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Inspired: Rashunika Patillo & Belinda Phillips

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.

Through her powerful teachings, I gained inspiration. I was motivated to be different.”

Rashunika Patillo, Inspired by Belinda Phillips

What does it mean to be inspired? Inspired can be defined as something that mentally stimulates you. An inspired person is compelled to be different. But what, or often who, makes a person inspired? The answer can be different for every individual. For me, inspiration develops from determination, challenges, and goals.

My mother Belinda Phillips inspires me. She experienced a very challenging upbringing filled with many disappointments. She grew up very poor with both parents unavailable due to their personal struggles. With no proper guidance in life, she had to grow up by learning through trial and error. My mother used all her trials to teach me about life.

Through her powerful teachings, I gained inspiration. I was motivated to be different. My mother’s personal determination and strength granted me with opportunities in life to be different and break generational curses. She did not have the opportunity to go to college, but she opened many doors for me. Most importantly, my mother taught me about Jesus Christ, which is fundamental in my life. ‘With man, this is impossible but with God, all things are possible.’ – Matthew 19:26.

Why is inspiration important to me? Inspiration has positively affected my life by making me feel determined, optimistic, and enthusiastic. These are some of the values that assisted me in becoming the first nurse practitioner in my family. My mother’s teachings have guided me to be where I am today and will follow me throughout my journey. This is only the beginning! Thank you, Mom, for your inspiration.

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