1. What is your background (tell us a little bit about yourself)?
I was born and raised in the beautiful island of Trinidad. My background consist of Guyanese, Indian and Chinese heritage. I am passionate about living for the Lord and always seeking to improve myself and my relationship with Him. I'm interested in the way the mind works and through counseling I get a taste of that. I'm adventurous, creative and love traveling.
2. What inspired your current passion?
My current passion of becoming a Christian counselor was inspired by life experiences, but mostly by my recent job as a flight attendant. Almost every time I worked a flight I caught myself "counseling" someone on the plane or on the layover. It would be such a natural experience and I would be amazed at the personal struggles people shared with me. I cried with some, lead to pray with others and simply learned to listen at times. I decide to pray and ask God what it meant for people to come to me in this way? God showed me that He was using me to be a light in my workplace and that it was preparation for the next step. At this time I didn't think of going back to school for my degree in Mental Health Counseling or becoming a Christian counselor, I just knew I had to be obedient.
3. How did you get started?
The start was birth lol... I'm 26 years young and I see and understand so many things that had to happen in my life to get me to this point. God has been preparing me to minister and counsel others all my life. All along people of all ages and ethnicities would reach out to me and just talk, talk and talk. I always knew something was interesting about each experience, and that it was God's hand in it someway, somehow. As they came I prayed to always respond with what the Lord needs me to say, and somehow He always placed the words in my heart to share with those that He sent. It's not a big 'taddahh' moment that get's us to purpose, it's a constant relationship with Lord.
4. How important is it to have a relationship with God when it comes to purpose/calling?
I believe our relationship with the Lord is the main ingredient to understanding our purpose. He's an all knowing God, nothing is by chance with Him. When He created each of us, He had a perfect plan to give us a future and a hope. As we seek a relationship with Him, He reveals His exact reason for creating us. Throughout my life, Jer 29:11 has kept me focused on God's plan for my life. A lot of times I felt like I couldn't achieve certain things and I doubted a lot of my own God given abilities, but every time I read that scripture ( others also), it was a sweet reminder that God had a plan for my life and still do, whether I see it coming or not, I know He loves me so deeply to have thought of a plan for my life all along the way.
5/6. Did you at any point feel like God abandoned you during the process? If so, what did you do?
I never felt like God abandoned me, but I neglected Him at times, which caused distance between us. Sin separates us and hardens our hearts to our Creator. I knew when I was becoming distant from the Lord and I loathed that feeling. I would always cry out to return to Him and that His presence would never leave me again, but I had to be more intentional about my relationship with Him, and cut certain things out of my life. My main focus and priority is my relationship with the Lord and I am careful in guarding that, so nothing or no one would ever distract me away from Him ever again.
7. What was or is the most faith-stretching experience youve had so far while pursuing your vision?
My most faith stretching experience while pursuing my vision is the current one I'm in. I am a flight attendant and have been blessed with the opportunity to get paid good money, with great benefits to travel the world. Recently I felt a strong desire to return to school for my MA in mental health counseling ( after I said I would never go back to school). I had faith and peace to believe Him to only apply to that one school, and to leave my job by the end of July. I applied and got accepted and my resignation letter is typed and ready to be sent lol. The entire process was faith stretching and still is because I don't know how I’m paying for school, I’m not sure what my next source of income would be while in school, but I have so much peace with this decision that I am not worried. I know God would provide and go with me. It’s easier said, but when negativity steps into our minds, we must kick it right out with the true word of God and remember His promises!
8. What would you do differently if you had to do it over?
I would've guard my heart more from various relationships I approved before praying and waiting on God's answers. I am thankful that I now know that God wants to be apart of every detail, big and small in my life. I believe every experience pushed me closer and closer to my Lord, so I am beyond grateful for His leading in my life and always loving me every step of the way.
9. How would you define success?
I would define true success as first accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior over your life, seeking a relationship with Him and walking boldly in purpose for the Kingdom. My ultimate goal is to hear "well done good and faithful servant" Matt 25:23. A life without purpose is a life not lived, so seek God and obey Him as He leads. Nothing else matters, what we do for the Kingdom of God will!
10. How do you avoid success getting to your head when it begins happening?
My success has nothing to do with me. If God didn't wake me up every morning I couldn't do and be who I am today, if He didn't place the good desires in my heart I couldn't live it out, and if He didn't open doors for me to walk through, I wouldn't have the success I have. At any point in my life, I am reminded that none of it is by my own might and power. Everything belongs to Him, I would be ignorant in my ways to boast of what I have accomplished, because I didn't do it on my own, I’m humbled by knowing it can be gone in the blink of an eye.
11. What are 3 things you need or can’t see yourself living without?
I can't live without my Bible, God's peace and water lol
12. What advice would you give to your younger self or to a younger woman who might be wondering about her purpose or maybe a young woman who has an idea but still needs some clarity?
Pray, pray, pray. We live in a world now that would give quick fixes and wants instant gratification, but we must remember the power of prayer, and to also be obedient to God's answers after we pray. His timing is perfect and He’s always on time. A lot of us know what needs to be done, but we become hesitant when we allow other voices to get into our heads about what God has already told us. Pray, listen and obey. To my younger self ( and sometimes current self lol) stop worrying so much, don’t doubt yourself and you are enough.