We had the good fortune of connecting with ShawnDreka Payne and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi ShawnDreka, what’s the most important thing you’ve done for your children?
Once I became a parent it lifted the veil on the short comings and toxic traits of my family. I parent in a complete opposite format from my parents and their parents. The most important thing to me as a parent is to allow my daughter to be seen and heard. She is allowed to tell me she is upset with me or that she doesn’t like how I talked to her. I want her to know that her feelings are valid and that she matters. This promotes healthy communication between us. I come from a family where children were to be seen and not heard.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I currently work full time as a crisis mental health clinician at local community mental health. This career can be very challenging and stressful at times due to the severity of the clients that you are engaging. This career forced me out of my comfort zone and to start thinking bigger for myself and my life. I struggled with self care at various times of my life like many others, My purpose for creating Seaux Simple Candles is to remind others to take moments to recharge. Whether you’re lighting a candle for a hot bath, during meditation, or to create an ambiance to drink your favorite wine, Seaux Simple Candles will help you prioritize yourself.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I live in Michigan where there are some of the most beautiful beaches and waterfalls. So we would definitely have a beach day that consist of us having a picnic with our favorite foods and favorite wine. Life isn’t complete without music so we would attend one of the many music festivals where we laugh and dance until our feet hurt. Ending the week at my favorite ice crease parlor.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to take this time to shoutout my amazing family and friends. It’s because of your constant support and motivation that I even felt comfortable enough to launch my business. The sharing of my posts, purchases made, and recommendations to others don’t go unnoticed. I see you and I love you!
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