We had the good fortune of connecting with Darnelle Louis-Jacques and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Darnelle, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
Giving up? That should never be an option. I believe that there is always a way to get to where you want or need to be. Like the saying states, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way!” Giving up should be an option when the situation is leading to your demise. For example, if someone is hurting you in anyway, working an unfulfilling job or your holistic health is at risk… then major reconsideration should be placed. Giving up on things that do not serve you is healthy, which in turn allows you to keep going. We keep going when we know we are truly following our dreams despite what adversity may arise (because they will always come). We keep going knowing that our efforts will leave an imprint in this world. We keep going when that “thing” you desire to do keeps playing over and over in your mind. I believe we all know when to keep going because no matter how it may seem to the world, it always feels RIGHT with you.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets me a part from others is that I am a self-taught artist. I have experience with drawing, painting, baking, cake decorating, sculpting, poetry, modeling and occasionally photography. I really can’t narrow in on one thing I’m most proud of because I love all my talents/gifts. They all give me the ability to view myself in a different light and make people gain a new experience. Whether it be by indulging in a slice of cake, hearing/reading a poem I wrote, being intrigued with my painting or feeling confident with self after I take a photo of someone. Being a self-taught artist is not always easy. I went to Culinary School for Patisserie and Baking, so I have a solid foundation on how to prepare and execute. But with all my other talents, I basically learn to be better through research, trial, executing, error and repeat. It can be challenging because I don’t have an instructor to oversee what I’m doing and thats where I become my own worst critic or own “hype man”. I naturally find my way through the process, but it takes a lot of discipline to not give up. It’s so easy to give up but never seeing the end result would never be gratify me. Tapping into all my gifts, allowed me to know there are no limits to what I can do if I stay consistent. I learned that I was born to express myself in many facets and I don’t have to label myself as ONE thing. I’ve allowed the world to program me and make me THINK that I had to have a credentialed, professional, notable career. So, if someone were to ask me “What do you do?” I thought my response should’ve been “I am a Nurse, Lawyer, etc”. I’m now learning that I create the narrative to my story called LIFE. I can choose to be whatever I want and I have decided to move forward being recognized as a multi-talented Artist. I am a brand, Darnelle Louis-Jacques and what I want the world to know about me is that…. you can do whatever you want and succeed. You attract more to life when you are happy and through my artwork I truly believe that you will get a sense of freedom, being unconventional and realizing having many talents is not at all a limitation but rather multiple ways of liberating yourself.

Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
A week worth of fun in Atlanta… hmmm…. I’m a vegan foodie so every now and then me and my bestie would hit up different restaurants. I will list my top “To Go” restaurants down below. Ponce City Market is a cool place to visit because it has different eateries, shops, and The Beltline (a trail) is basically intertwined with it. The Beltline is cool if you like to walk, run, ride a scooter or bike, be around nature, people, live music and capture the view of the city. There are many parks to visit, the Aquarium, the Zoo (I’m not big fan of captive animals), Six Flags, Pop Up Events, Museums, malls. There are a lot of murals in the city area so going “mural hunting” to take photos would be fun. I’m not a drinker so I wouldn’t be the best person to ask for recommendations but I’m willing to find a good one for a good time. I usually like going to Art themed Pop Up Events. If there is enough time, we could head to Savannah, Ga (Tybee Island) and relax by the beach. Here are my restaurant recommendations: (Vegan & Non Vegan): HerbanFix, PlantBasedPizzeria, PoorCalvins, Soul Vegetarian, True Food Kitchen, R. Thomas Deluxe Grill, Highland Bakery, Flying Biscuit, Wisteria, Negril Village, Nana’s Chicken-N-Waffles, Twisted Soul Cookhouse, The Real Milk and Honey, Soul Crab Simons, Ms. Icey’s Kitchen, Tom Dick and Hank, Juicy Crab.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My brothers, Clyve and Vladimir Louis-Jacques for  always keeping me laughing and grounded.  I’d love to ShoutOut Macy Lablanc, she is my sis star and life coach. She is phenomenal in the line of work she does. She has helped me to dig deeper into my hurt and pain which allowed me to start healing things about myself I “thought” I let go of. She read in between lines that I didn’t even express. I truly admire her and honor her patience to deal with people who may be lost in their own world. I’d also like to dedicate my ShoutOut to Akbar Yungai. Ever since I met him, he has been “a voice of reason”. I’ve shed a lot of heavy layers because he made me realize that holding onto the “what happened”, the “should-ofs” and “could-ofs” will only keep me in the same place. So, I honor and respect him for that constant reminder that life is really what we make it. So much more to name but they know who they are.

Website: https://dlouisjacques.wixsite.com/nellathegoddess
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Image Credits
Dadiana Jean DadianaJeanPhotography