Woman Wednesday: Ama


Q and A with Ama from Nigeria, Africa, living in Canada

“You have to be ready to put in the work even when you’re not getting the results you desire.”


Q: What are you passionate about? 

A: I am passionate about my family, my husband, and my children. I am also really passionate about cooking. I am a food blogger, and I started a little over a year ago. Though I took a break for a long while, I discovered it never really left my mind. I love to cook and try new recipes, and I guess I’ve made it much harder for my husband to watch his weight. It’s so rewarding for me to see my friends and family enjoy my cooking. I discovered in my mid-twenties when I was at university, where I loved to cook and bake for my friends. I also realized most of my friends came to visit because they knew I would make their favorite delicious meals. This was what made me start paying attention to my passion for the culinary art of food and recipe creation. Presently, I am working on growing my recipe-sharing vlogs. I am planning to write my recipe book as well.

Q: What were your younger years like?

A:  I grew up in Africa, and I come from a really big family of 9 kids, with me being the 8th. While it was fun, I had so many voices in my head because I had so many older siblings that always told me what they felt was best for me, despite the fact that I knew what I wanted. I was never bullied, I was really loved, and being an adult now, I realized all the things they did were done in love. My early years were spent in my home country in Nigeria, but I spent my university years in Francophone Benin Republic, where I studied marketing and commercial communication.

Q: What is something valuable you’d like others to know?

A: I have come to learn and understand that good things take time. Nothing good comes easily. You have to be ready to put in the work even when you’re not getting the results you desire. You can’t wish it to happen; you have to make it happen. As you are making it happen, remember to be patient and know it’s only a matter of time; it would grow.

Q: What does feminism mean to you?
A:
Feminism for me is about being true to yourself as a woman. I embrace my uniqueness and the value I bring to my family, but I still believe in my dreams and going after my aspirations. I believe my role in the family only supports my competence in the market place, and this should not be a disadvantage.

MORE ABOUT AMA: I am originally from Nigeria. My family and I lived in Europe for some years, but now, we live in Canada. In terms of business and career, I’ve spent most of my years as a beautician and makeup artist. I ran a business that catered to high-end clientele by providing bespoke cosmetic products for specific skin types and mobile spa services. I later ran a makeup artist studio. I also worked as an employment advisor.

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Woman Wednesday: Dr. Kemby D.


Q and A with Kemby, living in Reno, Nevada

“It has to start with believing in yourself and allowing time for what matters to you most.”


Q: What are you passionate about? 

A: I am passionate about mindfulness, medicine, and motherhood! I titled my Facebook group after these 3 Ms because they are my biggest passions and pursuits in life. I love time with my family, I have three children, and I am very engaged in how motherhood has changed and shaped my world. I am a naturopathic doctor, practicing since 2005. I have a passion for holistic medicine that started young! As a teenager, I was a vegetarian and very interested in nutrition and exercise. After college, I became a yoga instructor and opened my first business. After a few years, I decided to go to medical school, and naturopathic medicine really resonated with me, so I enrolled at Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington. For more information about naturopathic medicine, click here https://aanmc.org/naturopathic-medicine/.

I started a family practice in 2005 and have worked in several group practices for the last 17 years. I am currently transitioning to working specifically online, leading women’s group workshops that empower and support women to reclaim their vitality, and what I call their “thrive zone.” The thrive zone is being in a place of alignment, where you feel connected to yourself and your gifts, you are in a space of prioritizing your own needs, and you feel that your energy is sustainable. This is the gift I wish for everyone!

Many of us, as women, go through some type of energy crisis. Where we feel we are a) unable to give or to do any more, b) feel disconnected from ourselves and what brings us joy, c) feel as if we are struggling just to get through the day, or put 1 foot in front of the other. This often involves our adrenal glands as well as our nervous system and brain, and it is a physiological state that is fixable and reversible. Yet, we often feel alone, and like we have to power through. So, this is what I am offering right now is a group program to help women who are currently struggling with their energy, either feeling depleted or overwhelmed. I have worked with thousands of clients over the last 17 years, and this was becoming an all-too-common thread, so when I took a leave from my day-to-day office work, I decided I would transition into the space of offering group programs to reach a wider group of women struggling in this area. I also plan to offer workshops in hormone balancing for peri-menopause, postpartum, and fertility support, because these are also so very needed.

Q: What were your younger years like?

A:  As I mentioned, my love for natural health started young. My mother and grandmother were both very interested in health, herbs, and whole foods. I did not know my interests would blossom into a career of doing what I love, but I am very lucky it has! As a naturopath, I have learned about herbal medicine, nutritional support, vitamins, energy work, and counseling as well as other healing modalities.

I also was a very driven, high-achieving perfectionist combined with being highly sensitive. This made for an interesting pair of traits! It has taken much practice and learning to be able to support my sensitivity with healthy boundaries and expectations so that I do not get overcommitted or stressed. I have had to really practice my own medicine! After two years of medical school, (which can be grueling!), I took off for a year to travel and study different indigenous medicines around the world. I was able to travel to South America, European spa towns, the Australian Outback, India, and Asia to learn about healers throughout the world. I also took a break from practicing after my first child, and then when my twins were born. However, going back to work with three children at home…trying to nurse two new babies, do well at my job, and keep my home life together…that was the time that I really came up against my own energy borders and began to experience exhaustion and burnout. I eventually took a month’s leave, which became three months, and then it became permanent. I had to heal myself, take time to recover, and really get back to who I was, and who I wanted to serve. I got really clear about what was most important in my life, which was my family, my particular healing medicine, and my practices of yoga, writing, and travel, that bring me joy.

Q: What is something valuable you’d like others to know?

A: If I were to give women one piece of advice in the area of reclaiming their energy it would be this: Speak kindly to yourself, give yourself grace, and prioritize your own needs and desires. You can reclaim your energy from the ground up; I have witnessed it many times, but it has to start with believing in yourself and allowing time for what matters to you most.

Q: What does feminism mean to you?
A:
Feminism is certainly about being a strong, independent, confident woman role model. It is also about honoring the feminine way. This means respecting our feminine intuition, our feminine power, and her gentleness and sensitivity, as well as her strength. I now see my intuitive and sensitive gifts as the blessings that they are! Because I have learned how to protect them from getting stomped or passed over for ‘logical’, ‘practical’, or more aggressive methods. As women, we hold so much information within us, and much of our guidance is passed down from our ancestors. So I believe feminism is about empowering our daughters to hold this space, rather than fit into a male perspective; and teaching our sons to appreciate and understand that sensitivity and connection are their birthright as well. One of the reasons I am now guiding women, specifically in areas of my own struggle, is that I feel it is my mission to help women regain their self-love.

MORE ABOUT KEMBY: I currently live in Reno, Nevada, but have always been a gypsy at heart!

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Woman Wednesday: Denise


Q and A with Denise, Kiwi from New Zealand

“We should always be open to change and know that crappy things can also bring positive change and new beginnings, and it’s all part of our personal journey.”


Q: What are you passionate about? 

A: I am passionate about Africa, the people, and their incredible resilience. I am also passionate about my school in a slum in Kenya! My hubby and I founded the school several years ago. Tamariki Education Centre is the name. I wrote my book, “I Share My Heart With Africa,” and from that book, I founded my tour company, Helping Hand African Tours & Safaris, hosting small group tours to East Africa. A visit to the school was on all my itineraries of course. I absolutely LOVED my tours and felt very blessed to be living a life that allowed me to showcase what I called “my” amazing Africa. Then COVID-19 hit…and everything came to a grinding halt! My tours stopped, school sponsorship dropped, and I struggled…for 2 years! Looking back, I think I went into shock! Then the anger set in, then the sheer frustration of it all, and then one day, I woke up, said to myself, “FK this shit,” and got myself together and moved on.

Somewhere during the last 8 months, I started designing a range of swimwear for “mature ladies” (me!). It was brought about by my own frustrations of not finding anything with good coverage and great support but was still fun, gorgeous, with a little bit of class and sass! Kailani Pearl Swim was born. Kailani Pearl Swim is my new#1 focus, and I am super excited about my new direction. I have opened one tour back to Africa for the New Year 2023, and I have decided I will just take one tour a year. My primary focus has shifted to my swimwear business. Our school is going ok, but we lost a lot of our monthly sponsorship, so it’s just simmering at the moment. I STRONGLY believe things happen for a reason. I believe in positivity and always look for the silver lining.

Q: What were your younger years like?

A:  I had a wonderful childhood with fantastic parents and two brothers. At age 40, I learned for the first time in my life, about my African heritage (my grandfather was half-African). Learning this all made perfect sense as to why I was passionate about all things Africa since a little girl. The path I have been on was all “meant to be” and is what led my husband and me to meet our beautiful son, who we met in Kenya as a young man, and who we were instantly connected with. As an orphan at 3 years old, he has no family or doesn’t know of any (at least). So, we brought him into our family and welcomed him in as our son and brother to his siblings (our biological son and daughter). He is now an extremely important member of our extended family. He now has parents, siblings, a grandmother, aunties, uncles, and cousins, who love him.

Q: What is something valuable you’d like others to know?

A: All aspects of our lives and the journey should be welcomed and embraced. We should always be open to change and know that crappy things can also bring positive change and new beginnings, and it’s all part of our personal journey. We should ALWAYS embrace whatever comes our way. Always look for that silver lining.

Q: What does feminism mean to you?
A:
I am quietly passionate about women’s rights and equality. It’s a fundamental right that women are treated equally all through life. I don’t go rallying or standing on soap boxes advocating women’s rights, however. But I believe in 100% equality, of course! My parents were traditional for their era. My dad was the “breadwinner” and mum was the “homemaker.”

MORE ABOUT DENISE: I am a Kiwi, living in New Zealand, but I love to travel extensively (when we can!).

Thank you for reading!

Let’s connect! Here:

My swimwear brand

https://kailanipearl.com

My Helping Hand African Tours & Safaris:

www.helpinghandafricatours.com

My book

My school:

www.tamarikieducationcentre.com

Woman Wednesday: Natalie


Q and A with Natalie, Melbourne, Australia

“When things become stressful, it’s your values that will drive you.”


Q: What are you passionate about? 

A: I’ve been fortunate to take my interests and passions into the work that I do through creating different businesses in which I get to share those passions with the world. My first business was a travel company, which I had for 15 years. My current businesses are all about sharing my love of wellness, bubbles (champagne and sparkling wine), and business through speaking, writing, and mentoring.

In my wellness business, I brought together my passion and understanding of how important wellness is for a happy life as well as my experience as a former fitness instructor to create Wellness on Time—an online wellness program to help people easily integrate wellness activities into their day. This was before the explosion of online wellness activities that has occurred since the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a niche that I knew would help and benefit people.

My bubbly business—The Bubbles Review. This one really is a passion project—it is a blog, website, and events and tours on champagne and sparkling wine. The idea came from a few different areas, including my love of champagne and sparkling wine.

One of my favorite things to do is to help others succeed through my mentoring, writing, and speaking work. A big shift for me in the past few months has been taking my consulting and mentoring business—Natalie Pickett Mentor—to global markets. By bringing more of what I do online, I get to share my insights to help even more people. It has opened up so many opportunities for me to work with business owners all around the world. Amazing things are happening, including being a coauthor in the international best-selling book ‘Becoming an Unstoppable Woman’ and being featured in great blogs like this one!


Q: What were your younger years like?

A: I’ve always loved business. Even as a young girl, I used to convince my friends at elementary school to play ‘business’ with me. I’d be the head of some corporation or I’d convince my siblings to play ‘shops’ with me and I would work out each item’s profit margin. People think that a business mind is different to a creative mind, but when you can create something where there was nothing, that’s creative. Turning an idea into something bigger, such as a business that benefits everyone who buys from you, is undeniably creative.

I am a child of divorced parents, and my ability to not take things personally, while also realizing that some things are outside of my control, was honed during those early years. My mother was a bit of a ‘hippie’ and my dad was quite conservative, so it was about navigating both worlds. I think that has helped me to be open to listen to new ideas and be able to adapt to changing situations quickly in order to find the best solutions to move forward.

I’m from Melbourne, Australia, but have spent time living in other parts of the world. In my 20s, I worked and travelled the east coast of Australia, then the USA, the UK, and Europe. I returned to Melbourne after seven years, and at age 28, I established an inbound travel company, bringing visitors from all over the world to visit Australia. Almost 30 years on, I have a few different businesses. I still live in Melbourne with my daughter, who is now 19 years old. I think travel is one of life’s best educators; you learn a lot about yourself as well as have a better understanding of others. Experiencing other cultures, language, foods and customs opens up the world to you. Travel (when not in restrictions) remains a big part of my life.

I am a serial entrepreneur, and I have founded multiple businesses with 6- and 7-figure success stories. I’ve certainly had my share of triumphs and so-called ‘failures.’ After closing my travel company during the GFC, I founded a successful consulting business. You learn a lot in starting and growing a business, and you learn so much more when you need to close one. There is a procedural aspect to this understanding, as well as personal growth through that adversity. It gives you the perspective to assess what you really want in life. It is actually an opportunity to restart everything in a new way and make the life you truly want. Utilizing my networks created from my travel company, almost overnight my consulting business became a 6-figure success, and I achieved this by only working part-time hours. This business includes successful speaking and mentoring work where I share my knowledge and real-life experiences to help people take their business and daily lives from surviving to thriving.


Q: What is something valuable you’d like others to know?

A: Our businesses should work for us, not the other way around. The keys to success with each of my businesses is that they all come from my passion, my core values, and my desire to contribute and share my knowledge with others. When things become stressful, it’s your values that will drive you.

Life (and business) is supposed to be fun! My movement is ‘Living the Dream.’ People think they need to wait until they ‘achieve’ to start enjoying life. I’ve discovered that Living the Dream is less about working hard and more about following your joy. When you operate from a place of joy, that is what you share with others and lots of joyous people makes for a better world.

It is possible to define your own version of success and easily take the steps you need to achieve your goals. It is possible for you to not just Dream the Dream, but Live the Dream. I’m passionate about sharing this with the world, and share that in my writing, my courses, and speaking engagements.


Q: What does feminism mean to you? 

A: I think everyone should be a feminist! When women do well, so does everyone else. Families thrive, relationships are mutually supportive. We are very fortunate in this current day to have had strong women come before us; the Suffragettes fought in a decades-long fight to win the right to vote for women in the early part of the 20th century. And the strong women of the feminist movement of the 1960s and 1970s did as well. We get to enjoy the freedoms of those advances that were won for women worldwide. Some may still feel like they are battling inequality, while some may feel they have everything they need and no longer need to fight for it. I don’t see feminism as a battle of the sexes. To me, it is simply about everyone thriving and being supported to do so. It really is something we can all support.

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Woman Wednesday: Jacquelynn

Q and A with Jacquelynn, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

“Life is so short and so beautiful.”


Q: What are you passionate about? 

A: My first love, outside of being a mother, is music. Ever since I was a little girl, I vividly remember singing my little heart out. My first performance was with my grandmother, Peggy Sue, singing gospel at my baptism, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Which is super interesting to me because I’m an introvert at heart. I’m not passionate about just one thing though. As I mentioned, I love being a mama. But when it comes to work outside of motherhood, I genuinely enjoy helping and pouring into other women. It lights me up! I’m into breastfeeding awareness, embracing your weirdness, helping mamas figure out how to turn their passions into income, creating courses, cooking, writing and singing my own songs, big fan of naps, and all the little things in life. But above all, being a mama and wife is my favorite, and they’re the very reason for all the creating I do. They motivate me. I want to make them proud. I want to set a good example and show them how something can be made from absolutely nothing. Like my children’s book, I Think I Need Glasses. It started with one little idea and evolved once it hit paper. The eBook is my most recently finished project. It’s about a little girl who has an imagination out of this world. She tells of her adventures and life experiences from her point of view, but her older brother pokes fun with her and tells her throughout the story that he thinks she needs glasses. It’s a playful and magical transitional story for children who wear glasses. It’s available for download on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/I-Think-Need-Glasses-ebook/dp/B099V1WH56/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=i+think+i+need+glasses&qid=1627277487&sprefix=i+think+i+need+glass&sr=8-3

My next upcoming appearance/teaching is a super powerful onetime workshop called “Monetize Your Passion” on Thursday, August 5 @ 6pm CST / 7pm EST. The workshop is for creative and passionate aspiring or “stuck” female entrepreneurs. I’ll go over getting clearer with what your passion is and how to turn it into not one, but multiple offers. All the details are on the registration page. It’s going to be pretty epic. I’m so excited! You can also catch my podcast “Just Women Talking Sh!t” just about anywhere you get your podcast. I’m always looking for women to interview, so if you give it a listen and send your story in for an interview, you so should! And last, but certainly not least, I have a free online community for growing and unapologetic women. It’s called Female, Fearless, & Bad-Ass. That’s about all I have going on at the moment!


Q: What were your younger years like?

A: This is a tough one to talk about. Because I truly believe that my childhood and younger years, as an adult, have everything to do with the woman I am today. Fun fact about me: I am the oldest of my mother’s six children. Yes, six. How badass is that? She’s such a fierce and strong woman! Shoutout to my Ma in case she reads this. [She laughs.] Anyway, she did the whole single mom thing up until I was about 13 years old. I vividly remember having a baby on each hip, making lunches, doing dishes, playing house at a young age. Everyone called me a little mama, but it’s all I knew. I remember wanting to buy something but always knew how hard my mama worked to take care of us, so I set up my own lemonade stand. Okay, I’ll be honest. It was a Kool-Aid stand. (Southerners know what I’m talking about.) [She laughs.]

In one day’s work, I made $40. I remember dividing the money up among my sister, cousin, and me. We walked down the road to a florist and I bought my mama some silver dangly ball earrings. She wore those suckers out. I was so proud. I’ve had the entrepreneur bug ever since. I am one of the few in my family to graduate from high school. I did attend college but found myself stuck in this viscous cycle of changing my mind on what I wanted to do with my life over and over again. It became tiring, frustrating, and a total waste of money. I’ve honestly done it all trying to find my place in this big and crazy world. I cleaned houses and babysat as a young teenager, got my first big girl job at a Joyce Leslie women’s retail store, went on to have multiple jobs throughout high school, bartended at 18, cashiered at Goodburger on Chestnut in Center City Philly, became a nanny when I was let go abruptly, continued nanny work for the next several years up until my first child was born, wrote for a local newspaper, freelanced at marketing events, was a personal assistant, cleaned houses yet again as a young mom, waited tables as a single mom, made my way into a daycare where I taught and later worked in the office, was introduced to network marketing and multi-level business models, tried those out and did okay, found myself obsessed with finding the next big thing, failed over and over again, finally went back to corporate America after my first marriage went to crap, worked my tail off, never saw my daughter, ran myself and health into the ground, was scouted by one company, hired just to be fired a week before Thanksgiving of 2019. I told myself I would never allow someone to have such a hold over me. My health was crap, my mood fluctuated, I was so burnt out I couldn’t enjoy the money I did make. Even though it was scary as hell being let go that day and I had no idea what I was going to do, I knew it was all going to be okay because, well, it just had to be. This was yet another test. Fast forward to now—I’m a mother for a second time. I’m creating like I’ve never created before. I’m living authentically and really smelling the roses like I’ve never smelled them before. Because life is so beautiful. I don’t think people stop and think about that enough. We are all here as a result of millions of tiny things that all had to go right for us to even be here. Think about that and don’t take one second for granted. Life is so short and so beautiful.


Q: What is something valuable you’d like others to know?

A: You have all of the tools to do something great in your lifetime all within you. It all starts with you. I don’t think this is talked about enough. You are so powerful. Your life experiences, wisdom, story, downfalls, triumphs, testimony, all of it. It’s so powerful. I just want to see everyone around me happy, healthy, successful, and wealthy—whatever that may look like for them. And I think that happiness starts at the core. It starts with you. So, take good care of yourself so that you can excel in all the things. Self-love takes priority so that everything else runs like a well-oiled machine. I think several women with past traumas and insecurities tend to seek validation from others. Sometimes, it comes in the form of a romantic partner because maybe she grew up without a father present in her life. (That was me.) Sometimes, it comes in the form of being stuck in a career that makes her unhappy to the core because she was taught that the only way to make it in life is to work her tail off and put her time in like everyone else until retirement, but what she really wants is to somehow find a way to monetize her passion. (That was also me.) All in all, I just want women to realize that they don’t have to settle for someone else’s idea of what life should be like is all. I’ve been there and done that, so if me sharing my story helps others navigate through life and/or business journeys easier, well I’m all in. Just know you can literally do anything you set your mind to!


Q: What does feminism mean to you? 

A: When I think of feminism, I think of how far women’s rights have come in general. It goes to show just how powerful women are. I mean really think about how far we have come in such a little amount of time. And now? I bet if I was to ask any of your readers to name an inspiring woman who makes multiple six figures or more a year…someone would instantly come to mind, no? It isn’t about proving I’m better than or equal to a man. It’s about celebrating the power that’s within us all and shows in the growth and impact we each have in this world. It’s about the growth and impact the women before us had in this world and then the ones before them and so on. The world is so big and so vast, yet we can create such impact that is on a level so deep it changes lives. Like how cool is that? That’s the ultimate girl power if I’ve ever seen it.


MORE FROM JACQUELYNN: I was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. I primarily lived in a small town called Dixie, but I moved away to New York when I was 16. I graduated high school in the Poconos, attended college in Philadelphia, PA, for a year, and moved back down south when I was 22 or so. My roots are firmly planted back in Mississippi with my beautiful family.

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