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Rising Stars: Meet Tamika Williams

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tamika Williams.

Hi Tamika, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I was born and raised in Washington, DC, and graduated from Suitland high school in 2000. I obtain my bachelor’s from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and my graduate degree from national Bible college. As a young lady growing up, I always felt I was the underdog or never enough for those around me. So, I found myself becoming what I saw around me to gain the approval of others.

Like many young girls, I grew up with low self-esteem and not being super confident in myself. However, in my young adulthood, I learned I was enough and didn’t have to become someone else to be accepted. After finding my worth and learning to value myself just for who I was, I decided I wanted other women to discover this about themselves. So, I started Beautiful I Am, Inc, an organization where we teach young girls and adult women life and social skills.

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?
I don’t believe any journey in life is smooth. There are always going to be bumps and obstacles that you must overcome. These things make you stronger and prepare you for what’s to come later down the road. So, it has not been a smooth road, but an impactful journey for me. I delayed my goals so many times because I was full of fear; I was afraid that people wouldn’t support me. But no matter how much I tried to walk away from my calling, I never could find peace with not trying.

In those dark and low moments, I have become resilient and resourceful and have learned to keep pushing. It is the same saying that I teach the young girls and women of our pogroms. “You may fall and get knocked down, but as long as breath is in your body, you stand back up and try again.” That is how I make it through my journey by standing up and trying again.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I consider myself to be a door opener for women. I run a nonprofit organization called Beautiful I Am, Inc, and I own a creative service business. My passion is to see girls transition into successful women. I want to ensure that our younger generation is prepared with the basic life skills needed to navigate through young adulthood. I also love to help adult women navigate through life. In my creative service business, I work with small business owners helping them to create their brands creatively.

I am proud of the example I’m setting before other young girls in my family and community. It gives me great joy knowing that people can look to me and see that they have someone to help them. I understand I can’t save the world and can’t help everyone; however, I will do my best to help move my community forward. I truly believe our community is as strong as the leaders within it. Our community needs less finger-pointing and more people doing things that can activate change. I’m committed to that within any community God places me in.

So maybe we end by discussing what matters most to you and why?
What matters to me the most is that girls and women understand that they can achieve anything. Ensuring that they know that their environment does not dictate who they are. Throughout life, there are going to be so many things thrown at you that can shake our very foundation, but we must understand that there is life after these moments.

That as a woman, I am powerful, and I can create the life that I desire. It matters to me that women understand that this does not come easy and that there will be some hard work, some lonely days, and some sleepless nights. But if you continue to fight and push through, you will get to the other side and realize that dreams do come true.

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Tamika Williams and @temitayophotography

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