Introducing myself and my journal: A Jamaican on Fire

Nadz
Posted March 19, 2013 from Jamaica

About Me:My name is Nadeen Spence and I was born in the South of Jamaica in a parish called St. Elizabeth. I grew up in a small rural community called Kilmarnock, a Moravian free village which borders another parish called Westmoreland. I grew up in a large family, I was loved and protected and my parents and older brothers and sisters worked hard to ensure that our family would not be poor and destitute. My mother valued education and encouraged us to do well and study hard. I knew that the dangers which awaited me as a young women were many and that the worst of them was getting pregnant. This was hammered in my head, every day, I had four older sisters and this had not happened to any of them, they were respected and highly regarded precisely because they had managed to escape the scourge of teen pregnancy.

So imagine my complete horror when at seventeen. I became pregnant! Not good. I thought my world had one to an end. But it did not, and I am now woman triumphant, I love my story. Especially because I made some intriguing stops along the way. Now I pride myself on being a woman who is a social justice advocate and who speaks for the most vulnerable girls and young women or perhaps someone who helps them to find their voice so that they can speak for themselves.

I find that I am strengthened each time a young woman walks away from her situation in triumph, and as I observe their strengthening, I become more inspired. I love hope and promise and faith. So I walk in that tradition of people who are committed to that ideal.

My Passions:My son, my family, my work

My Challenges:Getting past my fears

My Vision for the Future:More love, more life, more happiness.

My Areas of Expertise:Research, Programme development, institutional building, networking, leadership training and development, strategic planning

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Julie Collura
Mar 19, 2013
Mar 19, 2013

Hello, Nadeen, and welcome to World Pulse! I hope you find this a supportive and encouraging place to post ideas and make connections. I look forward to hearing more from you. In peace, Julie

Nadz
Mar 24, 2013
Mar 24, 2013

Thank you Julie for your welcome and prompt response. Looking forward to hearing from you further. I am excited about the project.

Zoe
Mar 19, 2013
Mar 19, 2013

I can relate to your challenge of getting past your fears. I too have that challenge. Glad that you joined our community!

Regards,

Zoe

Nadz
Mar 24, 2013
Mar 24, 2013

Zoe Thank you for your kind comments. Looking forward to working with you. Nadeen

Fatima Waziri - Azi
Mar 20, 2013
Mar 20, 2013

Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

It’s so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fabulous time with your new online friends as well as find this to be a very positive experience. I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.

Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!

Nadz
Mar 24, 2013
Mar 24, 2013

Fatima, Thank you so much, I hope to hear from you soon so that I can start to fully participate in the offerings of this community and this experience. Nadeen Spence