Inspiring Women With Amita Persaud-Webb

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Inspiring Women With Amita Persaud-Webb

Nirvana’s Inspiring Women Series will be taking a look into the lives of a few of Jamaica’s most inspiring and empowering women. Women that are stylish, successful, impactful and fabulous in their own right.

This week, we’ll be speaking to Jamaican Media Personality, the beautiful and vibrant, Amita Persaud-Webb. Amita first captured the hearts and eyes of Jamaicans as the host of CVM’s FiWi Choice Top Ten Chart Show. Now a TV Presenter and Producer at Business Access TV, Amita is one of the most prominent figures in Jamaican media and a notable Jamaican beauty; traits which made her the lead woman in Jidenna’s “A Little Bit More” music video.

 

Nirvana: Is there anything in life that motivates you? 

Amita: I think motivation comes from many different areas, for me. I have a 4-year-old daughter. Not only do I have to take care of her but I have to be a role model. At the same time, we all have our own goals and dreams that we’d like to accomplish before we “keel over”. So I think my motivation comes from many different things.

Nirvana: Who are the women that inspire you? 

Amita: I think women in general, regardless of job title, age or their status in society, are incredible human beings for many reasons. I don’t have special women that I would say are inspiring to me or that I look up to, I think women, in general, have those traits that make us strong and inspirational.

Nirvana: What is your personal mantra or quote you live by? 

Amita: At one point my mantra was “to thine own self, be true”, to the point where I got it tattooed on my body. But now, my mantra would be “do what you can, when you can, how you can.” I think sometimes we forget that, in the moment, we’re doing what we can to the best of our ability; and if we could’ve done better, we would have. Sometimes we can be a little bit hard on ourselves and that’s not encouraging, that’s not self-love. I think it’s okay to say “what I did was fine and tomorrow I’m gonna do better.”

Nirvana: How important is it for women to be independent and self-sufficient?

Amita: Independence is a big thing. Sometimes when you watch the dynamics of women in society when we can’t earn for ourselves or we can’t earn to a certain degree, we tend to be taken advantage of. And we are the ones that end up with the kids and that burden of raising children by ourselves. If you’re not in a position where you can afford a decent education or those opportunities to move up in society, it causes a major problem. So it’s definitely incredibly important.

Nirvana: Is it hard balancing your professional and personal life? 

Amita: There’s no way to balance it. To me, it tends to be one or the other. One has to take priority over the other at specific times. If I decide that I’m going to go hang out and do what she (Amita’s 4-year-old daughter, Avani) wants to do, when she wants, then I probably wouldn’t have a job. In any given space and time, I can only do one thing at a time. So when I’m at work, it’s work but when I leave work, it’s family time. What I tend to do is I take her to different places with me; mainly because I don’t have a babysitter on call. For women who don’t have that luxury, they tend to also do the same.

Nirvana: How have you dealt with negativity from other women? 

Amita: Sometimes it’s for us to understand that people don’t know any better. When you understand that, you learn to ignore it. That’s the best thing you can do. I can’t ever take on other people’s drama or negativity when I have a job and a child to raise. Its irrelevant and people’s opinions have nothing to do with me so I leave it where it is.

Nirvana: What is the most important message that you try to relay to young girls?

Amita: Many times we’re taught that we’re supposed to know exactly what we’re doing, we’re supposed to do everything exactly by the book and we’ll get perfect results. But that’s not how life works. Moving from the teenage years to adolescence to adulthood, sometimes things happen that have nothing to do with you and your choices. A lot of girls are taught to feel like they have control over everything that happens to them and then when things go wrong, they beat themselves up because they feel like they should be perfect. Life isn’t about perfection. Life is about living and learning and growing.

Nirvana: What is the best life decision you’ve ever made? 

Amita: I think it’s the decision that I make every day- to do better and keep moving forward, regardless of what’s happening. In doing so, I have to allow myself to grow. Sometimes we get fearful and out of that fear, we keep ourselves stuck in a space that feels comfortable. The best life decision I can make on a daily basis is to step out of that zone and say “we’re moving forward, we’re gonna do better” regardless of what’s happening.

Nirvana: Would you say that you are content with your life at the moment? 

Amita: I’m a very hard person to please; I think it’s the way I was brought up. It’s like, you get that thing that you wanted so badly and immediately start thinking about what else you want. I’m like that. I keep moving. So am I content with life right now? No. But there’s a possibility that I’ll never be content.

Nirvana: If you could have given your younger self any advice, what would it be? 

Amita: I would probably say “you’re gonna be okay”. With me, sometimes what I did was absorb the fears of other people, whether it was my parents or my peers. I would say “stop listening to those people around you. You’ll be alright.”

Nirvana: What are you most proud of in your life? 

Amita: I used to listen to women say that they were most proud of their kids and I didn’t understand it [laughs] but going through it, I think it’s true. Avani turns 5 in October and that’s a big deal. I’ve been raising her by myself without any kind of prior knowledge or experience. I think I’ve done a good job thus far so I’m definitely proud of that.

Nirvana: Women are often regarded as superheroes. What is your superpower? 

Amita: I’m very good with time management. I think because I have to balance my daughter’s schedule with my schedule and the things that I want to accomplish, I’ve learned how to properly manage and stick to my time in order to get things done.

Nirvana: The best advice you’ve ever gotten? 

Amita: A woman told me recently that you have to learn how to let things go. Some of us try to control everything because you’re scared of what may or may not happen. Especially as a single parent, the statistics aren’t necessarily on your side so you try to control different facets of life. But she said to me, just let it go and do what you can do.

Get to see and know more about Amita by following her on Instagram and Twitter. You can also visit her website at https://amitawebb.wordpress.com/  

 

Sheri-Kae McLeod

Writer and Editor. Communications student. Contact: Sherikaemc@gmail.com

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