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Jacqueline Winfield

Today's Women Game Changers is from this lovely women of God, Jacqueline Winfield.  I met Jacqueline on twitter.  She replied to one of my tweets.  From there I review her profile and I found her story to be awesome.  I think you will too. 

What do I want your readers to know about me behind the business?

I would like them to know that I am a visionary and a team player. I believe that nothing can be accomplished without others working together focused upon one goal. I love to map out plans and then look for people who can fill the positions to bring the vision to pass. My foundation in school was business. I have been a hairstylist for 31 years, however, that is not what I was created to do. My Mom and sisters are in the nursing field. I went to beauty school because I failed the nursing test. Since I can’t stand the sight of blood, I don't even know why I took that test! Now at the age of 51, I am pursuing the desired direction in my life. I love working with people and helping them move into their dreams or purpose. I love laughing and making others laugh.

What is my Business, and how can you find it?

You can go to my website: and see upcoming events. I am hosting seminars called Diva...Pick a Bag and Let It Go. I have a team of wonderful goal-minded people working together to help women discover the baggage in their lives and how to let it go. As adults, we sometimes fail to take the time for self-care, which is taking the time to sit, examining our lives, and identify areas that need adjustment. We help explore ways to do this, making small changes that will make large impacts on our lives.

What inspired you to start your business? How did you get started? 

Last year, around this time, I went through one of the toughest and lowest times in my life. I became engaged to a man who I thought was the love of my life and then my world was turned inside out. When people do not close doors and seal them up, it can impact other lives in a dangerous way. One day, as I was walking around in Barnes and Noble (my favorite place), and dealing with that pain, forgiveness, fear, disappointment, shame, and guilt, I heard God say Diva..Pick a Bag and Let it Go. Look at the bags you are picking up and let them go. So I did. I got on the phone, called a couple of people, and set a date for the first seminar and it has been on ever since.

What was the most difficult part of starting and now running your business?

At first, the hardest part was remembering the pain, and then the fear of sharing my embarrassment of what transpired. Also, I feared people would think my idea to be silly. Then, there was the fear of failing and of my message being rejected. I have faced and overcome those fears, and now that the seminars are up and running, my challenge is to find the people who will fit into the vision -- people willing to be real and transparent about themselves with others.

What does a typical workday look like for you?

A typical workday for Diva Pick a Bag involves my attention focused on studying and researching different topics; talking to hotels; sending emails; approving marketing ideas; and making phone calls. My main focus each day is getting the message out to the people about the seminars.

What do you count as your reigning achievement in business thus far?

It is the tears in women's eyes when she feels free and makes the choice to take her life back and fulfill her dreams.

Where do you see yourself in business in 5 years?

I see conducting Diva Pick a Bag and Let it Go seminars around the country. Also, training others to host and conduct Diva Pick a Bag and Let it Go seminars.

Who are the people that inspire you or you look up to?

One awesome woman is my Former Pastor Juanita Adams -- woman of great strength and wisdom. Another is a very special friend that stood by me and did things for me that most people would not have the courage to do -- Minister Tamara Gwathmey. This is what I want to encourage people to do -- learn to be a true friend. Make sure that you live a life wherein people can trust you.

 What is the best piece of advice you would give my readers?

Put God first in everything you do, and pray about everything -- no matter how small it might seem.


Shar @ Thrifty Bliss said...

I love her vision and what's doing! It great to see women who are doing amazing things. I also love her 'best piece of advice.'

Lifewithpurpose said...

I know her vision is awesome! Thanks for reading.

Anonymous said...

Jacqueline is truly a leading lady. Her wiliness to open herself to God is going to open many door for her to ministry and her vision.


John E. Hairston said...

I have known Pastor Jacqueline for over 10 years and she is the truest of friends. She is a powerful and humble woman of the Most High. Not only does she eat demons for breakfast, lunch and dinner, she devours them whole. She possesses a divine insight into the matters of the heart (the hidden things)and strategic spiritual warfare/worship/intercession. She has never failed to tell me the truth about myself, but she ALWAYS does it in love. A real friend will never shy away from telling you what you need to hear. She is a gift to the body and leaders. Keep yo eye on this one, the Lord is going to take her very far. I LOVE U GURL !!!

Lifewithpurpose said...

Thank you for stopping by and giving us more incite on Jacqueline. Your comments are so appreciated.

Tamara Gwathmey said...

Thank you for your site! During this season, it is so refreshing to see positive, focused lives. Keep up the good work!! Like John, I've known Jackie for some time now in various capacities. Her determination and drive to fulfill the call of God on her life is nothing short of the grace of God manifested on a daily basis.

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