“I’m a certified life coach now”, I said, she replied “So is that another thing you’re doing?” My mom and my family has supported me and my many different endeavours in the best way they know how; and here I was telling my mom that there was one more thing I’d start doing.
I’m an HIV/AIDs and safe sex educator, women’s and LGBT human rights activist, speaker, survivor of sexual violence, and a university student. With all those already on my plate why did I decide to add one more thing to do? My work as an activist though empowering women and the LGBT community, was at a more general, or broader level. However, I realised that individual empowerment could carry this work of activism much further. Indeed, I had been in multiple trainings and workshops where the intent was to empower on a smaller scale, creating multiple change agents. My co-founder of Quality of Citizenship Jamaica and I, decided to make that an important component of the organisation’s work.
I then realised that there was need for more of that individual empowerment, but beyond the scope of human rights activism. I had been observing the world around me, and being a human rights activist for almost 10 years, I began to notice some of the areas of a person’s life that activism and activists - no matter how hard we worked- could impact. Those areas called for a different type of engagement, life coaching. But I hesitated, what did I -only 25 years old- have to offer anyone as a life coach?
I looked at my life, only 25 years and took stock of the experiences I had and the lessons I had learned, I also remembered the countless times from as young as 16, that friends and strangers commented on my knowledge, often saying “you are wise for your years”, or “you are way ahead of the curve. Many people twice your age are just learning the things you are learning now at your age”. It took me a while to see what everyone else saw but when I did it hit like a ton of bricks.
My idea of the purpose of life coaching is reflected in the title I chose for myself - life guidance coach. Many times, we come upon an area of our life or an event, that no matter how resolute we are we need the support of someone who is impartial, and separate from our lives; someone who can see what we can’t see and who can help us to see it. Thus, as a life guidance coach it is my duty and pleasure to help others find the right path and see things clearly, while also being the person who helps to push them over the hill. Because my work has been with women and the LGBT community, I decided to focus my attention on women in our LGBTQ community and our sister allies.
So at the start of 2016 who is Angeline Jackson? I am an HIV/AIDs and safe sex educator, women’s and LGBT human rights activist, speaker, a university student, survivor of sexual violence, certified life Coach, certified NLP practitioner and certified Law of Attraction practitioner.