Little Steps, Long Journey

Little steps, long journey

Posted on January 28, 2016
The JOURNAL
 

My name is Kenisha Johnson and I'm a participant of Ripple of One. I’m a Christian from Anderson--I have a 4-year-old daughter named Jaedynn Brown. I’m not the Kenisha I was a year ago.  At that time, I didn’t have stable checking and savings accounts. I was spending money and wasn’t on a budget plan. Addicted to taking out loans, I put myself into a lot of debt. I didn’t have my priorities in order. I was unmotivated and gave up easily, and I didn’t have any kind of stability or structure. I didn’t know my purpose in life.

 I have an associate degree in criminal justice, and though I had goals, I never put them into action or used my degree. My life had no meaning — I just went with the flow and was working without a purpose.My inner circle also consisted of people who were in the same boat as me. I was laid off at my job at BorgWarner. One day while lying in bed I started thinking about my life. I knew I had to do better for myself and my daughter.

God is good! Through a series of several events I believe God moved me to Seneca so I could hear about Ripple of One. I’ve been in the Ripple program since May 2015 when I was appointed my mentor and Ripple financial coach. I’ve now had a checking and savings account for seven months and I pay my bills on time.

Yes, I’ve taken a few steps back, but I quickly got back on my path with the help of my mentors. My priorities are in order, and I’m surrounded by positive women who are on the same path as me. I know my purpose in life and I’ve started putting my goals into action. Now I work at Wendy’s and at the YMCA. My goal is to work at Wendy’s for one year then go back to school in August 2016. I plan to stay at the YMCA because I want to make that a career — I love children. I’m challenging myself to work at Wendy’s for a full year just to see if I can stick to my goal and not give up, and also to build a track record and have more stability.

I still have some challenges — one of which is procrastinating. I’m way better than I used to be, but I still have some procrastinating issues. I bought a planner to remind myself of things I need to do. But no one is perfect, and God knows that I’ve come a long way. Without him directing me to Ripple of One, I don’t know where I’d be.

I’m extremely grateful for this organization. God knows the areas where I’m weak, and He has led me to this program for a reason. Those reasons are to build me up and strengthen me. To help me become the woman He wants me to be.

 

Ripple of One is a nonprofit organization that works with low income families. Ripple receives 90 percent of its funding from the community and 10% from grants. For more information, contact executive director Stephanie Enders at (864)-710-9565. Stories like Kenisha’s keep Enders inspired.
(reprinted with consent of The Seneca Journal)