Literally, the strongest woman I have ever met in my entire life has and will forever be my mother until I find a wife to compare. She persevered through so much whether it was self-inflicted or merely by coincidence she faced adversity. Of the times I could remember watching tears drop from her eyes, it was like the most shattering moments for me. I then watched her find love and a husband found her and saw in her what I knew was there all along, a strong woman who needed an equally strong man. For that, I thank my stepfather. I remember enduring and feeling her pain at one point we shared a heartbeat and that continued even after I was expelled from her womb. Yet between the times of her encouraging me and cursing me out, I never felt anything but love. I owe her more than a mere post and a few measly questions. Yet, for now, I will give what I can and that is my heart through expression. As the woman who has literally been my epitome of womanhood, I thank you for being amazing and planting and sowing into me my entire life.
Thank You for sharing what WOMANHOOD is to you!
] What does feminine energy look like to you?
Hanging out with good company, being mentally and spiritually at peace with who you are.
] Creatively where do you draw inspiration from?
] How do you give Rachael to the world to enlighten and bring service to it?
My purpose is to help others through my life experiences.
] What keeps you balanced in a world that is in constant flux?
My spirituality knowing when it’s beyond my control.
] Are you into any specific religion or spiritual practice?
]If so, how does it bring out the best in your life? If not what helps to empower and bring out the best in you?
It gives me confidence in knowing that I will never walk alone even when I don’t know what to expect. It allows me to love without reserve or concern for how others see me. The peace that passes all understanding.
] One woman figure who has helped to provide you with guidance in your life?
] When you see yourself now as a woman, is this who you imagined you’d be at a young age?
Not at all.
] Love is a foreign concept in today’s world for somehow do you give yourself love?
Yes, in order for me to share a love for others I have to give it within.
] How would you best define being a woman in today’s society?
There are so many opportunities for young women in today’s society if they are willing to grow 90% of it is your attitude. The only issue is the unity between black men and black women are not happening as often.
] What do sexuality and womanhood mean to you?
Sexuality for me is best defined as husband and wife to be at one with the person you love. It is mental connection first which leads to a positive interaction.
] What ways do you embrace being a woman?
I love new shoes and pretty flowers the simple things that make us who we are.
] When was the first time you remember feeling being a woman was a responsibility?
I knew when I became a mother that I had responsibility but I embrace what I can share with young woman and men about life. The visual of a strong person encourages others to have no fear.
How or in what ways does your womanhood shine a light on the world?
I love to inspire and encourage people as well as being inspired by my elders.
] In what ways can men show appreciation and respect for you as a woman?
Being honest, positive and respectful.
] The first woman who reaffirmed you and of your own powers?
] As society stands now we are shifting spiritually, how do you stay grounded while attempting to ascend upward?
When you reach a point in life where you are met with right and wrong spirituality gives me the right path to follow. Spiritually those who believe should not be wavering in what it is they believe in. This is what I see the younger generation moving away from instead of standing for something they are easily influenced into not worshipping with others. I had so many scenarios where God showed me the spirit of discernment that when I tried to go the other direction it never worked out for me.
] Change is inevitable, in the near future what changes are you seeking?
What is my next step in life learning more and more, a new language or a new instrument? Anything is possible if you put your mind to it.
I can’t wait to see my children and grandchildren and how they grow.
If you could sit down with someone dead (preferably a woman) and spend a week just talking to them, who would that be and why?
My great grandmothers in order to understand more about my lineage.
a song that brings you peace?
Anita Baker “Body and Soul”
Whitney Houston “I love the Lord” and anything by Will Downing
How in tune with your feminine energy are you?
What reminds you of your woman powers?
What expressions do you believe a woman should express more?
For women feeling sexy is important, what makes you feel sexy or when do you feel sexiest?
When I dress up, when I work out, when I am singing, lingerie I think its when your mind is in that place.
Mentally women are advanced what mental games or avenues do you use to strengthen your mind? Mental Games?
My mind is strengthened through a number of things reading, learning from others, enjoying nature.
In honor of women’s appreciation, what words would you say women could hear more often:
I love you, I appreciate all that you do. You inspired me to be who I am. I am sorry if I ever did anything to hurt you.
When did your womanhood get in the way of who you wanted to be?
What was the greatest change you’ve made recently?
I purchased 20 acres of land a step toward the future.
Favorite part of yourself? (Physical, mental, emotional, musically, taste in clothes)
Taste in Clothes for sure more so shoes, Mentally I try my best to be a good adviser to those in need. Or emotionally help others with trials. Being selfless versus selfish.
Society is changing do you believe it is becoming more open for Black women to succeed?
Black Women need to understand there worth and stop being so harsh on themselves. Negotiate for better incomes, we are talented but also rise to the occasion don’t limit yourself because you are black. Be the exception and not the rule.
When you reflect on yourself and your journey, are you making your 7 y/o self-proud?
My 7 y/o self-was coy and I have come a long way. I hope I can make her proud.