So I had this bright idea to feature amazing women of color weekly on my blog. With all this negativity going on in the world, it’s very refreshing to get hit with some positive energy.
The first person that came to my mind to feature is someone I am blessed to call one of my very best friends. But not only is she that, she is much more…she is my sister. I have seen her grow for many years now. She is and will always be an inspiration to me. When I look at her, I see so much strength. So it’s only fitting that she is the very first member of SWV-Sisters with Vision. Meet Janitha Lawson. 🙂
Tell me a little about yourself?
My name is Janitha Lawson, a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma. My passion is uplifting women and young girls. My dream is to use my story to minister to others through public speaking and writing.
Have you ever dealt with insecurities? If so, how did you overcome them?
Yes I have dealt with insecurities. I was picked on from a very young age for not having hair and it left me with little to no confidence at all. I always felt that I was not good enough and I struggled to make friends growing up. I felt that if I didn’t even like me, why would others like me. I was extremely sensitive and cried all the time. To experience feelings of loneliness and being by yourself is hard for anyone to break through especially a child in elementary.
What does being “perfectly imperfect” mean to you?
Perfectly Imperfect means to me that there is no pressure to get it right. It’s ok to own your imperfections because those “flaws” are what makes up you. So accept it and release the burdens of perfection and the standards set by yourself and society
If you had the chance, what would be one thing you would tell a young girl dealing with low self esteem or insecurities?
I know it’s hard to love yourself right now. No one may have shown you love or felt you deserved it. But don’t allow anyone or anything to dictate how you feel about you. How you feel about you will ultimately set the standard for how others will feel about you and treat you.
Anything else you want to add?
I have found that surrounding yourself with people that are uplifting and that are positive can help change your mindset. Speaking over yourself combined with supportive people speaking over you cancels out all negative feelings of yourself. But remember it first has to begin with you.
What a wonderful interview from my lovely friend. Do me a favor and follow her on her social media account and check out her blog. 🙂