Kesha Jackson

WHYITRIBE (THE REASON YOU THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO CELEBRATE WHO WE ALREADY ARE):

I believe that it is important to celebrate who we already are because we can not expect others to celebrate us if we are not emotionally prepared to do this for ourselves. I believe that in order to move forward in our own lives that we have to be comfortable and complete in who we are and where we are. I believe that when we celebrate who we are already we become our own catalyst to keep going. I believe when we celebrate who we are now it decreases our need to feel envious and jealous of the strides others are making because we will remain concentrated and focused on ourselves. I believe that by only competing against ourselves on a daily basis we become our greatest selves.

NAME A TIME RECENTLY WHEN YOU SAID ABOUT SOMETHING GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF / HOW DID THAT MAKE YOU FEEL?

Every morning and all throughout the day I am saying something good about myself. I train my mind consistently to believe that I create my own life by the things that I program my mind to believe. As a child who suffered constant bullying I have to encourage myself and reprogram those negative beliefs that I held onto for so long. Each day after I thank God for waking me up and planning on having a phenomenal day I tell myself that I exude beauty both inside and out. It makes me feel elated as I go about my day giving and receiving compliments on my outer appearance and how my encouragement to others helped them believe in themselves. It makes me feel empowered to be able to help lift someone else simply by giving them a compliment and a much needed smile.

WHY DO YOU THINK WOMEN SHY AWAY FROM CELEBRATING THEMSELVES SO MUCH?

I think we as women shy away from celebrating ourselves because we tend to be nurturers of everyone else except for ourselves. We focus on others so much that we fail to even understand who we are and what we need as women. I believe that the more women see others celebrating themselves the more encouraged they will become to do the same.

HOW DO YOU OVERCOME THE TENDENCY TO DISCREDIT COMPLIMENTS YOU ARE GIVEN?

Often we discredit the compliments others give us because we are not secure in ourselves and we think and talk to ourselves so negatively and harshly that are not able to receive a positive word about ourselves. In all honesty this is something that I continue to work on daily. I don’t believe that self work has an end. For me, I have to enrich my mind in this area on a continual basis. I have this little button that was purchased for me from Staples and when I find myself slipping back into negative self talk I push the button and when it says ” That was easy” I lift my mind from gutter thinking.

HOW DOES SOCIETY REINFORCE THE IDEA WE ARE NOT ENOUGH AND HOW CAN WE TAKE THAT POWER BACK?

I think that society reinforces the idea that we are not enough with the portrayal of whats acceptable as beauty and what is not. I believe that when you show young people only one concept or perception that they take on that limited view as their own. When they do not fit into that pigeonhole belief system then they tend to believe that they are not enough. Beauty is what we as individuals believe it to be. I think that if we oppose these limited concepts of beauty so many of our mental health issues including eating disorders and depression would be decreased. I am encouraging our younger generation to learn how to love and accept themselves for who they already are and not what society wants them to be.

WHY IS THE TRIBE MOVEMENT IMPORTANT?

The Tribe movement is important because they are campaigning to enrich the lives of women of all CULTURES, BACKGROUNDS, COLORS AND SIZES to love themselves as they are. I absolutely love the idea of uplifting people. As we begin to LOVE ourselves we will be able to spread that love to others and form are better world for the generation of women and people who we will leave behind, The Tribe is creating a LEGACY of empowerment. That’s why I TRIBE.​​​​

Occupation: Kesha "The Bullying Coach" Jackson

Website: www.thebullyingcoach.com

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