Women Celebrating Women
The word inspire is defined as the act of filling someone with the urge or ability to do something, and here in Chattanooga, we have no shortage of incredible women who motivate those around them day in and day out. Whether they intentionally set out to be a role model or random acts of kindness are simply in their DNA, these women are making the world a better place. Read on to learn more about the individuals who encourage others to be the best version of themselves told by those they inspired most.
Photography by Rich Smith
inspired: Robin Sturnes | inspiration: Shenikia Sturnes
“Shenikia is such a loving and supportive person. Anything that I seek to accomplish, she pushes me and keeps me going.” –Robin Sturnes
A woman who inspires me is my sister, Shenikia. She has always been my encourager and motivator throughout my life. I began to truly see how she inspires me in the early part of 2010, the year our mother was placed in hospice. Shenikia, along with my aunts and myself, took excellent care of our mother. Toward the end of our mother’s life, my sister was administering her pain medication. After our mother’s passing, my sister has been the one to hold our family together.
However, her strength as a caretaker was not done there. About five years after our mom passed, our father and grandmother started having medical issues. At that time, Shenikia was in school obtaining her master’s degree. Through every hospital stay and doctor’s appointment, my sister was there while continuing to take classes at night.
Shenikia is such a loving and supportive person. Anything that I seek to accomplish, she pushes me and keeps me going. She has our mother’s heart, and I have always looked up to her. I am blessed to do this thing called life with Shenikia!