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Daily Inspiration: Meet Maxine Reyes

Today we’d like to introduce you to Maxine Reyes. 

Hi Maxine, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I am a Veteran of the Army and Air Force and experience the importance of women leading authentically and sharing our stories. 

I struggled with public speaking and finding my authentic voice for some time, but after being an instructor at the college level and gaining confidence in speaking on stage, I decided to provide a platform for women of the military to share their stories, entrepreneurship journey and mentor teen girls and young adults. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
No, it has not. I’ve never owned a business, and I’ve always been concerned about waiting to do so at the “right time”, getting business name registered as a trademark, and deciding which of my interests to focus on. When it comes to branding, I find that most people want one thing to identify person with and for the most part, they can’t envision how other ideas or sun brands fit in the bigger picture. 

I had to learn the hard way that sharing only one this at a time is how most consumers connect with you. My goal was to show them that you can do more than one thing and still be passionate about one or two of those activities. 

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
I am an event host and the new host of a digital video magazine that helps business owners elevate their consumer reach by sharing their business story. 

I founded Courage & Grace Foundation, a 501(c) 3 non-profit that harness the power of Entrepreneurship, Art, Storytelling, service & wellness to ignite Girl’s Confidence. We support women of the military, underprivileged girls and strengthen Military Families through workshops, emotional connection groups, and retreats. 

My husband and I teamed up to create a scholarship for students in Marlie Hill, Jamaica. It helps to pay their tuition after their six grade national exams, which grants them entrance into high school without a grant. No pun intended. We also have a marriage ministry called Happily Joint®️, which is the strengthening Military Families & communities program of our foundation. 

Finally, I continue to expand my advocacy for Veterans outside of my foundation as the program manager for Chapters Health Foundation’s Valor Program, which honors Veterans and First Responders. 

I am most proud of my role as a mother and devoted wife. 

I’ve been told that what sets me apart from others is my unique story of being an immigrant who grew up apart from both parents, migrated to the USA, thrived in education and community service before joining the military m, not one branch of service, but two. I’m also a performing artist who has performed for a Royal Family and a President of the USA. 

Are there any important lessons you’ve learned that you can share with us?
1. Authenticity and self-care is key to decreasing stress.

2. Recognize people who does great work and give people credit when earned. 

3. Don’t use people to get ahead in your business by making promises that you intentionally won’t keep.

4. Don’t connect with people only when you need something from them.

5. This is especially for people in the entertainment industry! Start charging for your services that are in high demand, or else you will regret it! People will use you because you allow it, and they will grow accustomed to your $Free99. Most times they will take you for granted and won’t even give you credit for it.

6. Don’t be hasty to say yes for inclusion in a program or event at your cost. Your talent help to make an event spectacular, and organizers need to compensate you for your talent. Don’t hesitate to send an invoice!

7. Help others on their entrepreneurship journey; I understand that there is a price to some services, but some things you can offer free of cost. I do that because there are some people who you know cannot afford to pay for everything so I give what I can.

8. Do all things with love, courage, grace, and gratitude!

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