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Meet Monique Washington

Today we’d like to introduce you to Monique Washington.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Monique. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Growing up, I had a love-hate relationship with kids. I didn’t see me working with them in any capacity. It wasn’t until 2007 when I was at a cancer ward, my heart fell in love with children. These children were poor, homeless, friendly, caring yet they were sick. We brought joy to their lives with simple items. As a result, they grew attached to us and us to them. I knew there was something I needed to do. Over the years, I volunteered with various organizations. In turn, it afforded me the opportunity to paint and build houses, feed and clothe families, provide transportation, aid in employment searches/resume building and work with AIDS/HIV patients and tons more. I gave and gave. Then finally, I opened my own business. I thought, “this is it.” Finally, my dream is coming to pass. I had won huge awards and was recognized for my work in the city and around the world. I had made an impact, but did I really? Who was I reaching? Was God truly being glorified in my endeavors? The answer is no. He had me to shut down both my businesses. It was a tough decision for me. I learned a difficult lesson in doing things my way. However, in the end, I learned how to properly run a business. It takes more than accolades, a few thousand dollars and a small team to successfully and properly operate a business. If God isn’t truly the center, you are. So, here I am, with a new business model, a different team, and adequately functioning in my businesses. Moreover, I have had better and bigger accolades than I could ever imagine. Why? I am walking in obedience. I’m a girl from Savannah, GA, whose story some wouldn’t believe. I’ve faced death many times over. But, my faith in Jesus Christ is what kept me and continues to do so. Thus, The Worthy Academy was born.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Some of the struggles of being an entrepreneur are being a newbie. Although I have been in business for a few years now, not being as “established” or well-known as others create difficulties. For example, getting sponsors, children, donations, board members etc., or support in general can be challenging. These things require you to dig harder and come up with new strategies for branding yourself. But we are cautious with that, we don’t want to taint our image or send misleading information to anyone. A positive and truthful image is a healthy one.

Please tell us about the organization.
The Worthy Academy is a faith-based nonprofit organization that is currently seeking young ladies ages 18-24 to mentor on achieving success personally and professionally. We offer academic and personal scholarships to those who qualify for them. A few areas we focus on are health and wellness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship/interview training. We realize the pressure that society, families and colleges place on young adults. Therefore we want to assist them in overcoming the challenges and fears of it all. We are grateful to our supporters. Statistically, we’re supposed to sink after the first year, but we didn’t. Whew!

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would advise anyone to seek God when launching his/her business and be sure their heart is in the right place. Greed can consume you—the greed of fame and fortune. I’m not saying it is what consumed me, but if you are doing your business now to please someone else, stop. It isn’t worth it. If your gift is writing, do that instead of marketing. If you love fashion instead of business and analysis, do it. Don’t follow someone else’s plan for your life. At the end of the day, you’re stuck with the 9 to 5, not them. He or she may be happy with their lives, or are they? Are you? I was happy with my original businesses, things were booming for me. I was in love and things changed between us. Oh, how quickly, they did. In conclusion, be authentically you, who God made you to be. Don’t follow someone else’s footsteps or be their lacky. Role models and mentors are nice to have, but don’t make them your idols. If you must start from scratch like me, do so. Join organizations to enhance your growth and your business. Take classes, go to seminars, the library, and invest in yourself as much as you invest in others. Ask God for true friends, business partners and reveal who you need to disconnect from. He will show you. I started over, so can you!

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Bio photo: Hair and Makeup by @bellauniquehairstudio
Photography by @artistthatiam
Location: Bossier City, LA

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7 Comments

  1. Robyn Hall

    March 19, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    What a testimony! That’s awesome!

  2. Desiree

    March 19, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    I’ve known Monique since she was a young girl. She truly has heart for God and people. Monique has a such a sweet spirit but she’s also on fire for Christ. Great read and thanks for sharing!

  3. Curtis Curry

    March 19, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    That’s awesome how you made it plain that to God be the glory! Your humility qualifies you for promotion!

  4. Mua

    March 19, 2020 at 10:48 pm

    Love it cuz proud of you

  5. Joi

    March 19, 2020 at 11:06 pm

    I’ve admired Monique since I met her in 2015. She is a beautiful young lady with a zeal for God. I look forward to seeing more from her. She posed the question of whether she is doing enough for the kingdom of God and I surely believe, she is God’s beloved daughter in whom He is well pleased.

  6. Jerry Royce

    March 19, 2020 at 11:46 pm

    WOW. It’s so awesome to read positive stories about positive people. Ms. Monique is living in her purpose and this world needs 1 billion more people like her. What a warm heart that’s inside this awesome young lady. Keep up the awesome work. Feel the Powerrr.
    Jerry Royce Live! – Worldwide Ministries

  7. Paula G Voice

    March 20, 2020 at 12:39 am

    Monique Washington! A lovely spirit! Monique has had a Journey that is to be revered. Her heart of love and compassion is displayed through her non-profit. Looking forward to the possibilities.

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