We had the good fortune of connecting with Jahqwale Wallace and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jahqwale, what role has risk played in your life or career?
When I use to think about the word Risk, I would freak out. I was never the type to necessarily take risks, I was predictable, and did what “society” said I should do, which was go to college, get a degree & go get a 9-5….until I realize, that a predictable lifestyle was not meant for me. So in May 2020 God had another plan for me. I quit my job as a social worker, I left my college town with barely a dime to my name and I took a Risk/ Leap of Faith to pursue what I believed God told me to. I was extremely scared, but I knew in my heart Doing Hair in this season was what God was telling me to do. When I decided to pursue hair, I applied & got accepted into Paul Mitchell’s school of Cosmetology, but then it seemed as though I got hit with disappointments one after another.
Financial aid wasn’t working out, I now had no job and yet was still on my way to Atl. Even when God told me leave Valdosta, Ga and go to Atlanta I was still scared, it was the beginning of a pandemic, I had no cosmetology license, and I was now Homeless. So yes, I thought God left me after I decided to Risk everything and follow God. I even questioned God because in my head this didn’t make sense, But God was still telling me to do it. I yelled, and screamed, I was confused, So I prayed. I asked God did I hear you wrong? And even though I expressed my anger and frustration, deep down inside I had peace that Having Faith, literally requires Risk taking & I decided, I’m going to continue trying. So at the time, I’m now 2 months into Atlanta, searching for jobs when I was offered to work at salon and to my amazement for the services I provided, (Being a braider &Loctician) all I needed was a business license. Soon things were coming together.
I went from just taking a Risk/Leap of Faith to working at a salon with absolutely no clientele, to now having my own salon suite, all of which happened in less then a year. I am making more then I’ve ever imagined so soon all because I decided to say yes to taking Risks. I’ve learned that no matter what obstacle I face in life, as long as I’m saying yes to God in my Risk taking, that even when I make mistakes (because it will happen) God will always keep me and I will fulfill assignments that coincides with my overall purpose. So for me, making a decision to Follow Christ in my everyday life, it requires Faith to give my final Yes to Him and that is a Risk I’m willing to take!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I believe I just decided to say Yes to God even when circumstances would make me want to quit. My Faith and trust in God made me continue to push forward even when my lowest points were really low, and what kept me through this journey was the certainty of Knowing God will never leave me & God always gives grace and love and directs me even when I make mistakes. His correction was not harsh. Everything God did for me was loving. And I want the world to know that when we say yes, when we truly Have Faith in Him, it requires Risks. Risks that will make others think you’re crazy, but God always does things in His way and He won’t ever put you to shame.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well, I’m new to Atlanta. I came during a pandemic so I haven’t been able to explore much. But also, I’m very simple. Quality time, just going to battery park, walking and conversing and dining out (Because I am a foodie) brings me the most joy more then anything.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My Bestfriend Rukeya has been my greatest supporter. When I was at my lowest (Homelessness) she stepped in. She prayed for and with me during this Journey. She helped me keep focus by reminding of Who my Faith is actually in & reassured me that no matter what obstacles we face in life, nothing is outside of Gods reach.