The inmyskin Project now presents a chat with Ragan:
one: what is your name and where are you located ?
R - My name is Ragan, but my alias/poet name is Raging Rebel. I am originally from Mississippi but I am located in Atlanta, Georgia.
two: what do you feel is your calling in life ?
R - I feel like my calling in life is to heal and help people. For as long as I can remember I’ve always wanted to help any and everyone. I heal people with my poetry and give a voice to those that can’t speak up for themselves due to fear. I am also going to school to get my doctorates in Psychology to help as many people as I can by listening and being there.
three: when did you realize your self-worth and how has this journey of self-discovery been for you ? what have you learned the most about yourself ?
R - I am actually in the process of doing so now. I am learning that it’s okay to not have it all together and to never compare myself to other people...to always look ahead and keep my goals in mind. I’ve also learned that I have a bad habit of putting others before myself. There is nothing wrong with helping, but I should never neglect myself and my own needs in the process.
four: how has your struggles helped you to become a better woman ?
R - My struggles helped me become a better woman because I learned that at the end of the day, all I have is myself. I learned to value myself and become solely dependent on myself for happiness because no one will have my best interest in mind the way I will.
five: who or what motivates you to create ?
R - I am inspired by literally everything. My friends, my family, my favorite music artist, the weather, a song, a book...etc. The list can go on forever. Most of my inspiration comes from personal experience or stories close friends have told me.
six: what is your long time passion in life ?
R - My long time passion is to have my non profit organization happen. It’s been a thought and plan for about 4 years now, I won’t say too much about it just yet because it’s still in the process but my overall goal is to help the youth and to give them a voice. I am hoping to have this up and running before the end of 2016.
seven: if you could give any tips or advice to the young girls and women around the world who suffer with loving and accepting who they are, what would you say ?
R - My advice would be to remain you, unapologetically. Do not make the mistake of comparing yourself to others because you are a gem, one of a kind. There is no other you out there and that is your power. You are amazing just the way you are. I also want to tell you that it’s okay to seek help. If you feel that you have reached a pretty dark place and you find it hard to love yourself, it’s okay. Speak up. Allow someone to be there for you and help you get you on the right path to loving yourself. There is no love greater than self love so please pour yourself up a huge glass and enjoy it.
eight: what do you feel needs to be told to our beautiful women of color ? do you feel that us women of color hear those words often ? if not, what can we do as a community to change that. . .
R - I feel like our women of color need to hear how beautiful they are. Society doesn’t acknowledge us positively as often as they should. We hear things like “you’re cute for a dark skin”, and we’re expected to take that as a compliment. It’s not. Instead, come with “you’re beautiful” and leave it at that, that is a proper compliment. Our skin color/ shade should not define how beautiful we are. We need uplifting words just like everyone else. I feel like as a community, we can continue to compliment, encourage, network, and build each other up to spread the love and positivity along.
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