KISH: Tell us about you..
My name is Jenelle Simpson, I am a senior law clerk, paralegal, motivational speaker, life coach and first-time author.
KISH: What is your dream and how will accomplishing your dream benefit you and others?
Jenelle: My dream is to make permanent noise through my books and quotes and change toxic generational cycles people have a difficult time breaking, especially within the black community. My books are meant to be passed down to generations to drive out fear, heal, forgive, reverse instilled mindsets and become open to receive new knowledge and views of life. There’s not enough knowledge and understanding in this new era and people rarely pick up books to read, so book by book I plan to deliver authenticity and drive out the instilled cycles we continue to pass down. Truth and experience are the only way to really touch people. My truth is someone else’s silent battles that they are afraid to show and my story will be an instrument in people’s lives. This will help others because they won’t feel alone, remain stuck in situations they fear breaking free from and create an open space to talk about things people avoid talking about. The black community has been conditioned to believe and live a certain way, so it has been a real struggle to overcome things such as, poverty, rape, abuse, cheating, forgiveness, healing, drugs and so many other things we don’t talk about as a community. My dream is to leave a permanent generational shift and change within or black community and all nations.
KISH: Who or what inspired you to pursue this dream?
Janelle: People and my children inspired me to pursue my dream. I realized that I have a birthing within me and at first, I was too afraid to push because I was afraid of what people would say and feel, but this is for my people….all people and especially our children growing in this cold world. I wanted to continue extending love and truth. I didn’t want these cycles to continue or be passed down to my children and the next generations, I want to break them and set a precedent for the next that they too can do this. These cycles that we live with and have become normal are not normal and it’s okay to talk about it and push for greater.
KISH: What challenges have you encountered while pursuing your dream?
Janelle: Challenges! Oh, my goodness, I’ve had so many tests and trials that came up against me, but the biggest challenge was myself. I was my biggest critic and enemy because I would constantly question myself if I was good enough, am I doing the right thing and tell myself that my platform wasn’t big enough and no one would listen or draw from me. I had to speak into myself and stop allowing the outside noise to affect my purpose, because it wasn’t about the platform or number of people, but my purpose and who my message was meant to touch and shift. My challenge was only myself and fear, I had to battle and drive out fear every day. I would repeat to myself “fear does not reside here; I am purposeful, and I am overqualified for this. You can’t stop my steps, move aside fear.”
KISH: Who or what inspired you to keep pushing regardless of the challenges you’ve encountered?
Janelle: My children and people’s out cry for more and help. God wouldn’t let me give up, he kept working on my surroundings on the inside and outside, he made me uncomfortable on days when I felt like giving up and sent random people to empower me with words.
KISH: Please provide final thoughts/advice for others by finishing this sentence… dream.
Janelle: Never allow fear to dictate what you are capable of or how far you can go. Fear is just that little voice trying to convince you to steer away from your purpose, because your own fear knows that you are powerful, and you will break ground. Fear does not reside in you, push past fear and rise up.
Release that fire within you and go break ground!