Inspirational

Takeia Cage

I love meeting new people, especially like-minded people who share the same interest and passion as me. Social media can be a positive outlet to network, connect, and build healthy relationships that inspire, uplift, and embolden one to make a decision to be a positive beacon of light on a social platform. It’s true – you’ll reap what you sow. In other words, if you sow love rather than hate, words of life rather than death, build rather than tear down, you’ll reap a harvest of attracting the same people, especially on any social media platform.

Takeia and I have never met in person, but I have this rushing feeling that we’d been formally introduced somewhere in this crazy world that needs a lot of love, and it just so happened to be on Twitter. I had the utmost privilege and honor of interviewing her and sharing how God has been using her to reach women of all ages, backgrounds, and stories that would rock one’s heart if we needed to hear. Check out this interview!

 1. Can you tell our readers about yourself and your blog?

Hello beautiful souls, I’m Takeia Cage, and I reside in Minnesota. I’m an advocate, mompreneur, and motivational blogger. My blog was inspired by my own self-love + healing journey. This blog was created to be a safe space, which encourages women/men to share their truth with others while being unashamed in their journeys. I also wanted my readers to understand that it’s okay to be a work in process and that while you’re going through a hard season, it’s okay to share your journey with others because you don’t know who you might help who are going through the same thing, or something similar.

 

  1. What inspired you to take a leap of faith to start your business and blog? And when did you know that starting something, at that point in your life, was the right time for you?

What inspired me to take the leap of faith and create my blog + business was when I felt as though there weren’t enough women support groups that were actually genuine + open to other women being themselves without judgment, and wanted to create a community where women can come to feel supported, uplifted and celebrated the way they should be. I’ve always pictured this amazing sisterhood of beautiful women, from all different walks of life, and that was something I wanted to be a part of. So I decided to create my own, and it’s been amazing creating a safe space for women to do just that. I’ve always known I had a calling in life, and that was to be an advocate for the women in my community + other communities. I remember praying about wanting to take the next steps in bringing my dreams + vision to light, and I went to sleep and ended up waking up at like 4 o’clock in the morning with God giving me confirmation that it was time. I’m just so blessed to be able to share this experience with a lot of amazing women and watch them share their experience with other women as we all help one another. To be honest, I remember telling myself you can’t help other people because you’re still rediscovering yourself as well, and at that very moment that’s when I knew this was what God wanted me to do, and I decided I was just going to take that leap of faith and share my rediscovery journey with other women in the hope that we can all do this together, instead of alone.

  1. I normally tell myself, “The beginning of something is the toughest, but when you persevere and press on, the journey becomes sweeter.” What was the beginning stage like for you when starting your business AND how is it for you now that you’ve continued on this journey?

In the beginning, I didn’t know what to expect, but I knew there was a job that needed to be done! I didn’t have a manual on how to run a business, so I did make a few minor mistakes along the way, but I acknowledged those mistakes, and kept it moving because God is intentional and he will always make a way for you! Business is definitely amazing right now. I just started another business, #UnashamedBloggers, a little over a month ago, and I’m really excited about this new journey that’s filled with women bloggers.

  1. Explain the importance of prioritizing your schedule, and creating a healthy routine to start your day. What are some of the things you do that work for you and would suggest to others, especially mothers?

I honestly believe that it’s super important that you PRIORITIZE + set boundaries in your life! I can’t stress this enough, when things are in order in your life, it doesn’t leave room for clutterness + the stress of being overwhelmed, especially when you’re running a business. There are days when I feel all over the place, and that only happens when I don’t prioritize my schedule. There are often times you get so used to always being on the go, and you don’t give yourself the break you need, and you’ll eventually begin to experience burnouts. A few healthy things that work for me are: I pray throughout the day, read my daily devotions, listen to gospel music or any type of music that puts me in a really good mood, journaling and always making sure I dedicate 30 minutes each day  doing some type of self-care activity (reading a book, taking a bubble bath, watching TV, taking a walk etc). I would definitely suggest that if you’re a mother; know that it is OKAY to take a mental + physical break from your child/ren. If you have people in your life who are supportive, they’ll keep your child while you get YOU together, and this can be for a few hours, enjoying your own company, doing the things YOU love doing, alone!

  1. How has being a mommy impacted you in any way in pursuing your dreams and goals? (Talk about the challenges you’ve faced and the blessings wrapped around it.)

Being a mother was probably one of the biggest accomplishments in life. My children are my world, and they inspire me each and everyday to chase my dreams, and to be that example that you can achieve ANYTHING you set your mind to! The only struggles I face are not always being there for the little things, and it makes me really sad at times, but they know that I’m doing this for them, and US! The blessing is being able to get to a point in my life where my children can always be with me, and we are all able to see this beautiful world we live in, together.

  1. You had your first women’s event. (If you have videos or pictures of the event, please send them to me.) Share the testimonies and challenges you faced while planning your event. Talk about the ups, downs and the ugly.

My first women’s event was nothing short of amazing! I was really nervous, and afraid that it wasn’t going to go as I planned it to go! For one, I’m not a public speaker, and this was my very first event! I thought about canceling it so many times, but I would talk to God, and ask him for strength + guidance. The days leading up to the event I got so many emails from different women saying that they can’t wait to meet me, and how I’ve inspired them in so many ways, and at that moment I couldn’t help but feel amazing on the inside. I didn’t know that the things I’m doing in this world are inspiring other women all around, and it just felt/feels so good. The day of the event was really stressful because the people I had in charge of setting up were late, and I felt as though everything was rushed, and I hate rushing! But me and my event planner got everything squared away and the turnout was beautiful. I just think that when you’re doing an event, make sure you have people who are really going to come through to be a part of your team.

  1. How can people who would like to collaborate or connect with you get in contact with you, and know more about your business and blog? (Share your blog, any other social media, and email.)

If you would love to collaborate with me, please email me at UnashamedQueens@gmail.com

You can also follow me:

  • Twitter: TakeiaCage + UnashamedQueens
  • Instagram: Takeia.Cage, UnashamedQueens, and UnashamedBloggers
  • Blog: MyVicariousLifeBlog.Com
  • Website: UnashamedQueens.Com
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R I S E

You have the power living within you to riseRise above the statistics, the mediocrity that surrounds you, rise above the mishaps and setbacks that you may have believed for a very long time, disqualified you for what God has for you.

The ability to be stagnant, due to multiple attacks that were formed against you but never prospered (they never prospered because you’re still here) is no excuse to not dig deeper, shift your poor thinking, take heart, put on the full faith armor to RISE!

Women of God, you’re exactly where you need to be to see God’s hand moving, and the power of God effective in the weakest moments in your life. Never despise the process, the process is proof that God prepares those He’s called. So, if it’s tough for you right now, take heart and have a made-up mind, cheering yourself on, affirming to yourself daily, “I’ll rise above the thing that wants to steal, kill, and destroy me.”

I am writing this blog to encourage, inspire, and honor women who are cultivating a conscious and little faith daily, as small as a mustard seed, that will eventually grow into BIG faith: a decision to R I S E daily. And to shed some light that you’re not meant to continue to live with a defeated mind, but rather, to live victoriously.

I am so thankful that I am surrounded by women who have been, and are still being, processed, but also made a decision to trust God and to rise from where they are. One woman, specifically, who I call a friend and sister in Christ, who I’ve witnessed stop allowing the disrespect of the enemy from utilizing her past to halt her from moving forward and to NOW, using the same weapon formed against her as a tool to better herself and to empower other women.

Like many of us who can attest to this in our personal lives, Ashley has faced different attacks that should’ve kept her in bondage today. You name it, from being diagnosed with a mental illness, dealing with depression, betrayal from loved ones, being heart-broken, overlooked, just overall dealing with issues that had often pushed her to isolation from people – even from people who genuinely loved her – because of fear, fear of not being understood or becoming a burden to others.

Point is, you can still R I S E from where you are!I am in complete awe, witnessing the growth of Ashley! As I look at my friend’s life, I am witnessing her use the weapon of mental illness, by taking and passing a course that then opens a door to becoming a facilitator, teaching, and uplifting others who are presently dealing with this illness. I am witnessing Ashley using the weapon of brokenness and pain to allow God to heal her in the process of birthing a ministry/movement through her – “Cupcakes and Chill.” The purpose of Cupcakes and Chill is to promote self-love/worth and togetherness among women (bringing women of different backgrounds together). To properly convey this message, Ashley will be using different outlets such as Events, Apparel, Social media, and more.

You see, ministries, God-dreams, long-term goals, are often born from a place of pain and discomfort. But, in order to see the outcome of something great taking place, you must be willing to endure and persevere in the process. For instance, child-bearing is painful and it is also uncomfortable, but I guarantee if you were to ask any mother about their experience of child-bearing, they’d gladly say to you with a cheerful smile, that the gruesome pain in labor, the sweat and tears was all worth it. Guess what?

You, too, can R I S E and give birth!

Check out this encouraging quick video on the “Sharpen Yourself” page!

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