Jacky is a “pretty awesome human being” as she loves to remind me. Frankly, no reminder is needed as her benevolent character speaks on her behalf. She loves people and loves to spend time with them. It is quite a rare hobby for someone to have, given that technology has made it attainable to have “E-Relationships.” She loves spending time with people so much that she has an actual pocket size calendar in her bag. If she doesn’t “pencil you in,” as she likes to put it, it doesn’t exist. As much as I tease her for having it, I admire this discipline of hers. This is the way she gets to be a woman of her word and value her commitment to people. By 10 pm she has already fallen into REM sleep because she believes in giving people her optimal self. These are a few ways she has utilized the love she received from God. In her Wakanda World, her vibranium is her faith. She is a prayer warrior. Her prayers are simple, bold and never go unanswered. Hence, nothing moves her. Nothing! Absolutely nothing. Even in the most infuriating circumstance, she is unmoved. That’s virtue.
Here is my virtual interview with Jacky:
- What do you do?
I am a speech and language pathologist, a children’s minister, and a pretty awesome human being.
- What is one thing you would you like the audience to know about you?
I believe that time is precious-very, very precious. There’s a quote that says, “you will never ‘find’ time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.” Time is one of those things that you can’t get back once it’s gone. With that in mind, I do my best to manage my time well. Primarily, I do my best to spend time with the Lord in prayer, scripture reading, and meditation. I also spend time with loved ones, I have “me time,” I spend time doing things I enjoy, and I find time to rest.
- How do you deal with failures, hardships, judgmental and pessimistic people?
Um…that’s a good question! I’ll tackle it in two parts. Firstly, failures and hardships really suck. They suck a lot! They hurt a lot too. With God’s guidance, I don’t wallow in it. I am my own biggest critic and when trying times come, especially failure, sometimes it’s easy to highlight all the areas I went wrong. Progressively, I’ve learned that life happens-sometimes things go right, and sometimes they don’t. I learn from it, I grow from it, and I move on. Secondly, in regards to pessimistic and judgments people-I stay away. Pessimism and judgment are toxic, and because I value my time so much, I rather utilize my time and my energy in other ways. Like Sweet Brown said, “ain’t nobody got time for that!”
- What is the one thing that you would say contributed most to your success?
First and foremost, God is good. I am nowhere near the level of success I would like to achieve, but I rejoice in the little successes and milestones along the way. Success isn’t a destination- it’s not a place I want to get to then be satisfied in that. Success to me is a journey and with each milestone I’m encouraged to keep going, and not give up, because greater things and greater blessings are coming my way. I can attribute success to: diligence, discipline, and a good support system.
- What advice would you offer women wanting to be like you and make a difference?
Be content where you are in life and in the season that you’re in. Believe that the Lord is for you and is working things out for your good. Find joy in the little things, and do what makes you happy. Life is short- live it well!
“Life is short – Live it well” has indeed been her mantra for as long as I’ve known her. Here are two factors that help her make decisions, “I’m at peace with God and I’m at peace with myself.” Being that she is a warrior and I a worrier, I’m stronger with her by learning to become a warrior – Believing that it serves no purpose to worry about anything because God is able to fix everything.
Here is to openings of supernatural doors for you Jacky