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LAML SPOTLIGHT: BREANNA PHILLIP

Introducing a new segment to the blog! This is called LAML Spotlight!

To foster a sense of community, LAML spotlight has been initiated. This is where the spotlight will be placed on an individual within the community of followers (@living_meaningfully) for a month. Here, an individual shares their thoughts on what it is to live a meaningful life, a business idea they are nurturing or just chat on life in general.

Our first ever spotlight is on…..

*Drum Rolls*

BREANNA PHILLIP!

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To begin, what are the five things about you, you would like people to know?

  • I am a follower of Christ.
  • I am a strong believer that storytelling is a form of healing. 
  • I am a social worker.
  • I am the author of Nineteen93
  • I am the founder of a community initiative, Soultry Community @SoultryCommunity

What does it mean to live a life that is meaningful?

Living a life that is meaningful means living a life where you are fulfilling your purpose and also helping others to fulfill theirs. Living a life of purpose means living a life that inspires others to be the best version of themselves. Living a life of purpose means that even when you are no longer living, your life will continue to be spoken about for good.

Is there anything about life that tugs your heart, or any controversial topic that you would love to shed more light on?

My passion area is the area of sexual trauma, more specifically the lack of awareness about the topic. As an Afro-Caribbean, I can confidently say that in my community along with many others, sexual violence is viewed as a norm and its occurrence is far too often swept under the carpet due to shame and ignorance. Many young people are being sexually preyed upon without even realizing it because the over-sexualization of children is so rampant and there is no knowledge about consent, boundaries, rape culture etc.

Shed more light on lessons you’ve learnt and your journey so far as an entrepreneur

Entrepreneurship truly is a journey. Some of the biggest lessons I have learned as an entrepreneur are

  1. Trust the process of your life. There is no reason to compete with others around you, they may not even be headed to the same destination as you, and even if they are their route will be different than yours, because God knows what each of us must experience to be moulded into who He needs us to be.
  2. Work even when you don’t want to. Success doesn’t yield to our emotions, while it is important to acknowledge and appreciate our emotions, we can not succeed if our actions are ruled simply by what we feel like doing. In the words of my daddy, “sometimes we have to do the things we don’t want to do to get to the places we want to be.”
  3. Celebrate every small victory. Sometimes we are so focused on the grand prize that we forget to celebrate the small rewards. If we do not celebrate small victories it is very easy to become burnt out and discouraged. So, celebrate your small victories, treat yourself, congratulate yourself. You don’t have to wait for someone else to do it. 

What or who inspired your book Nineteen93?

The book was inspired by my love for storytelling and my belief that story telling is a form of healing. When I was 14 I was sexually abused and when dealing with that trauma I felt alone and I felt like no one understood what I was going through. The reality is, I was not alone many people had dealt with or were currently dealing with the same feelings of betrayal, confusion, anger and pain as I was, I just never knew because not many people share those difficult experiences. This book was written to give a voice to those who feel as if theirs has been lost and to remind people that they are not alone and their story matters

What are the key takeaways from your book?

  • Your story matters and is worthy of being heard
  • Everyone has a story, and when we share our stories it becomes more evident that we truly are not alone

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years or hope to have accomplished by then?

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In the next 5 years I hope to have a Masters in social work, to have published my second book, and to be doing work in various communities of the diaspora to bring awareness about sexual violence and work towards removing the stigma attached to the topic.

What advice will you give to your younger self or teenagers? Advice can be in terms of academics, relationships, challenges, talent discovery or choices.

The biggest piece of advice I would give my younger self is, love yourself through it all. As teenagers and young adults we go through so many changes, physical, mental, emotional etc. and during that time of change and attempting to understand the new person we are becoming we often feel lost. Self-love means spending time with yourself and God, will help to save you a lot of years of confusion. I would also say, do not lose yourself trying to find the approval of others. People’s expectations change like the wind, if you attempt to build yourself around them you will surely be lost.

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To learn more about Breanna Phillip, visit her pages

@journeying_djeli 

@soultrycommunity

 

 

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