Tamisa’s Like Us

Tamisa Hunter is the definition of what we pray our readers are encouraged to become from reading about those we feature through Nouveau Exposure. She is a bold believer, a bold dreamer and a bold achiever. Tamisa has overcome so much and lives everyday with purpose to encourage others to do the same.

Tamisa was rejected by her father and told by her mother that she should not have been here. She turned to her grandfather at an early age and he became her father figure. When he passed she felt a void in her life.

By the age of 19 she was in an abusive relationship, with a drug dealer and neglected her family for him. She found herself homeless. “I kept asking myself why I was in this situation and why no one loved me the way I wanted them to love me,” said Tamisa. Remembering her help can come from God she prayed asking God to help her when she gained the courage to leave her abuser. Tamisa experienced being suicidal and depressed.

As God would work it out, Tamisa received a call from her mother. Her mother had been moved to apologize to her from hearing a message by Bishop T. D. Jakes. Tamisa’s mother let her know that she was not a mistake. “I think that was the starting point of me healing, because I forgave my mom. We started having a better relationship,” recalled Tamisa. God began healing Tamisa’s heart and soul. Later, she learned that her father had been hospitalized. The seed planted to forgive her mother carried over to her father as well. She visited him in the hospital to let him know that she forgave him. He didn’t even acknowledge that she was in the room, but Tamisa didn’t allow that to harden her heart. Several days later her father passed.

Fast forward to today, Tamisa has been married to her loving husband for twenty-four plus years. He loved her through the times when she needed God to heal her heart and free her from her past hurt. She began to think about her daughter and how to create a legacy that would be inspiring for her daughter and empower her.

She began to work with women for modeling, little did she know God was sending her women who needed help. Part of being a model was going through an empowerment workshop which taught on self love. Women Like Us, Incorporated birthed from this time. Tamisa describes it as a movement. She was inspired to encourage women to let them know they are not alone in life and there is a sisterhood of other women who struggle with self esteem, depression, broken hearts, dissatisfaction with their lack of accomplishing goals and so much more. Her certification as a Life Coach and her non profit organization enable her the opportunity as God opens doors.

“I made people think I had it all together when I didn’t,” she said. Her own experiences continue to drive her focus as she speaks to other women. “I tell the women that your life is your runway,” says Tamisa. She believes that God formed us how he wanted us to be. There is purpose in everyone. She encourages women to stop being consumed with what life looks like through social media or the limited things that others share to appear perfect. “I’m real with them, I give my testimony. I used to be embarrassed, but they need to know my real life,” mentions Tamisa. She believes that only God can speak through her to share with as much transparency that she does but it’s all worth it when she reads and hears responses that women were able to be encouraged by God using her.

Let Tamisa’s story inspire you to share your testimony and receive peace when it comes to your past and live with joy as you achieve your purpose.

The editor was was raised as a pastor’s daughter in the city of Chicago and now resides in southern Illinois and is married to a minister. Don’t mistake her roles as a preacher’s kid (p.k.) and a preacher’s wife (p.k.) as a lack for awareness for what happens in the life of the average woman. She has had acquaintances and friendships over the years with women from all walks of life and the one thing that she has had in common with them all is her faith. Through those relationships she learned that everyone has moments of doubt, discouragement and even triumphs. The key is to have a connection to other believers so they can encourage each other through the ups and downs of life. That is what inspired her to create Nouveau Exposure Magazine. She has purposed to find other believers with testimonies of success after struggle, dreams coming to fruition by applying faith and action as well as lessons on self love. email address: SharondaCawthon@nouveauexposure.org