Hi my name is Nakeia. I’m a social worker, turned award-winning songwriter, turned
inspirational writer, speaker, and mentor, and copywriter/writing consultant for creative
business owners. That sounds like a lot, because it is. And once I tell you how my life
started, you will see why I am compelled to list it all.
When Ruthie asked me to share my story as part of a series that encourages women to
dream with God and believe in the impossible, I was like of course- because I love her.
But, I also said of course because sharing my story in a way that encourages aspiring
women is my thing.
My life started with a 15 year old mom and a 16 year old dad. I grew up in a public
housing development (affectionately known as the projects.) Obviously parents were still
babies, themselves, when I was conceived. So, my paternal grandmother stepped in to
raise me. She did the best she could, but without much money and still raising three
children of her own (including my father,) it seemed we always came up short. My
environment was very difficult to navigate. I remember being around 9 years old when I
came to understand the nature of my upbringing. I was so young, but I felt like I had lived
through a couple of decades. I knew more than I should have, had to handle more than I
should have… I found myself constantly fighting this inner battle between who I was in
reality, and who I was in my heart. (ever felt like this in your life?) Even as a kid, I knew
there had to be more to life than what I was experiencing. Although I had no real grasp
on what life could be, I knew that whatever it could be would be better than what it was.
So, I chose to believe.
I was just a kid living in the projects, day dreaming in my corner bedroom, when I started
to believe life was bigger than what I could see.
I was working as a social worker, with absolutely no music business experience, when I
believed I could write songs, negotiate advances, work with great artists, and help my
husband run his production company. We’ve been blessed to work on Grammy
nominated albums and even top the Billboard Charts, as writers and publishers.
I was diagnosed with kidney failure, told I needed to take medication that would render
me infertile and on dialysis in a few years time, when believed I would have a son and
name him Chase. My son, Chase, will be 7 years old this year and I’m down to one medication for maintenance.
Faith is: believing it before you see it.
It’s looking at your circumstances, your conditions, your upbringing, your color, your
age, your gender, your excuses… and believing anyway.
When you have a burning desire to be better, do more, and have what you want the most,
hustle up whatever faith is left inside your heart, even the tiniest amount, and believe that
you will have it- until what you believe is what you see.
The faith walk is not an easy one.
Life will happen in a way that makes you think you are totally crazy to believe.
In fact, people who believe are often frowned upon. Big dreamers are told to be more
realistic. Visionaries are told they are being unreasonable.
Stay-at- home moms, who dream of becoming business owners, are told they that they
should just be grateful they get to stay at home. Working women, who dream of starting
families, are told they have to settle for either/or because both is impossible.
At every turn, there is a box to burn, a ceiling to breakthrough, and a ladder to climb.
But it’s worth it to believe- to think that you can have it, and to support your faith and
belief with action.
I make no huge claims. I am a girl from the projects who decided not to settle. I chose to
believe that I was who God created me to be and nothing less. And I have prayed,
hustled, failed, and succeeded along the way.
If God placed it in your heart, it’s already yours- and your journey to obtain it serves a
You could settle. You could ignore the desires of your heart, and keep it safe and
comfortable. Or, you can choose to believe and dream with God- and watch your beautiful life expand right before your very eyes.
As for me, I’m a believer…
Wow, you guys! I hope you enjoyed reading that as much as I did!! Such an awesome way to kick off the year and start this series! Nakeia is so filled with immeasurable wisdom and insight, it was an honor to have her guest blog for me today. Just to give you a little bit of my heart behind this… I only do a series when I feel really strongly about a certain topic. I like to gather other like minded individuals and go after it for a few weeks! My first series ever was about Women Empowering Women. The second series I did was geared toward new moms. Why new moms? When I was a new mom I was so lost, afraid and lonely that I wanted to make sure I could provide a resource to women entering motherhood. SO, here we are with Dare To Dream. This has been stewing in my heart since early December. I attended an annual friends giving and we were asked what our “word for the year” was. Without hesitation I said, “Dare To Dream.” I had an epic 2017 and I am feeling like why can’t 2018 be that much better? Over the next few weeks you will continue to hear from some of my favorite bloggers and influencers. They will share bits of their story just as Nakeia did, and encourage you, urge you, challenge you to Dare to Dream.