Momploydent would like to honor a woman who is balancing work, school and motherhood.
Name: Kenya Stewart
Occupation: Seasonal Clerk, Entrepreneur
# of Children: 4
Program of Study: Psychology
Anticipated Graduation Date: 2017
What's your motto? I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me…
What is motivating you to pursue your education?
My children are my motivation. I want to show them that if they put their mind to something and believe that God is backing them up, they can do whatever it is they work hard to do. No matter what’s going on around them, they can make a difference in this world by pursuing their hopes and dreams.
What would you say is the key to your success?
Keeping God first is the key to succeeding in whatever I aspire to do. It is my faith in Him that allows me to dream and my trust in Him that keeps me grounded. It is very easy to get caught up in my hopes and dreams and forget about God’s purpose for them. Proverbs 3:5 says, trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your past. This scripture reminds me to be unselfish in my pursuit of accomplishing my dreams. It’s easy to get really busy and overwhelmed, but when I trust God to strengthen me when I have to meet deadlines for assignments. I don’t put off cleaning, or having real play time with the kids, or spending good quality time with the hubby. Instead I put the family first and handle the assignments later, knowing God will give me the strength to get it all done. God first, family second, then work. It flows better that way for me, and keeps the peace.
If you could give another Momploydent advice what would it be?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. When you ask for help, don’t be afraid to be transparent. I get the help I need from others when I am NOT trying to be super mom. If I look strong all the time no one will ever know I need help. So, when I’m pulling my hairs out, I let the people in my support system know that I’m losing my grip. Hey, it gets hard at times. We don’t have to be invincible. We can take opportunities to breathe and regroup. It actually makes us a lot better at what we are doing at home, at work, and school.