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Meet Tina Williams of A Slice of Lime

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tina Williams.

Tina, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’m an artpreneur. Even though my background is in business and marketing I’m an artist from a family of artists. This combination has led to some pretty unique opportunities in my life including writing for several business magazines, to writing and publishing over 16 novels, and selling luxury real estate.

A Slice of Lime, a work at home woman’s blog, is the embodiment of all of this. I get to write articles and blogs on everything from local dining to mom hacks to marketing tips.

As my blog states:

At A Slice of Lime you’ll find a mix of things that pretty much represent the chaos that is me. I’m a work at home mom (sometimes I work in the office), that writes mystery and horror (sometimes other stuff), and sells luxury real estate (and other types of real estate). Why a Slice of Lime? Because adding a slice of lime to your water (or beer) just makes everything better. And that’s what I’m here for… to make everything better! Because, if it’s not ok in the end – it’s not the end. The End.

Through A Slice of Lime I’ve been able to help individuals and businesses with marketing and moms with things like organizing (I have an organizing group on Facebook) and a very exclusive group of moms called ‘llamas’ — an invitation only group that realizes regardless of our beliefs, backgrounds, and diversity that we can all respect each other’s differences and help one another out. We are all over the country and these women are exactly what I want A Slice of Lime to be about.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
No road to success is smooth. It is the bumps that make the journey an adventure. I was at a point where I lived in my car with my dog (Who’s 16 years old now) because I couldn’t afford a pet deposit on an apartment and pawning things that I shouldn’t have been pawning to attend business seminars. (definitely one of my biggest regrets in life)

I made huge sacrifices to attend any all events I could find on business building, personal development, and sales trainings. Sometimes, I would have to collect change from couches to buy something to eat while sitting in a room of entrepreneurs making millions just to learn something to get me ahead.

If you’re hungry enough you’ll find a way.

But the biggest struggle for me was the lesson I learned very recently. At these business seminars they tell you to write down long term goals. Always, at the top of my list was to be able to help and support my father, to give him the life he deserved. He was my biggest cheerleader and supporter. I wanted to make him proud and I wanted to give him everything.

For 20 years the top goal of mine was to help my father. Unfortunately, by the time that happened and we were able to he suffered an aneurysm only 2 months later and spent the next 2 1/2 years rapidly declining until his death very recently.

Sometimes those bumps in the road are financial, but most often it’s our own baggage and emotions that hold us back. I continue to attend personal development events (like Tony Robbins) and read books to help continue to motivate me.

A Slice of Lime – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
As an entrepreneur I have several businesses. I own a publishing company called Half Light Publishing and of course there’s A Slice of Lime. I’m the host of DisTerious Radio and sell luxury real estate full time for Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty.

I’m most proud of helping others. Everything I do is to not only live a lifestyle I always imagined but to inspire others to achieve their dreams. I hope that through my own story, my blog, and my writing I’m able to.

What sets me apart from others? I’m unapologetically myself. I’m truly that person who believes you might as well be yourself because people will judge you regardless. Almost on a daily basis I have someone coming up to me and saying how I’ve inspired them to open up more and be who they are and that I’ve inspired them to go after what they want.

I can’t imagine a better or more empowering compliment than that.

Because I’m a creative person but also have a strong marketing background I have the unique ability to handle both a creative and business side of a project.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Someone once said to me, if you wake up in the morning and go to bed at night and everything in between was exactly what you wanted then you’ve found success.

To a live a life exactly the way you want, to me – that’s success. You can’t do that without a comfortable nest egg and passive income. That’s the most important marker in success is having income coming in regardless of whether you work or not and to have enough money to be able to pay for unexpected needs (like a medical emergency) is an important marker.

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