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Daily Inspiration: Meet Yanique Taylor

Today we’d like to introduce you to Yanique Taylor.

Hi Yanique, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
This podcast was born out of my experiences with my husband. We had a rough patch in the marriage 2 years before I brought the idea to my 2 college best friends Shalyta Campbell-McKoy and Shontice Moore. My husband and I went through Marriage therapy and I found a book called “The Relationship Dismount, how to sick the landing when exiting a toxic relationship”, by Zo Renard Williams.

This book helped me and our marriage so much that I bought all my aunts and cousins the book. They probably haven’t read it because of the title but I feel better knowing they have the info that could set them free from being the victim and take responsibility for their lives and relationships. Doing the work inspired me to come up with a podcast that could help black families stay together and encourage them to do the work and become the master of their own destinies in their relationships with each other.

I asked my college buddies if they wanted to be a part of the 3 Married Ladies Opinions Podcast (3MLO Podcast). They were very hesitant at first because this process requires you to be vulnerable and open up about your faults, trials, and tribulations. As I was looking forward to sharing with the world how my marriage survived through the latest difficulty, they weren’t too eager at first. But on, August 1st, 2020 was the first day we and I started to journal about the process of what this podcast would be about.

I met with the ladies a couple of times about the journal and what needed to be done to be successful. We all came up with different topic ideas and then I cornered them when they both had time off to record 10 episodes in one weekend. We did it and had a blast. That is the only season of audio that is out at the moment. Now Mrz. Selfie (SHalyta Campbell-McKoy) and I do live podcast shows on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter & Twitch, at 8 pm every other Sunday. The 3rd member prefers the audio shows only and at this time will not do the live shows but hoping that will change in the future.

We did record a season 2 with Each 1 Teach 1 (Shontice Moore) doing 5 out of the 10 shows but because I am the only one that edits the shows it hasn’t come out yet. I am a mother of 2 young children, I work from home full-time and homeschool my 8 and 6-year-old as well. I am enrolled in a master’s program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology part-time. I will graduate with my MA in Applied Psychology and also will receive a graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis. I am very busy and the 2nd season is now on the back burner because of time and money constraints.

This podcast has helped me just as much as I hope it helps someone else. Talking to guests who are going thru things or just talking about a subject on relationships is also very therapeutic to my soul as well. The purpose of this podcast is not to make money, it’s to help the black community who is struggling with their relationships and may need a little hope about getting through the situation happy on the other side.

We always tell people to seek professional help and what we are giving them is just our opinions but sometimes it takes someone else to show you that it is possible to overcome toxic relationships and be happy and strong on the other side.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
My struggles in this process are having the time to produce, edit, and keep the podcast on the hosting site running. I also pay for a streaming service every month that we go live to all platforms every other Sunday. I struggle with getting help with details and background work that needs to be done on the Podcast. I also struggle with marketing the podcast because that takes money and time as well.

In order for a podcast to be successful marketing is everything. This Podcast is called 3 Married Ladies Opinions but after the episode is recorded there is a lot of work that needs to be done in marketing the episodes and editing the episodes. The website where we sell Merch was supposed to help with financial struggles but again marketing that website takes money. Basically, I need more help and money with everything and I believe I have taken it as far as I can alone.

But I will continue to do the live episodes with Mrz. Selfie because that only takes 2 hrs. every other Sunday out of my time to do. If these struggles can be fixed and everyone participates in all the details it takes to make it successful I think we would be able to take this all across the world and it will help any/everyone in a relationship married or not.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
For most of my adult career, I have had jobs taking care of disabled people. At one point, my husband was a house manager and we all lived in the same house I was my husband’s staff in the house we lived with our children.

I took care of their activities of daily living and we also made a lot of their dreams come true by taking them on cruise ships, away from football games, and flying them on Las Vegas trips as well. I love taking care of people but as I’ve gotten older I have switched to being this type of individual support planner instead of helping with daily activities such as meals, hygiene, and medication.

As a support planner, I help this person apply for state waiver programs and monitor the plans as well. I help with getting their resources instead of being the resources. I am known for being a very resourceful, patient person and have received numerous emails about my performance from their families sent to my supervisors.

Can you share something surprising about yourself?
I love baking and my daughter and I bake a cake, brownies, cookies, or muffins every weekend.

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