Sonya Waddell, a Licensed Professional Counselor and author from Atlanta, Ga., has joined Empower Magazine to share her insights and expertise in health and wellness.
EM’s Editor-in-Chief Leon Jenkins conducted a Q&A session with Waddell in a recent one-on-one interview to take a look at both the professional and personal side of EM’s newest contributor.
1. What do you enjoy most about living in and around Atlanta, Georgia?
I’m a native of Atlanta and couldn’t see myself living anywhere else. We have culture, great restaurants, good shopping, and there is always an event happening. Atlanta is also a great hub for minority business owners. We have a lot of influential and successful African Americans here, and that began years ago with the historic Auburn Avenue which is a street of successful African American businesses.
2. As a business owner, what takes up most of your time during a normal busy day?
The one thing that takes up most of my time during a normal busy day is when I have to call an insurance company to check on a claim; that can be very time consuming.
3. What do you get the greatest joy out of in life?
I thoroughly enjoy hearing client success stories. I also love ministering to single women regarding relationships and helping them discover their purpose.
4. Do you have any hobbies and leisure time activities that you would like to share with the EM readers?
I absolutely love traveling, attending concerts, trying new recipes, and dancing. I’ve taken salsa, line dancing and Chicago “steppin” classes. Next on my list is African dance! I just love life and believe that we are to live it to the absolute fullest!
5. Do you have a bucket list? If so, what is at the top of the list?
I don’t know if you would call it a bucket list, but I have some ideas that I haven’t written down of some things I want to do such as ride in a hot air balloon, take a trip around the world, and appear on a game show.
6. Based on your life experiences, what are some specific areas that you believe you have gained the highest degree of insight, experience and expertise in?
I have been single a long time and have attended several single events, workshops, and conferences. But even with that knowledge, I have allowed the Holy Spirit to teach me and give insight on how to make the most of being single and waiting. I’ve learned that it is best to wait purposefully than patiently. It’s a matter of perspective, simply put, when we wait, we are waiting on purpose for a purpose to grow and to learn. God never does anything in our lives without a purpose. Here are some questions to ask oneself during the wait: What is God teaching me as I wait? What needs to get out of me and in me? What is different about this wait? How am I growing closer to God?
As a Licensed Professional Counselor for nine years, I have studied the mind. I understand why something from 10 years ago can still affect someone today as if it just happened. But most importantly I know that God wants to do a “Suddenly” work in the lives of his children to release them from what has been troubling their minds for years.
7. Is there anything else you would like the EM readers to know about you?
I’m an author of “Single Ladies: Living Holy in a Sexy World” (2011) which can be purchased on Amazon. I am currently working on something very special for all of the Christian single women that will be a blessing to the kingdom. I can’t wait until I can release it and it becomes a reality!
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