Hello everyone! If you’re reading this you’re probably familiar with DRK Beauty but have no idea who I am. It would be awesome if you take a few minutes to keep reading and find out more about me. I’m Sekinah, a 28-year-old human, writer, techie, and music nerd from a small town in New Jersey. I’m an African American woman and my pronouns are she/her/queen. My sun sign is Taurus and my moon sign is Aquarius, and yes, before you ask I live up to all of the famous Taurus traits. 

I was born in Neptune, NJ to a huge family of 8 other siblings, but due to some personal issues my parents faced, I was adopted and spent some time in foster care. I eventually ended up being taken in by two incredible parents and l was able to experience a fairly normal childhood. I’ve always considered myself to be different. I was always quiet and introverted when I was younger but never knew there was a name for it. I spent a large part of my childhood going through a million different phases. A few of the hobbies I tried include classical dancing, playing the piano, skateboarding, playing the violin, and the one that stuck – writing. 

Writing has always been a therapeutic outlet for me and it has allowed me to escape during hard times or when I felt misunderstood. As I got older I realized how valuable it is to be a good writer and how rewarding it is to connect with people solely using your words. During my time with DRK Beauty I look forward to sharing messages about mental health/wellness, diversity, and inclusion, startup culture, social impact, music and more. I hope that these messages can show other women/people of color that they are visible and there’s someone out there who can relate to what they are going through.

“I realized that my purpose is to take my experiences and use them to help others who may be struggling with their mental health.”

Currently, I work in the tech industry for an unlimited graphic design company called Penji. I’m the Director of Partnerships for the company and I also handle customer relationship building. I discovered Penji in 2017 through a nonprofit organization called Hopeworks ‘N Camden. Hopeworks is a technology and job training program that helps young people who have experienced significant trauma or are having a hard time finding their way in life. I was introduced to Hopeworks in 2016 while dealing with a few rough years of mental illness, unemployment, and battling addiction. To put it short the organization changed my life. I was able to learn web development, start a freelance business, receive trauma training, and make valuable connections that catapulted me into the person I am today. I will forever be grateful for the time I spent there.

Since my time at Hopeworks, I realized that my purpose is to take my experiences and use them to help others who may be struggling with their mental health. My goal is to use information, inspiration, humor and hope to break the stigma around mental illness. My current platform for this is through my mental health awareness brand The Awkward Mind. I hope to use this platform to not only spread information but to share the stories of people like me who may be struggling and feel like they have nowhere to turn. Outside of my career and my brand I love spending time with family, finding new vegetarian restaurants to eat at, watching shows with dark or sarcastic humor and nerding out over R&B music. I do all this while still finding time to share hilarious memes with my friends. I hope this short intro gave you a bit of insight on who I am and I look forward to sharing more of myself with you all very soon.

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