+ tierra

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

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

T - Tierra Grace Beckles. New York.

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

T -   I feel like my calling in life is to LOVE. Ultimately I think my gift is to speak great things into peoples lives and uplift women. I just really believe in people and I love to encourage others. That's what brings tears to my eyes, thats what makes me hurt and cry. There's just so many people to reach and extend my love to.

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 ?

T - I'm 21 and honestly I have really just understood my self-worth. Growing up I knew I was important, beautiful and smart. I knew that I mattered, but I really wasn't loving myself. A little after turning 20 I took the time to NURTURE myself. I neglected who I was and that stunted my growth, I've learned to tend to my roots. My journey of self-discovery has been extremely liberating, but certainly not easy. I have struggled greatly with myself, but in that struggle I have learned to grow through it. I've unlearned so much and taught myself to pay attention and get in touch with the deepest parts of myself, beyond my surface. I've learned that to be weak and to be strong are one in the same. 

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

T - My struggles have helped me to become a better woman because I'm appreciating my experience and allowing it to shape me. My mindset differs a lot from contrary belief and being my best self and preserving my heart and soul is what makes me better. I'm better because I want to be. The struggles are only what we allow them to be in our minds, I'm learning to not give my struggles any power over me. 

five: who or what motivates you to create ?

T - God motivates me to create. I always have like this divine internal click that just gets me going. Almost like God is just downloading things in me and I take in what I can. The people that LOVE ME motivate me to create as well. I can say that being surrounded by likeminded people is so necessary. I'm inspired by what I see and feel from the world.

six: what is your long time passion in life ?

T - My long term passion in life to constantly give back in multiple different capacities. I want to help young people grow and become self-emancipated. I also want to see that in myself. I'm passionate about remaining humble and always working to be the best version of myself. 

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 ?

T - My advice to other girls would be sit in front of a mirror and talk to yourself. Tell yourself what you love about you and what you want to improve. Understand that it is none else's obligation to love and care for your heart, mind and soul. However, in life you will meet very few people who will tend to those needs. Be picky about who you let into your space, don't let anyone feed off of your happiness and the love that you provide for yourself and others. From every situation, good or bad, LEARN FROM IT and grow. Growing is the most important thing. Remaining stagnant only digs a deeper hole. Know what sets you aside from others and embrace those differences. Write, read, educate yourself, say no.

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. . .

T - BLACK GIRLS ARE IT. In every shade, shape, hair texture, curves,  no curves, eye color, ETC. Blacks girls are here and we matter. I think now Black girls are starting to feel the love because it's a movement, but we have a lot more work to do. I know that for myself, I feel like there is space for me. I've also learned a lot about myself through reading about other great black women in various fields. That has been the best part. That kind of "for us, by us" mentality is definitely something that is being applied to Black women. I'm so excited for all of the things that black women are creating for themselves and other black women. Representations are growing and demanding their presence to be felt!