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Jacinta White

What makes you YOU?

I think it’s my love of intimate conversations, my ability (sometimes) to be completely present, my need for space and contemplation, my freedom of expression, and my commitment to walk this path as authentically as I can.  

What are you most proud of?

Diving deeply into my own healing and using that to help others do the same. That shows up in the work I do and in my art. There’s a lot I’m proud of but I smile the biggest when someone else finds their way and I’ve been a light on the path. I’ve come a long way and have overcome obstacles. I can’t take all the credit for my “success” but I’m thankful for being at this point in my life.

What keeps you going when things are tough?

It’s a number of things but mostly my faith. I have to remind myself that God is working things out in the background, and that I’m not in control, though I can forget this fact. Also laughter, time with people I care about deeply, and getting lost in writing and painting. Sometimes it’s permission to have ice cream and binge watch Netflix! A good (cleansing) cry is a go-to as well. Oh, and journaling! Lots of journaling!

What keeps you up at night?

Reminding myself, when things are tough, that God is working it out in the background. LOL. And even sheer excitement can keep me up.

Irma Jackson

What makes you YOU?

The sum of all my life experiences makes me who I am today.  That would include the hard things I have endured (death of my aunt, grandmother, and mom over an 8-year period). The wonderful opportunities that I have been blessed with – beginning a small massage business 20 years ago that still exists in spite of the pandemic and being in fairly good health.

I think that my life experiences have prompted me to become a better listener and an encourager. We all hear what others say to us but often we don’t listen closely to what is said, we are too busy with life and the things we struggle with personally. Trying to listen to what others say so that you are able to give something back that is positive is very important in the world we all live in today because we all hear the negative even with a slight positive spin but I try to find the positive so it can be shared to enrich and uplift the person and myself.

What are you most proud of?

I am most proud of still existing as a small business during and after the pandemic.  I am equally proud of my granddaughter, Myshale’, who finished ECPI with honors during the pandemic. 

What keeps you going when things are tough?

My faith in God and His promises keeps me going when things get tough. My sister, Angela, and cousin, Jessie, are both sounding boards when I need to hear what I am thinking without being guided to a decision. Thankfully, there have been many people put in my path along this journey of life, some for a reason, season or a lifetime. The two listed have been with me for a lifetime.

What keeps you up at night?

Very few things keep me up at night. I pray that my grandchildren will be safe and not be tagged for LWB (living while Black). I trust that God will protect me and them or help me with the plan that will help us to all succeed.



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