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Meet Ehmandah Ramsey of She Stories in Pasadena

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ehmandah Ramsey.

Ehmandah, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
As a PK (pastor’s kid) every 1st Sunday in church, I experienced testimony service. See, this was a time in the service where the congregation had an opportunity to share their life..their journey. As I child, I remember the elderly people jumping up to share their life experiences. They wouldn’t hesitate. I mean, they were pretty excited to share about what God did for them. No shame in their game.

My daddy, the Pastor, would say, “It’s testimony time, who has a testimony.” Sis. Taylor would stand up, sing a song and begin to tell her story. She would share her challenges but her faith got her through. She didn’t stop there, Sis Taylor would end the testimony by sharing her victorious moment. Everyone would clap and say, Amen. See, they weren’t clapping just to clap. They clapped because they could identify with her. Sis. Taylor’s story helped someone in the congregation keep the faith.

See, I never understood the value and richness of her testimony until I became an adult. My elder’s testimonies inspired the congregation to never ever give up. The story gave hope and it encouraged.  It reminded everyone that no matter what you were experiencing, you can make it. I’ve felt like giving up in life. Especially as a young married woman, experiencing domestic abuse. Through my tribe, I had support. Even in those moments of feeling like I wanted to give up, they reminded me of my purpose and it ignited my inner strength to keep going.

In 2017, I decided to carry on this tradition and share this amazing gift of storytelling from my elders to my tribe.  I provided a sacred space for women to share their challenges and victories so not only they can be empowered but through each story, women found a circle of support and empowerment.

Great, 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’ve experienced domestic violence, being a single mom and entrepreneur.

Please tell us about She Stories.
My company is She Stories. Real stories. Real women. We are a community of women who support and empower each other. We have meetups, events and opportunities to give back.

We have:
Storytelling Nights: We share the inspiring stories of the everyday woman. Each night is themed and women share their challenges and victories in a sacred space.

Feature Fridays: We feature a woman on our social media and share their story on our website.

The 28 Days Project: We have Period Parties. We collect feminine hygiene products for homeless

Beautiful InsideOut: Brenton Lee of Brenton Lee Salon and She Stories have partnered together to help women feel beautiful inside and out. We provide complimentary on-site hair services for women in homeless and domestic violence shelters.

The event includes a complimentary cut and style, a swag bag filled with sample hair care products and a journal to begin writing your story. In addition to the services at the organization, we honor one woman by giving her a Glam Day at Brenton Lee Salon and feature her on our blog.

I’m so proud of my community. We started in summer of June 2017 and we have impacted the lives of so many women. It’s so awesome to hear testimonies of how our stories, social media and support has helped women reignite their spark to live.

What sets us apart from others is that we focus on the everyday woman. Not the boss babe or career woman but the everyday woman. We are moms, students, business owners… we are women! In our community, we talk about being a boss. Not a boss babe, CEO or business owner. A boss is someone who runs her life. So, when we say you are beautiful, brave and you’re a boss… we mean it. This girl is beautiful inside and out. She is brave despite her experiences, she’s a fighter. She’s a boss… she’s in control of her life.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
One my favorite childhood memories is of me being a host with a let’s have a party entrepreneurial spirit. I guess it’s always been a part me to bring people together. I remember having my own restaurant in my room of course. I would make little treats with the easy bake oven, invite the neighborhood kids over to dine in my restaurant. It such a great memory. I had a little table I’d sit at as a hostess welcoming everyone with a smile. All the kids who wanted to come. Even the younger kids but they weren’t invited, lol!

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Image Credit:
Lisa Ibarra, JW Photo N Design

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