FNPhenomenal Woman is a monthly series where I take the conversations that we have as women that are empowering, informative, and fun and bring them to the world. In the spirit of Maya Angelou’s poem Phenomenal Woman, I want to showcase how phenomenal we are and that we have something unique and amazing to bring to the world. These conversations will occur in two forms. The first form is an interview with the current month’s FNPhenomenal Woman, and then the second part is a Google Hangout!
This month I chose Genesis Dorsey of Girls of Royalty because I love her commitment to Christ and her spirit. She has such a strong presence and a big heart, and I’m so impressed by the movement that she has created around God. I couldn’t wait to share her energy, knowledge, and passion with you all!
Enjoy the interview and be sure to join us over at the Google Hangout!
What do you do and why is it important?
I am an elementary teacher by day and an encourager through ministry and business by night. My positions are important because it gives me the opportunity to inspire children and adults to reach their God-given potential naturally and spiritually.
What would you tell your younger self?
I would say two things. First, do not focus on what others say about who you should be. My worst decisions were caused because I wanted to fit in. People told me that they were confused why my parents protected me the way they did. The second thing I would tell my younger self is that parents truly do know best.
What is the single best piece of advice that you have learned?
Put God first. It may seem like a very simple thing. However, it’s the only thing that keeps many people from achieving greatness. There are many things we can’t control. However, you decide who and what you serve. If you put God first in everything, you will obtain everything God has set aside for you in this lifetime.
How did you get the courage to step out and live your authentic self by pursing your passion?
I had to encourage myself like a personal trainer would encourage their client. I had to coach myself back to life. I did that by digging deep into the Word of God. My courage is not based upon what I think but what God thinks about who I am and what I am called to do. I had to let go of the labels and restrictions society and people placed on me. I had to choose the right to live life according to God’s will. Courage is a choice. I thank God I made the choice.
Who do you look up to and why?
I look up to a lot of people. However, my parents are number one. They have built up amazing businesses and most importantly they are my pastors and amazing figures of faith. My parents are “faith people”. They have built their lives based upon the truth of God’s word. If I have a problem about anything, I can talk to them about building an efficient team, handling my stocks, creating powerful curriculum, and then switch and start a conversation about the Holy Spirit.
What are your guiding principles?
- Intense passion to serve. I believe that in whatever you do, have an intense passion for what you do. When doing ministry, if you don’t have an intense passion for people and your job, you will slack and become a weight instead of an asset. Your sense of care for people has to go past just the days that you like them. In my opinion, this is the reason why many ministries start out great but fail. It’s about serving the people. If you lose sight of service, you may get a lot of buzz but you won’t make the right kind of impact.
- Create good content/products. When I started Girls of Royalty, God told me to create content. He told me to write. However, it wasn’t just about writing. It was about how I wrote the material. I broke it down in way that people could understand. As time passed, the material went from blog posts into actual spiritual worksheets that broke down biblical passages. The material went from one or two pages to actual mini workbooks. You may have a beautiful exterior but people are impacted by what they can take away. What is at the core? Girls of Royalty makes a powerful impact with our amazing content. I think it’s what separates us from the pack. I’ll never forget when I saw a mother in the car with her child. She had recorded her daughter as she read a confession in the car on her way to school. We have ladies who print out our packets and place them into binders for future study. I find it beautiful when I hear about women joining with other ladies and they pull out their packets for discussion. However, the content is never about what you can do. It’s really about what God is doing through your brand. You are just a vehicle.
- Stay in your lane. This was the hardest one but it became something that I now live by. I am a creative. I want to help everyone. However, sometimes my creative side is to expansive and I end up with 50 ideas and I only need to focus on one or two. Some things are great ideas but they may not be meant to do at all or they are meant for the future. I’ve learned to place some things in the trash. If you stay focused on who you are as a brand, it will save you a lot of time, money, and peace.
What does the word “phenomenal” mean to you?
Phenomenal describes something that reaches beyond the set limits of normality and even excellence.
How do you stay aligned with your passion/purpose?
I stay aligned with my purpose by staying focused on God. Genesis 1 really motivates me. God had a job to do that was special to His heart. He operated in His own faith and spoke knowing that it would be fulfilled with the help of the Holy Spirit. I stay aligned by doing the same thing. God has given me a job to do. Once I identify with that job, I just act according to His Word. I make sure that if it does not align to what God has called me to do, then I must not give in or go that way. It’s harder said than done but it must be done.
When you think of frugal, what do you think and how do you do what you love, and look great and still watch your money?
When I hear the word frugal, I think of a person that is good with their money. As far as doing what I love and watching my money, let me say that it’s a process! With Girls of Royalty being a membership network that is free, we do not generate income. I am still in the final stages of establishing it as a non-profit or business. It can be challenging because I like excellence in our presentation. I make sure that Girls of Royalty is taken care of and I put myself last. God has blessed me to take care of myself because I took care of the purpose He gave me first. I do make sure that I have a set budget and I use the envelope system to separate my funds. I know myself and after several years, the envelope system works very well for me. I also make sure that I do not unnecessarily spend on items that I truly do not need. That has been one of the hardest things for me to do. However, it has helped me rid myself of a drained bank account.
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About Genesis Dorsey
Born and raised in Delaware, Genesis Dorsey knew that God had a purpose and plan for her at a young age. In October 2012, she created Girls of Royalty. Her leadership and her passion for God has touched many and continues to reach those through Girls of Royalty.
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