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Conversations with Lucinda Smith

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lucinda Smith. Them and their team share their story with us below:

Lucinda Smith is the founder of IGNITE: Pressed to Promise an online e-conference and the ACTIVATE Conference designed to help people understand that what they have gone through was simply God developing them and pushing them into purpose.

Lucinda just released her purpose brand which is God-inspired clothing that reminds each person who purchases and wears that they too are Purpose pushers. This line also reminds those who purchase and wear that they are purposed to live on purpose. She loves the Lord with all her heart and wants nothing more than to make her heavenly father proud. When she is not pushing purpose she is singing or spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ to those around her.

Lucinda released a single entitled “Everything I Need” in 2018 and is looking forward to recording more music in the years to come. Lucinda prays that when people encounter her that they leave changed. She also desires that when people see her, they are pointed to JESUS. Lucinda is the mother of 4 growing boys Joshua, Elijah, Zion, and King David (my nephew). They mean the world to her and she is excited to see what they will be. Lucinda obtained her B.A. in Social Work from The University Of Memphis, She also obtained her Master’s from Argosy University.

Lucinda has also completed a Teaching residency program from RELAY Nashville. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience as it relates to Social Work, Therapeutic Services, Mental Health, and Education. Lucinda desires to please God in all that He has allowed her to do, say and touch. Lucinda believes that a shifted mindset changes the world around you. I simply want to live a life poured out and live to inspire and be inspired.

It is my hope that when people encounter me they feel the unwavering love of Jesus Christ, feel safe, and supported, and gain the strength they need to keep going while inspiring others on the way. It is my hope that when people leave my presence they gain the necessary tools to pour into others while continuing to pursue purpose. It is Lucinda’s Mission that people walk in healing, renew their hope, and produce purpose.

Lucinda is one of 3 adopted children. My parents Benita and Darrell Short adopted me when I was 9 years old after being in 10 different foster homes. This will always be sketched into my history. My parents set me up to beat every statistic. If I am honest I was the one that believed I wouldn’t be or do what others didn’t think was possible.

I am absolutely proud of myself and I use my influence to inspire others who may the odds stacked against them as well. The only limits there are, are the ones you put on yourself.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I wouldn’t say it has been a smooth road.

I would say that I have had to learn a lot about myself and make the decision to heal so that I could help others heal.

It all has been done at the expense of identifying my trauma and taking the necessary steps to get help to close the gaps as it relates to childhood trauma so that I wouldn’t continue to have unhealthy codependent habits.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I currently work as the Assistant Dean of Students (Behavior Specialist) for KIPP Nashville College Prep Middle school. I absolutely LOVE my job and the students I get to do life with and pour into.

I am most proud of the impact that I’ve made in the lives of the students I serve. I have the ability to see the good in all situations and people and this is what sets me apart from others. I believe that everyone has good in them we just have to figure out how to maximize that potential and expand on that good.

While I am currently the assistant all of my educational backgrounds are in social work and I have a wide range of experience in mental health, at-risk youth and young adults, and education.

We love surprises, fun facts, and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
Many people who know my work or brand might not know that I actually don’t like being in the spotlight or out front.

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