We had the good fortune of connecting with Shawana Ward and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shawana, 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?
Passion is the determining factor for when you should keep going or give up, and I don’t mean this in the obvious of ways. Most people don’t talk about how when you’re chasing your dreams, you will fall in and out of motivation, and in the moments where inspiration feels few, far, and in between-remembering your why and being able to re-conjure passion for your creations will help you know. I don’t believe you can blow the torch out on something that’s meant to be, so therefore if you can muster up an inclining of passion and purpose when you visualize where you want to go, it’s worth giving all you got and seeing it through. Giving up is a disservice to what you truly deserve, so if you have to walk away, let it be into the next open door of endless abundance and opportunity. If you can still SEE [visualize] it, see it through.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think the word entrepreneur gets overused and watered down from time to time. While I definitely fall within the category, I’d like to say that I defy the limitations the term brings, and would say that I am Curator. I take passionate visions and dreams and create/promote business, wellness, community, and healing. I’ve been blessed to be able to do this via creation of wellness workshops, tarot readings, a mental health podcast, blogging, vlogging, freelance writing and brand content creation. Out of all of these accomplishments, the wellness workshops I developed alongside my roommate/business partner has been the most fulfilling. Seeing so many women be impacted in a such positive and therapeutic way during a time of depression and emotional chaos reminded me just how much dreams and visions matter. Our gifts are not for us. We were created to use out gifts and talents to give back to the world, and make room for us. Making a difference and promoting healing is always the ultimate goal, so finding my footing within this duty was life-altering for me. Getting to where I am today. and be clear I have in no way, “arrived,” was no walk in the park and took so much trail and error. i wish someone would have simply told me that it was a natural part of the process and that eventually it would all make sense. I would have saved myself a heap of time worrying, having anxiety attacks, and almost giving up because I felt like I wasn’t getting results. The passion that i was able to conjure up from realizing that the ups and downs were all apart of the journey and that I could actually enjoy it, helped me rededicate myself to my passions, each and every-time I hit a dry spell. The key is knowing you will feel like you want to stop, and you will have huge moments of doubt, but the key is to “take breaks when needed, but never give up.” Greatness cannot be built in a day. Slow down! I want the world to know that anything I create/associate myself with is to promote, educate, and advance my community. I appreciate those who use their resilience to come out of small places of lack and poverty and give back so that the generation after has it a little easier. I use this motto to fuel all of my endeavors and it is my hope that those who align with the vision will support and give back in their own way for the well-being of our immediate surroundings.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
So, when my friends come to town we always have to eat good! Brown Chicken Brown Cow in Hampton Virginia for brunches, Paradise Ocean Club for when the weather is nice, Top Golf and Dave and Busters for the breezy Friday nights, and downtown Norfolk to the Virginia Beach strip if you want to hit all arenas and those in between! Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have to shoutout my support system. 2020 was such a trying time mentally, physically, and emotionally for the entire world, so having healthy people surround me and give me encouragement when needed was everything. I appreciate the friends who refuse to see you stay stagnant and thrive when they see you grow. For this, I have to shoutout my Shuggy/Roomie/Business Partner, Jazzy Fizzle, my homie/cohost/astrology sister Brittany Dee, and my second family, the Bells (yes Tasha, you’re a Bell). Shoutout to the two favorite men in my life: My Pops Randy Ward, and my mini me, Eazy E. & Shoutout to all my siblings who always have my back!
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