About the Book

Chris-Tia Donaldson knows what it means to beat the odds. Going from the inner city of Detroit to the Ivy League to founding a successful hair care company and facing brutal trials like breast cancer along the way, she embodies the strength so many women in America aspire to have—and knows how the challenges women face can create remarkable perspective, calm, and understanding.

In This is Only a Test , Chris-Tia reflects on her journey as a black woman in corporate America and shares the lessons that life has taught her. From faith, family, and relationships to the importance of embracing gifts and defining success on one’s own terms, she shows how all women can follow their dreams while still staying true to their own needs, physically and emotionally. Letting the world go and finding their own pace. Every woman’s path is different. But the way to get there is the same: keep your head up, rely on your true self, and ultimately, pursue your dreams—no matter what stands before you. Get your copy today.

This Memoir Talks About:



  • How Chris-Tia built a multi-million dollar beauty business while holding down my day job in corporate America before having a side hustle was a thing

  • How she got her products into Target

  • How not prioritizing self-care had a significant impact on her health

  • Losing her mom 60 days before starting my freshman year at Harvard

  • The challenges that come with dating as a successful black woman and finding love in your 30s

  • The impact social media has on our self-esteem

  • How Chris-Tia's faith sustained her through her battle with breast cancer and helped overcome business challenges