Day 17: Glenneisha Darkins

Today goes to a woman that has taught me, there are no excuses. It somewhat irritates me to have to mention that Glenny was in a terrible accident that made her paraplegic because she is a powerful, smart, and ambitious woman PERIOD, not in spite of her circumstances and she continues to inspire those around her.

She reminds me that my only obstacle is me. And though I know she is still working towards being her best self, making all her obstacles, challenges for her to battle.

What industry are you in currently?

I am a mouth-painter.

Is your industry one usually dominated by women? How did you fight stigmas?

Not really, but it’s getting there. As a disabled woman I try to fight stigmas by continuing to create, learn, teach, help, motivate and demonstrate. I believe showing how I create helps others to understand that disability doesn’t stop one from living or doing what looks impossible or what society deemed as impossible. Not too many disabled artist are out there, but I’m hoping to be a part of that change.

What are you most proud of at the moment?

I’m proud of not giving up on myself and my goals and I’m also proud of my growth as a daughter, friend and sister.

How big a role has your culture and gender played in your journey?

A huge role. A part of my culture is drive, self-love and faith. Not giving up on what I’m called to do has helped me build character and learn that nothing is easy. Faith in myself and a higher power has taught me patience and understanding and loving who I am as a disabled Black woman has taught me to be unapologetic, assertive and creative.

What is your version of success? When will you say you’ve “made it”?

My version of success is when you’ve inspired someone as you’re accomplishing your own goals and dreams. Leading by example is my motto so I see it as once I’ve changed someone’s life by my actions, I’ve succeeded.

What’s one thing you’ve realized with age/time in the industry? (and want other women to realize as well)

Comparing yourself to others will rob you of your motivation to continue doing what you find joy in, what makes you happy. With time comes patience. With age comes understanding that no path to success comes easy or by giving up.

Love or success? Should you have to choose?

Love. Love can motivate you to be and do better, which then motivates you to want to succeed. With love comes support, positive energy and positive emotions. Nurturing these things brings success in whatever you want to find success in.

Even super women need breaks, You mentioned that you haven’t painted in a while, what do you attribute to that?

I felt my paintings weren’t a reflection of my love for it. It became work and something I have to do and if I don’t I’ve failed. I had to get back to the love of art and not overwhelming myself. And believing I’ve failed depressed me.

How do you hope to inspire others , besides of course never giving up?

Honestly just leading by example. Showing my purpose is far greater than me.

You can follow Glenneisha here


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