Today we’d like to introduce you to Lenae Brooks.
Hi Lenae, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My name is “Lenae Brooks. I am from Calvert County, MD and I reside in Baltimore MD. I am your typical 30 something year old woman in pursuit of becoming the woman that God created her to be. I love Jesus, all things food and coffee, a cold glass of red wine or margarita, reading a nice self help book or rom com, and give me a night with my family filled with laughter and my hearts full.
I started blogging in 2015 to share with the world what was taking place in my life. Down to the fashion I loved, personal stories, personal lessons, my faith, recipes I was cooking, and my journal entries. Did I know that when I started, God was opening the door for me to walk in my purpose, no! Fast forward to 2020 when Along Brooks Road became my new home for blogging; I became new too.
Along Brooks Road is the vehicle in which I operate in my God-given purpose. It’s my ministry to encourage, empower, and love women where they are with God’s word/love. I had this idea in my head that when I started blogging again that I would be intentional about earning an extra income. You can say become a faith and lifestyle influencer. There is this old saying I used to hear as a child that says, “If you want to make God laugh., tell Him your plans.” I am pretty sure He was laughing and shaking His head at me because I was missing it. Nowadays, you see bloggers and influencers making a ton of money doing this full time. They are even teaching millennial women how to do the same thing so they can prosper in this area. How to make money blogging, how to pitch to brands you want to work with, how to get sponsorships, etc. Meanwhile God told me “no” to that initial desire of wanting to earn extra money. Not saying that God does not want to see His daughter make money, but no to doing it societies way. I am simply doing thins God’s way and by doing that, I know that doors that are ordained for me will open; in God’s timing not mine. So, here I am spreading the good news to help women draw closer to God and become the best version of themselves freely.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It has not been a smooth road. I struggled with comparison, envy, and negative self-talk during this journey. I always ask God “when will the opportunities come for me?” “Am I doing something wrong?” “Am I not doing enough?” I had to surrender my wants and desire to make sure they align with God. My blog is bigger than me, and it certainly is bigger than a paycheck.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I have a full-time job. I am an Activity Specialist on a psychiatric floor at Johns Hopkins Hospital. I love my job. I get to hold fun, creative, and therapeutic groups to help the patients cope while they are getting treated. The one thing I am most proud of is that I don’t have to hold back my faith and self-care practices at work. I can show up as my true organic self and complete my life’s mission here on this earth.
Do you any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
My favorite childhood memory is back in elementary school. Mutual elementary used to hold after school dances. Towards the end, they will have a dance contest. I used to get up there every time because I love to dance. My cousin Tyrice would always push me to go and sometimes direct me while I am up there. I love that memory because I was fearless getting up there. I didn’t care about what the other kids would think of me ( for once). I want to get back to that little girl.
Photography by LivingWright Productions Sherrie Wright