This week we have another great episode of the Women STaRs Podcast as we sit down with Elisha "Cam” Campbell, owner of The People’s Cafe. Cam is a veteran of the Air Force and served for 10 years before transitioning to civilian life. After a long journey of getting her degree amongst other life events, Cam started the People’s Café as a place for the community to gather and feel a sense of belonging and peace. The People’s Café was created with people of color in mind, who she noticed were not catered to by coffee shops and bookstores during her travels around the world.
Cam’s stories and advice about the transitions she’s faced and the triumphs she’s celebrated are not something you’ll want to miss. She discusses the difficulty of going from the structure of military life back to the freedom of choice as a civilian, her journey to getting her Bachelors, opening up her relationships with family for the first time in her adult life, and so much more. Cam has great advice on putting the right things in perspective and embracing the fear you’ll face in life—being loud in what she wants and finding success in waking up before all 10 of her alarms are just some of the inspiring ways she powers through life.
If you’d like to contact Cam, you can find her on Instagram under @cam_iam_she or @the_pplz_cafe, or you can email her at email@example.com.
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“I was looking at all the things I wish I had or all the things I wish I was doing, so I stated writing down what I did have and what I was doing. That helped me put things back in focus—that I really wasn’t in the bad space I thought I was.”
“I wish I had trusted myself sooner. I wasn’t very confident in what I was capable of; I knew I could do good things or be somebody, but I don’t think I had the strength to be loud about it.”
“Just being able to say, ‘I’m doing this,’ that’s success for me. Being able to get up and move, working limbs, sound mind, waking up to my alarm clock; that’s success for me.”
“Embrace the fear. Leaving the military, even transitioning to starting The People’s Cafe, I was scared. Even if you fail or if things don’t go the way you imagine them going, take that as a lesson and use that as your next goal. Acknowledge the fear and push through it; there’s nothing out there that can stop you except yourself.”