Exclusive Interview with Lisa Renee Jenkins
By Dendy Media
Today we’d like to introduce you to Lisa Renee Jenkins.
It’s an honor to speak with you today. Why don’t you give us some details about you and your story. How did you get to where you are today?
Through my pen and voice, I strive to be a resource to those who have been silenced by fear. I discovered the importance of living a purposeful life through self-publishing five books, How to Get the F#@% Out (Under pseudonym Skylar James), A Mother’s Love Through A Broken Heart, How to Identify Four Common Generational Curses (eBook), and Broken Pieces Made Whole (the book and workbook).
Those 20+ years of domestic abuse were not great but they led me to becoming a mother to a fabulous young and successful woman, an author, entrepreneur, graduate school student — soon to be mental health counselor, and domestic violence advocate who literally helps victims escape and change the trajectory of their lives and that of their children. I live my life on my own terms and found happiness within that I never had. All things work together for the good of those that believe there is life after a storm.
I’m sure your success has not come easily. What challenges have you had to overcome along the way?
I spent the better part of 30 years misunderstood, ignored, in extreme physical pain, scared, and mad as hell. I focused so much on everyone else that I disappeared within the misery and became numb. I overcame a dysfunctional relationship with my mother, lived through Endometriosis which tried to derail my education and delayed my career in Journalism, and conquered domestic violence.
Let’s talk about the work you do. What do you specialize in and why should someone work with you over the competition?
I am a certified domestic violence advocate. As a survivor of extreme mental, emotional, and physical abuse I know first-hand the fear and embarrassment that comes with it. Through my escape and subsequent healing, I have developed a passion for helping other victims — women or men — survive, escape, and overcome past traumas, toxic relationships, and go on to live purposeful lives.
My app, The Slipout, was designed to provide ongoing support, encouragement, feedback, and motivation. I do not want another victim to be alone in those moments, whether it is days, weeks, or months. Slipping out is a scary and confusing time. With its daily push notifications and regular updates, The Slipout App, serves as a source of strength.
I am also the founder of KRA Communications, a Chicago-based Public Relations Firm that specializes in creating social media campaigns for small businesses, personal brands, and nonprofit organizations.
What’s your best piece of advice for readers who desire to find success in their life?
Every morning look yourself in the mirror and vow to Believe IN YOU. If you do not believe in your own abilities, you cannot expect anyone else to. Remember to speak up for yourself. People can not invest in you if they do not know who you are.
Speaking of success, what does the word mean to you?
Success is walking in your purpose and I believe in doing just that.
What’s next for you?
Graduating, becoming a licensed mental health counselor, and continuing to help others escape. And I am sure I have a couple more book ideas swirling around in my mind.
Finally, how can people connect with you if they want to learn more.
I can be reached on Facebook @kracomm or @theslipoutapp, on Instagram @kracommunications1 or @theslipout, or through my website at www.kreativekorner.org.