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Meet Luminary Member, Jomina Joseph


Jomina JosephHow did you get started on your current career path/journey?

I was always passionate about helping other people, but I wasn't always confident on the power of my voice and how to use it to help others. However, life has a way of thrusting you into your calling, in order for you to grow and fulfill what you are meant to do.
My personal experience dealing with the medical system while I was navigating my illness is the reason why I decided to become a Doula. Being a Doula requires that you advocate on behalf of women when they are at their most vulnerable, all the while, supporting them emotionally. My journey towards healing my body was exactly what I needed to remind me of my innate power to speak. For a very long time, I didn't do that. I didn't speak. I would allow external forces to dictate what I should think and believe. It wasn't until I went to a doctor's office that denied me treatment that I realized how much the medical system was plague by people who didn't value women who looked like me, that I came into the realization that there was a major problem that needed fixing.

What's something you would tell your younger self about your journey or career -  knowing what you know today?

I would definitely tell my younger self that it is ok to not know what you want to be when you get older. Allow yourself the opportunity to learn and to try different things before you commit to doing something because when you do figure it out, you are going to hit the ground running and excel at your calling.

How would you define success?

I define success as achieving your goals and striving for more. I believe that if you achieve your goals, you will find success or happiness in that achievement. To me, success is the accomplishment and attainment of plans that manifest into a gain, which may be financial at times.

How do you invite others to come sit at the table?

I invite others to come sit at my table by always providing everyone the knowledge to better their lives. For me, that looks like breaking down the barriers that are typically hinderances in the medical system for women. It also is my ability to create safe spaces for women to be able to express themselves, all the while, giving them the ability to find methods in which they will regain their power in a system that doesn't validate their fears or listen to their concerns.

What impact has Luminary made on you?

Luminary has made a great impact on my life. Luminary has been a place where I have made great connections that are safe and empowering.


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