Mary Kay Independent Sales Director Talisha Walker is entering a new phase of her life and her business.
Walker’s twin daughters, Morgan and Maia, recently graduated from high school, and now that her nest is about to be empty, the single mom is ready to expand her territory.
“I’m so excited in so many ways…I’m truly excited I’m not bound by zip codes anymore or school zones, but I’m free to do more to help venture off into other things to advance others. I love pouring into people…I plan to jump harder in my business, do more traveling expanding my territory and make future plans to relocate later,” she said.
Walker, who is a native of Birmingham, is enjoying being in the Magic City for the moment.
“The best things about living in Birmingham I would say are the cost of living and the weather…It’s a great place to raise children—not too fast or too slow, sorta in the middle. Even though every city has its set of issues, Birmingham is a nice place to live,” said Walker who grew up in the community of West End. As a result of her Mary Kay business, she has had the opportunity to travel all over the city—and beyond. “If I could change one thing about Birmingham, it would be the transportation system… If you don’t have adequate transportation, you don’t have lots of choices. Birmingham has truly grown and has lots of things to offer now.”
In addition to her Mary Kay business, Walker recently started a support group for single moms, along with Jessica McConico.
“It was such a God thing. The group is called SHE is… A powerful yet refreshing outlet for single mothers. We will do activities once a month. We are on Facebook and…we post positive posts in this group and share information.”
The information often centers around raising kids, and Walker was happy to share some advice with Magic City Momma readers.
“My tips for moms who are juggling family and career would be learn to delegate, make things simple and learn to have laugh and have fun while doing it. Nothing will be perfect but together—with communication—you can make it work for your good.
“I thought as a mom I would need to control and do everything so that I could be successful, but I’ve learned to delegate to the girls at a young age, which teaches them responsibility. As a mom, I learned to communicate with their dad and grandparents…don’t feel as though you have to do it all. Remember, it takes a village. Everyone has a role.
“I remember when the twins were little, I always found time to meet my neighbors and was always eyeing someone with a teenager. I found the perfect teenager, and she would always come help me in my office and also help babysit for me, and I would reward her. It was so much easier asking someone to come down the street versus calling someone across town. God will put people in your space to help you.
“When they get older, they can help with the folding of clothes, dishes, and yard work…communicate with everyone letting them know we are in this together. When you communicate how important each person’s role is, it helps to bring balance. I also learned the importance of family time by making sure that we take two to three family trips a year and making Sunday all about family time. It doesn’t cost a lot or take a lot of planning to hit the road and take a day or two away to clear your mind with a family road trip. Remember also that family calendars and group texts are how we keep up with everyone’s schedule now that they are teens on the go.”