+ janee artiaga

The inmyskin project now presents a chat with janee:

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

J - My name is Janeé Artiaga (Nae for short) & I currently reside in the DMV region (DC, MD, & VA) 

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

J - I fee like my calling in life is to help people. My calling is bigger than myself, I want to change the world.  Right now, I major in psychology & I work very closely with children & teens. I feel like in order to do what God wants me to I have to reach out to the young people first because they are the future. With that being said, yes my true calling is to be able to help people & change our world for the better, but I want to be a child psychologist. I want to write books & have my voice heard. 

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 ?

J - I began realizing my self worth in 2009 when I was having problems with my significant other at the time. I knew I was worth more than how he was treating me, but I did not know how to leave. I started working on improving myself in 2011. I was 19 years old. I still didn't know how to go about things, but I knew that I did not want to be unhappy anymore.  The most I've learned about myself is how strong I am. I have gone through & have seen so many things. I was just unsure about how I was going to make it, but I made it. I've also learned how to cope with my mental illness. I've learned about how beautiful I truly am, not only my outside appearance, but internally as well. 

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

J - My struggles have literally molded me. As a matter of fact, they're not struggles because I made it. They're lessons. Lessons I had to go through. I have been able to love myself more than I ever have, & have been able to get back in touch with my 6 year old self & have an imagination again. I believe that is what I am the most happy about.  

five: who or what motivates you to create ?

J - Life itself motivates me. Sounds cliché, but just looking at something or feeling something can help me create. The sun, the rain, the people in my life, current events, or just a cool pair of shoes. I see myself as a true & raw artist, so the littlest or the biggest of things can inspire me.  

six: what is your long time passion in life ?

J - As I said earlier, I want to change the world. I've been through so much. No one shouldn't have to go through some of the things I've been through. Although my hardships have made me so strong, unfortunately, everyone is not strong enough to bounce back. I want to be able to make other people happy, because that alone makes my entire life.  

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 ?

J - I would say don't be afraid to speak out. You're not alone no matter how alone you may feel. My biggest issue was bottling everything inside. I was hurting & no one knew. My bad attitude was a cry for help, but no one could see. Even if you feel like no one hears you, someone does. You can feel the genuineness in others, so the right person will listen. Don't be afraid to seek professional help either. It doesn't make you weak. You acknowledging the fact that you have a problem & want to change it, takes a lot of courage. 

Most importantly, BE YOURSELF! Everyone says that, but it's real. You have to be you & do you unapologetically. Everyone isn't going to accept you & everyone isn't going to like the decisions you make, but fuck them. You don't need them. When you love yourself, you automatically attract the right things & people. If you want to do something, DO IT! Who cares if nobody else wants to?! Do it for yourself!!!!  

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. . .

J - We are the strongest group of people in the whole entire world & the most inspiring. Black women endure so much, yet we still remain standing strong while serving looks in the process. NO we do not hear this enough, but fuck it. Look at yourself & tell yourself how awesome you are... & tell each other how beautiful & important you/they are. As black women, they key is for us to love ourselves first, & love each other second. We need to uplift each other more than we do. 

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J - Tumblr: poeticsunfl0wer  & poeticnae

Twitter: poeticnae   & Instagram: poeticnae

Look for me on medium with the name poeticsunfl0wer