+ shanna

The inmyskin project, series now presents a talk with shanna:

one: what is your name and where are you located ?

S - Shanna Tyler, New Jersey/New York Metro Area.

two: what do you feel is your calling in life ?

S - My calling is to be a licensed clinical social worker, as well as an author. I feel as though I was gifted in using words in conversation and dictation.  

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 ?

S - I realized my self-worth last year in 2015 when I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder. In hospitalization, I sought solace through writing alone behind a notebook. That’s when it hit me. I was put on this earth to communicate and share my experience, as well as dispel the stigma around people, especially African-Americans with mental health issues.

four: how has your struggles helped you to become a better woman ?

S - My struggles were insecurities with my skin, my hair, my nose, and my thick frame. My struggles in self-esteem have led me to fully embrace who I am. I am a strong, black woman with glowing melanin skin, beautiful curly hair, a thick nose, and a banging body. OWNING it has made me stronger.  

five: who or what motivates you to create ?

S -  My motivation for creating is primarily me. I say that because I motivate myself to create for my own personal therapy, as well as a way to inspire others.

six: what is your long time passion in life ?

S - My passion has always been to create and inspire. I enjoy creating in many different mediums including writing, painting, drawing, and collaging. My passion also lies in community development within social work. I find we can really expand our opportunities within communities in encouraging one another.

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 ?

S - Take it step by step. Loving and accepting yourself is a life-long journey. Recite positive affirmations. Work out your body. Practice mindfulness. Ultimately, treat yourself better and you will eventually love yourself more.

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. . .

S - “ Your color does not define you, it refines you. It enhances your beauty and increases your splendor.” We do not hear these words often. We are told to look at our skin, such as what shade it is, whether we are dark skin or light skin. Either way, we are made unique by who we are and we should embrace it. I find that I am so enchanted by how diverse we are as women of color. We have such beauty within us and strength from our struggles.
We can encourage each other and end the lines drawn by what shade we are and what nationality we are. We are women of color no matter the age, orientation, shade, build, etc. We should stand up and be proud of who we are.

Are there any social media links that you'd like to share, if so please do not hesitate to leave the links down below.

S - is my personal site if anyone is interested in reading my poetry and furthering their knowledge in what I do. I also will be adding a shop section in February 2016 with products based off my poetry.