Woman Wednesday: Jacqueline

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Q and A with Jacqueline, Eastover, South Carolina

“There is a purpose in your pain.”

Q: What are you passionate about? 

A: I am the pastor of Healing in the Vessel Ministries and an author. I am passionate about seeing people heal spiritually, emotionally, physically, and mentally. I have a passion and heart for the youth, which has led me to various positions within the ministry and career field.

Since 2002, I have served as youth director, a mentor, and a Sunday school teacher within my local church. I am a former paralegal, educator, and substance abuse counselor. I use my gift of empowerment to transform lives within my ministry and career field. I found this passion as the Holy Spirit began to reveal itself to me through dreams and the doors that God began to open.

I have just currently finished my new book, From Bitter to Better.




Q: What were your younger years like?

A: I have earned a Master of Arts in practical theology from Regent University, Master of Counseling from Webster University, Columbia SC, a Master of Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University, Lynchburg VA, an Associate Degree of Paralegal, graduating Magna Cum Laude from South University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Francis Marion University, Florence SC.

My family includes both of my parents, who empowered me by their love and prayers. I always had a journal since the third grade, which later led me to discover my gift of writing and becoming an author. My various positions led me to become a pastor as God was calling me into that arena.




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

A: I have learned that there is a purpose in your pain. Every tear that I have shed has allowed me to become a more reliable vessel so that God can use for His glory to empower, equip, and encourage His people. I would love for others to learn from my story that God still performs miracles.




Q: What does feminism mean to you?

A: Feminism symbolizes the empowerment of women.




Q: What else would you like others to know?

A: My hobbies include running, walking, meditating, and writing, counseling youth, and working in the community. I am the author of Healing in the Vessel: A Mother’s Love A Daughter’s Journey of Faith, and From Bitter to Better. I am the co-author of several anthologies: Grief to Grind Anthology: How did I lose Myself in a Relationship, Meant for My Good, Women of Power II, Hearing God’s Voice Above The Chaos, and It takes Money Honey. I am an international speaker for the I AM Her Women’s Conference. I am an Amazon bestselling author. I have been featured on the cover of I AM Queen Magazine.




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Woman Wednesday: Margarete

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Q and A with Margarete, Ulster County, New York

“The most valuable thing I’ve learned in life is to never lose the lesson life teaches.”


Q: What are you passionate about?

A: I am passionate about living my best life, which includes helping others overcome life challenges, find hope and purpose, and doing all I can to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Whether I’m speaking to a specific group or at a national conference, my passion and determination is to inspire audiences to step beyond their limitations and guide them to discover the power within and redefine what personal success truly means in this adventure called: LIFE.

The harder question is how I got to this point.

Like most people, I have had some tragically sad challenges. The worst was in 2006, when my daughter Jena lost her battle with cystic fibrosis. It was then that my whole world changed. For a long time following that terrible day, it was hard to call up the strength to take action, to move forward, to take a chance at life. I had been taught to look for and find gratitude in each moment, but when my little girl “moved up” to heaven at the age of thirteen, there was nothing I could see or find other than my grief and pain. I felt I had no choice. But in time, I learned that every day, I get to choose how to live.




I believe in hope, in embracing the beauty in the broken. Life always presents us gifts, yet sometimes those gifts are brutally disguised as pain and suffering. My daughter once told me that pain is not a valid reason for stopping, so I continued on. I’ve taken many steps to get to a place where I can take charge of my life to become an award-winning author of two books: Beyond Breathing and See You at Sunset, a professional speaker, and a national advocate for The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. I’ve taken steps to stay happily married for twenty-eight years to my handsome husband Marc, and I’ve been blessed to watch my son marry the love of his life, which was the best day of mine.

Crisis, fear, and the anxiety of crumbling under life’s challenges have crossed my path so many times, I’ve learned that if I could change my attitude, my health, and my mental well-being, my life would ultimately change as well. Each challenge I faced in life taught me something more about myself and the world around me. Every decision I made, whether I was presented with a multitude of options, or no choices at all, changed who I am today.




Here’s the thing, somewhere deep in my soul, every journey and every obstacle I faced helped bring me to a place where I can feel calm among the chaos. Every day, I give thanks for a grateful soul, a mind that’s confident, and an open heart that’s compassionate.

That’s what I’m passionate about and want to share that with as many people who want to hear it.

Q: What were your younger years like?

A: My childhood was like most everyone else, complicated with drama, trauma, and not easily summed up as good or bad. I was a chubby middle child, diagnosed with dyslexia in 2nd grade, and my parents divorced while I was in the 8th grade. I lived in Germany with my great aunt when I was fourteen for a ‘cultural experience.’ I graduated from high school a year early and that same year, at age 16, I permanently moved out of my childhood house after an argument with my mother. I was pregnant before I got married and had two children before I was twenty-five. Both my children were born with a fatal genetic disease, cystic fibrosis, which currently has no cure. I’ve dealt with abandonment issues, weight issues, depression, and anxiety. All of which made me who I am today.

All our lives, all our stories, make us who we are, it’s up to us how we decide that value.





Q: What would you like others to learn from your story? 

The most valuable thing I’ve learned in life is to never lose the lesson life teaches.

For all of my life, I’ve had a love of learning, and I’m pretty sure that’s why God, with his or her infinite wisdom and sense of humor, decided to fill the first half of my life with one crisis after another. Through all the trials and many errors, I’ve come to see that life’s challenges, including reaching midlife, doesn’t have to be a crisis.





Wouldn’t you agree that sometimes life can come at you fast and a sucker punch can land without any warning? I’ve been there. I get it. In a split second, you’re in the middle of life-changing choices, insurmountable obstacles, and heartbreaking hardships. It’s what you do with the lesson just presented to you that can change the path you’re on. Chances are, someone has been down that path before and can help guide you out, if you let them.

If by me sharing my painful and crazy life journey can reach out and touch your heart in even the smallest way possible, and help you deal with and let go of the crises and pain in your life, then I’ll feel my words and stories have a purpose beyond what they already hold for me.

My advice to you is to share your story, it could make all the difference in someone else’s life.



Q: What does feminism mean to you? 

A: Feminism, to me, is an emotionally charged word, placing a person as ‘a feminist’ if they are for feminism or they are ‘a non-feminist’ against feminism. To me, this is divisive, and I’m not about labels, division, or exclusion as much as I am for united, equal, and collective for the common good of all civilization.

It’s was such a powerful and resurfaced word that Feminism was Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year for 2017.

Feminism, by definition, is equality of both sexes, but its common understanding is the passionate responsibility of the equality of women in the workforce, home, and political front. Its wave of enthusiastic ideology and emotion can cause more opposition than necessary.

For me, I’d instead focus on the constructive influence of women helping women. The underlying power that comes from a place of growth, humanity, and the ability to rise together while helping one another achieve each individual’s best possible life. The alliance of women reaching back and helping those who are struggling is where the real strength lies. Women being brave in adversity, sharing their story to help others, and using their voice against injustice is what I support. We, as women, can do so much to change the landscape of our future when we rise up, lean in, and stand tall without having to put down, degrade, or alienate any opposition that confronts the process of growth.



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Woman Wednesday: Amiee

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Q and A with Amiee, Lake County, Indiana  


“What I’ve learned in my journey is that life is a journey full of hills and valleys. I used to believe that I was a victim to life’s circumstances, but what I had to be awakened to is that I also had choices in the decisions I was making in my life.”


Q: What are you passionate about?

A: I am passionate about educating others on health and life. I am a certified health/life coach, a certified Reiki Master Teacher (RMT), and I have a B.A. in Psychology.  I help people who have suffered trauma, PTSD, and addictions create peace within their minds so that they can find it in their lives. I love sharing about how life can be seen through different lenses and perspectives when a person becomes aware of their own life choices that create the story of who they are being. Once people become awakened to this, they start to see where they can make new choices in life and more empowering decisions around their health, life, finances, relationships, career, and connect to something greater.




I found this passion when I was suffering from drug addiction, alcoholism, and a binge eating disorder, 13 years ago.  I tried to heal through conventional treatments and therapies, and when these things didn’t work for me, I took matters into my own hands. I began studying the human body until I learned to heal myself through alternative therapies. Everything amplified for the best when I became a certified health/life coach and gained more tools and clarity on how to help people on a deeper level. I now work with clients in one-on-one and group settings. Currently, I’m waiting on my first story to be published in a collaborative book called, Victorious Women Overcoming Mediocrity In the book, I tell the story of my 3rd DUI and how I lost everything, only to find myself employed at a health food store that saved my life. This will be available for purchase in March 2019. I’m also involved in a public speaking competition called, “The Next Impactor,” which is to begin on March 15. The other contestants and I have amazing stories to share with the world and are here to be of service to others in sharing our experience, strength, and hope with the world. There’s still time to join, if anyone is interested!  Visit www.thenextimpactor.com for more details, and feel free to reach out to me! I’m so excited about this opportunity and we will see where the universe leads each of us with this!




Q: What were your younger years like?

A: I suffered from intense anxiety and fear around who I was from a young age. I didn’t feel connected to others. I was sexually abused as a child, and I know that played a lot into the feelings and thoughts I had growing up. I was told by my abuser to never tell or I wouldn’t be loved anymore and so, I shut down. I lost my voice and I suffered in silence for many years, leading me down a self-destructive path of alcoholism, drug addiction, and binge eating disorder. I also suffered greatly from shame, blame, anxiety, depression, digestive distress, and adrenal fatigue, just to name a few things because of that. Even though I suffered from those things, I was a very high functioning person. I did well in school, even though I didn’t think I did. I held jobs, I joined in on school functions and organizations. I believed I was able to hold myself together for years, until an ultimate downward spiral began in my mid-20’s that led to poor choices, including 3 DUI’s. However, without those hardships, I wouldn’t be able to help my clientele the way I am able to and share my story of experience, strength, and hope through written and spoken words for anyone who feels connected to my story. Looking back on my life, I wouldn’t change a single thing because, without my story, I wouldn’t be living my life’s purpose. What I’ve come to know is that my story isn’t about me, it’s about who I’m here to help. I am here to be of high service to others and by sharing my story, if I even help just one person break the chains of being a prisoner of their own mind and start their healing journey, I’ve served my purpose.






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

A: What I’ve learned in my journey is that life is a journey full of hills and valleys. I used to believe that I was a victim to life’s circumstances, but what I had to be awakened to is that I also had choices in the decisions I was making in my life. Once I really understood that, life changed for the better for me. I realized that I had a story of hope that could be shared with others. I thought all of life was dark for so long, I’ve only shared a tiny little pinkie nail here of the experiences I have been through. I now know life is a precious gift full of beautiful characters, plot twists, and new beginnings.  I want people to know that if I can change my life and live the life of my dreams, anyone can, and I’m happy to show them how, if they choose that is what they want for their life too. If you’ve made it this far in the blog friends, you are a gift and you are powerful and you deserve to have the life of your dreams, in fact, it’s your birthright. I believe in you.


Q: What does feminism mean to you? 

A: To me, feminism means equality for females in all realms of life. I know in my life, as a female in her early 40’s, I have definitely felt less than or have been treated less than males who have done the same line of work as myself. I saw this in places of employment I worked at, whether the boss was male or female. I have come to the belief that these sorts of things have become ingrained as truth in certain generations and passed down through the family. Even now, as I work as my own boss, I still see men in my industry being followed more heavily than female counterparts. However, I do see the shift occurring, and women are now being seen and recognized more for their greatness, bravery, strength, resilience, and intelligence. I am starting to see women being held in high regard for who they are, their vulnerability, their authenticity, and it is so empowering!  In my opinion, this is the age of feminism, and it is an honor to be a witness to this. I am so excited to be a part of this movement.





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