Share Your Story – Keya Woods

kenyaKeya’s childhood was one that no child should ever have to face. Her biological father was her grandmother’s boyfriend; she was molested as a child, raped as a teen and became a mother before she could put her teenage years behind her. She could not turn to her own mother for help because she considered Keya a competitor who was “ruining her life.” At her most vulnerable point, Keya became involved with an abusive boyfriend who put a gun to her head and pulled the trigger. It was a miracle that she didn’t die. She believes that no one but God saved her. Keya accepts that her scars may never be fully healed, but each day she tries to “elevate to a greater dimension” in her healing process.

The turning point that caused Keya to take control of her challenges – and her life – was when she became a mother herself. She was determined to care for her child in a way that she was not mothered. Although she had no good role model and was actually a child herself, she was steadfast in her goal.

Keya now owns her own business; she hosts seminars to empower other women; and she is a motivational speaker. In addition, she is the featured artist in an upcoming benefit concert and has been cast to perform in a soon-to-be-released reality television series that will highlight her journey from where she was to where she is now and where she is going. Her passion is to continue to be better, not only in her healing process, but in everything she does. She challenges herself, and she challenges those around her.

The one fear that Keya has wrestled with in taking ownership of her challenges, was the fear of failure. Early on, her mother had instilled in her the feeling that she was a failure. Her mother’s negativity became entrenched in her self-esteem. Keya continually has tried to prove to herself that her mother was wrong; that she was – and is – not a failure. However, she still struggles with the fear of failure.

Because she never felt “good enough,” she tended to shy away from taking advantage of opportunities that came her way. Instead, she made excuses and figuratively ran away from them. In order to move past this fear, Keya practiced self-therapy. She taught herself her own self-worth, and once she did that, she vowed to never allow anything to hold herself back again – even her own fears.

When she looks back, the main lesson that she has learned is that other people’s opinions of her are not what matters. She senses that many people are insecure and they project their own insecurities on others. She also believes that “you are amazing simply because you are.  God makes no mistakes in HIS creations, and therefore a mistake YOU ARE NOT!”

Keya’s life has changed in many ways. Simply expressed in her words, “I have found my voices and by gosh I USE IT!  I love to help others, and I have a passion for unity, self-love and self-awareness.” Keya is the first to say that she is still on her journey, but she has made it “over to the other side” and is prepared to “fight for right…yet another day.”

When asked what the word “peace” means to her, Keya replies that peace to her means all things tranquil and beautiful. It means all things love. It is the “still place” that is untouched by negativity. It is a sacred safe haven that envelops you and keeps you grounded.  Peace is the essence of your purest form, that place that allows you to be at your closest with The Universe.

At time when she wants to rejuvenate her mind, body and soul she reads, walks, sings, jogs, prays and tries very hard to quiet her active mind in meditation. Sometimes, although she admits that it may sound strange, she even goes to the local Healthy Home Market to walk through the aisles and read labels on new products. For some reason she is at peace there. She also likes to go to Barnes and Noble, find a chair by the window and read. This brings here contentment. This is where she can just “be.”

When asked about her favorite escape, Keya answers, “Hmmm. My favorite escape…I love the beach or lake.  I grew up near the beach and did not appreciate its beauty.  Now as an adult, I love sitting by the water, watching the waves, listening to the messages that stem from them.” Being near the water helps her to feel as if she is “one with it all.” As she feels the wind blow and listens to the waves hit the shore and roll back out to sea, she is reminded that she is blessed with her senses. It seems to her that “a small part of peace crashes in, and a small part of the negative remnants that remain, washes back out.”

The rhythm of life is not the same for everyone. Not everyone has faced the kinds of challenges the Keya has, but her story holds a message for all of us – that we are each unique and perfect in our own way, that learning to value our own worth is one of the greatest gifts that we can give to ourselves.

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About Tina Hines

Tina C. Hines is the President and Life Transformation Specialist of For My Sister FriendsTM, a movement for women seeking support as they journey towards inner peace, wholeness and balance in their lives.

  1. I could not have asked for a better depiction of my story. I thank you so much for allowing me the honor of being a part of your site. My the steps taken on my journey, help to empower another. Blessings to all!

  2. SISTER KEYA i am so OVERJOYED for you. with ALL of those trials you’ve been through you still smile and give your honesty for us all to see.

    i am so thankful to have met you.. KEEP PUSHING.. YOU GO SUPPORT IN ME.

  3. Keya’s story is inspiring. She is to be commended for her candor in sharing some of life’s bitter blows. It takes a lot of courage to open up and present yourself in a vulnerable manner. I believe this inspires others to do the same. Thank you, Keya, for sharing your heart and soul with us.

  4. This was such an inspirational story! Good luck on your journey and I wish you nothing but the best.

  5. Kenya,

    Our stories have many similarities. I want to say thank you for having the courage to share. You have inspired me to continue to my journey.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you. :) Many blessing upon you and yours.

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