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Meet Tanika Johnson Proctor

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tanika Johnson Proctor.

Hi Tanika, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My name is Tanika Proctor, and I am a Boss. Lol. A little about me, I was raised in the Park Heights community by a single young mother. I became a single mom of three children(with one being medically inclined) living paycheck to paycheck. After the birth of my second child my life changed. My oldest daughter was born with a severe life-threatening heart condition called tetralogy of Fallot, that possibly requires open heart treatments/procedures throughout a child’s life. With 3 open heart surgeries under her belt, all since 6 days after her birth, it was then that I knew I wanted to go into healthcare. Over the years I battled depression, due to raising children on my own and very little to no family support.  I made it my business to be the first of my family to break generational curses. Throughout my journey I grew tired of having doors closed in my face, people in all aspects of my life telling me what I can’t or shouldn’t do. I wanted to become the best possible version of myself, as well as for my children.

From that moment on, I promised to elevate without turning back. I tackled my depression by seeking help (I have been depression free for about 10 years), enrolled in a local RN program. Through hardships and many roadblocks, losing jobs, my daughter needing heart surgeries, failing in and out of nursing school, with Gods grace I KEPT MOVING and fighting my way through the obstacles of life. I never stopped because I AM A CONQUEROR.  Fast forward to life today. I have a fantastic husband who is my greatest supporter. I graduated from nursing school and decided to give back to my community as a mental health nurse. African Americans in Baltimore City alone who live with mental illness are so underserved, and I wanted to change that because I could relate. It was the faith of a mustard seed that kept me going. My five-year goal is to open and establish businesses for my children, so they never have to struggle as I did after years of battling with myself with low self-esteem and mental illness. I am healed. I am a conqueror. I am a real-life superhero.

Can you talk to us about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Challenges I’ve faced were navigating through depression alone from the age of 13 into motherhood, and lack of family support, which led to a lack of motivation—having children born with medical conditions and raising them on my own. I also struggled with my faith. I was lost and so unhappy with life and often questioned why God even allowed me to deal with the weight of the world on my own. I was selfish. But, I stood firm on faith. Proverbs 16:9 “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am the Executive Director and Owner of A Second Chance Training Center. All mine. Lol and I’m very well known. I teach various CPR training courses as well as instructor courses, phlebotomy, EKG tech, and soon I will be incorporating IV hydration services, med tech courses, health and wellness services for healthcare providers, a CNA/GNA, and LPN program. I also provide tutoring sessions for nursing assistants. I serve Baltimore city residents and the surrounding counties, as well as for Cecil County, PA, and DE, in addition to local contracts I’ve obtained with police departments, nursing homes, daycare centers and doula agencies. I’m like a big deal with my CPR business, lol. I’m also in the process of starting an assisted living facility catering to residents with mental illness. Lastly, along with my partner, I am forming a foundation (Kindred Amour Foundation link posted below for donations) to provide funds and respite services for children with heart defects in Md. I am known for my determination. If ever I’m told what I can’t do, I work hard until I can do it. I am most proud of my enthusiastic drive towards obtaining and superseding my expectations of success. I am a goal-getter. I am pleased that I’m not what I should have been or what my environment would have structured me to be. I am most proud to break the bonds of generational curses and set the foundation for generational wealth.

We all have a different way of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
Success to me is elevation. Freedom. You are exceeding your expectations. Success is what is achieved after hard work and effort. Success is also giving back to the world and making some impact, which is what I strive for. I’m one word, ten letters, successful.

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