a part of something greater than me and I knew school wasn’t for me right away. And I needed the discipline. I started off in the reserve and I thought by joining the military, it would afford me to opportunity.

[00:05:38] Marilyn: To have the funds with schools. So when I joined, I just was super excited. I didn’t really know what I was getting into with basic training. I remember calling my mom crying, asking her to come pick me up. And when I realized she couldn’t come pick me up, I was like, okay, I just have to Tufts this out. And that’s when I realized, um, from being in the reserve that I wanted to [00:06:00] go act to duty because I truly fell in love.

[00:06:03] Marilyn: The community, it felt like family, I always used to be a scream. It, so I felt like I was at home. you know, my journey into the military was really the unknown. And I said, I would get out when I stopped having fun. And that’s when I made my exit.

[00:06:20] Wendi: Wow. That’s amazing. I mean, I love how you said, um, you know, you went in scared and, or at least motivated, right. And then when you were there, you were scared and you’re like, mom, where are you parents? Um, in which I know your parents were probably would have been like, uh, you chose that career, so I’m gonna need you to stay there.

[00:06:36] Wendi: Just kind of like, you know, how you were saying, I was always, you know, the, the whole yelling part, I think, you know, that’s something, um, that most of our parents did. Um, Again, in my mind, I’m thinking they didn’t know how to manage their emotions. They didn’t really talk about emotions. Right? Like that’s something that, you know, we grew up, especially, you know, in the black community.

[00:06:54] Wendi: I know that that’s something that, you know, my husband is African-American. I think, you know, that he’s black and it’s something that we [00:07:00] talk about now. Right. How we want to raise our kids based on, you know, how we were raised, you know, the huge difference that, that came with that. So. You know, uh, I’m glad that you touched on that.

[00:07:11] Wendi: And so now you said another important thing here. Um, you wanted to leave the military when you stopped having fun. Right? And I think that right there, maybe you, you didn’t know this, but I’m sure in the back of your mind, you kind of did that because you knew that there was a point in time that we’re going to stop having fun.

[00:07:29] Wendi: Right. So now what am I going to do when I get out? Right. Because think that most of us, especially when we’re doing. We think that what we have now is just going to last forever, but not the truth. Right? So for all of our young listeners tuning in, you know, our young soldiers, spiritual burrs officers, um, and CEOs, you know, can you share with them?

[00:07:55] Wendi: You know, based on your story that helped you kind of [00:08:00] plan when you were, I think a PFC is what I think you said you were when you started getting into the stock market or investing.

[00:08:07] Marilyn: Absolutely. So I had some amazing leaders in my military career and I had the ones that wasn’t as smart when it came to the TSP, but they were smart enough to tell me to. The TSP and I truly believe, and I’m so grateful to this day to have cross paths with those leaders, because they had an understanding of knowing like one day you’re going to get out and you need to be prepared.

[00:08:37] Marilyn: And going back to the statement where I said about stop, having fun. I realized that when I was born in a plane to Afghanistan for my last deployment, it was easy when it was just my husband and I. Um, I may east 77 years, I dropped my warrant packet before 10 years to become a warrant officer. So those things [00:09:00] were as easy as just a married couple, but I knew it was going to come a time in my career where, you know, the red flags will come on and I’ll be like, well, I don’t think this is fun anymore because now I have a family.

[00:09:12] Marilyn: So how do you balance it all? So I’ll always was the one that was forward thinking, thinking about that next rank. So. As I was born in at points, Afghanistan and leaving behind my one-year old. And my, my, um, three-year-old, I was like, Marilyn, you have to start preparing for the future. And I realized I had to get aggressive with how I was investing.

[00:09:38] Marilyn: So instead of taking that time and kind of like, Being away from my family. I took that time to see how I can speed up my financial freedom to independency. that’s what I did. I was playing with compound calculators every day. I see how much money I would need I hit 20 years or 22 [00:10:00] years or whatever.

[00:10:00] Marilyn: I decided just to make sure that I was prepared that exit strategy. And I had already had a photography business before I went to. Afghanistan. So I always had that entrepreneurial spirit and I knew it was something that I wanted to do on the other side. So when it came to take an advantage of the programs that the military had set up, it was easy for me to know that I was going to go the entrepreneur route when I was going through a soldier for life.

[00:10:31] Wendi: Yeah. And you know, that’s one of the things that you said too. Um, and again, I’m pretty sure a lot of women listening, tuning in now will resonate with, you know, leaving your children behind for training because you, and, you know, you can, you know, describe kind of, um, how you felt as well. But, um, I didn’t, you know, get the chance to deploy, but I, I did have to leave.

[00:10:56] Wendi: My daughter at a very young age and even, you [00:11:00] know, going through training for a month to Gerrity C or, you know, other training events that I had to attend that was over, you know, two weeks for the most part, you know, you kind of feel this tug, you kind of felt like you’re, you’re, you’re going to serve, right.

[00:11:15] Wendi: You’re doing your training because you love it. You’re when you’re in it, you’re just, you’re all in a hundred percent. And it’s like the switch that we get. You know when, when we’re in it, that other part of us, like for me, it was more of the. The guilt and also the, you know, like the FOMO, right? Like, what am I missing out on, you know, what she’s doing, what he’s doing, what, you know, my husband’s going to be there, you know, in, in a beautiful thing too, is that, um, at least for me, you know, I had him and my in-laws to take care of them.

[00:11:46] Wendi: So, you know, for you, like what, what, what was that like? I’m pretty sure this is one of the challenges and obstacles that you had to of endure a wall. You know, you were, you were out.

[00:11:58] Marilyn: So as a leader, I can [00:12:00] tell you that FOMO would hit you on both sides. It will hit you because you’re training what your soldiers, getting them prepared to deploy and is also hitting you from your face. Your boss, you know, so it’s so hard when you talk about that FOMO, because at the end of the day, you want to be there for your team and you also want to be there for your family.

[00:12:22] Marilyn: But when you have a strong team that you can look at and say, Hey, I’m having a day that I’m there. You know, and you walk over to that defect together and they cheer you up and you go back to your room and you connect with your family. It makes it a little bit better. when I think

[00:12:41] Wendi: That’s good.

[00:12:42] Marilyn: too, I think about it on both sides, I imagine in the rear as well.

[00:12:52] Marilyn: my team go forward. So I guess, you know, Being in the military is very challenging. And I would [00:13:00] tell you, you know, when you stop having fun, because that FOMO will definitely start to take control of your life. And then you have to understand like, which is a healthy balance for me. And I think when I got to that point of trying to manage it all, trying to get closer to some guy.

[00:13:17] Marilyn: So my family, to my friends rebuilding those relationships that, you know, I couldn’t attend so many activities. In the past, makes a big difference. Like how do you balance it all?

[00:13:29] Wendi: Right. Yeah. And you know, that, that’s one of the things that, you know, I kind of talk about here, right? That’s what this podcast is all about. You know, being able to create this balance that is only yours, right. Because. There’s no way that we can find this, you know, life circle of balance of 50 50, or, you know, 25, 25, 25.

[00:13:51] Wendi: But we can’t create that within our personal, you know, journey that we’re in. Right. So everyone in the military has a [00:14:00] different experience. And I think that we forget that sometimes. And this is what I mean, especially, you know, if you’re active duty right now, listen, You know, you’ve had tougher assignments, then maybe the one that you’re in now, right?

[00:14:11] Wendi: Like you could be at Fort Bragg and be in, you know, in the soft community or you could be a brag and be an 82nd, you know, one of the units that’s, you know, possibly, always on, you know, on standby to deploy. There’s always going to be a different moment in your lives. Right. So I love how you described earlier, you know, when you were just married or when you were a young soldier, everything else was kind of like, oh yeah, I’m in, I’m all in and I’m just going to get it done.

[00:14:39] Wendi: And I’m just looking at the next thing. But when family comes into play and I think that that’s where a lot of us women kind of struggle, not only in the military, I think we’re, you know, talking all women in general here. Specifically military woman, because one that’s what this podcast is about. And to, um, and also, you know, the, the military spouses, I want to [00:15:00] say, um, because we have this commitment that we have made, but we chose that, right.

[00:15:07] Wendi: It was this commitment that we made ahead of time. And now I think that when family comes into the picture in your desires of starting a business or starting this investment, and just as personal growth that we have. Not to mention, you know, your relationship with God, right? Like where do we want to be, you know, two, three years from now and how can God help us now?

[00:15:29] Wendi: you know, putting all of that, not to mention, you know, other things that come up with life, um, family members and everything of that sort, you know, how can we able to. Still prioritize what we truly want, what we want to be, you know, how do we want to be involved? So Marilyn, of the questions that I have here for you, because I think, um, you know, it’s very important for us to learn from you because I’ve, you know, I’ve met you.

[00:15:55] Wendi: I want to say two almost three years ago. And I’ve [00:16:00] seen you, when you were in the military, um, active duty, you know, on when you were with a unit that was pretty much, you know, on a go, go, go. Um, and then, you know, kind of like taking a break. And also I know that you’ve had, you know, um, loss recently as well.

[00:16:20] Wendi: and then you’re transitioning, right? Not to mention you have this business, so. What can you teach us or, you know, give us of, you know, how you manage everything from your standpoint, from where you’ve been and where you’ve you’re going as well.

[00:16:37] Marilyn: I would say grace, that’s the first thing you have to give yourself grace, and you have to understand, like you have to have a good time management skill, just like being in the military. I manage everything to the T. And what I mean about that, I like to schedule everything out. Like my husband was just laughing me a couple [00:17:00] of days ago.

[00:17:00] Marilyn: He was like, so what time is the party? And I’m like, he’s talking about a party that two weeks away. He was like, I know, you know, what time it is because I manage everything to the T and I schedule everything out and I truly believe. Are in control of your time? Probably not. So while you’re in the military, but when you have a business is so important to manage everything when it comes to your time and understanding what’s priority and what can.

[00:17:31] Marilyn: I always start with about three tasks a week and what I want to accomplish. And I always take time to schedule everything out for at least two to three weeks. So not at a point where I’m rushing and trying to complete a task. So those same skills that you had in the military, bring them over into your business and to your exit strategy out of the military, because time is so precious and you want to make sure that you are utilizing it to its fullest potential.[00:18:00]

[00:18:00] Wendi: right. Yeah. And I think you would agree with me here. That I think you said it before, maybe you and I have been talking and we said this before, you know, a lot of people say time is money. Right? A lot of people are like, whoa. You know, when I ask them and you know, this is coming from some of the clients and consoles that I’ve had, you know, what do you value the most?

[00:18:19] Wendi: And they’re like, you know, my family, my health, you know, my time. And then money’s at the very end. Right. But when we look at everything, it’s like, no, you’re only valuing money because that’s the only thing you’re budgeting for. You’re not budgeting your time. You’re not allocating time to spend with your family.

[00:18:36] Wendi: So, you know, I love that. You said that, um, you know, the very beginning with grace, um, it’s something that is hard for us to do. I mean, I may be only speaking for me, but when I tell you that we get into this perfectionism, sometimes at least for me, I wanted everything to be done, you know? Fall asleep and everything that I did [00:19:00] in the military.

[00:19:01] Wendi: And then I also wanted that for my family, but I’ll be honest. Like, I didn’t really schedule everything like that when I was still in, because I’m like, you know what? I may not even get to it because something’s going to come up. Right. Like I kind of filled ahead of time when it came to the time.

[00:19:18] Wendi: Possibly did have, I didn’t plan for it because I was so kind of just focused on, you know, I’m so tired and I’m just ready to get this test done. And this mission done before I move on to the next thing, which was my personal life. So I love that you said that in, you know, being focused with three tasks a week, um, I think that that is, you know, key, right?

[00:19:41] Wendi: Like what are the three top things that you are going to get done? And it could be, you know, Your career, it could be your military. I mean, your personal life. It could be your business if you’re starting a business, because there will always be an excuse that we make in our minds [00:20:00] that we don’t have the time.

[00:20:00] Wendi: Right. Or we can’t seem to focus on our business or our, you know, education, whatever it may be for you. You have to create that, you said earlier, you know, you have to create that time because it’s there, it’s given to us now, how do we, you know, stored it and be able to make the most out of it. So thank you, Merlin for sharing that.

[00:20:23] Wendi: I think that. You know, um, ladies again, I hope you’re taking notes. I hope you have made yourself comfortable because Mellon I have, um, she’s drinking water, I’m drinking coffee and water. I’m trying to, I’m trying to be good over here to Maryland you, but, uh, You know, seriously, like take these notes down.

[00:20:44] Wendi: If you have to listen to this podcast again, I highly recommend that you do, when I tell you that we need to be reminded of this again, grace seems so easy. We’re like, yeah, we can do that. But it’s hard for us to do, um, because we have to actually be okay with where we’re at where we’re [00:21:00] possibly going or not going.

[00:21:01] Wendi: And it’s. And, you know, that’s something that I think that we could all, you know, use some work on and then, you know, identifying three tasks that you need to do. I mean, it’s Monday, when this episode actually published. It’s Monday. So kind of get your ducks in a row, right? I mean, I think Marilyn, you and I start on Sunday, if you, even if you do it Monday morning, right.

[00:21:22] Wendi: If you give yourself 10 minutes to just ask yourself, okay, do I need to get done this week? That is serious business. There’s nothing that I can, you know, I can’t drop the ball on these sort of things. What would that be? Um, so yeah. And Marilyn, can you share with us now, something that, you know, resonates with resonated with you with the coaching industry, because you’re a coach.

[00:21:41] Wendi: Um, tell us a little bit more about that.

[00:21:44] Marilyn: So it’s so interesting that I pivot my business into a coaching business because I love mentoring. I love that leadership. I love seeing entrepreneurial. Pretty much like soldiers, right? When you get them as a private [00:22:00] and you see them start moving up through the ranks. I liked that as well when it comes to entrepreneurship, because over the years, what I noticed was a lot of people create in quick wins in the industry and they wasn’t sustainable for a lot of businesses.

[00:22:15] Marilyn: Um, they came up with a lot of catchphrase, six figures in three months and like that. And if you truly believe you’re going to make six figures and three. I’m here to tell you, unless you have a stroke pipeline, that’s not going to happen with lead generation. Um, and I’m, I’m coming to industry.

[00:22:36] Marilyn: With a more realistic approach where I’m teaching my clients to be in it for the long wind, at the end of the day, you have to get your credibility up with what you do and how you do it and what your products you serve. then you got to know how to connect with people. not only that, you got to constantly be bringing in new leads.

[00:22:57] Marilyn: So with the coaching industry, Um, I think [00:23:00] I am going to ruffle a few feathers over the next couple of weeks because I’m getting back to the basics when it comes to, how do you build those relationships and about leadership in the entrepreneur space? Because us a big lack there because we have a lot of entrepreneurs scaling with teams something that we’re so good at in the military talking about SOP.

[00:23:26] Marilyn: They don’t get it on that side, you know, before you hire your first employee da or social media manager, do you even have SLPs in place to show them exactly what to do? So coming in with my self, my military experience, about SLPs and everything else, because sometimes you have to look at your.

[00:23:52] Marilyn: From a different set of eyes. And I truly believe that’s where coaches can come in place to help you. to actually tell you, [00:24:00] Hey, you know, this is how you can streamline your business and help your business for the future, because we all want to be in it for a long time.

[00:24:08] Wendi: Right. Yeah. And I love that you talked about that because again, that’s another thing that I love about, you know, your coaching kind of how you show up, not only on social media, but also, you know, on different platforms and hopefully soon we’ll see you more on, on podcasts and video. Right. We’ll kind of, you know, just, you know, kinda hit y’all.

[00:24:28] Wendi: Um, but listen, when Marilyn comes into, um, Instagram or Facebook and her groups like. When I tell you this woman has a lot of not only knowledge and experience, but it’s the leadership right. That you mentioned, and you’re completely right. And I’m pretty sure a lot of you ladies listening. Now, if you’re already in the business world or if you’re a coach or if you’re wanting to be a coach or you’re just trying to go into the corporate America corporate sector, I will say that you will be very [00:25:00] disappointed because what we’ve learned in the military, It’s an it’s nowhere else that no one teaches it outside of the military.

[00:25:14] Wendi: No one teaches it outside of the military. And when you get to that, you know, corporate sector or that job, or even starting this business and, you know, hiring your first coach. We don’t get taught or led into, you know, the workflows and the standard operating procedures. Right. You know, um, in the corporate sector is called like a playbook.

[00:25:38] Wendi: Um, you know, they, they have different things, um, different sections of, kind of like a in sports, right? Like we have the often seen with the defense team and same thing with the business. Right. We have our sales or marketing, our, um, Just content creation that we have right there. Sections of our business and our [00:26:00] jobs, but it’s not out there.

[00:26:01] Wendi: So I love that you are bringing that in because need that. And this is why, right. And I’m pretty sure Marilyn, I know that this is kind of why you’re passionate about this, because it’s all about going back to your why, right? Like you’re in it. Not because you want to be a millionaire. Of course, that’s always great.

[00:26:20] Wendi: But because you want to spend time with your friends. You want to have that valuable time with your girls, as they’re growing up with your husband, you want to be able to say yes to the things that are valuable to you. Spending time with God in the morning, working out whenever you know, that is best for you, right.

[00:26:36] Wendi: of, you know, struggling. Not realizing that your business is unorganized or there isn’t a workflow. If you know you were out for a week, you have no idea. No one knows how to step in because you don’t have anything in place. And I think that that is key for any anyone out there, you know, either if you’re still in the military, right.

[00:26:56] Wendi: Are you a great leader because you think you’re a great leader because people are telling you, [00:27:00] is it because you’re all we are your NCR is it because. It’s okay. That you’re not there and that you’ve trained done the work with your team ahead of time that when you’re not there, because life happens.

[00:27:14] Wendi: you know, Marilyn, for, you know, being an example of that and really showing in meeting other women. Other business owners and to, you know, where, you know, the coaching can, you know, can help them only get organized, but you help them create those systems, those SLPs, and, you know, tell us a little bit more on, you know, on that.

[00:27:37] Wendi: And also something that you could share with them, know, as we’re closing out the, this episode,

[00:27:44] Marilyn: Yes, I would say it goes back to time management. So when I stepped into one of my client’s business, I like to start with what are they doing on their day to day? Daily duties when it comes to the tasks they need to accomplish. And that’s when I come [00:28:00] in and set up their strategies to see what systems and softwares are actually utilize it.

[00:28:05] Marilyn: I look at how they’re constantly bringing in new leads or getting their products in front of the ideal customers. And so many times a lot of new entrepreneurs like to jump in. Hey funnels. But if you really don’t know your audio audience or your target audience, it’s going to be hard. Actually convert those leads because you really don’t know.

[00:28:30] Marilyn: So I come in from a more strategic background to say, okay, organically, where do we need to start to bring in leads to your company? How many hits are you getting on your website? How long people are actually staying on your website when they come, uh, how are you nurturing? Emails, how are you connecting to people that just stumbled across your page?

[00:28:54] Marilyn: Are you ranking on Google? So when I come in, I’m not trying to have my [00:29:00] entrepreneurs, especially my newly ones. That’s in. Starts spinning a lot of money in funnels because I really want to get to the bottom of their to understand like how they’re bringing in new leads. And that’s when I come in from a strategic standpoint to see their websites, to see like, okay, let me see how you are ranking with your SEO.

[00:29:20] Marilyn: What who’s your ideal client? And that’s what we kind of like build it up from the bottom. And then we, um, have different touch points where we can see exactly what’s working, what’s not working how we could propel and move their business forward. So always. Always always liked to stress to my community, do not overlook organic marketing because that is where you are The most can have the biggest returns for the future. So I created a workbook search engine optimization. We all know the top three search engines are. YouTube and Pinterest, [00:30:00] and it’s so important to make sure that you have back links to your website and to make sure that you are constantly optimizing your website so it can work in the way it’s supposed to be.

[00:30:11] Marilyn: So we spent so much time. Investing into these platforms to set up these websites, but how was it working for your business? And that’s where I come in. And even if you’re not an entrepreneur, if you’re even just thinking about getting out the military, I would say start planning that stuff ahead of time.

[00:30:28] Marilyn: How are you utilizing. You know, you could get a free membership for LinkedIn. That’s organic marketing. can get a free membership for light there for one year, just because you are a veteran. That’s something that you need to look into. it was all about branding yourself how you want your future to look.

[00:30:47] Marilyn: always tell people, start your exit strategy two years out because you’re going to need it. definitely going to need it to start marketing yourself. If it’s your. Um, because it’s going to take you awhile to create [00:31:00] that momentum in your business. And if you were thinking about going into the corporate world, start thinking about how you’re going to brand yourself on LinkedIn.

[00:31:08] Marilyn: Windy is a great example. I mean, every time I go too late, then I’m looking at her account like, oh my God, Wendy killing it. You know, she thought it went before she got out.

[00:31:20] Wendi: Yeah. And like you said, it was that one year of, um, the free. Membership that they give you. That really helped me because I was able to connect with them. And not only with other veterans, but also with other people in the corporate sector, like, Hey, what are you doing? Like, can you share a little bit more?

[00:31:37] Marilyn: Hm.

[00:31:38] Wendi: Some people will be like, yeah, I’m all for it. Like, ask me more questions. And some people won’t, they’re gonna be like, okay, I really don’t have time for you. And it’s okay. Right. But you’re getting out there because it’s scary. It’s going to be scary. I don’t care what rank you are, how long you’ve been in.

[00:31:52] Wendi: It’s scary. We don’t want to think about it. We don’t want to talk about it, but I think that we need to, and you know, that’s a whole nother topic for another episode. [00:32:00] Um, Marilyn, thank you so much. I mean, not only have you shared a lot of things that have helped you, um, kinda realize and recognize, you know, what is, you know, valuable and priority to you?

[00:32:13] Wendi: You know, of course, you know, when it comes to the relationship with God and. But also your desires that you had and goals that you had when you were young and kind of where you’re at now. So ladies, I hope that you reach out to Marilyn and Natalie, can you please tell us, you know, where is the best place to find you.

[00:32:30] Marilyn: Yes, the best place to find me is overall Instagram. I’m trying to get a little bit more professional, so I’m kind of sleazy on my way over to. But Instagram is where you can mainly find me. And also at my website at marilynwest.com I actually give away a lot of good tips and I have a resource guide on there too.

[00:32:52] Marilyn: So if you thinking about starting a business, make sure you check out my resource guide. And I would love to have here in my community. I run a Facebook group where I [00:33:00] pop in there and I’m always giving gems because I truly believe that when it comes to entrepreneurship, it is a great place to go after you get out of the military, because we have so much to offer the world.

[00:33:12] Wendi: Absolutely. And ladies, if you’re on clubhouse too, she’s on clubhouse. I mean, this woman is everywhere and I love that about her because again, she spreads and sprinkles a little bit, you know, tips here and there. Um, and by the way, um, I would literally go to her website right now and go download the SEO checklist.

[00:33:32] Wendi: Cause I did that already. Um, You know, it was, I’m a part of her email list. So I got it already. And when I tell you, these are the little things that you want to start working on, because again, we want to spend more time with our families, right? And we also want to serve the community that we have committed to.

[00:33:46] Wendi: How do we do that? We get out there, we get known in a way that is more authentic and a way that it’s easier for them to find you. So, Marilyn, thank you so much again, thank you for all the tools that you’ve created and. Ladies, [00:34:00] everything is going to be in the show notes. So scroll down to the very bottom and you’ll see everything about Marilyn and please feel free to reach out to her.

[00:34:07] Wendi: Um, she is very, um, authentic and just so inviting. So I hope that you reach out to her. All right, everyone. Thank you so much for tuning in. I hope and pray that this episode resonated with you and helps you not only see what is valuable, but also get you started. If business is something that you’re looking at.

[00:34:28] Wendi: All right, have a beautiful rest of your week. Bye.