I am always grateful when others are generous in sharing their stories for the purpose of positively impacting lives. We are kicking off the month of May with a profile of Shakedra Jenerette, a change-maker in her community. Shakedra Jenerette’s story of preserving her family’s legacy by disrupting detrimental cycles and using her experiences as impetus for valuable community work via her mentoring organization, I Am Enough, is admirable and an inspiration. Read on and get to know speaker, author, and philanthropist, Shakedra Jenerette and her organization, I Am Enough.
About Shakedra Jenerette
Shakedra Jenerette, a native of Loris, SC, has a master’s degree in human services and is the executive director of I Am Enough, a mentoring organization established in 2015. Shakedra is a retired veteran, philanthropist, author, spoken word artist and motivational speaker. Shakedra’s experiences as a soldier and single mother are the foundation of her platform geared toward enhancing the lives of others. Shakedra holds the belief that if you change your logic, you will change your life. She believes that, no matter what you have done- good, bad or indifferent-you were then, you are now, and you will always be ENOUGH!
TCL: What inspired you to launch your organization, I Am Enough?
SJ: I woke up one morning, a single mother of five children from four men, feeling like I had no value, no substance no real purpose on this Earth. I was cleaning my apartment and crying the entire day trying to figure out where I had lost my way. There was a cartoon on called Teletubbies. I always hated that cartoon because you could never understand anything that they were saying, but that day the message was clear. As I was cleaning I heard them say, “If you have lost something and you want to find it you have to go back to the last place you remember having it. I thought "that is not what the cartoon said" and then they repeated it, ”If you lost something and you want to find it you have to go back to the last place you remember having it”. This was the beginning of my self-discovery journey. The process was long, it was scary, it was extremely painful but it was necessary. At the end of the journey I found someone who I could trust, someone who was worthy and deserving. I found me!
TCL: What are some unique qualities of your organization’s platform?
SJ: My brand is unique because it is authentically me. I am very transparent with all of the things that I have experienced no matter how embarrassing they are. I am a relatable person who is not difficult to reach and strangers find it easy to be open and honest with me.
TCL: What has been your greatest accomplishment so far?
SJ: My greatest accomplishment has been breaking the patterns that the women in my family have repeated for generations.
TCL: What are some of the services offered by I Am Enough?
SJ: My services range from one-on-one consultations to speaking engagements for conferences, retreats, and similar engagements. I am also an author. My books If You Only Knew My Story and I Am Enough are currently available for purchase on Amazon.
TCL: What's up next for I Am Enough?
SJ: Soon we will have a private venue to host our conferences and retreats. We are in the end stages of developing our I Am Enough curriculum that can be used in in group or individual sessions by other organizations.
Connect with Shakedra and I Am Enough
Thank you, Shakedra, for sharing your story. Friends, join me in sending lots of love and well wishes of great success to Shakedra Jenerette and I Am Enough. Drop a positive word or two (or many) in the comments section.
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