Did you know that Nancy used to be a make-up artist with her sister Cynthia? I met her over a decade ago when I used to model for the Lakay Entertainment’s fashion show. Nancy and her sister would do the make-up for all the models. She is an amicable, cheerful soul with a bubbly personality. One thing that is never scarce in every encounter with Nancy is her smile. She is always smiling. Being able to go through tough times and still carry a smile on her displays her fortitude. It is uplifting to be in her presence, as her character demonstrates to others the effect of having a positive outlook on the storms of life when they come. Her teaching career isn’t limited to her classroom. Tons of women are learning from her on a day-to-day basis just how to be a daughter, a sister, a wife, and a mother.
Here goes my virtual questionnaire with Nancy:
- What do you do?
Hi my name is Nancy Colas Gaillard and before anything I’m a believer. I’m also a wife to an amazing man, Chef Mike, and a mother to my miracle son Micah Hector. I currently run my own business: Simply Sienna’s World, L.L.C. where you will find my first published children’s book entitled Simply Sienna. A book that has allowed me touch many lives of children and adults near and far with a message that’s geared towards Character Education while teaching the importance of patience. Simply Sienna has allowed me to contribute to a local shelter, here in my hometown Brooklyn, where young teenage mothers and their babies were pampered and gifted with care packages on Valentine’s Day weekend, the most humbling experience ever. Truly touched by the young ladies I decided to keep in contact and realized that some of them more than ever wanted to apply for college, so with the help of Simply Sienna, my good friends and their organizations we were able to make that happen. Other than that, by day I’m a NYC substitute educator and a full time graduate student at St. Francis College, where I get to do what I love most, write.
- What is the one thing you would like the audience to know about you?
One thing I would like for the audience to know about me is that while I may seem outgoing, I’m super introverted, I’m a home body and love being around family and friends and books in a more intimate setting like, home. I’m super shy.
- How do you deal with failures, hardships, and judge mental and pessimistic people?
When it comes to failures and hardships I choose prayer, and to view them as an opportunity to lean on God more, and say okay God, you’ve got my attention. I’ve gained my toughest skin from judge mental and pessimistic people, they play a major role in what fuels and drives me to keep doing what I do and living the absolute best life that God has called me to live. In other words I choose to ignore them.
- What is the one thing you would say contributed to your success?
If I had to choose one thing, think I would have to say my faith in God. Everyone who knows me personally will say that I can pray a prayer that will move mountains, I’m convinced that everything that was meant to be will be and I would ever have to fight for or beg for it. I serve a God who has truly blessed me with a family and loving constant friends who rally around me when I’m hard on myself reminding me that I can and I will succeed.
- What advice would you offer women wanting to be like you and make a difference?
The advice I would give to women wanting to be like me and make a difference, is not to be like, but to bet better, be the best version of yourself, unapologetically and make a difference by being the change in your community or even globally that you would have wanted for yourself growing up.
Being younger than me, it is easy to view her as a little sister. But age being nothing but a number, I will rank her as a bigger sister. Someone I have and can continue to learn so much from. As an aspiring writer myself, I’m stronger with her. She has paved a way for many young Haitian American writers. I applaud her for her accomplishments as a published author.
Here’s to Simple Sienna on Barnes & Noble’s bookshelf as New York Times Bestsellers
[*] You can purchase her book at https://www.simplysiennasworld.com/