We had the good fortune of connecting with Tanya Ambrose and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tanya, 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?
A few years ago, answering this question would’ve been tough. The road to earning a nursing degree is very competitive, and I found myself at the end of my first year in nursing school failing out of the program because my grades in 2 classes were not quite up to standard. In that quick moment, I had to decide if to give up on my ultimate dream or to continue to pursue it. I rely heavily on my faith, and after a lot of contemplation I had to trust that nothing happens before its time. Even now as a content creator in an industry that is sometimes deemed saturated and not having the support you expected when you first start can be discouraging, but the goal is to keep pushing no matter what. With the support from my family and very close friends, I decided to never give up on my dreams, even if I have to take an alternate route to get to my goals. I know I want to be of service to others, and that’s what I’m set out to do even though the road to accomplishing my goals is not traditional. I live by the mantra “perseverance is key.”
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a recent graduate of Georgia State University, where I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health with hopes to start graduate school to get my Master’s in Nursing and Public Health. I previously worked as a Case Investigator working directly with Covid-19, and now I currently work with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. I’m still navigating my way through the field of Public Health, especially now that the profession is in the spotlight even more because of the pandemic. I credit social media for allowing me to network with those in my field. I am a huge advocate for Maternal and Child Health. It is one of the reasons I decided to become a Doula.I became a Doula to make a difference in the lives of women and families. To be an advocate and to ensure that every mother’s birth outcome is positive especially mothers in the black family. As many would come to learn Black women are 3 to 5 times more likely to have a maternal death than white women here in the United States. I was trained to be a Doula, Childbirth Educator, and I’m working on becoming a certified Breastfeeding counselor. Another proud moment personally and professionally thus far is launching my newly formed non-profit organization Scrub Life Cares. We are dedicated to Improving The Well-Being of Youths In Underprivileged Communities. To Protect and Serve our Youth, and To Promote Health and Education Our mission is to serve youths in the underserved, low-income communities by executing a diversity of programs to help alleviate food poverty, enhance their educational experience, provide counseling, and develop critical life and social skills for success after high school. My ultimate personal goal is to be of service to others in any way I can, and it is my hope to portray this through my nonprofit organization. It is my belief that people need kindness and to know that others care about them.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My friends love to eat so I know for sure we’ll be eating out a lot, of course in these times we will have to be very safe and cautious. A few of my favorite restaurants where I’d take them are Thumbs Up Diner, Buttermilk Kitchen, Negril Kitchen (we’re from the Islands, so we definitely have to go here), Beaucoup. I’d take them to the Atlanta Beltline, The Atlanta Botanical Gardens. If the world were different now, I’d take them to see an Atlanta Hawks or Atlanta United game. I’m also a sports fanatic!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many people that played a role in motivating and supporting me, which in turn helped me to be successful thus far. You know, once you start calling names, you tend to leave out someone, but I have to shout out God because my faith has kept me sane. My parents, Sir Curtly Ambrose and Lady Bridget Ambrose, and my sisters Latoya, Shushanna, Chloe and Beyonce(yes I have a sister named Beyonce lol) There’s a funny story behind her getting that name. My friends Gerena, Michele, Sherida, Joy, and Gillian have all been a rock for me during the difficult times and the good times. To Narsha, who’s instrumental in helping me to elevate my brand. Last but not least but to my support, the ones who read a blog post, listen to a podcast episode, or support my non-profit. I couldn’t do it without your support. They have played a part in me living out my dreams. A huge thank you!
Other: You can also check out my new podcast ‘The Tea With Tanya Podcast’ where I talk all things self-love, wellness and promote positive living.
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