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Meet Ebony Lashay

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ebony Lashay.

Ebony, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I have always been passionate about mental health and the service of helping others in some shape, form or fashion. I have my Associates in Human Services, Bachelors in Counseling & Psychology and will obtain my Masters in Mental Health & Wellness with an emphasis in Community Administration. I have always known that protecting your mental health and your peace are two things that are spoken highly about but are never truly actively pruned and protected. I have gone through a slew of things in my life from drug and alcohol-addicted parents, teenage pregnancy, domestic violence, etc. I spent so much time pretending that I was okay that I did not truly realize how broken I was.

After joining a women’s group (Readjust Your Crown) in the late fall of 2018 and beginning a long-overdue journey in therapy, I decided that I had to, needed to, speak up about the trials and trauma that I had experienced in my life. Not to boast or to play the victim but for healing to start within me. I have a 14-year-old son and six-year-old daughter who I want to do everything for, except impact their lives with the trauma of mine. As we all know, being transparent isn’t easy and I continued to post-pone the podcast for another year. I knew that God needed and had called me to speak out in some way. Whether that was YouTube, Podcast, Blog, etc. I was just afraid. Afraid of what people would say, what they would think, how they would perceive me, and how harshly and critically they would judge me. Although, I am sure that it would be no worse than I judge myself.

In January of 2020, I finally went for it. I downloaded an app with the encouragement and support of close friends and I recorded a trailer. The relief that I felt after that recording ignited the fire and set me on my way. I have now officially finished Season 1 and I am so proud of myself to have shared a journey with friends, family, and strangers alike. There are so many who say that 2020 came to destroy us. I believe that it came to wash away what was not built on a foundation so as to give us a solid place to build.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
This podcast has helped me with being transparent. I am someone that speaks to my close friends often about my problems but when I get to a place of severe depression, I close myself off from the world. I think and communicate at the bare minimum. The podcast not only gave me a way to a breakthrough that my being verbal about issues that I face but also potentially helping someone else through. I have realized through private messages, comments, etc. that there are so many things that I believed only I struggled with and that is what kept me from moving forward with the podcast but I appreciate the newfound transparency in myself. I believe my biggest struggle and obstacle was me. I am a self-proclaimed overthinker and I would always tell myself that people didn’t care about my story or that it didn’t matter. I would tell myself that I didn’t want anyone’s sympathy. In reality, the podcast has gave me healing in so many ways.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
The podcast is entitled PeaceXPiece because I talk about how I got to this place of peace in small increments or doses. There are so many times that we complain to God about giving us patience until he puts us in a position where we can’t do anything but be patient. I used to pray for peace and for God to calm the storm often but would cry through every trial. One day while lying in bed I realized that the space that I had prayed so hard for, I was literally living in it. I am most proud of the fact that I got over the worries of what other people would think and how they would respond and I just went for it. I believe that the authenticity of my podcast is what sets me apart. I am a woman that I go through a lot on my own and most days feel as though whatever I am facing that I am the only person going through it. Those are the things that I record about with raw emotion.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I had to start over, I would have started sooner. Who knows where I would be had I not been in my own way for so long.

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