We caught up with the brilliant and insightful Tamika Hill a few weeks ago and have shared our conversation below.
"Tamika, thanks for taking the time to share your stories with us today We’d love to hear the backstory behind a risk you’ve taken – whether big or small, walk us through what it was like and how it ultimately turned out."
In my career, I have taken three major risks and learned that each risk led me to something greater. The first risk was quitting corporate America in 2019 after 17 years and starting my full-time private practice without a step-by-step plan. The second risk was expanding my practice to a group practice during the first two years of COVID-19 to two locations and adding five staff members. I still did not feel like I was done. I always felt some people will never go to therapy for various reasons but how can we still expose them to therapeutic experiences? My passion for mental wellness took me to my biggest risk, creating Thill Consultant, LLC to bring therapeutic experiences to you in unconventional ways such as interactive workshops, events, providing training on topics such as financial mental wellness literacy, mental wellness in the workplace, educators mental wellness and being a keynote speaker. In addition, I provide seminars to help social workers create ways to maximize their degree other than the stereotypical jobs society has taught us. I have created another lane that I call the “Social Work Hustle,” where you can use your degree to bring therapeutic experiences in a new nontraditional way. The greatest lesson I took away from my risks was to believe in YOU first, then know your WHY, and finally build out your HOW. Everything does not have a step-by-step guide. You are the guide.
"Tamika, before we move on to more of these sorts of questions, can you take some time to bring our readers up to speed on you and what you do?"
I started my journey when I felt undervalued at my job and went back to school to obtain a degree in social work. However, I knew I was not going to use my degree in a traditional sense because of my driven personality type. This led to me to open my private practice and as the demand for mental wellness increased, my practice expanded. Which ultimately led me to create and open Thill Consultant LLC – where we bring mental wellness experiences to you. Some people will never be exposed to therapy but why shouldn’t they have a chance to at least have a therapeutic experience. Thill Consultant is my mark in the world because I am different, I think outside the box, I challenge the norm about mental health. I have created a space where you can be at work and learn the strategies to create a mental wellness environment through my training or you can come to an event and have a life changing breakthrough. One of the greatest experiences I created on the event side was the ‘Beautifully Broken and Mending Well Experience.’ Where women can come together, network in a safe environment, and speak about the things that have broken them or the trauma they experienced that molded them. We then literally break what tried to break us through an interactive hands-on experience. You walk away feeling renewed and mended. Thill Consultant provides therapeutic experiences not only in the corporate space, the educational system but also to the everyday person through the events. I have even incorporated training that marries finances and mental wellness to educate you about your money personality type so you can create healthier financial habits. I want people to know that through hiring Thill Consultant even if you have never sat on a therapist couch, we still can create a therapeutic mental wellness experience for your company, your educators and yourself.
"Can you open up about how you managed the initial funding?"
I believe most people do not start an idea because they feel they do not have the money but that is not true. I started my business in small steps. My 9-5 created funding in steps. I worked to create and fund my vision simultaneously. For over 2 years I would budget each paycheck to be able to invest at least 10% into my business. I remember buying furniture from a store going out of business and setting up my home office and ironically that furniture is still in my office today. So, you have to learn to break things down in steps and not try to fund the business overnight. It is not realistic for most people. Remember, creating a vision takes time just like a baby takes time to grow in the womb so you must be patient in the process.
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