Today we’d like to introduce you to Khadijah Abdul-Azeez.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Khadijah. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Well, I am a motivational speaker, author, and social media influencer. I did not start this way! my childhood has been so tough from childhood trauma mentally and physically. I grew up raised Muslim and through life’s greatest turns I ended up losing myself. Due to rebellion lack of trust and not feeling validated or valued.
I experienced different work opportunities but never seemed to understand my true passion! I went from wanting to be a flight attendant, to cake designer, to music artist singer/rapper! yes, I have bars! lol. But yea eventually I got into a non-profit organization called Year Up Atlanta and I thought to myself this has to be it for me maybe I’ll just settle in the corporate world and I will find my true identity. After being there for some months I disliked the work but I loved the public speaking class! and that is how I began to find my true calling. Right before I graduated life took another turn and I ended up having a severe mental health break down which at the time I had no idea what caused it but now I know it was due to Trauma and not knowing the meaning of healing. but yes that mental break down was the beginning of my journey as a speaker.
I started my first brand which was called so-motivated and I began speaking to people about mental health and being motivated. I became a certified peer specialist which is someone with a lived experience in mental illness who have recovered. I began speaking at school with NAMI- National Alliance of Mental Illness telling my full recovery story. And also this pushed me to begin writing my first book which is now about to be published! now as of 2019 I decided to change my brand name to Queendom Motivation and target specifically women empowering them to embrace their very own Queendom and find the beauty inside and out! this journey has been a long time coming and it is only becoming more greater as I continue! my life story is here to inspire and give hope to Queens all over the world and Queendom Motivation is here to help.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has not been a smooth road at all. I have constantly needed to figure out who I am and my purpose. Starting a business/brand is something a lot of people are afraid of doing and it has not been done in my family and so I get little to no support with this. Writing my book has been a lonely journey but I have learned to embrace the failure. I taught myself how to set boundaries and love myself more. Because I thought I loved myself but my actions were proving otherwise and one of the hardest things to do is to look within yourself and see all the inner work you have been covering up for so long, having to come back up and be healed.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
Queendom motivation is known for empowering women to love their selves. From the inside first! I love the beauty world and makeup so I give royal tutorials on my podcast and Instagram but its a tutorial on inner beauty! the concept is fun and different because a lot of tutorials are usually dealing with outer beauty so I chose to be different and go about it in a more introspective approach and that is the same concept for my book that will be published soon.
What were you like growing up?
I am definitely an em-path. I was always very sensitive and cried a lot but growing up as the second oldest of 12 children I had to mask it all and get with the rest of the program which was very hardcore and showed little emotions. After I reached about 17 I became the rebel, not because I was a bad kid but because my entire life I felt powerless, devalued and misunderstood. And so being rebellious gave me a sense of power! being able to go about life not caring was a way for me to get back at all of those who hurt me! but I was deep down very wise! anything I went through I was able to process it deeply and create my own perspective which helped me out of a whole lot of mess I put myself into!
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