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Life & Work with Tameeka Pigford of Atlanta

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tameeka Pigford. Them and their team share their story with us below:

Meekslyn is the founder and CEO of Breuchkelen (Brooklyn) Eclectic, she was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York during the Crack Epidemic. Early on she knew that education was her conduit to changing the narrative of poverty. She would teach for almost two decades for the NYC Department of Education, giving back to the same public school system that educated her from grades K-12.

While servicing her community, she encountered many eclectic students that were apprehensive about expressing themselves academically and socially.  Teaching in Title I Schools required her to use Social Emotional Learning to educate the “whole child”. She learned that she had to gain their trust and empathize with their needs before she could teach them.

She noticed that some of her students also lacked energy and intrinsic motivation. While researching chakras and color therapy, Meekslynn sought ways to enhance her classroom environment to encourage students to tap into their self-love, academic prowess, and artistry. She also needed to find ways to heal herself.

Over time, students illustrated improvement in their behavior and academics. Adjusting the classroom environment revealed positive results for her high school students, it wouldn’t be long before she began incorporating these strategies into her home environment. Learning about the healing properties of plants led to her designing flower pots for friends and family to enhance the energy in their spaces too. She started painting vases and then switches and outlet covers because she understood the power of color therapy and that having access to her art pieces in spaces would lift the energy.

Can you talk to us about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned? Would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?

Change is inevitable but often challenging because it pushes us out of our comfort zone. Resigning from teaching and moving to Georgia in 2019 after thirty-plus years of living in Brooklyn was frightening. Not having my family and friends close by and walking away from my six-figure income as an educator was definitely challenging. I’m still adjusting but I am walking by faith and not by fear.

As the founder of Breuchkelen Eclectic, I don’t get to clock out after 3 PM, so I work a lot on developing myself and my business. I trust where I am in this moment, even when experiencing discomfort sometimes. I trust my decision.  You can’t fake passion, it’s what drives me when times get hard. I’ve learned to pace myself and take micro-breaks to recalibrate but I don’t stop.

Not having a steady income can be scary, but I believe that I must see this through. I heard the motivational speaker Les Brown say “The graveyard is the richest place on earth because it is here that you will find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled.” I didn’t want to be on my death bed wondering what life would have been like if I had pursued my passion. So here I am pursuing my passion. I use each challenge as a teachable moment, I guess you can say that I am learning a lot.

Working for myself requires me to believe in myself more. I meditate, pray, journal, listen to positive affirmations and teach a weekly yoga class called Aligning Dem Chakras to keep me grounded. I can’t say that my pieces are created to elevate and enhance the energy in spaces if my energy is not in a positive space. The more I love myself, the more I love what I do. I know that these challenges are just growth spurts and that I am evolving more each day.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?

 Each piece is uniquely crafted using color therapy and made with love to remind us that we are all unique and beautiful in our own right. Each eclectic piece is made with positive intentions, love, and high vibrations to speak to my mission. Together, we can elevate and enhance the energy on the planet. 30% of the art pieces that I create are made from upcycled materials. My goal is to increase the percentage of upcycled products to preserve mother nature.

Is there something surprising that you feel even people who know you might not know about?

I was always torn between teaching and being a sportscaster when I was young. I chose to teach because there weren’t many opportunities for women at the time. Hannah Storm was my role model as a sportscaster. I also wanted to be a DJ, but I will save that for when I turn 60.

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Mhandy Gerard

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1 Comment

  1. Imani

    June 3, 2022 at 5:14 pm

    This is a beautiful interview and so proud of everything you’ve accomplished and everything you will accomplish. Thank you for sharing your heart and art with the universe! You are magic!!

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