Alicia Washington is a single mother of two beautiful girls, who has gone through much hardship over the past few years. After a traumatic marriage separation and divorce, she began to experience the heartache and pain that a percentage of women go through in life. In 2013, God gave her a vision to launch an
Alicia Washington is a single mother of two beautiful girls, who has gone through much hardship over the past few years. After a traumatic marriage separation and divorce, she began to experience the heartache and pain that a percentage of women go through in life. In 2013, God gave her a vision to launch an organization for hurting women. After starting this thriving organization, her mother passed away suddenly the following year. During the grieving process, she went through a season of darkness and isolation from the world. Then in 2017, she suffered from a stroke but with God’s help she managed to survive. Her endeavor is to let other women know that they can be victorious and be more than a conqueror after going through adversity. Alicia has written a spiritual devotional book entitled It’s Just Hair. She also created a planner It’s Just Hair, Shedding the Layers and released her latest book, Purpose Wouldn’t Let Me Die.
Fancy: How would you describe your swagher? What makes Alicia, Alicia?
Alicia: I would describe myself as a survivor, conqueror, go getter, a believer, and unstoppable. I have been through a number of traumatic things that some people could not have handled, but I always find strength to bounce back strong. I am woman who goes hard every day to build an empire for my two daughters. I am a motivated inspiration, and I’m ready to share my story with the world.
Fancy: Please share a little about your latest book, Purpose Would Not Let Me Die.
Alicia: Purpose Wouldn’t Let Me Die is the journey of a single parent and struggling business woman. How the test and trials, suicide attempts, sin, grief, and gambling life almost took permanent residency in my life. It is a story of transparency, restoration, obstacles, adversities, and being able to survive it all. The end result was a lesson learned to trust and depend on God through it all.
Fancy: What do you want readers to take from this book?
Alicia: I want readers to be able to see themselves throughout the book. My endeavor was to share my story and help others to embrace the fact that they made some mistakes and life hasn’t been the way they quite planned, but it’s over; it happened and it’s okay. I want readers to recognize that it is time to move forward with life and strive for success.
Fancy: Do you think it was stress that brought about your stroke?
Alicia: Stress was the cause of my stroke that occurred in August of last year. I was a single mother, working long hours, and barely getting help with my kids at the time. I was under a lot of pressure, not getting much sleep, and worrying about how I was going to provide for my kids. Eventually, the walls started caving in on me, blood pressure spiked, and I ended up in the hospital.
Fancy: How long did it take you to recover from your stroke, and how long did it take you to write your book?
Alicia: It took me about 2 months to recover from the stroke. I went through some physical therapy and with God’s healing touch, I was able to bounce back. My faith was strong; I remained prayerful and positive through the whole process. I started journaling and writing before the stroke occurred. It slowed the writing process down, but I was able to write the book in three to four months. I already knew what I wanted to write about, so things came together to complete the book.
Fancy: Is your organization still in operation? If so, what is the name of it?
Alicia: The organization is not active at the moment. God rearranged my life completely and the vision for the organization has changed. In the near future, I will re-establish the organization and prepare for upcoming events. My focus is to promote, advertise my book and gain new followers.
Fancy: Can you share a few tips for those seeking to find their purpose?
Alicia: The few tips that I would share for the people that are seeking their purpose.
– Accept where you are in life.
– Acknowledge what has held you back.
-Embrace what happen in the past.
– Make your mind up to change your thoughts, speak positive affirmations and believe in yourself.
– Write down the things you enjoy doing and the reason why you exist.
– Focus on what you will do and become, and then your life’s purpose will speak to you.
Fancy: Now you are also a hair stylist, and have your own salon SHE Designz Beauty. Were you a stylist before all of these events occurred?
Alicia: Yes, I was a hairstylist before all of these events occurred.
Fancy: Can you share a little about your planner, It’s Just Hair, Shedding the Layers?
Alicia: It’s Just Hair, Shedding the Layers planner was designed to help women overcome fear, loss, divorce, emotional and physical abuse, and other traumatic things that have occurred in their life. The planner is divided into different sections dealing with forgiveness, transparency, shedding layers of the soul and ridding yourself of toxic relationships. I created this planner, because sometimes it is hard to talk to people and trust them with your personal business. I found out that it is easier to write it down and talk to God about what you are going through. It becomes a personal choice to deal with the inner self.
Fancy: Do you have any upcoming events or projects that you care to share?
Alicia: Book signing on February 11th @ Cat City Grill in Fort Worth, Texas
Author Vendor March 17th at Waco Convention Center in Waco, Texas
Also coming to Atlanta, Georgia in April @ location TBA
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