Sisters, I give you permission to feel safe in exactly who you are; free of comparison, embarrassment or fear of judgement. You were born to be you, and only you can do it like you!Zakiyyah Shakir
Who are you?
I’m an internationally certified Etiquette and Protocol Professional with 13 years of experience helping children, teens, adults, and executives represent themselves in a way they can be proud of anywhere in the world. My career began with a desire to see more courtesy displayed among our youth and in our community. What began as a desire was given to God in prayer, and He quickly elevated my little desire into a career that I absolutely love.
I now hold four certifications in the field of etiquette, and have had the pleasure of working in several countries for some of the most influential clients and families. My company Poise and Punctilio offers traditional Finishing School courses, certifications to become an etiquette instructor, and, my all time favorite, a members club for etiquette professionals worldwide to support one another along their journey.
It just goes to show you, when you give your desires to God, He will open doors you thought were locked, make room where you thought it was full, move mountains that you thought were too big, and prepare a table for you to share with others.
Did you always dream of being where you are today? If no, then what was your dream?
I thought I was going to be an actor, God had other plans, but Film school was a beautiful experience with friends I still keep in touch with to this day.
What moment or conversation changed your life?
I’m an avid writer, I journal everything. The moment that changed my life is written in my journal. I know the date clearly, August 2, 2008. I wrote “The kids of today seem to be losing themselves in this world, and becoming more and more hardened and disconnected from their values, and their heritage. I wish there was a way someone could help them get back on track.” I wrote this after witnessing a fight between two young boys that I’m certain could’ve been solved differently. But all I could remember was my fear to intervene. I’d become hardened myself, and not willing to intervene out of fear that I’d be hurt. It upset me so much I had to write about it because in that moment I felt powerless to help but, I knew I wanted to. All I could scream was “you guys stop, please stop!” Moments later an older gentleman intervened and sent the boys on their way.
What lesson learned is guiding you through life?
Always stay humble and remain compassionate. You never know what someone is going through. I’ve been high, and I’ve been low, but because God orders my steps I’ve always pulled others up when I was up, and by the grace of God I’ve been pulled up when I was down.
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