Educator, author, entreprenuer, mother, and wife Shalonda Johnson is the true definition of a quiet storm. Raising two children, taking care of home, working as the Lead Reading Interventionist for Chicago Public School District, attending grad school for her PhD, publishing her second book, and President of Bossitively Speaking all at the same time. Shalonda possesses a certain level of drive that only someone addicted to success could obtain.
The pursuit of happiness meant that I would try everything I could ever imagine happening. I thought it meant that I should apply the pressure of goliath on myself and execute like David. I am Shalonda Johnson, a woman who walks in excellence, at least that’s what I tell myself every day. I was told you ought to speak things into existence and therefore I think that I am, I say that I am and sometimes, I actually am.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA I believe there is a certain level of drive and perception one can’t ever take from me. At about nine years old, I remember writing in my journal that I would someday write a book because I wanted to change the world in some form or fashion. I wanted to reach girls and allow other girls to come together somehow. I don’t exactly remember the cause or what it was I thought I’d save the girls from at that time, I just knew whatever the job consisted of; I wanted it. I mean really who was I to think that I could touch or change a world for anyone? But my inner self back then was quiet yet bold. I guess some things will never change. Here I am, still quiet but making bold moves.
"...I think that I am, I say that I am and sometimes, I actually am."
I am currently working as lead reading interventionist by day and a; mother, wife, author, daughter, sister and friend by night. I am probably most thrilled and proud of my job as a mother. I have a seven and six-year-old and both of them are full of character. Like most mom’s will say, my children are my very best friends. They have motivated me on so many ways and finally they’re at an age of understanding. They starting to catch on the grind. Bitter/sweet because this kind of exposure can assist them in their lives or give them a perfectionist mind set as well.
Motherhood isn’t meant to be perfect. There is something that happens to you when a little person has been sucking your blood, eating all of your food and minerals for 8 months. This little human being is solely dependent upon you. My children are 6 and 7 years old. My oldest is my daughter, my brilliant little Brainiac, she pretty much came out of the womb reading. My 6-year-old is my son, he’s the light of my life. He makes me laugh and he has this charm and charisma that can turn a bad day into a great one.
My husband and I married about 7 years ago. In 7 years, we have definitely had our fair share, but I do believe in fate and God being the head of my life, I know he made no mistakes and has put me in places and positions that I could not have done alone. My husband has been a strong backbone of mine in his own way since the very day we decided to be an item. He is my prince charming. If only the Disney movies would also show us how flawed, we all are when it comes to romance. It’s the most beautiful disaster but I wouldn’t trade it for anything else.
Outside of career and family I am the CEO of a publishing company LS Johnson Publishing. Through my own company I have published my novel, “Too Far Gone”. Too Far Gone is my baby. It too isn’t perfect, and my mother suggested that I go back and republish with corrections, but I’ve personally decided to keep it the way it is. This is my reminder that I can do whatever I put my mind to. That God will make provision and room for our gifts. My book was recently turned into a play and has had immediate success. With a sold-out successful show, of course we want to do it again and of course the world is now waiting for part 2 of my book series. I’ll share one little secret with those aspiring to write, “never write a series”. It’s single-handedly one of the most difficult tasks I’ve ever done. But of course, a challenge I have no choice but to accept and overcome. I’m 30 years-old and my life is just beginning.