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But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have it entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him (1 Corinthians 2:9).  As I search through the events (both good and bad) of my life I now know that, God was preparing me to be a leader for Chicktime Atlanta. For over a decade, my daughter and I dreamed about having a girl’s group that was geared towards respect, confidence and building self-esteem.  Due to unfortunate circumstances, we were not able to get it off the ground.  So, for years we volunteered at other charities to fill the void in our hearts.
Since, I was a little girl, I knew that serving others in any capacity was my calling from God. I grew up in church where I served as an usher and was a member of the choir. In my teenage years I served as a best friend for those who needed love, support and a listening ear.  As I embarked into my early 20’s, I served 5 years in the United States Air Force.  Adulthood, brought about a higher level of serving in roles such as working as a social worker, single parenting, wife and caregiver. Once, my daughters graduated from high school, I decided I wanted to serve women who were shattered, but not broken and women who are weary, but still determined to press on. I could relate to their stories of being seen and not heard and longing to have that innocent love from family.  I also, could relate to living from paycheck to paycheck and worrying to the point where stress could literally choke the life out of you.
In 2014, God told me, in his still voice, to go back to school to complete my Bachelor’s degree. I was a little hesitant, but I was obedient. In 2015, God gave me the vision to open up a business for women only. I had no idea where to start, but if God gives you a vision, he will direct your path until the vision comes to fruition.  In 2016, I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Behavioral Science, the study of people’s behavior based on their culture and economic status. After that, I attended life coaching training and became a certified life coach.  I was determined to help women through their struggles by any means necessary.
In 2017, I opened up a self-care life coaching business for women. I have been successful in helping clients with self-love, time management, building long lasting friendships and furthering their education in the hopes of getting a better job. Life Coaching is a job that brings me joy, peace and happiness on an everyday basis.  However, I did not know that what was ahead of me would test my faith in God to the ultimate level. I began having flashbacks from a very traumatic experience in my life that resulted in me having depression and anxiety.  This was a difficult period for me and long-suffering and patience, certainly played a significant role in the process of my healing. The battle that had haunted me for over 20 years had finally reared its ugly head. In October of 2017 I had to resign from my corporate job due to a mental illness diagnosis. Yes, I said it, mental illness.  If you still, consider mental illness taboo; then the taboo has become a reality for thousands of people who suffer from depression and anxiety. I boldly stand on the platform to inform people that it is of the utmost importance to take mental illness seriously. For a while I was fighting an uphill battle and despite, the obstacles that I faced, it did not deter my passion for serving others.
I can’t explain the freedom and the happiness that I feel when I coach women on various issues. For the first time in my life, I am actually content.  But, God had more plans for me (For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future, Jeremiah 29:11).  Then to my surprise, a friend invited me to volunteer at a Chicktime back to school event.  At the event, I became very emotional because the girls really touched my heart.  I knew God led me there, but I wasn’t clear on what God wanted me to do.  After talking to Heather from Chicktime Conyers, I knew I had to be a part of this organization.  With the help of Heather, Lori, and Ashley, Chicktime Atlanta was established under the Founder and Leader of Jackie; that’s me (smile). I could not have imagined that volunteering would lead me to the greatest opportunity of my life. What a marvelous God we serve….

We would love for you to join us on our journey to add love and joy to the lives of these children. Our volunteers are what keeps our chapter going and that is why we need you too! If you’re interested in becoming a member or receiving event invitations, select the “Join a Chapter” link and then click GA- Atlanta.

Jackie Tatum
Chicktime Atlanta Founder and Leader