I am surrounded by dope women you guys. I met my friend Tatiana about a year ago & was instantly in awe of her creativity & love for empowering women. Tatianna & I teamed up to chat about womanhood + what it means to actually “Be You Always.”
Tatianna made this dope tee to remind women of who they are. Here I answer her questions about my womanhood experience. Sip some coffee & enjoy sis.
Tatiana: What does it mean to Be You Always?
Wow be you, that’s a bold calling. To be YOU, to be Jalyssa in the fullness of who God created me to be requires next level bravery. It means to say no to my pride & my fears. It means to trust that I have purpose & this life I live must be a life of value. When someone says, “Be You Always”, I am hearing them say “Be empowered to pursue a life of passion and purpose.”Because that is who I am, a passionate person with a purpose. That is what living my best life looks like to me, living in my purpose.
Tatiana: Share with me some lesson of self-love & walking in YOUR truth:
I have learned so much on my journey of identity & self love. One thing that I am always mindful of is value, my value. It has always been easy for me to look over at other peoples gardens & ackowledge all of the beauty, life, & growth. But the only person who will tend to my garden is me. There is value in that. My garden is my family, my peers, my social media presence, my friends, etc. Each and every person that I encounter is given to me by God. There is value in my presence. And then I look inward. This body I live in, this mind I must tend to, these emotions I hold, they all deserve to be treated well. They are mine to live with and this life is a one shot only type deal. So here I am, valuing my existence, my presence, my influence, my voice. Because God wasn’t bored when He made me. He was passionate about me & what I needed to do for Him in my time on this earth. So walking in my truth, loving myself, it all stems from me valuing Jalyssa Richardson. . . Because Jesus says I am worthy of it all.
Tatiana: Ok Jalyssa, tell me about your personal journey in womanhood.
I have so far to go in this journey, but sis, I so appreciate where I am today. I got here through falling & failing time & time again. Each time I was low I looked high & The Most High saw me through. When my mental health was shook I sought out what got me there & cut it off at the head. When my body was weak I said adios to the things that wore me down. When my spiritual life was starved I fed it & keep on feeding it. When I was unsure, confused, & in identity crisis I fought for my purpose. I never could’ve done this alone. I have an amazing husband, dope women, a ridiculously loving family, & a village of people to surround me so there is always a hand to reach for me when I am down. And here I am, bold & brave. . . Confident & strong. . . Hopeful & truly believing I am enough. Still I have moments of weakness, so many moments of weakness. But I am not alone, I am not without purpose, & I damn sure not going backwards.
Tatiana: What are you currently up to?
I love to create things that encourage others, specifically women. So I am currently working on promoting value & purpose amongst women. I am beginning to work on a faith based devotional that is all focused on identity. I love being home & present with my babies so this will be a long process. But I am a true “respector of the process.” I know that’s not a real word but y’all get me, haha. I also work in women’s ministry & open my home each weak to a group of women to gather, eat, vent, pray, & engage with one another. It is the most encouraging day of my week. I have a loving relationship with social media so you will find me pouring some time into my IG & Blog. & in my free time, (whenever that actually is). I get behind a camera & create memories for people. Photography is another true passion of mine.
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