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|Be YOU’nique| Shayla S. Alexander

Friday Feature….Up close and personal with Ms. Shayla Alexander the current Ms. Arkansas Plus America 2105

She so graciously agreed to participate in my project to help empower and motivate young women to reach their fullest potential. 
Lovin’ the skin you’re in: Building Positive Self-Esteem 

Background Information
                                            Shayla Shamel Alexander  

Born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Shayla Alexander is the current reigning Ms. Arkansas Plus America 2015. She is also the first to receive the title Miss Arkansas Plus America Supreme 2015 (overall winner with the highest score). Shayla has a passion for children and volunteers with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America. She is also a first year Dynamic Diva Director with the Miss Teen Tours Program, and mentors outside of the organization as well. She is a member of the St. Luke Baptist Church in North Little Rock, AR under the leadership of Pastor Eric L. Alexander. In her spare time she loves to read, travel, cook (especially BAKE), and spend time with her family. Her motto came from Officer Tommy Norman when he once said, “Take time to love, care, and make a difference.”

photography credits: Studio PrimeTime ( Atlanta, GA)

Profession: Administrative Assistant with the Arkansas Rehabilitation Services

College attended/Educational Information: Attended Central Baptist College (no degree, but have plans to enroll back into school in 2016 to pursue a degree in Education)

How do you describe yourself? Versatile, passionate, emotional, and uncommon

Area of Study: Pursue a degree in education

How do you describe yourself? Versatile, passionate, emotional, and uncommon

Discuss your successes in life or something you are very proud of?

As of today, something I am proud of is finally deciding to step “out of my box” and enter the Miss Arkansas Plus America Pageant. As a result of sharing my platform (mentorship) I am now serving as a Dynamic Diva Director with the Miss Teen Tours Program (a community service, character building, education enrichment and cultural awareness program for girls between the ages of 12 and 18.)

 

photography credits: Studio PrimeTime ( Atlanta, GA)

 
What was the hardest thing that you had to deal with as a young female/ teenager growing up?

• Dealing with bullying from peers

• Not talking about my feelings

• Depression

• Passing of my father

  

Relationships

Did you have a lot of friends in school? I had a few; I had a wall built up so I didn’t allow many to enter that circle.

Did you find making friends easy? Please elaborate with your answers

I did not find it easy making friends. I kept to myself. I was a shy child. Most of my friends I had we went to school from elementary until junior high.

How important are relationships with others?

Relationships are very important. In life, I’m finding out that you need healthy relationships in your life (family, friends, spiritual). In the past, being an introvert, I tend to try to do things on my own. I try to solve problems on my own. Didn’t want to talk to anybody to ask for advice or just listen to me. Everybody needs somebody. That is why I decided to select mentorship as my platform because everybody don’t have that parental support they can go to or siblings or (especially in today’s youth) that “true friend” they can talk to.

How important is your relationship with God in your everyday life?

OH THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. When you have that relationship with God it puts you in a place where you can totally say “He’s my only defense”… that relationship with God gets me through tough times, sustains me in happy times, picks me up with I’m down, and keeps me every day. When you establish that relationship… that is where REAL life begins… no I’m not perfect , life won’t be perfect, but to know that I can go to him in prayer and he speaks to me in meditation, and he STILL loves me in spite of is ESSENTIAL in my life. In this relationship I have learned to EMBRACE WHO HE SAYS I AM!!!

Photography credits: Jcpenny Studio

Goals

If you had the opportunity to speak to a group of young females/teenagers what would like to say to them?

There are so many things but I think one of the most important things is know your self-worth. I think that was an issue for me… When I didn’t love me I devalued myself. I was the biggest on not forgiving me. I held on to grudges and didn’t know how to let them go while the entire time I was letting myself go…

How did you decided what you wanted to do in life and what had the biggest impact in the decision that you made ( i.e. parents, faith, family , siblings etc….) Yes, after being out of school for a while it has been decided I’m going back to pursue a degree in education. I don’t know why but I think me working with children is not just something I like to do… it’s a calling. It started with watching my mother (who was a single parent growing up). She would teach Sunday School at church and every Tuesday night had to attend (what was called back then) Teacher’s Meeting. So there I was sitting right beside her studying the lesson with (to me) “the old people”. I tried to stray away from that when I became of age BUT it kept coming to me. So there was Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and now Wednesday Night. As my pastor poured into me, through sermons, and after a couple of people spoke that into my life it was evident that I am supposed to be in the classrooms.

 

Photography credits: Krystal Delani

 
 

What would you say was one of the barriers to accomplishing your goals in ? My main barrier was ME. I allowed fear, intimidation, and the “what if’s” to scare me. Then when I would think about accomplishing something (going back to school mainly) I would allow the enemy to tell me I was too old to enter school as a freshman, but I’ve come to realize that as long as I have breath in my body, there is still work to be done!!!

Thanks for reading this post today. Please take time to share with another young lady and encourage her to be who God has called her to be. 

-No Flaws – Song of Solomon 4:7 God made you Beautiful!

To be a part of this project and share your story email Nora27scentsy@gmail.com

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7 comments on “|Be YOU’nique| Shayla S. Alexander

  1. Karin Rambo
    December 11, 2015

    Thanks for sharing her story! It’s so fun to hear about her experiences. And P.S. Her skin is FLAWLESS!!

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    • natural411
      December 11, 2015

      You are welcome…I am glad you enjoyed…please feel free to share with another young lady

      Like

    • Shayla
      December 13, 2015

      Thank you hun… But that is the power of photo editing 😊

      Like

    • natural411
      December 13, 2015

      Thanks glad you enjoyed reading….

      Like

  2. CouponGal
    December 12, 2015

    i love the testimony! 🙂

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