Please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was raised by my single mother with my little sister. I had seen so much while growing up. Before my dad left, he would drink and become brutally abusive with her. The things that I saw as a child is something, I pray no child should go through. I was molested from the ages of 9 and 12 by a family friend who was also an Elder of my church that I had to go to every Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday. I was raped at the age of 15 by an unknown person, which made me look at people a different way. I was hurt as a child and vowed to never love.
During this time, I would have friends and family that would tell me what I cannot be. This always pushed me to prove them wrong. For example: I was told I would not graduate from High School and I did with my diploma, I was told that I would not go to college, and I did. I continued to push myself to prove others wrong and to make me happy. I became pregnant at 19 and had my son at 20. He would be the addition to my motivation. It felt good to see your 2-year-old watch you walk to receive your Associates degree and later in the years, to see you receive you Bachelors.
I moved from Killeen, TX 7 years ago with just my husband and a few months later we went to get my son from Texas. With just enough money to eat and get an apartment for one month, I had determination on my mind. I was tired of Killeen and feeling stuck, I felt like I needed to grow somewhere new.
The first day we arrived in Atlanta we immediately started applying for jobs. My uncle let us move in with him until we were able to get off our feet. To me I had a deadline to get myself together and that was a month after moving in.
After two weeks my husband and I both got a job. We moved out the very next month into our apartment. We continued to work hard and to provide for our family. I still felt incomplete and was searching for something to fill that whole that was in my heart. I wanted to work for myself. I was dissatisfied with working for others.
It was time for a new chapter in my life. After a year of living in Atlanta I found a tax preparation company that was black owned, Free Tax Quotes. They would do my taxes for me because I was too lazy to do my own.
After having my second child, my daughter, the administrator would ask me to come work for the company. I would push her off until one day I was getting something done on my mother’s taxes. The administrator asks me again to come work under the company. I accepted the offer and for then I was trained.
Although I am under a company, I was still working for myself making my own money and hours. I loved it. Not only that I was working in social media management for that administrator. This is something I never thought would be my own business. I fell in love with it. I love what I do, and I have always loved helping people.
Markita, what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from others?
What you should know is that I work hard in everything I do, and I love to learn. I never give up on any project that I work on. What I do best is help people, I love giving my all to help others build something special for themselves. What sets me apart from others is my loyalty, dedication, and passion to help.
What is “failure” and “success” for you?
Failure is giving up or never trying. You never know where you could have been by quitting. Success to me is reaching your goals one day at time and seeing results. You can dream it but when you start doing it, that is something different.
We would love to hear more about your work.
I do tax all year. If you owe the IRS, do not worry let me help you. If you have not filed in years, let me help you. My hours are from 9am to 7pm Monday through Friday Saturday and Sunday I work from 10am to 3pm. I am certified to assist in all 50 states, and I have a virtual office.
What excites you right now?
What excites me is everyone involving themselves in the Black Lives Matter. I love black history and was always educated on the truth. Normally you will catch me at the museums but unfortunately COVID-19 is keeping me away. I also love to travel mostly by driving. I love new sceneries; it leaves wonderful memories.
Yeap, we are in a pandemic, BUT what’s the best thing that has happened to you this year?
The best thing that has happen to me is the growth of my business. I have met so many different people virtually and they are all inspirational.
What ONE thing would you like for our readers to take away from this feature story, about you?
The one thing I would like for the readers to take away from this feature is that your past is not your pain. Whatever you may have gone through is what makes you stronger, never give up. You deserve to have better life; you deserve to have happiness. Live your life one day at a time.
How can our readers connect with you?
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