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Life and Work with Shaniqua McNeil

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shaniqua McNeil.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Shaniqua. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
How’d I get where I am today…….. Prayer, Hard work, Ambition and Determination. As a young girl, I always wanted to be a teacher. I had imaginary students, graded imaginary papers (lol) the whole shebang! As a teenager, my brother came along, prematurely, and my passion for nursing bloomed from there. Combining the two, education and nursing, I am now a Travel Nurse, Nursing Clinical Instructor and a small business owner of Dash of Sunshine.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Smooth? What is that! LOL Not smooth by far. I’ve struggled with anxiety and fear heavily, self doubt, a past abusive relationship, feelings of being lost, (deep sigh); listen, if I could write, my life could be a book! Somethings I’ve conquered and some things are still a work in progress. I feel to get anywhere in life, expect there to be some phases of “not so good times”. By knowing there is a chance for bumpy roads to happen, you will learn to steadily and readily prepare yourself for them. By this I mean, making it a habit to maintain a strong faith, keep your determination tank full, and always move toward your goal. Move with purpose. Be intentional in everything. With good intentions, come good things. I am a firm believer of speaking things into existence. The universe is a boomerang; its’ job is to return what it is given. So give it good, positive things! Also, sometimes your team of supporters take an “off season”, so you have to stay self-motivated. And therapy is not taboo! It works! Having a neutral party to talk to and help has been a great help.

Please tell us about Dash of Sunshine.
My side hustle and my baby is Dash of Sunshine! Dash of Sunshine specializes in self-care the natural way! From hand poured soy candles that you won’t want to stop smelling to soothing bath soaks to release the tension and worry from your day. At Dash of Sunshine education of the product is more important than the product itself; I feel that’s what sets Dash of Sunshine apart from others. Being a nurse of 7 years and an educator of 4 years, I use my experience from the two to help educate the Dash of Sunshine community.

Often it feels as if the media, by and large, is only focused on the obstacles faced by women, but we feel it’s important to also look for the opportunities. In your view, are there opportunities that you see that women are particularly well-positioned for?
Woman are able to accomplish ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING! We are able to withstand the harshest storm and make it up from the deepest valley! Our inner strength, once we find it, levitates us to dominate anything we put our mind too! So my answer is: we are well-positioned for everything.

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