A Breath of Fresh Air: PWP Chats with NBA Wife and Author Audrey Griffin
By: Jazmine Denise
There’s this ugly myth which leads ambitious women everywhere into believing that it is impossible to be well educated and have a successful career, a great marriage and a family that is taken care of. Due to this misconception many women find themselves making a choice between career or family, failing to reach their true potential. If this myth is our kryptonite then Mother, Author, Entertainer, Lifestyle Blogger and wife of Adrian Griffin, Audrey Griffin is our superwoman! I was able to catch up with Audrey to discuss life as an NBA Wife, balancing her career and family as well as her speaking tour
If someone asked you to describe Audrey Griffin in five words what would you tell them?
God-fearing, Smart, Loving, Nurturer and Fun!!!
You are preparing to kick off a speaking tour. What will the tourentail of?
The tour will consist of me reaching out to a community of young ladies from all walks of life aspiring to do better! I will be working with Polished Pebbles which is a Mentoring Program for young girls here in Chicago. I will be speaking to young girls in High School and Middle Schools on the southside of Chicago. I will also be a guest at the Cara program which I am looking forward to and speaking at the Cantar program for the Swish foundation, to name a few.
What inspired you to go on a speaking tour?
I knew I wanted to motivate and inspire others and I thought what better way to engage with others then by visiting and speaking with them. Words are powerful and We use them everyday, I use them on my blog but I thought why not go into communities and touch lives of people who may not necessarily visit my blog. We can all use words of encouragement so I look forward to lifting people up so they can move forward with their purpose in life with boldness!
What advice can you offer to young professionals struggling to balance a career as well as home life?
Take things one day at a time, don’t try and do it all at once, they didn’t build Rome in a day so no need to rush to build your empire! Do a little each day and continue to work towards your goals& don’t just make goals make a promise to keep your goals, then you will be more apt to accomplish them because there is a stronger emotional connection.
You wear so many hats NBA wife, mother, author etc. How do you maintain it all without allowing any of those areas to suffer?
Staying focused and that calls for a daily dose of seeking God. I know that anything I have ever accomplished in my life came when my focus remained on Him. Reading his word& knowing it reminds me daily of my responsibilities and applying it in my life allows me to accomplish the daily things like working out, eating right, managing my time and coming up with creative ways to keep my family close and my marriage tight. It’s the only way I know, well it’s the only way I know that works!
What is your opinion on television shows such as Basketball Wives? Do you feel that they depict wives of NBA players in the best light?
I think like all reality shows it is entertainment. It doesn’t depict the wives of NBA players and I don’t think the show even depicts the women on the show in the best light at times.
Are there any other projects that you are currently working on?
I have some things in the works right now I’m really excited about! I will let them come forth in due time.
Can we expect a new book anytime soon?
Yes and all I can say is, it will definitely be creative and enlightening!