Over the weekend I had the pleasure of being featured as one of Philadelphia’s 30 Most Inspiring Women as part of Femme & Fortune Magazine‘s #30Under30PHL project. Done in partnership with Alexander Kacala, the project highlights “fearless and fabulous femme’s” in anticipation of the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit happening here in Philly. Some of my fellow “leading ladies” include Takia McClendon, Dessie Jackson, Alyssa Ramos, Haniyyah Sharpe-Brown, Meicen Sun and Leah Kauffman. Check out each of their interviews to get a glimpse of how a Femme & Fortune kind-of-woman views the world and her place in it. It’s an honor to among such awesome women.
Here’s a peek into my interview:
Talk about motivation this weekend. We’re happy to include Syreeta Martin on our list of #30Under30PHL women. Read all about her accomplishments, what makes her happy, and who she’d have coffee with if given a chance!
1. How old are you?
I am 26 years-old.
2. What do you do?
Quite honestly I do whatever manages to fuel my passion-driven heart and survive the test of my logical and analytical mind. In essence, I create. Whether it’s being a proud mother to my two daughters; using my Bachelor of Arts degree as a freelance journalist to capture the stories of others for publications like EBONY.com; serving as a community and youth leader; helping others to build and live their dreams, strategically, via my consulting business Sincerely Syreeta & Co; inspiring and motivating people as a public speaker; engaging others as a media personality; or sharing my journey via my personal blog, SincerelySyreeta.com…I am always creating.
3. What neighborhood in Philly do you call home?
Brewerytown. But if you ask those who really know–it is and will always be, North Philly.
4. What is your favorite thing right now about Philly?
I am absolutely LOVING what the millennials and entrepreneurs in our city are doing right now. Even more so, I love how those who have come before our generation are reaching back to help us stand upright in our respective purpose and missions.
5. What do you consider your greatest achievement thus far?
My children and what I’ve instilled in them. Period. What I’m teaching and showing them through my own life, coupled with their own God-given greatness, will take them far beyond what I or their family could ever imagine. Those two little girls are the absolute best of me…the two halves of my heart walking around outside my body.
6. If not yourself, who would you like to be?
Everyone else is taken. I’d like to be me 50 years from now. I can only imagine what that woman is like…a handful I’m sure. Lol!
7. Your idea of happiness.
Exactly what I have in this very moment of my life—a balanced blend of the following: (1) a centered and grounded sense of self and spirituality, (2) a strong, hilarious and loving support system, (3) an ever evolving career that allows me to do all that I love, (4) serving others in ways that empower them to be a better, more evolved version of themselves, (5) and most importantly a life filled with food, fun and adventure.
8. Guiltiest pleasure?
Hmmm…food and alcohol. I love good food and great drinks.
9. Favorite inspirational quote?
A favorite? I don’t have a favorite. There are far too many that have inspired and shaped my life. There’s been this scripture that has always stuck with me though and kind of been a guide of sorts throughout my life: Jeremiah 29: 11-13. Other than that, the one I’ve most used in my life: “Keep it moving.”
10. What do you appreciate the most in your friends?
What I appreciate most about my friends is how they’re conscious of their energy and the effect it has on themselves and each other. We are all very good at tapping into one another’s energy and responding as needed. And we never hesitate to check each other on our bullshit. We push each other to be better than we were; I count it a blessing to have witnessed how my closest friends have evolved. I’m proud of them and happy for them.
11. Favorite food in Philly?
The food scene is thriving here in Philly and I’m loving it. The “fatkid” in me rejoices daily, lol. This may sound cliché but there’s nothing like a cheesesteak from Philly. Definitely my favorite.
12. Favorite drink in Philly?
What? Are you serious? I can’t pick just one! There are so many places—from upscale spots to “hood bars” and “hole in the walls” that all offer great drinks, lol. Thankfully, I’ve gotten to try enough of them—including brands those that support local events like Spodee and Clique Vodka—to know that the Philly beer, wine and spirits culture is well worth the exploration…again and again.
13. Favorite song right now?
“Am I Wrong” by Nico & Vinz. I love the song—especially the message. It has substance and it just reflects where I’m at in life.
14. A book you plan on reading?
“Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t” by Jim Collins.
15. A book that powerfully impacted your life?
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. One of my mentors gave it to me while I was still a single mom in college full time, working jobs and trying to push towards my dreams. Changed my life and enhanced my perspective.
16. Name one historical figure you would like to have coffee with.
Adolf Hitler. I’m sure people’s eyes are bugging out right now and they’ve cocked their heads sideways waiting for an explanation. Here it is…
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Loves, feel free to share with your network–hopefully it will inspire someone else on their journey!
Oh, and don’t forget to check out www.FemmeAndFortune.com either. They’re THE go-to source for ambitious women in the Greater Philadelphia area. <3
– Sincerely Syreeta