This episode marks season three of the Fit in Faith Podcast, and I could not think of a better person for God to send us for our first episode. Tarah-Lynn St. Elien is way more than a Kingdom Passionista. She’s a fashionista side who is armoring us all, adorning us in the crown of Jesus Christ and standing alongside her in a beauty pageant. You guys, this is like real life that we get to live every single moment.
And it’s not just for the queens, it’s for the kings, too. I love her heart. She is a Haitian American woman, who is truly a beauty queen. She was crowned Miss Black New Jersey in 2018, and has come out with a book since then called Claim Your Crown that is absolutely incredible. It’s testimonial based, but also just an activation call for us to know our worth and value, and look in the mirror with the understanding that we have already been crowned righteous and whole in who He is.
So today we unpack her storyline, we unpack how she’s gotten here, where she’s gotten and where she’s going, why she’s going there, who she’s going there with, and how you can come along for the journey, too, as that royalty. I just pray that this blesses you like it blessed me. I’m so excited to see and read the new book that she has coming out later this fall, as well as the other one that will be coming and her YouTube channel.
You guys can find her Adorned in Armor. Tarah-Lynn, you are a gift, and I just pray ultimate blessings over every single person that listens to this, that you, too, would grasp hold of the sweetness that He has given us right here on Earth as it is in heaven and walk globally into the thing you are so passionate about. Stop sitting, stop waiting.
2021 is right here and in order for you to take hold of it, you’ve got to say “yes” to the God dream. If you need somebody to walk alongside you in that process, you know I’m your girl. I would be honored to get coffee with you if you’re local, chat virtually with coffee if you’re not. Let’s just have a call and just really unpack the vision God has laid on your heart and help you bring it to fruition.
Schedule a call with me on my website. You can actually text me now, and I’m so excited about this. Text me at 757-906-3734. If you text the word “podcast”, you will be in a drawing for a FREE Yeti microphone in the coming month. Just text “podcast” and me, literally me – will be responding. If you don’t hear from me immediately, it’s because I’m with my kids or doing something like a podcast. But I promise it’s me responding and I cannot wait to connect with you. So leave me some love and I’ll do the same for you.
Tarah-Lynn Saint-Elien is a fashionista encouraging thousands of women to fully grasp their worth in Christ through her Cosmopolitan UK nominated brand, Adorned in Armor, and the Dressed for Battle Podcast.
The Teen Vogue “It Girl” turned Teen Vogue fashion writer was crowned Miss Black New Jersey in 2018 and is dedicated to showing everyone that their crowns have always existed.
The Haitian-American beauty queen graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rider University, earned her Master’s degree from Syracuse University, and most recently, signed a three-book deal with Baker Publishing. Her first book, Claim Your Crown, is available at all major book retailers nationwide and the free devotional is also available on the YouVersion Bible app with over 50,000 completions around the globe.
Tarah-Lynn’s features include CBN, the Haitian Times & more!
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Show Notes: Adorned in Armor
Y’all, as we launch in to 2021 and season three of the Fit in Faith Podcast, I could not think of a better person that God himself placed as our first episode. Tarah-Lynn St. Ellen is truly just way more than a Passionista. She’s got the fashionista side of who she is. She is armoring us all, adorning us in the crown of Jesus Christ and being alongside her in a beauty pageant. You guys, this is like real life that we get to live every single moment.
And it’s not just for the queens, it’s for the Kings. And I love her heart. She is a Haitian American woman, truly a beauty queen. She was crowned Miss Black New Jersey in 2018, has come out with a book since then called Claim Your Crown. That is absolutely incredible. It’s a testimonial based, but also just an activation for us to be able to know our worth and know our value, and look in the mirror with the understanding that we have already been crowned righteous and whole in who He is.
So today we unpack her storyline, we unpack how she’s gotten, where she’s gotten and where she’s going, why she’s going there, who she’s going there with, and how you can come along for the journey too as that royalty. And so I just pray that this blesses you. I know that it blessed me. I’m so excited to see and read the new book that she has coming out later this fall. But also the other one that will be coming, her YouTube channel.
You guys can find her Adorned in Armor. Tarah-Lynn, you are a gift, you are sweet, and you are bold, which is how we ended the show in the recognition of that. And I just pray ultimate blessings over every single person that listens to this that you too would grasp hold of the sweetness that He has given us right here on Earth as it is in heaven. And walk globally into the thing you are so passionate about. Stop sitting, stop waiting.
2021 is right here and in order for you to take hold of it, you’ve got to say yes to the God dream. If you need somebody to walk along you in that process, you know, I’m your girl. I would be honored to get coffee with you if your local, chat virtually with coffee , if you’re not, have a call and just really unpack the vision that God has laid on your heart and help you bring it to fruition.
You guys can schedule a call with me on my website. You can actually text me now, which is pretty rad. I’m so excited about this. So text me like literally right now, cause this podcast 757-906-3734. If you text the word podcast, I will be giving away a Yeti microphone in the coming month from all subscribers and reviewers. And so this would be your first access point again at 757-906-3734.
Just text “podcast” and me, literally me – live in action. I’ll be responding if you don’t hear from me immediately. It’s because I’m with my kids or doing something like a podcast. But I promise it’s me responding and I cannot wait to connect with you. So leave me some love and I’ll do the same for you. All right. Y’all have a blessed, blessed start to your 2021 and I’ll see you next Tuesday.
This is your Godwink. The moment that heaven says for such a time as this, it’s time to own your joy, prioritize your health, discover your wealth and exude your wholeness. It’s time to become truly fit. However, this isn’t a fitness podcast though I’m a retired personal trainer and nutritionist. This isn’t business jargon or tips and tricks to landing your successful passion project, though that’s totally why I’m a business coach. This isn’t a quick fix health detox ploy, though I’m all for therapy and I love Whole Foods. I do have a YOLO side sweet tooth though. So this isn’t confusing religious banter, though I’m an ordained minister still figuring out the many things and facets and faces of Jesus. It’s really none of that. So I’m wondering, if you’re wondering,, what is this? Well, this is an opportunity to join me alongside other big dreamers, innovative movers and lifestyle shakers as we explore and share our messy comeback stories and discoveries with each of you fellow passionate seekers.
The Fit in Faith movement was birthed from my own trial and error, discovery of mind, body and soul alignment. And to be totally transparent, my own entrepreneurial crash and burn experiences. I’ve learned firsthand that being fit isn’t about our physique at all. It’s not about our qualifying abilities or titles. It’s not about our potential. It’s truly about our God gifted passions meeting our purpose. You are one step away from achieving your idea, your dream, your calling, your purpose, whatever you want to call it.
And I want to be there for the moment that you say yes in freedom, clarity and confidence that you are living fully fit and who and whose you were made to be. Welcome to the Fit in Faith Podcast with me Tamra Andress. There is no better time than now to get fit.
All right. I am so happy that we’re here.
Me, too! That intro was cute.
Isn’t that fun? I love my girls. I actually don’t ever watch them before I go live because it’s just like a special extra treat. And we just uncovered the podcast cover just switched for season three. So, that was the first time anybody saw it. You get to see the first eyes.
I love it . It’s so fun and bright and colorful.
Oh, that is exactly my heart. And I felt like for a while I chased what was popular and even my branding concept, even though I knew, like in my heart, that wasn’t really what I wanted. I’m like, oh, this is the vibe is what everybody’s looking at is like muted tones. And I read this book actually that had like Rainbow on the front and my wedding was Rainbow.
We can talk about that later. And so I was like, this is my heart. I went to my creative designer who does everything like that for me. And she’s like, yeah, we just need to switch it up. So you just stop fighting against yourself, against the flesh. Let God, the inside of you, the rainbow, illuminate the creativity. OK, let’s go.
So, you guys, I’m so excited to introduce you to Tarah-Lynn St. Ellen and all the things that you are. I mean, even just I’ve watched you from afar sort of since we were at SheSpeaks together. And then we got to do a little collaboration together. And with your book and your podcast, I just subscribed and reviewed, by the way, this morning is so good.
So let me let you give a backstory, because you know yourself best.
Yes. OK, and guys, forgive me, I’m not crying. I just put on makeup. And this eye is just like I don’t even know.
I might you might cry later. Don’t put it past Jesus.
I got to prepare. I’ve got to prepare. OK. Hi everyone. My name is Tarah-Lynn and I am the creator of Adorned in Armor and the author of Claim Your Crown. So first adorned in armor was birth in twenty thirteen as a school project. It was craziness how it all came about. But basically I was assigned to create a blog and I knew I look fashion. I knew I was unashamed about my faith, but I didn’t know what to name it. Right and so I, I was one that never really felt like I had a story in a way, because I grew up in the church and I’m just like, oh, I’m just here.
And I realize I considered my mom’s testimony as my own in that process. God has really just really got super intimate with me. And so 2013 was the year that I really learned how to feel like when I tell you guys I could count on my fingers how many times I’ve ever cried, like in my teenage years. But basically my mom has been for majority of my life. And so she’s had about seven unsuccessful surgeries and she cannot walk. She lives in chronic pain.
And every single day she just yeah, she just suffers. And I never cried about her pain or anything. It was just something that I was accustomed to go into my aunt’s house and going back and forth while my mom was in the hospital, my dad had to work. But 2013 was the year that she suffered from an unrelated stroke. And that was when I was just like, all right, God. Like, what is that about? Like, it was so unrelated and it could have been prevented as well, because you, the hospital, such a long story.
But it was then in that moment when my mom could even remember our names, that I was just I burst out crying like I was just like, I don’t even know what’s going on. And fast forward to like later on in that semester, I was just sitting in my dorm room and I was just really deeply saddened. And he led me to a sermon by Charles Stanley. And it was about putting on the full armor of God. And that was when I really began to see life as a spiritual battle.
Of course, like I knew. OK, Evan. Oh, devil, he’s a bad guy, like, you know. Yeah, yeah, yeah. I never really knew how detrimental and how it, like, weaves into our lives, like, you know. So you reminded me that this is a spiritual battle, but he has the victory already. Yeah, but we need to armor up. And so since I love fashion, I was like, OK, this is what we’re going to do.
I’m going to quit within, you know, mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, of course, because that is the most important. But we’re going to do so fabulously. OK, and so it wow. Like that was birth. And my podcast is just about it was actually birthed through a school project too. But a couple of years ago in grad school and I’m just like, God, you’re so funny because I love school and knows how to get me to do stuff through that.
That’s so that’ll activate you. You’re like there’s like this is do on this day.
You’re like, OK, got it literally. And I’ll just get the idea. And I’m just like, oh cool. I like this and I want to continue on with it. And so that’s how that came about. And like through these avenues, God was just so amazing where I don’t even know how to explain it. But basically I got into pedantry in a time of my life where I wasn’t really I didn’t have the dream job that I had that I wanted.
I graduated the top of my class and I did all the fashion internships in New York City, everything that I needed to do, I had the connections, but God still had me home. And I was just like.
Go out just like Jesus earlier, I don’t even understand, I’m here at home, and he showed me that he wanted me to work on my own brand and he also showed me one Tarah-Lynn you don’t want to go work out there.
You’re not even a morning person. I was like, you’re right. And also to be home, this means I can actually take care of my mother. So I’m in close proximity with her and just better care for her paying attention to her while I work. And so, yeah, he led me into entrepreneurship and it’s been hard, but it’s been so worth it because, yeah, he just has blessed me so much with a three book deal. And then just like just the testimonies of women that come to me, I’m just like mind blown to see how it all got started.
And whenever I think about it or I talk about I’m just like, God, that was only him.
And that’s the best part about sharing testimonies and really like diving deep with people as to know like even through the pain, even if it was through your mother’s pain that your pain then set in. It was that was the place where God had you in that discomfort that you were able to release and kind of understand that there was more to like our security and that security is in him and that the enemy is trying at every given moment.
Like you said, it is a spiritual battle to knock us off course. Yeah, I’m so grateful that he was you had a steadfast home and that was the first place that you went because I wasn’t in the same growing up. And and it wasn’t that my my parents weren’t great people and they believed in God. We just never practiced. And I never open the word with them. And I didn’t if somebody told me to armor up, I would not know what that means.
I’d be like, OK, what are we going we’re going to go on the football field. I would think so. Now, like to No. One, I love the parallel of a fashionista because I always call all of my creative entrepreneurs fashionistas. And so when I was like, oh, this is so cool that this is an urban show and I love clothes.
I love fashion. I absolutely like, I think clothes. And what you wear and how you wear it are such an outward expression. Now, knowing and being in my face of who God has created us to be unique. And it’s the first thing that people come into contact with. And while ideally I could serve them my heart on a platter and you could hear my back story and you could hear my testimony and my broken pieces and all of those things, that’s not what everybody see.
So if we’re called to be the light, like don’t show up in sweat pants unless they’re fashionable because they’re fashionable, too, you can wear.
So I love that. I love that he’s just been alongside the journey with you. And so my heart with bringing people on to the Fit in Faith Podcast is to really understand that back story. Because looking at you from Instagram, right. Your highlight reel or listening to your podcast, we don’t always get those pieces. And I think it’s really critical for others to feel activated and to feel confident enough to step forward, that they know that it’s through the imperfections that we keep perfecting because of God.
Yeah, that’s good.
So tell me more about where you are, where you’re journeying, because I know even the the road of being an author through Claim your Crown book is that’s not an easy process either, because I’m in the midst of writing my book. It’s been still going on three years and it’s a lot of work.
I just got my first edited draft back and you guys to see those red lines on that paper, I was like, oh, lord have mercy. So I have to do this. But the the GAO is like you have you have to keep going about claim your crown. Yeah. So all right. So I’ll tell you how that even came about. So I knew I’ve always wanted to be an author, but I thought I would have been like later on in life, as I mentioned, I thought I was going to be in fashion offices in New York City and just working there.
Right. But yeah, in that state of joblessness at home, I was just like, well, what is there something I could do here? Like, you know, like, of course, like I was working on my brand, but I didn’t really consider that as work because I wasn’t getting like heaps of income, like, you know what I mean?
And I was also working at, like a retail store. I was working at all, though, so it was great, too. It worked along with my boss.
So I’ll wear this I’ll try this on. Exactly. And so I was like, OK, well, I’ve always wanted to do pageantry like I did one my freshman year of college and I won that my university pageant and it was my first time ever doing it was just like I like to dress up and I know what I stand for or let me just go up here and stand for something. Yeah, I was OK. And so, yeah, I looked for a scholarship based pageant and fast forward to.
I know but it was twenty eighteen that I was crowned Miss Black New Jersey twenty eighteen. And it was, it wasn’t even the title that was. That made me so excited, it was what God showed me through having that physical crown, like he just reminded me that he creates the opportunities, not the titles and the opportunities that the world presents to us. And it was just so amazing because around that time, too, I landed a stint at Teen Vogue.
So I was writing as a fashion writer and my boss, he loved me from that location. So she allowed me to go on her trip. He was so beautiful, such a beautiful person. Wow.
Trip. Yes. It was so beautiful. Like the last time I went, I was a child, so I don’t remember anything except for throwing sand in my brother’s face.
Only thing I remember. But to go there as an adult and to see all the beautiful places. And, you know, basically what the media doesn’t show us is such a beautiful experience. And not only that, like before I left, I didn’t have a case where my crown or anything, but I reached out to my friend who works in Haiti. She was she lives in Florida. But no, she lived in Florida, but she moved to Haiti because she got married.
Right. And she’s a teacher there. And we just talked and we had like an assembled assemble what is going on and assembly a whole bunch of her students, like all the different grades and stuff. And to go there with my crown and to it was just mind blowing to see how like enthralled they were with it. And it was just like, wow, like what if we all knew that we already had this?
And so I always the girl I always knew my mission was to encourage women and to show them who they are and know your worth and never settle. But it was in that trip that I felt like it was specified where I was to tell every woman of the crown that they have in Christ. And so I got home and my mom was so excited that I had such a great time. And I was just like, oh my gosh. Like, I love it.
And it I can’t wait to go back. And I also like while there God put like a heart, he gave me a heart for Haiti as well. So especially for the girls. And just like I want to do something one day, one day. But I’m not sure what it’s going to be, I still don’t know.
Oh, cool. I’ll be praying for you over that so that my mom was so excited and she was like, it’s crazy because I’ve always wanted to help Haiti in that way, especially with girls. And now you can. And that really touched me because I never knew that. I mean, I know like how much she loves kids and stuff, but I didn’t know that was one of her personal passions. So, yeah, it was craziness. And I got home and I would just still like on fire off of that trip.
And I was like, OK, well, Tamra you need money, right? Yeah. So I was like, you know what? Let me make an e-book. And it’s going to be based on, like, you know, letting women know who they are in Christ. You have way too much to say for any book. And because I wanted something quick and I want to put it out on my blog so I could make them do it.
Yeah. Yeah. That just isn’t the way for me. And especially like I was Googling, I was trying to see how this works.
I was like, oh, I don’t know what it is. It’s a lot. So I was like, OK, how does traditional publishing work? And then I came across like, OK, well, you can do it through an agent. And I was like, well, how do agents work? And it was so funny because I was just like, do they work pro bono? Like what is this like lawyer stuff? I don’t get it right.
It was so funny. Like it was like four o’clock in the morning and God led me like to a list of Christian agent girl. I still don’t know where that list is till this day, but on that night I literally emailed every single one of them and I got a lot of people responding back to me. But there was one that really stood out to me. And fast forward to later that year, he sponsored me to go to an event where it was like the first Christian writing conference in New Jersey, which is where I’m from.
Oh, that’s so good. And it was right by my house like like a quick train ride and oh, my go. And mind you, they’re like leading Christian publishers and not even just Christian publishers.
Just publishers. Wow.
And I was just mind blown. And yeah, I went on a trip to a mission trip with my church and we were in Cuba and I received an email from my agent saying I had great even unsuspecting news. And he was like, let me know when you’re back. And he told me, like, you just landed a deal. And I don’t want to give you and I need you to know that this is a happening. And especially as someone as young as you know, that’s the great thing.
And it’s I was like, whoa, God. And so I just sat on this bed. Didn’t like that. This is where I work. This is what I do anything. And I. That is amazing. Thank you. I just sat here just in awe, and it was just one of those moments where you just reminded of, like, you know, God just pushing you forward even when you feel like you’re just making these moves on your own because it’s like, oh, well, I enjoying doing this.
So this must seem like the way to go. And it’s like, who put these desires on your heart for a reason? You know, this is just so amazing when it happens on his time. Like, I know this process happened really fast, but like there is other stuff in my life that takes forever and. Oh, my gosh. Like, seriously, this is so rough.
But I’d rather be in his will than not do so through this book Journey and really showed me that as well.
So we’re playing it crowd. It came out in February so that that in itself is right because it’s about to be a year. How did a year just pass by? And it came out right before covid, right.
When like you couldn’t have prêt or planned the message that was in that book like that is just so God, it’s like, come on, y’all, how can you not say like I know people believe in like happenstance and coincidence, but like Jesus is hand is just right in the midst of that.
Yeah, I will. You get to come to CBN to do that right before that. I’ll have you noticed that. Like that. That’s in my backyard. Zeb’s right here. Yeah. That’s crazy. I know. My gosh, if I was there longer we could have like I knew you were there. I was following you on your car door like, hey, it was such a quick trip. I like to this day I’m so mean by these two things like that.
I’m just grateful for it. Like with this book Journey one one four three, the testimonies period, like their Instagram emails, I’m just like, wow, lord, I’m so grateful. But no to that. He allowed me to have a book launch party like he knew how much I wanted this and to provide me sponsors and photographers that just offered themselves up to me. I was just like, God, you’re so good because you know how much I want this.
You know how I’m stressed about it? And he just did that. And that touched me so, so much like everything was on Brand, if you know me, you know, I’m very specific parts of this and I’m just like the attention, like, to every single detail and that touches so much. And then also to be able to fly out to see end. And I have like a couple of podcast interviews prior to that or remember where.
But it was just beautiful to me that he allowed me to experience these things, not even just like an author, but a first time author who does not even know what she’s doing. I’m literally just relying on God, like I have no idea what’s next.
And such a good testimonies of that, though, because so many of my clients are people who come into this desire of entrepreneurship and they do feel like they have this imposter syndrome. They’re like, is it me or am I the one who’s cultivated this on my own terms? Am I being greedy? Am I being selfish? Am I being prideful? Like here I am snapping a selfie again. Like, what is that? How do you decipher that and determine that?
And it’s really like, where has God led you? And I love going through this journey of unpacking people’s passions and pain points and being able to connect the two, because oftentimes we think that they’re not aligned and that things do just happen because it’s a bad world or it does happen because it was just good luck. And when you actually go and, like, draw the connection points of your life, you realize, one, he uses all things for good.
He uses all things, period, to do that you you have been cultivating the dream and the desire and the vision within you since you were the tiny little piece of clay on the potter’s wheel, like he’s been working on you and he’s been adding to you.
And eventually it’s going to be this masterful potters like creation of a base or whatever it is that you could imagine could be made. And so it’s just the realization factor that it’s not by our hands, in fact, it’s by his. And we’re just being molded and utilized through the process. But it does take our showing up. And I think that’s a key component of what you’ve been saying this whole time. You might be on your bed, but you didn’t sit on your bed, right.
You have been going and doing it and activating and praying and honestly stewarding in the relationship and the service that you’ve provided to your mom. Like, I just feel here so much of just activation. And that’s like a huge key component of who I am and what I offer the world. So I just picked that up so well. And I love that. Praise God.
Praise God, because it is real. It is so real. And I’m just it’s like I could not have done it without guidance or without being. If I didn’t step back and pay attention to what he has placed on my heart, that I would be all over the place if I did not take breaks from Instagram, if I did not focus on what he wanted me to do, I. I would not be OK.
Yeah, and that’s the biggest thing, like talk to us through, like, moments of overwhelm, moments of doubt, like maybe your own imposter syndrome. How have you gone gone through that?
I would say definitely. My mom is a great example of like just someone who constantly reminds me that God has a purpose and a plan for my life, my best friend as well. So I would say surround yourself with people who see God in you. People know that there is greatness inside of you and that nothing can compare. Nothing on this earth can compare to what God has in store for you, not even your own ideas and imaginations, your dreams.
You know, God has the best of the best. And this is something that I’ve actually realized that I need to really realize, because I understand that for myself and I believe that wholeheartedly for everybody else. Right.
But in my heart, sometimes I’m like, what if I don’t want that?
What if I don’t consider that’s the best for me and that’s the flesh, right? To like, remember, like God has the best of the best. What do you mean you can blow your mind? Do you not remember? And so that is such a great way to like I make sure I look back on my testimonies because one, it’s been things like a lot of things that I haven’t even asked for, like, you know, so imagine the things that we have been praying for, like and when it happens in his time, like just how much impact it will hold.
And so, yeah, just being surrounded by people who see your worth going back on the testimonies and remember and what God did. And I would also say, like especially if you’re an entrepreneur, write it down like your struggles, your ways. When I tell you where I have read I have read many journals.
I love it on this one. This was for me. It was for those were like twenty twenty.
Right. I have I have like a love life journal.
I just because I’m just I don’t want to miss out on what God teaching me. And I feel like every single moment, like even the reason why you cry matters to him, like, you know, and there’s like a link, as you was mentioning before, a link there is one. And God can reveal to as so many things if we’re paying attention. And that’s one thing I want to be constantly aware of. And so I always take about a week off to like study and read front to back what I went through in a year that I’m writing it down.
I’m just like and I’m like, Tarah-Lynn, this is a lot. You’re doing a lot, but it’s like I just don’t want to miss it. Yeah.
I don’t want to miss it. And I want to remember where I was and how I felt. And also to if you’re a writer, it’s a great book. I like that. Seriously, so, so many benefits. But yeah, I’m just I always write and I communicate with him. That’s when thing even if I can’t speak like or if you can’t speak your tears, communicates something to God and he knows the Holy Spirit knows and can discern what you’re saying is true.
I love that so much. OK, ok.
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What is the exact title like New Jersey? Yeah, tell me. Like as our nation and as specifically our nation walk through all of the trial and heartache last year. And it’s not just last year. It’s eternity. It’s like the foundations of our country. How has that been something that you have picked up on that you have empathy towards? Have you spoken out over that? How can I be a better steward of of creating those bridges and community?
Mm hmm. Yeah, there’s so much closure.
Sure. Yes, so much. One thing I would say is I, I look at everything through whatever we’re experiencing through a spiritual lens. And I understand that racism this is a strong call that the devil has had, not even just the country, but the world for a long, long time. And it is because our world is fallen, you know what I mean? And so I just truly believe in looking through those lens in order for us to not be blinded by the tactics and how he tries to tear us apart and, you know, bring division.
And that’s what we’ve seen. Right. We’ve seen so much division, we’ve seen hate, we’ve seen fear. And now we had a pandemic. I was reading something.
Now I was watching a sermon by what’s his name, Pastor Tony of OK. Yes. He was talking about you know, this is a cultural pandemic, right? It’s a spiritual pandemic. It is also a medical pandemic. And it is because humankind has gotten away from how God has wanted us to live and be. And we breed like a commune. And I was like, that just makes me. And that’s just what it is like, you know what I mean?
And so it’s just so important for us to look through those lines, especially as believers and to not say, oh, like we’re colorblind because God has made us wonderfully different and beautiful, that there are so many like colors like, you know, so many ethnicities. And God like I don’t even know how to explain it, but every person is unique and deserves to be celebrated in that uniqueness, you know what I mean? And the church has a special responsibility in holding up those who are oppressed.
I was watching something else that talked about like, you know, just being black in a mostly predominantly white university. A church, right? Yeah. Oh, yeah. Pastors especially like we need to speak. It’s I know we’ve been having a lot of conversations and yes, it begins there, but it also comes to putting like foot to the pavement in the sense of like, how has God called us to love one another and learning how to do that.
So, yeah, that’s what’s coming to me right now. There’s literally so much that I know.
I mean, we could talk the rest of the time in multiple times after I just had to bring that up, because I think it’s so critical in in keeping with the forward momentum that I felt surge at the end of twenty twenty as like connectivity started to happen over even covid, where everyone was kind of like, OK, we’re ready to keep going. Like we don’t want our life to be on pause. We want we don’t want to miss a thing, which is what made me think of that.
When you’re saying you write everything down is like, I don’t want to miss a thing and I don’t want there to be like an area that I should be showing up that other people haven’t shown up or need to show up or all of those things. And I truly believe, like the Holy Spirit guides in that direction. And it’s been amazing. Have you heard about clubhouse? Have you been on clubhouse yet? Is it? I have the app.
Right. And I made the account, but I’ve never gone on it yet. And people have been to me saying, like, hey, I think you should go on clubhouse and speak. And I’m oh my gosh. Well, I’m so glad that I’m bringing up right now because over the course of the last like probably three days, I found out about it on Friday afternoon. I was on it for like an hour and a half straight, like with my husband in the car.
And he’s like, what are you listening to? Like, encouraging my, like, constant learning and consuming right now. I’m just kind of like gauging what is this, what’s happening? Well, this morning I was on for five and a half hours straight. I got out of the gym, I turned it on and I listened, driving my kids to school, like getting to the office while starting on the work. And I got into a couple of different rooms.
The specific one that I was in for five hours was all around like billionaire mindset’s, and it was insane just listening. But the biggest thing that I noticed. Was people were putting God before everything, and I don’t witness that. I don’t feel like in the secular world very often. And so I started like looking at these people’s bios and trying to understand who they are and where they came from and and just to see bios that said, like God, like like proclaiming the name of God in Jesus, in the in this world that people think is being owned and ordained by the secular like gods at play in such a massive way.
And yet it seems like through the lens of media, there is a huge veil. But I believe Jesus is already come and removed the veil. It’s just a matter of us staying active and putting him like the cart before the horse, like he goes first. And so if his name is above all things and he comes first to show up in these different clubhouse rooms where like there’s people like prophetic groups that are just out there proclaiming the name of Jesus.
And I’m like in there. I’m looking through I’m like, I’m the only white person here, but this is good.
I’m like, I’m like raising my hand, trying to talk in the group and somehow ignore me. But some of them have, like, allowed me to come alongside them and like stand and pray and believe the same things. And that’s ultimately we’re all human. Like it’s not a matter of any of that. There is different genders, there’s different ethnicities, there’s different age brackets. And this is the first time that I’ve seen a social media platform that actually caters to all of them saying you got to jump on.
Yeah, it’s it’s like I don’t even know where to begin online.
I don’t either. That’s why I felt like a snooper. I’m like, I’m going to go into this chat room like I was going to sit here for a little bit, but it was like worship on Sunday morning when I went and somebody was doing live worship and it was just it was so good and so different than what we’re used to on like a Facebook live or a YouTube channel or a podcast, because I consume that stuff all the time. This just was so active and real because I could, like, respond and ultimately what they were saying over and over and over again.
And we’ve heard it in context, but this was actually true is like this is an opportunity to have a seat at the table. And here we are talking in kind of a confined way, even though there’s people Mark is on here chatting with us, saying it’s an idea and this is awesome. But it’s it’s still closed off. We’re here. It’s like open to everyone. And I think that we need to do that as Christians. We need to do as people.
We need to do that as humankind more then.
Yeah, especially like that part where you’re saying. How it just always seems like the secular is always winning and it’s like predominant and all that stuff, and it’s so funny, I get a lot of questions, especially like from young women about like, oh, like I want to get into fashion or I want to get into modeling or like pageantry. And like, my boyfriend thinks it’s not a God or like my parents and stuff like that. And I’m just like like I can understand it because you’re growing up in a Haitian household.
My parents, they’re very supportive, but mostly like in the Haitian community. You’re either a nurse, a doctor. That’s what they want you to be. That’s what they consider. Is this like you’re right. They saw very early on that was not going. I do not like science. I do like to write. I like media and I like fashion. And that’s it. So they knew really quickly and they always supported me because I was just always like a go getter.
Yeah. But like, I just like my parents had to learn through my experience that God can work through any avenue. And that started with my blog in twenty thirteen. And so it was just I keep saying mind blowing, but that’s just what God does. And the freshman year where I was I was nominated like my readers. After just one year nominated best international fashion blog in the Cosmopolitan UK Blog Awards.
And it was just like what. Oh my goodness. Atsuko Haziness. Right. And then, like, my school flew me out to there and like my parents got to experience me being of London, like for something that I was doing online, like, you know, oh, my gosh, it’s so cool.
Amazing. God can use absolutely anything. And if I could use a pageant platform, if I could use a platform that was dedicated towards fashion as well, he can use anything. He just wants us to show up. And we want like he wants us to desire to be used. Yeah. So good. And I love that.
And then like to take that into like your wardrobe or into your daily action and also daily submission of getting dressed in that understanding of armor and armoring up. I’d love for you to just go.
And I know that there’s like an entire verse and scriptural piece to what it means to put on the armor of God. And so I want you to say it through your lens, because I could recite scripture, but I’d rather you say it’s on it’s in a fusion six, starting at verse ten. And just talk about putting on the full armor of God like a helmet of salvation, like anything that a warrior would have to wear. That is what you have to put on, like, you know.
But the thing is, it’s just spiritual. And so walking in peace, we’re carrying our sward in the spirit. We are learning the word of God and we are protecting ourselves with it. And over everything, we are carrying our helmet. We are remembering that we are saved through Christ and Christ alone. And so nothing on this earth can touch us in the sense of like we will be in the land of the living, like, you know what I mean?
Like we are children of the most high God. And not only that, OK, we are royalty.
They are warriors like, you know, and we are more than conquerors in Christ.
Jesus loves us.
And so I just think it’s so important for us to just constantly remember who we are in him, because when we understand and know who we are in him, then we can better present ourselves to the world if we don’t know ourselves. Right. Because we haven’t been spending enough time with our father, we need in his image. And so reclaim your crown comes from as well, just knowing like he has called us to walk into confidence and worth as daughters and sons of the king.
We are not here on Earth to just keep losing it, to see what I mean. Yeah, absolutely. And there’s nothing like the knowing that we will have those trials and tribulations. You did walk through hardship. Your mom has walked through it physically. And yet at the same time, I bet you she carried your household in some regard in the spiritual realm of just being like this might be what you see physically. But if you could know, like the depth of what’s going on in the inside of my heart and my being and my mental health and my emotional spirit, spiritual self, I think it’s such a testimony for her.
And I have to tell her that she’s on my heart today because I just think it’s so incredible that she is able to still Stewart at home because as a mom, I’m thinking about everything that I want to be doing with you and by your side and for you. And I know that that might look limited, but she’s probably doing so much more for you than the worldly, fleshly mom could busy herself doing so much.
It’s crazy. And she’s super hard headed to social stuff. She’ll be inconsequential, try to clean up just like I can do it tomorrow.
And so I’m the oldest of four. And so I have like two sisters, one brother, and we’re like, boop, boop, boop, like right after the other. So. We’re all super close, and my mom is the baby of her family. She had seven siblings. I always get Wow seven. Like, we have a lot a lot of family cousins and stuff. And so we don’t feel like we don’t ever feel like neglected or anything like even in the pain.
And because we’re still experiencing it now, we are not because we’re like we still see you even in it.
Yeah. That’s so, so good. So we’re about to wrap up and there’s always so many questions I still have filtering through my brain. I want to know you said you’re not really sure fully what the future holds when it comes to Haiti, but what does the future hold for the vision maybe of twenty, twenty one what God has placed on you? Obviously, you have these two other books to write. Well, how can you support. Yes.
Oh, my gosh. One, I would love for you guys to subscribe to my channel, my YouTube channel. That is one platform that I was really just dedicated to last year. Instagram. It stresses me out sometimes. I’m just floored. I didn’t get off of here. Come on. I’m like, Lord, do you have a message for me? OK, let me push this or like that. Had a sponsor club or something and then I’ll show up.
But it was so interesting. God showed me, like, I still want you here. And so I’m like, oh God, I would. But that’s one thing I’m not. This will be the if you said I want to do it one. Yeah, but YouTube is what I really focus on. Last year, my second book, it’s actually going to be released this year, so I’m done writing it even now. So. Yeah, yeah, I’m done writing it.
We’re going through like literally the last editing process and then is going off to like print and stuff.
That’s crazy. And it’s just yeah. I don’t know, I’m just grateful for it and it’ll be out in fall of this year.
So amazing so fast. You’ve been writing a lot. And so I literally wrote a book in a pandemic and it was crazy, especially like my mom actually had covid in March and oh my gosh, I to take a pause because I was just like, oh yeah.
What’s going to happen is this. Yeah, totally. But I took a pause and I still was able to keep going and it’s just crazy how like my fingers are just like wow.
And then the third book we have to talk about it. Yeah. Yeah. But this one I know it’ll be out this year. Yes. Please describe my YouTube channel, my podcast. I’m going to just really try my best with it this year. Like I feel like God has put it on my heart again. I know I took a break last year, but yeah, I feel like he’s taking me in a new direction. And so, yeah, we’ll see.
It’s just really difficult doing everything by yourself and like, I’m not even in office or anything. It’s just very difficult and just trying to juggle, taking care of my mom and like already like platforms I’m already on. I’m just trying to steward to steward them. Well yeah. Yeah. So I would greatly support the support.
OK, and all the places we got you girl. YouTube for sure. I have a daughter. I haven’t checked you out on YouTube.
I’m excited to go over there because I know your, your capability of like video and all that is so good. So it’s going to be good to see you in that space.
But I wanted one last thing before we go because I could just keep sensing it. And you probably have gotten this a lot. Like when is your claim, your crown or your adorned in armour like clothing line coming out?
Oh, wow, it’s so crazy because, you know, I haven’t actually thought about that since it was my childhood dream to be a really.
OK, zirkel y’all you got to pay attention to your childhood so much. And I was just like Tarah-Lynn. You don’t even know how to how to sew. Oh, do you. What do you want to do with this. And so I let it rock, I just let it over there for a long time, especially like, you know, when I was going into college and I was like, oh, it’s something where I could at least minor in it, couldn’t find a school that was that I liked enough.
Yeah, well, it was great that I could do communications. It’s still like emerge myself in the fashion industry. You sure did. Yeah.
Yeah. It’s so funny. But like, as I was on my drive to see me or something, I think it was that some man like my Uber driver asked me, So what’s your fashion line coming out? I just I was like, oh my gosh. Like, I didn’t think about that a long time. And I just I was reminded of that when I looked into my journal right now.
Oh, it’s not like I was just so it’s not I have no idea how long it it keeps me going and that it’s so cool just to see that a. So amazing, like the natural progression of like where he would have you go as you just continue to lean into all the things that we that bananas, bananas, so good Tarah-Lynn.
It has been such a gift. I thank you so much for your value, time and just investment. I was actually in a really beautiful communion as I started twenty, twenty one with a client of mine and she was just stewarding everyone through worship and the beautiful exchange of like laying down 20, 20 and picking up twenty, twenty one. And what does God have to say to you and what it is that he wanted to speak to me in that moment and in a house where it’s usually full of kiddos in the morning and and clutter and we’re in the middle of a renovation and all this stuff was happening.
It was such peace. My kids were out at a friend’s house for a little while. My husband was in the corner like worshipping alongside me. And I just sensed this overwhelming gift of boldness. And when I listened to your pilot before, I could sense like the sweetness of who you are, which was a huge part of the communion I took because I didn’t have any raw bread. So I just used a cinnamon square. And instead of feeling guilty about the raw, the sediments where he was like, that is truly how sweet I am.
And I feel like you you share that sweetness of who he is, but alongside like that packed punch of just like boldness. And so I just pray that over you as you continue to step into all these new adventures. Wow.
Thank you so much for this.
You’re so welcome. You guys got to go follow Tarah-Lynn adorned in armor, the dress for Battle Podcast’s claim your Crown book. And I don’t know what the name of the next one is, but what was the surprise?
OK, I’ll be announcing soon. All right. Beautiful. Thank you so much for being here.
So much for having me by everyone later. Yeah.
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