A Must Listen Podcast Episode!

Hey! It’s your favorite Career Coach, Crystal Williams 🙂 I just wanted to let you know that Part 3 of the Amplify What God Calls YOU series is now available on the Peculiar Career Chit Chat Podcast!

Click the link below to tune in to either discover or rediscover what God calls you vs. what the world calls you!


Happy Listening,

Crystal Williams

(P.S.-in this episode, I mention my book, Soul Ignition, in this episode too! If you have not purchased your copy click the link to get yours today! https://bit.ly/soulignitionbook)


Career Empowerment Anyone??

Hello to all my Professionals, Career Seekers, and Career Changers!

I hope you are doing well 🙂 Bottom line upfront I have GOOD NEWS for you!!! The good news is (drum roll please…):

…the abundance is in your start! In all seriousness the road to the abundant lifestyle you seek is all in your START! Therefore, it’s times up for not starting or working towards your idea or career goal that God has placed in you. Simply put one foot forward and focus on the applause of God instead of the applause from man when progressing towards your career goals or that business idea.

Trust me I know how it is to be stifled by fear specifically the fear of the unknown. But guess what God (aka your heavenly father) shows up and shows out in the unknown!!! Good news right? So just move and be focused on the do not the how…you got it!

I talk more on this subject in my latest podcast episode so click the link below to listen NOW!


You can also find this podcast episode on Spotify and all your other favorite podcast apps 🙂

Happy Listening,

Crystal Williams-Your Favorite Career Coach

P.S. The “Faith Over Facts Career Spotlight Series” is coming back via my podcast Peculiar Career Chit Chat! If you or anyone else would like to be featured on the series email crystal@theyoubrandacademy.com 🙂 

Additionally, have you grabbed your copy of “Soul Ignition”??? It’s my soul igniting intellectual poetry book full of prompts and affirmations so you can apply God’s word to your life. Grab it here and get an autographed copy: https://bit.ly/soulignitionbook (By the way the book is also being sold on the websites of major retailer stores: Target.com, Walmart.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and Amazon.com)

Empowering Career Message!!!

Hello Career Seekers & Professionals!

I hope all is well 🙂

Did you tune in to the latest episode of my podcast, Peculiar Career Chit Chat? Well if you haven’t yet, it’s a must HEAR!! It’ll lift your spirits and get you motivated to truly go after your career goals!

Click the link to tune in NOW: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/peculiar-career-chit-chat/id1504784246?i=1000537487623

P.S. Don’t forget to leave a podcast review 🙂 Additionally, there is a ‘moment of silence’ but keep listening because the message continues 🙂

Until Next Time,

Crystal Williams (Your Favorite Career Coach)

Career Transitions Are Worth It!

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✨Year 2 is that you👀👀👀??? Happy Leap of Faith Anniversary to me🙌🏽🙌🏽💖…I’m a witness to how God truly honors your obedience..

So as I celebrate year 2 of fully transitioning into a different career field that truly ignites my soul, I encourage you to go after what your heart desires. No, it won’t be easy but it’ll be worth it!

My book, Soul Ignition, was birth from my career transition period so here’s a few words of encouragement to ignite your soul to move to your next level in life:

✅ “GIVE NOTICE” to yourself that you deserve the best and nothing less

✅”TRUST THE PROCESS” God is taking you through that will mold you into who He has called you to be.

✅ The “EVICTION OF FEAR” is essential for your elevation to a place or venture God has prepared for you

✅ Believe “RESILIENCE” is a part of your DNA (trust me you will need that ingredient of yourself during life’s journey)

✅ Remember “THE COST OF AN IDLE MIND” is too expensive especially if it leaves you with regrets…(p.s. just do it sis or bruh)

✅ Embrace the “TEARS AND CHEERS” throughout the shifts of life but just know the cheers will be louder than your tears

✅ Last but not least “LAUGH IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY” as you reach new heights in your career, business, and life in general.

……..Now go forth and become the best version of you…I believe in you❤️ -Crystal

(P.S. the content in quotation marks are all titles to my intellectual poems…if you have the book read the poems in its entirety. If you don’t have the book click the link bit.ly/soulignitionbook to get yours today ☺️)

Career Lesson from Disney On Ice! Are YOU an Olaf?!?!

As an adult you should always be learning whether it’s from watching a television show, going to a play or even Disney on Ice! This was my first time at Disney on Ice and I absolutely enjoyed it! The theme was entitled “Dare to Dream” therefore each scene in show discussed a character that had to overcome a challenge in order to reach their dreams.  There were so many life/career lessons to be learned from the show and I wanted to share my favorite with you. So ENJOY!!!!

Are you an Olaf???

For those of you not familiar with Olaf, he’s a snowman character in the famous Disney movie “Frozen”.  He is the character I related with the most! His story is the classic faith over facts scenario! You see Olaf, a SNOWMAN, dreamed of one day experiencing summer. He loved the idea of summer, sun, and all things HOT! In the show he sung a song entitled, ‘In Summer’, which described all the things Olaf dreamed of doing when he got the chance to experience summer.

Now let’s pause and talk about this before I go any further. We ALL are probably thinking Olaf is crazy to even think his dream of experiencing summer will come true! For goodness sake he’s a snowman built out of what..you guessed it SNOW! And snow has to stay in cold weather or a cold environment if it doesn’t want to melt and become a puddle of water (I know you get it but I’m just trying to make a point)! BUT Olaf being the big dreamer he was never even thought about the mere fact he was made of snow and would melt if he was to experience anything like summer.  Instead Olaf had faith and hope that he would thrive and be all that he can be in the summer! #FaithOverFacts

Do YOU see yourself in Olaf??? I sure do! Often times we have dreams  for our career or just life that are so big that it seems impossible to even touch or reach. We have dreams so big it may sound crazy to say or even tell someone and they may look at you like ‘are YOU serious?’…’Nooo not you’…or ‘that’s impossible, maybe in another lifetime’. You may get discouraged from their words or you may not but in the back your mind you’re probably going to be thinking why not me in this lifetime! Remember what’s impossible to others can be possible for you if you continue to believe in yourself, work hard, and consistently give it your all! Never mind the naysayers and do YOU unapologetically!

Moving forward with the story, Olaf was sharing his dreams of experiencing summer with Kristoff and Princess Anna when they were in the cold wintery woods. While listening to Olaf discuss his dream of experiencing summer, Kristoff could not believe what he was hearing from the snowman. At the end of the song Kristoff stated ‘I’m going to tell him’. OR in other words Kristoff was going to crush Olaf’s dreams of experiencing summer by telling him you will melt if you experience the hot weather. In this moment…we call Kristoff the dream crusher/naysayers. He symbolizes the folks that don’t believe in your dreams which I know all of us have.

But how do you deal with that?? My top 3 ways are as follows: 1.) Just continue to stay focus on your goals, mission, and purpose that you’re called to fulfill. 2.) Remain faithful and develop daily affirmations for yourself (The Affirmation Alphabets  will help you out in developing your daily affirmations). 3.) Constantly take steps to improve your personal brand and strategically enhance your network (those that support you and even your dream crushers will slowly but surely figure out who you are and what you’re all about).

Moving on…Thank goodness for Princess Anna for telling Kristoff not to crush Olaf’s dreams! Anna just listned to what Olaf had to say and never once thought his idea of experiencing summer was impossible. In this moment…we call Anna the cheeleader.  She symbolized the folks that believe in your dreams no matter how far fetched they may seem!

For those of you wondering if Olaf ever got the chance to experience summer….welll…YES he did! Princess Elsa (Anna’s sister aka Snow Queen) gave Olaf his very own personal snow flurry that followed him as he experienced the summer!!!!



The Struggle Is Real!!!

Hey Folks! I know you’re probably thinking what struggle is real?! Well I’m glad you asked! The struggle I’m referring to is the struggle to work out on a daily basis!!! Working out is something I know I should do but to be honest it’s not high on my list of priorities after a long day at work or other after work activities. However, I do manage to fit some work out time in at least 3 times a week…good right? Absolutely not! How am I ever going to meet my ‘Get Fit’ goals if I’m just working out 3 times a week now???

Hmmm…Let’s focus on that word now…I did not always have this struggle thought of working out so let me take you back when I use to be an athlete and run track, back when staying fit and exercising on a daily basis was my thing…or  when I was in college and went to the gym with friends to ‘get it right, get it tight’…back when I was getting in shape for my wedding in 2016 when I was super focused…so focused I lost 30 or so pounds and had to stop dropping weight so I would be able to fit in my wedding dress, especially since I had my last fitting about 3.5 weeks before the wedding….

So like I said previously, I know I should work out more if I want to meet my ‘Get Fit’ goals BUT I also know I need to work out if I want to reduce stress in my body from work on the job or whatever I may be dealing with in life.  If you didn’t know already stress is a silent killer and will cause your body to react in negative ways.  Bottom line is that stress is not good and working out on a daily basis is a great way to combat it if you are in a high stress work environment.  Trust me I know, I had joined a project team that had hard deadlines, worked long hours and everything but I still managed to find time to workout which gave me a sound mind, body and soul; however, the hours begin to pick up even more and we were short staffed so my workouts became nonexistent which was not good for my mind, body, and soul.  Long story short, when I incorporated my daily workouts my mind, body and soul was less stressed and I felt like I could function much better because I had released the stresses from my job through my workout.  Also, I found that I performed better on my job and thought clearer.

So all in all working out is great and should be considered a part of your self-care regiment.  Not only am I inspiring you to work out on a daily basis, I’m inspiring myself to work out on a daily basis #NoExcuses  In my last post I discussed the importance of having affirmations for your life so I developed my Top 5 Workout Affirmations and of course I’m going to share them with you! Please feel free to use them as your own to help you combat the struggle of working out on a daily basis!

Work Out Affirmations



Affirm Who YOU Are Because Of Whose YOU Are!

The statement ‘Affirm Who YOU Are Because Of Whose YOU Are!’ is a statement that I tell myself and other all the time.  This statement simply means we have to declare and believe who we are because we are all God’s children.  Therefore, YOU can do whatever YOU put YOUR mind to no matter what! I believe we are what we believe we are and we have to continuously affirm that and remember to continuously pray, trust and believe that with God everything will be just fine!

Everyday I recite out loud my personal affirmations for my life, career and family. Reciting my affirmations daily is an important start of my day.  My affirmations get me going, get me pumped, and get me ready to conquer whatever life throws my way! (Self-Disclosure Alert!!!-A daily affirmation I have for myself is that I am a confident and successful full-time entrepreneur that will help people by using the gifts God has bestowed within me) You see the fact is  I am not currently a full-time entrepreneur yet (part-time entrepreneur-yes I am) but I will be and I believe I will be but I am taking steps daily by investing in myself to become one.  I refuse to let the ideas that God has given me to stay rent free in my-head!

What are your daily affirmations??? If you don’t have any I encourage you to create them! To help you get started download my Affirmation Alphabets bookmark! Enjoy 🙂 Feel free to download on your desktop or print it out and sit it on your desk.

Another quick story before I end this blog post…My affirmations have truly changed my mindset and outlook on life especially in my career.  There have been situations I have had to experience as a professional working woman that have made me feel unworthy, belittled, and have me saying ‘really, this can’t be life right now’ or ‘did that really just happen’ In just about every profession there is a hierarchy in positions or level of responsibility (e.g. intern, staff, senior, manager, etc.).  There have been many times I have observed or heard horror stories of senior employees  talk down about or sometimes barely acknowledge that junior employees are in the room. People say well that’s just how it is or that’s the norm but I’m like well let’s break that ‘norm’.  At the end of the day we are all people and have feelings and should all be respected no matter what level we are (we are people first, employees second). By now you should know that I’m not a title driven person (I honestly just care if you can get the job done with great quality)…with that said I’ll respect your title and the person who has it HOWEVER if you are not living up to the responsibilities of that title and are simply performing sub par then ‘Houston we have a problem’..Nina Turner (Former Ohio Senator) said it best ‘Titles are good BUT results are better.’ Reciting daily affirmations will remind you who you are, will increase your confidence, and will calm your soul when witnessing certain things in the workplace…#AffirmWhoYOUAreBecauseOfWhoseYOUAre (Click here to purchase the affirm who you are because of whose you are product collection!)



Getting to Know Crystal!

My name is Crystal Williams and I am a philanthropist , entrepreneur,  fun, loving, and adventurous woman that is always striving to live my life to the fullest! I was raised in Chesapeake, VA #757 but I currently live in the Washington D.C. Metro Area.


One thing I enjoy the most is inspiring others through my life experiences.  In particular, through my educational and professional career experiences.  What better way to do that than through a blog to touch the lives of others!

My main motivation behind starting this career inspiration blog came from the constant chatter of family, friends, and colleagues about being unsatisfied with their current situation whether it was regarding their education, profession, or their life situations. I consistently found myself encouraging them to push forward through the situation they were facing at that point in time and would always remind them that God would not bring them this far to leave them.  By encouraging others I also encouraged myself to move forward and not dwell in a negative situation.  I know too well from personal experiences how it feels to be depressed, defeated,  fearful, full of anxiety, and have a spirit of doubt when it comes to pursuing educational and professional career goals. Only through leaps of faith, prayer, determination, and my faith in God was I able to get through these tough times and become more than a conqueror! This blog, Crystal’s Career Inspiration Corner, will be one of my vehicles to inspire people and showcase my creative skills, talents, and love for God.  I pray my words and insights will inspire YOU daily to take leaps of faith to get where you want to be in your educational and professional career!!!

There are 7 key words or phrases that embody who I am:

Courageous-It has taken and will continue to take a lot of courage to tell my story.  I used to let fear stop me from telling my testimony but I have realized that through various revelations and confirmations now is the time to share because God’s been and continues to be so good! #CourageousSoul

Resilient-Despite failures and set backs I have experienced in my educational and professional career, I realized it was just God’s way of molding and shaping me into the woman I am today.  Now I’m obligated to tell my story to inspire and impact the lives of others. #ResilianceIsInMyDNA

Young-at-Heart-Although I’m a serious minded woman when it comes to my career and business, I enjoy having fun and tapping into my inner child when appropriate. #YouAreOnlyAsYoungAsYouFeel 

Savvy-Although I hold two degrees from prestigious Historically Black Colleges and Universities (Bachelors in Accounting from North Carolina A&T State University and her Masters in Business Administration from Morgan State University), my eagerness to increase my knowledge continues.  I am a life long learner always striving to better myself in order to keep abreast on topics within my current industry (e.g. personal branding, image consulting, career coaching, non-profits, etc.). I recently completed my certification in personal branding and personal image consulting! #SophisticatedAndSavvy

Talented-Through lifes journey, l have discovered my love for inspiring and encouraging others, singing, dancing, and poetry writing.  I can not wait to share my talents and God given gifts with you! #GiftedAndTalented

Ambitious-I am a go getter that has goals and dreams that I want to and will achieve!  For example one dream of mines was to develop a non-profit that educates students on the importance of personal branding in the workplace and I did with the help of a few of my friend in grad school.  The non-profit is entitled, The First Suit Project, Inc. (www.thefirstsuitproject.org) and it is becoming very prosperous and impacting the lives of students in the HBCU community. My desire and determination to achieve my goals is higher than ever and I know through God’s grace and mercy I won’t fail!  I hope through this blog I can ignite your ambitions. #AmbitiousSpirit

Led-by-God-I was led by God to start this blog to inspire the everyday individual to push forward and stay encouraged despite the negativity the world may throw their way. There is a purpose behind everything I do and the purpose for this blog is to simply encourage, uplift, and share my knowledge on how to excel in your career and life! #GodHasTheWheel