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

Hi Jenisa, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?

I have two very Powerful affirmations Courage by Rudolph Steiner We must eradicate from the soul all fear and terror of what comes to meet us from the future. We must look forward with absolute equanimity to whatever comes and we must think only that whatever comes is given to us by a world direction full of wisdom. It is part of what we must learn in this age. Namely to act out of pure trust in the ever-present help of spiritual worlds. Truly, nothing else will do if our courage is not to fail us. Let us discipline our will and let us seek the Awakening from within ourselves, every morning and every evening. My second favorite affirmation is Untitled Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing it small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. Marianne Williamson

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As the Founder and Executive Director of the Impact Circle Foundation, I discover, learn about and vet Extraordinarily nonprofit organizations providing services, education, resources, job opportunity, support and programs to low income people living in underserved communities in need! The Impact Circle is a 501c3 nonprofit Giving Circle! Our organization have given over $250,000.. in monetary grants in the area’s of survivors of domestic violence, former homeless culinary skills education, foster care youth education enhancement programs, LGBTQIA+ youth homeless support, autism awareness, racism aware through education, support of performing arts programs in Compton, birthing center in South LA to name a few. Visit www.impactcirclefoundation.com to learn more.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
On my morning walk to the beach we would stop by Menotti’s! Erewhon is my local organic holistic market fresh squeezed organic orange juice, fruit and breakfast burritos for week day breakfast. Brunch Valle or Gjusta LFrank, lingerie and jewelry window shopping Dinner and cocktails Wallflower and finally pick up a few bottles of wine from Jim Knight at the WinehouseLA

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My Grandmother Virgina President Qualls Tara Ma, my first example of an entrepreneur, impeccable style, talent, grace, and elegance! My mother Mira bai Henderson, changed my life by moving us from Houston Tx to The Vedantic center ashram in Agoura Hills California! Alice Coltrane aka Swami Turiyasangitanda, my Guru spiritual teacher! My husband, Isaiah Washington, who afforded me the opportunity to stay home and raise our three children! Our beautiful talented kind generous world travelers Isaiah, Tyme and Iman! The Washington tribe! The Impact Circle board, members and friends blessed me with the opportunity to create a nonprofit organization that Gives, Supports, Volunteers, Donates and Serves low income families women and children in local underserved communities in need! This Grant Giving programing year September 2020-June2021 the Impact Commitment Grantees are Birthing People Foundation Kindred SpaceLA, First Place for Youth, Compton Kidz Club and Women’s Voices Now!

Website: www.impactcirclefoundation.org
Instagram: @impactcirclefoundation.org

Image Credits
Angela Hughes @ahughesphoto@gmail.com

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