Today we’d like to introduce you to Aletha Meeks.
Hi Aletha, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
Hello, I am a resident of Maryland, however, I was born in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, and raised in Cleveland, Ohio.
I moved to Maryland because my Mom got married to my Dad who lived in Laurel, Maryland at the time.
I graduated from Wildelake High School in Columbia, Maryland… I was 6 months pregnant with my daughter when I walked across the stage… Life was great, then BOOM.
Coming from a family that was “in between blessings” I felt like I had to do what I had to do, and so very early in life after I graduated high school, I started selling drugs… I started selling colored contacts in school, then it went to weed after I graduated, and a couple of years after that I started selling crack.
I thought it was all good and fun until it got really real… I got caught up a few times, the last time I got caught up was in 2008… I did my longest bid at the Maryland Correctional Institute for Women (MCIW) in Jessup, Maryland, coming in 2011 to a program in Gaudenzia Park Heights for about 8 months…
Once I was released from the program, I went home, and my new life as well as my new attitude changed instantly when I saw my kids and my Mom… This is when the person I am today was born… I absolutely LOVE who I am today, and if you got to know me, you’d love me too.
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?
Not at all… I definitely had to go through some experiences that weren’t fun at all, however, I am who I am today because of them… I wouldn’t trade my life experiences for anything.
Not only did I learn from my experiences, but I was so able to teach my kids certain things as well about the “street life” I always wanted my kids to be book smart and street smart also…
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I went to school to be a massage therapist.
I graduated in 2011 from The Baltimore School of Massage located in Linthicum, Maryland… I loved it because it was hands-on with people, I love people… I loved it because I love helping people.
I loved it because it made me feel good when my clients felt good.
Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those who are just starting out?
There are 2 main things that helped me get through a lot in my life…
1.) Having a relationship with God.
2.) Not judging.
The average person will say “just pray.” Nah, it takes more than just praying… When you have an actual relationship with God, when the trials and tribulations come your way, you’re ready like it’s war.
Having a relationship with God helps with your communication with the world, it helps with our moods, because we learn to talk to God in our relationship, we learn to have faith in our lives, having Faith is not easy, especially if you have no relationship with God…
Naturally, when we look at someone’s outer appearance, as humans we automatically judge… Judging will have us miss what God has in store for us, judging will have us thinking we know all that we really know nothing about… I stopped judging the moment I came home from jail.
I knew I was a nice person, a clean person, came from a good family, etc. But I was STILL in jail, so from then on, I’d give other people a chance without judging them and possibly missing out on the blessing(s) that God has in store for me.
At the end of the day, who are we to judge anyone? Therefore, I don’t!
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