By Nakita Whittaker
Abena’k is a natural healer,community educator, and sage extraordinaire. She is first and foremost an heir to the Kingdom of God. A daughter, sister, friend, mother, wife, facilitator,trainer, coach, advocate, activist, entrepreneur, mentor, and minister.
As a Black woman/woman of color, what do you consider your super power to be?
Tenacity, no matter what I never give up. I consider every lost a lesson. That aid me to come back even stronger than before.
What thoughtful/encouraging piece of advice would you give to your younger self?
Seek God first and foremost, you will never be led astray by his voice even if it doesn’t make sense to you trust God Always. Know yourself and value who you are and what you need above all else. Being a peolpe pleaser will only cause you undo stress. Never be afraid to say no, scream your yes’es and run towards your dreams and passion.
If you could thank any Black woman history maker for her contributions to society, who would it be and why?
Harriet Tubman because once she took her own freedom into her own hands, she didn’t forget to look back. She risked her own life to bring others into the promise land of freedom. Harriet was not a punk she carried a pistol just in case someone let fear crept in who wanted to turn back to bondage. She made it clear to them that it was Freedom or Death and she had no problem helping them get to whatever decision they made. Majority of the people chose freedom.
What are your thoughts on taking risks? Making mistakes?
There is no true growth without risk. You will never advance if you only stay where you are comfortable at. Mistakes are lesson use them to take you to the next level of your journey. Stop waiting on the right time it does not exist there is only now. So risk it all so you can win big.
Tell us about your business and why you chose this?
Abena’k Life and Lesson series is a compilation of both my personal and professional life experience. I have learned, experienced, and observed a lot. I have always shared my success and my mistakes with others as life lessons to assist whoever is willing to learn from my mistakes and maximize from my triumphs.
What are 3 success habits you implement into your daily routine to maintain your success/sanity/peace of mind, etc?
Prayer, Plan, Reflect and Refine
Who is your biggest inspiration? Why?
My Grandmother Otha Dean Powell she lived a life of service, she maintained her integrity and her work ethic was beast mode. She taught me that no matter what always have your own because nobody can take back what’s yours.