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Local women share life lessons


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  • Mar. 27, 2020 - 8:23 PM

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Local women share life lessons

Ashley Massengale, Kavian Baker, Lisa Reeves

Every year in March, women across the country are celebrated for Women’s History Month, which is set aside to honor women’s contributions to American history.

History

Women’s History Month began as a local celebration in Santa Rosa, CaliforniaCalif., according to www.womenhistory.org . The Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women planned and executed a “Women’s History Week” celebration in 1978.

The organizers selected the week of March 8 to correspond with International Women’s Day. The movement spread across the country as other communities initiated their own Women’s History Week celebrations the following year.

In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March, 8 1980 as National Women’s History Week and since 1995, presidents have issued an annual proclamation designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”

Meet women from Coweta

Women from different walks of life in Coweta share life lessons and wisdom.

Ashley Massengale

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1. What do you do for a living?

I’m a hairdresser specializing in color and extensions.

2. What made you decide to go down this career path?

I’ve wanted to do this since I was a little girl., uUnfortunately after not receiving much support from family, after high school I decided to go straight into the workforce. When I turned 30, and was raising three children, I decided completely on a whim, to sign up for college! God laid the foundation and paved every step. I graduated and here I am, ...living my dream!

3. Do you have any children/spouse/or significant other?

I’ve got a hubby and three girls.

4. How do you juggle everyday life with what you do?

Now that’s a great question that I’m still trying to find the answer to. How do we juggle it all?! I just try;, that’s all I can do. Most days I fail to complete a few tasks, but they’re still there the next day.

5. What is the most valuable advice you've received as a woman?

To never give up. It doesn’t matter how awful you think things are in any circumstance …... things can change in a moment! You never know what miracle is just ahead of you.

6. What advice would you give to women?

The same! Never ever give up. The Lord will fight for you — - when you think you can’t or you’ve given all you’ve got — - look up! When you can’t — - He can!


Kavian Baker

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1.When did you start your nonprofit?

Sisters for Society Corporation was originally started in 2015 however I was only working it part time, but in 2017 we received our 501(c)3 and I have been working full time since.

2. What made you decide to start it?

Sisters for Society was originally made to help those living paycheck to paycheck. These are the people that are often forgotten about, they need resources and help but they do not qualify. I wanted to create an organization that is open to the public and people could receive the help they need without feeling ashamed.

3. What does your nonprofit do?

Here at Sisters for Society we are changing the mindset of individuals and families by building relationships, providing education and empowering them to regain control of their lives. Our mission is to provide a lifeline of support to marginalized individuals and families facing financial instability within Fayette and Coweta counties.

We do this by providing them with our services of food and clothing, then we provide them with other resources that also may be able to help depending on their situation. The financial education we provide is a crucial part of what we do because we want them to understand how to manage the income they have, so we can help create budgets that are manageable and comfortable to their reality.

During this time they may discover how much they overspend or they need a better job. This is when we also discover they have gifts and talents that they can use to make extra money. Some cook so they can meal prep for others, or they may put together gift baskets. Once their eyes are open to this, then they begin to realize they can make extra money.

4. How do you juggle everyday life with what you do?

I have to give that credit to God. Every morning I start with my own personal devotion and I end my day in the same manner — - thanking Him for the strength and guidance. I face some challenges physically because of chronic pains and other health issues, but I am aware of my body and I appreciate every volunteer for helping every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.

5. What is the most valuable advice you've received as a woman?

The most valuable advice I received in so many words was the enemy does not want me here, he does not want me to succeed in life or my nonprofit because I am a fighter and I keep knocking him out and that’s the God in you.

6. What advice would you give to women?

The advice I would give other women is to tell them to keep going. No one is going to care about your situation more than you, so keep going, keep fighting and keep praying.

Lisa Reeves

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1. What do you do for a living?

I carry two professional titles: Judge Lisa R. Reeves and Attorney Lisa R. Reeves. I have been practicing civil litigation involving personal injury cases and domestic law for approximately 30 years in the Coweta Judicial Circuit and throughout the state of Georgia. In addition, I am currently a municipal court judge in the city of Grantville and associate municipal court judge in the city of Griffin. I am also the guardian ad litem for Coweta County Juvenile Court.

2. What made you decide to go down this career path?

I embarked on this journey at an early age. As early as 10 years old, it was my goal to be an attorney, which was inspired by early broadcasts of Perry Mason during that time. I was further intrigued with the ability to assist people with legal matters. This ability is double rewarding because I can ensure that justice prevails during the legal process as well as during the judicial process due to my dual roles as a trial attorney and a judge.

3. Do you have any children/spouse/or significant other?

I am married to Alan Reeves and we have four children and four grandchildren.

4. How do you juggle everyday life with what you do?

Managing a career, a family and everyday life requires a lot of dedication and multi-tasking abilities. My love for my family and my professional career helped me jump any hurdle that might arise in life. I focus on my family and find a good balance with work, and I also find time for me. Of course, my relationship with God has a tremendous impact upon my daily tasks in life regardless of personal, family or professional.

5. What is the most valuable advice you've received as a woman?

The most valuable advice I received as a woman was from my paternal grandmother. She was very influential in my life and my accomplishments, and she taught me the rewards for hard work and steadfast faith. She also taught me to set my goals high and “reach for the sky” and never give up until you have achieved them.

6. What advice would you give to women?

My advice to women of today would be these quotes: “You are the one that possesses the keys to your being. You carry the passport to your own happiness.” - Diane von Furstenberg and “You can waste your lives drawing lines, or you can live your life crossing them.” - Shonda Rhimes