We meet our next guest, Simone Higginbotham, in her office at the Scotlandville Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit that she has been involved with for over 30 years. Simone has an interesting story of how she got to where she is today.
Simone grew up in Baton Rouge, near a place called Zion City, also known as the City of Churches. It is a 100-year-old African American community where her mother taught her that she was never too poor to dream big. Simone grew up in a small home with her brother, her mom, and her grandma. She has been married and divorced, has one daughter, and one granddaughter.
Simone shares with us her experience of being in a ten-year-long abusive relationship with her husband, which taught her a lot about herself. Although those ten years were terrible, it made her who she is today, and she wouldn't change it for the world.
Simone's mother had a lot of wisdom to impart on her children. They used to fight at the breakfast and dinner table, but her mother always reminded them that at some point, they would only have each other, and today they are best friends, talking at least once a day.
Simone's philosophy on life is rich and insightful. She believes in loving others with no limits, accepting them for who they are, not how you want them to be. If you can't help somebody, don't hurt them. Be humble because it will take you far. And always leave a place better than you found it.
Simone's work with the Scotlandville Community Development Corporation is a testament to her philosophy. The nonprofit's mission is to promote economic, educational, and community development in Scotlandville and surrounding areas. Simone has been instrumental in the success of the organization, which has provided job training, affordable housing, and other programs to help uplift the community.
Join us as Simone shares her beautiful story and insights as she works her way through the jar.
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