Business owner, author and business success coach Shashicka Tyre- Hill has accomplished more before the age of 30 than many will accomplish in a lifetime. A teen mother by the age of 15, at the age of 21 Shashicka obtained her license to operate her first home health care business in Brunswick, Georgia, making her the youngest African American in the country to do so. Today she has turned her business into a multi-million dollar enterprise, with home health care businesses across 7 cities in the state of Georgia. How did she accomplish such a feat? Shashicka would say that it took many Blessings and Miracles, just like the title of her newly released memoir. Here’s what she had to say about her journey:
What types of challenges did you face as a teen mom?
When I was fifteen, and I had my baby and my mother told me to leave her house. As I was walking in the streets, I was thinking that no one cared about me; I didn’t really have anywhere to go. I cried out to God asking Him why? Why would He do this to me? Why did it have to happen to me? I felt totally alone and I thought that God had forgotten about me — but just for a moment. I had a couple more moments of, “Why me, God!” During those times, there seem to be so much “lack.” I didn’t have the money I needed to get my own, place, I didn’t feel I had the support I needed, I didn’t have the education that would’ve helped me find better paying employment. It was a season of overwhelming lack during those earlier years of motherhood, but having my daughter LaMiracle gave me the resilience I needed to push forward daily.
When did you finally realize your passion for home health care? How did it change your life?
In my book I share that is was actually my mother who recognized and encouraged me to pursue a career in home health care. After my grandmother Susie passed my mom suggested I continue doing that sort of work. I wasn’t 100% certain that I wanted to do home health care for anyone else. I even pursued office work before I realized that what I did for my grandmother would be a blessing to other elderly people in need.
What inspired you to write a memoir about your life, and why did you name it Blessings and Miracles?
God had blessed me with so much and I felt that I had to tell my story to help people see that they should never give up on their dreams. My life is an example that no matter what situation you’ve been through, you can overcome and still make something out of yourself and your circumstances. So people should never give up and my memoir will show readers that. I worked with a writer to get my story written.
As I read your book I felt myself constantly getting emotional reading about all that you went through. I can only imagine how it was for you since you actually lived it. What affect did writing your own story have on you?
Working on this book was a reminder of just how far I have come over the years. From the age of 21 when I obtained my license on the 3rd attempt up to last year when I opened Miracle Adult Day Care center and got the first van for client transportation, I can see how much I have accomplished. It wasn’t easy at all. I believe that we have multiple purposes and our job is to find one that will be our major one. God had blessed me with so much and I felt that I had to tell my story to help people see that they should never give up on their dreams. I fully realized that while working on this book and I hope readers walk away with the same.
What do you believe is the secret to your success?
I am determined to see everything I do through to completion. From a young age, no matter what I started, I tried hard to complete it. Especially if someone tried to tell me that I couldn’t do something, I would work very hard to prove them wrong. I was just determined to get it and I believed with all my heart that having this license was what God wanted me to do.
What message would you like to give to other young women who are struggling and don’t know how to go about achieving their dreams?
Never give up! My life is an example that no matter what situation you’ve been through, you can overcome and still make something out of yourself and your circumstances.
If you had it all to do over again, what would you do differently and why?
To be honest, when I look at how my life has evolved, I wouldn’t do anything over again. I believe in God’s divine plan. It was not an easy road, but I am living the life that was destined for me. I love my children, I love my husband, and my mother is a major part of everything that I am doing in my life today. My family is important and what I went through with them has helped me be who I am today. I am helping families take care of their elderly relatives, I am able to employ 100+ people. None of this would have been possible if I didn’t go through the hardships. I’m blessed.