We had the good fortune of connecting with Jelisa Payton and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jelisa, what do you want people to remember about you?
I want to leave a legacy of healing. Being the generational curse breaker of the family I made a conscious choice to do the inner work so that I don’t pass down my pain and unresolved trauma to my son. Four years ago much happened after the birth of my son that made me realize I really didn’t want to spend the rest of my life repeating cycles. I wanted to break free and live my own life on my own terms! It was like a spiritual awakening and finally coming into my true self. I want my son to have a happy, fulfilling childhood that he doesn’t have to spend his adulthood recovering from. I desire to be remembered for the love I give, but also for the truth I wasn’t afraid to speak!

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My career currently is in Mental Health. I hold a position as a high school counselor. I am actually going into my 2nd year in this position. One of the biggest things that set me apart from others is my ability to empathize with others, passion and drive for the field, and my ability to read behavior. I am most proud of being the first generation college graduate in my family. It took alot of hard work! I didn’t have any family to show me through the process of college so I had many challenges that I faced, but overcame through determination and focus. I didn’t let anything get in the way of my educational goals and pursuing my career. The biggest lesson I’ve had to learn is that everybody can’t go! As I’ve grown there have been people that I’ve had to leave behind or they would of held me back. I want the world to know that my brand is an inspirational story about a woman who is on a journey of recovering after a toxic relationship and finding herself in the process. I want people to know that healing is a choice that only you can make because no one is going to come and save you. You have to be willing to save yourself!

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?
I live in a very small city where everybody knows everybody just about. One of the most rewarding benefits of living in this areas is the closeness to the beach. One of my favorite beaches is Rehobeth. So I would start the week with some shopping at the outlets. The evenings would be spend walking the boardwalk engaging in a variety of activities like karaoke and parasailing. I would probably end the week with a nice relaxing sunset picnic or dinner with wine, good food and deep meaningful conversations.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to my tribe of single mothers and single women. They are my tribe! Where I am in my personal life mentally and physically wouldn’t be possible without my tribe of amazing, supportive and resilient women. I don’t take my tribe for granted. They have been a tremendous blessing on my healing journey.

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