1) What’s your name? Where are you from?
I’m Shakira B. Bethea, feel free to call me Shakira! I grew up right here in Winston-Salem and most of my family still lives here. I went to East Forsyth and then traveled down the highway to UNC-Chapel Hill for undergraduate studies. I lived in the Triangle for 9 years and moved back to Winston Salem three years ago. I gathered a lot of knowledge in the Durham area that has led me to become an entrepreneur and create accessible avenues for many to enjoy the benefits of healing through movement and journaling practices.
2) What do you do with most of your time? What’s your passion?
I usually spend my time practicing and teaching vinyasa and aerial yoga, experiencing live music, savoring chocolate, hanging out with friends and family or enjoying a hike in the mountains. I also love to journal and use my creativity to connect with others. I’ve been dabbling in rock climbing and bouldering, which has helped me open up to different ways of exercise. I’m passionate about community and forward progression to make it thrive, and educating both youth and adults around self care, self love and creating more compassion within our community.
3) Why do you live and/or work in WS?
I live in Winston-Salem because my family is here and I missed them while living in the Triangle. I actually moved back 11 months before the passing of one of my grandfathers that helped me realize the strong connection I have to my family. This city is progressing and I want to be a part of that progression to include all voices that often go unheard and unseen. I chose to move my business here to increase awareness around the importance of self care and healing. When we are able to heal ourselves we spread more love to those around us and create a ripple effect within the community and form a sense of togetherness.
4) What do you love most about WS?
I love the music scene the most. I know that, just about any day of the week, I can find live music that gets me dancing and lifts my spirits. I also love how close we are to the mountains. I was born in the mountains and have always felt connected to them. I am grateful to be 30 minutes from hiking, breathtaking views and peaceful places.
5) Why do you want to be an Ambassador?
Through being an ambassador I know that I would be able to reach more people and create space for them to open up about what they want to see and where to find it. This opportunity allows me to get out into the community, build more relationships and be a shining light in someones life. If you may be thinking about leaving this beautiful city, just let me talk to you first! 🙂 This program brings a connection of community to the history of the city and where we are going. We are here to create the new history of this city and birth a more inclusive experience for all.