Meet Yulunda “G”!
Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, Yulunda relocated to Jackson, Mississippi after completing high school to attend Jackson State Univeristy, which she deems the best HBCU in the nation.
It was there she says she truly learned that the African American culture does support one another, love one another, cherish one another and uplift one another.
Upon graduating from JSU, I moved to Detroit, Michigan (where I often visited as a child) to take a job with the Detroit Pistons and held several jobs in Detroit prior to her departure back home to Vegas in 2011.
Wife to a wonderfully supportive husband whom she considers the calm in her storm and mother of two fabulous children, including a daughter who she is convinced is destined to become a prosecuting attorney, her family keeps her on her toes.
Yulunda is the creator and writer at Y I’m Writeous, and self proclaimed Motivation Maven. She is talking to us today about overcoming life’s storm and continuing to praise God, in the midst of it all. Check below to see what she has to say.
I grew up in Las Vegas when it was one of the most rural places on the west coast (well, at least in my far away neighborhood). And, I loved growing up in this town as it was an exciting place with great energy.
One of my fondest memories of growing up in Vegas is being baptized in Lake Mead, an old fashioned baptism. That day sealed it for me at the early age of ten that I was a child of God and he had his hand on me. I would always brag that God really loves me.
I’ve accomplished a lot over the years, but the most important has been discovering (and using) my spiritual gifts of Faith, Discernment and Encouragement. And, I have been able to deploy them in so many ways to bless God’s greatest resource — People.
I must say that God has deposited a self-motivating spirit in me and knowing that He loves me and cares for me unconditionally is motivation enough.
Daily I am reminded and motivated by one of my life’s goals. I want to raise some of the world’s best children, with good ethics and morals, and it is A LOT of work, but it keeps me going.
My greatest struggle in life was holding on with all of my might to overcome the valley experience which felt more like an wilderness experience; fighting clinical depression, cancerous polyps, job loss, being victims of a random crime, all within a 2-year period (a living hell), it was then that I fully understood that, “God is my Shepherd and I shall not want.”
I cannot even explain or put into words the pain and mental torment associated with having gone through such a trying period.
Since going through those struggles, I’ve been more apt to just, “Close my eyes and Jump!” into new opportunities, better friendships and execute on my dreams.
During this two-year period, God showed up in all types of ways and sent encouragement to us from the most unlikely places. I like to brag on God that we never received a foreclosure notice or had a car repossessed as we were standing on our faith and believing God will provide. It was one of the most amazing times of our lives, now that we are out of it and can look back.
To be honest, I grew up in an alcoholic household where we lived in fear every day not knowing what to expect moment by moment. But, I had a praying mother and that is when I learned how to truly pray and fight because I was the one of the kids who stood up against my dad. My dad was a wonderful and loving man who took great care of his family financially and mentally. But, we never knew when he would decide to have a drink as that is when things would always spiral out of control.
Yes, I am a prayer warrior because of those years. The best part is God answered those prayers and delivered my dad “cold turkey” and removed the taste and desire for alcohol from him and he got saved.
Going through these tests have made me appreciate my life more, value people more and complain less and appreciate all I have.
I am still working through the struggle in it all even though I’ve made some great strides, I still have some fear that I need to overcome. But, I do not spend time focusing on negativity as it is what will trigger depression, anger and more. I also know that fear is a part of growth and preparation.
I trust that when the time is right, I will jump over that hurdle as well and cross the finish line. Knowing this and seeing what God has done for me in the past always give me strength.
Also, confessing the Word and always listening to encouraging music provide me with additional strength when needed.
I am truly blessed and motivated by seeing other women supporting and helping each other… Click To Tweet
Two women who have had a great impact on my life have been my mother and Juanita Moore, President and CEO of the Charles H. Wright Museum who I had the pleasure to be the assistant for prior to my departure back to my hometown.
My mother is a gentle giant, I say giant because she has endured so much over the years from having lost her mother and father within a year and then many years later having twins and ultimately losing both of them, one to a childhood accident.
She also handled my father’s “issues” with so much grace. My mother loves people and will do everything she can to help those in need from clothing them and feeding them as the Bible instructs us all to do. I thank God that I still have my mother with me during this period of my life.
During my four-year tenure under Juanita Moore, I learned so much about business and how to operate during challenging times. She is the one who taught me how to tactfully respond during a not so great moment. It’s ingenious how calm she can be during the most difficult discussion. She also taught me that to be successful, you must have quiet time to reflect and listen. I loved it when she would be at her desk sitting with her hands cupped under her chin in deep thought. I knew some great program and education ideas were coming.
I desire to further grow my gift by starting and finishing a book on “overcoming” and also becoming a motivational speaker with a focus on black & brown boys. But ultimately, I would like to create a solid legacy for my family through developing a solid business platform and income base.
I say to any woman going through a “storm”, you must not be afraid to share what you are going through! I opened my mouth and let my entire circle of friends and family know what was happening in my life and they surrounded and supported me from near and far. NEVER suffer alone as God has positioned people in this earth just for YOU!
One of my favorite quotes: “We are not put here to see through one another, but to see one another through.” I am not sure who the author really is as I learned this in eighth grade and it has remained with me since.
allow someone to see you through whatever battle or struggle you are faced with today...… Click To Tweet
The word good is relative in so many ways. But for me, a good woman is one who is connected and dedicated to growing into the vessel God desires for her to be.
I would have to say that I am a good woman because I believe in encouraging myself and speaking life over myself. I am sincere, trustworthy, bold, loving, kind and always willing to speak up and out. I work hard to be a great wife and mom, which is not easy, but, I am making it happen in the best way that I can.
I leave you with this, Always trust your gut as that is really the nudging of the Holy Spirit working within AND, please understand that God created the Universe and when things happen in your life, you must give credit where credit is due and say, “God did that!” and it’s no secret.
Move Forward In Righteousness XOXO ♥
Yulunda is not only a fellow blogger. A few months ago I asked her to become my blogger accountability partner (after cyber stalking her online for a little while...LOL) and from there she has become my blogger BFF.
I can personally attest to the fact that she is as warm, loving, strong and motivational as her smile would lead you to believe. She has been a huge blessing in my life and she prays with and for me often, if not daily. I know it was not a mistake that God crossed our paths!
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