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Daily Inspiration: Meet Leah Hazley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Leah Hazley.

Hi Leah, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Well, I wouldn’t say I “fell into” having an online presence. I’ve been working on this goal for a couple of years. I started out blogging over seven years ago with my first pregnancy announcement. I wanted so badly to document everything I could about this really special time in my life. I loved writing and continued on. My Instagram was just a source of updating friends and posting my everyday life. I realized that there was a real chance to do this Instagram gig in a way that could really impact people. By being open and honest, I started to grow a real community of people. Most recently, I’ve decided that having hard conversations like ones surrounding race and injustice was something I felt called to do. And that I wouldn’t shy away from it because of my “influence”. I understood that it was exactly what I needed to be doing. I am so grateful for the community I’ve built but I also understand that my worth has nothing to do with the number of followers that goes up or down. I’m so confident in my identity in Christ that those numbers don’t move me.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It’s been hard. My struggles have been more dealing with my ego than anything else. Understanding that I will not be liked by everyone has been hard for a person who wants so badly to get along. Sure, there are challenging things to being an “influencer”. Like shooting content with three busy girls, a job, a husband, a messy house and being in quarantine, but that’s still cake to what others struggle with. It’s cake compared to my day job as a pediatric nurse. But most recently, my struggles have been different as I have decided to talk more about the black experience. I am finding that a lot of people are not ok with getting uncomfortable so instead of staying around and listening to my experiences as a black woman in America, it’s easier to not listen at all. When people are confronted with having to address their own biases and truths they’ve held onto since childhood, they don’t always take too kindly to those ideas being challenged. I’ve lost friends, I’ve been hurt by people who I thought truly loved me, all of me, including the black part.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am now juggling being a professional and a creative. It’s a middle ground I didn’t ever think I’d be standing in but I like it a lot. I get to live out my childhood dream of being a nurse part-time. And the other days of the week, I get to be home with my children. Making memories, posting our life and sharing the real life stuff. I have been a nurse for 11 years and working with children has always been my passion. Though I love what I do, it does not allow for a creative outlet. Being a content creator means I get to use the other part of my brain and create fun content to post and share. What I’m most proud of professionally is that I have had the opportunity to make such an impact on the lives of my patients and their families. I’ve been a recipient of the “Daisy Award” which is a huge honor in the nursing world. As far as creativity, I’m most proud that I am able to share with this online community with no façade. Nothing about being online will change me or make me forget who I am. What I hope sets me apart is my love for Christ and that love and light being beamed for all to see. There is so much joy to be shared but also life happens and things aren’t always pretty. I believe in showing both.

Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs or other resources you think our readers should check out?
The Bible. Umm, that’s it! HA!! One day I’ll have time to do more leisurely reading but with three small children, I make my time count. It’s the Bible for me.

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