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Jennifer - JW

Jennifer - JW

Jennifer rises above her pain, choosing kindness and living by the words “treat people the way you want to be treated.”

QUICK FACTS

HOMETOWN:

Nashville, TN

DREAM JOB:

Lawyer

FAVORITE PASTIME:

Shopping

WHAT SHE'S WATCHING:

Criminal Minds

WHAT SHE'S LISTENING TO:

Lecrae and Derek Minor

FAVORITE SPOT IN NASHVILLE:

Downtown

FAVORITE PRODUCT TO MAKE:

Skyler Single

HOMETOWN:

Nashville, TN

DREAM JOB:

Lawyer

FAVORITE PASTIME:

Shopping

WHAT SHE'S WATCHING:

Criminal Minds

WHAT SHE'S LISTENING TO:

Lecrae and Derek Minor

FAVORITE SPOT IN NASHVILLE:

Downtown

FAVORITE PRODUCT TO MAKE:

Skyler Single

PERSONALITY

“I’m a lioness because I’m a protector. I fight for the underdog. Protect [my] cubs. I stand up for [others] I guess because I’ve never had anybody to stand up for me or to protect me, I take that role for other people. I don’t like to see people hurt, I don’t like to see people mistreated. Everything I live by is what my mom said, ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ I literally live that way. I try to live that way. Regardless of how people treat me or what people say about me, don’t do or do for, I still try to treat them the same way. I believe in God. You’re only accountable to Him for you, not for what other people do to you. You have to be accountable to you. Never let somebody take your voice.”

“One thing that I try to live by is, ‘If I make it, then I need to be able to bring somebody along with me or give them the equipment or tools or skill to make it as well.’ Always be a blessing to somebody else. If I was ever to hit the lottery, I would want to build a highrise to give people 30 days, give them 60 days to transition, to breath, to gather themselves, help people. There are some that just need that break to push them on to the next level.”

STORY

“I’m a born and raised Nashvillian. I grew up with a mother and father. I grew up in dysfunctional home. My mom has always been a hard worker. I remember telling myself, ‘If I ever make it, I’m going to make sure my mom is taken care of’ because I’ve seen her struggle. It was just me and my mom. My mom was my very first best friend. I didn’t grow up wealthy. I am an only child. I didn’t have the things that other kids have. I think that’s why I have a fascination with clothes and shoes now because I didn’t have that growing up.”

“I had my oldest daughter at 18, I married young. He went in the Navy, and he abandoned us. He would come back, I would let him back, I would get pregnant, he would leave with no communication, no nothing. The third time he left, he never came back. Ever. It was rough, but my mom was right there.”

“I met this guy, and he was an abuser. I got pregnant with my son, and then had to leave due to domestic violence, which almost cost me my life. That’s when I became homeless. And with the clothes on our back, [my kids and I] just ran for our lives. [We went to] an abusive shelter. We literally didn’t have anything.”

“My mom died in 1992, one of my daughters died in 2012. It’s been rough. As a parent you don’t want to bury your child ever. My daughter that passed was my best friend. That was in 2012, and it’s still been a struggle to deal with that. I love my kids.”

“I always try to encourage people by my disadvantage. So for example, dating. ‘I love you’ is three words. It’s action versus words. Be careful with that. I always tell my kids, ‘live better than me, do better than me.’”

AT UNLOCKED

“Everything happens for a reason. I went on the internet looking for assistance, I lost my job the day before Thanksgiving. I had never heard of Community Care Fellowship until I called the number and talked to a staff member, who told me to come in the next day. It was a domino effect of being introduced to various staff members. I eventually got a call from the director, and he said he’d connect me to various organizations, which included Unlocked. He said, ‘we have partnered with this jewelry company, and I really want you to come in and talk to the founders.’ So I came in. When I walked into the room, I was hesitant at first. However, there was Gwen, and she just gave me that spirit of calm and encouragement, which made me feel like everything would be okay. It made me comfortable.”

“The reason I love coming in to Unlocked is because the spirit of love, that spirit of giving, the selflessness of Alexis and Corbin. They care, and they have a genuine spirit of caring about us. Some days when I come into work, I may have the weight on my shoulders, but the atmosphere of love helps me to just make it through. Unlocked has been helpful. I come here, even though I may be stressed, I still want to make sure I get everything done.”

FUTURE PLANS

“My future plan is to hopefully one day retire. However, my immediate plan is to find work. Something where I’m walking in my purpose. Be able to do something out of the ordinary and be able to be self-sufficient and be able to help someone. I’ve always, since a little girl, wanted to travel, go sit on a beach, and even go overseas and just travel the world.”

“My ultimate dream is to one day be in a position to give back. To help someone that’s been in my shoes. That’s what I would love to do. I hope to live long enough to be able to see my grandkids graduate from not only high school but from college. And be able to live, laugh, and enjoy and love my life.”

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  • Landry Parkey on

    Hi Jennifer! I’ve been wearing one of the ‘Celeste’ necklaces that you made and I never take it off. It’s my favorite piece of jewelry I own and you did such an incredible job making it. Thank you for making something so beautiful that I get to wear every day!


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