I was born in my grandmother’s house in Meridian, MS and raised in Tallahassee, FL. My mother taught me to make a sweet potato pie when I was 17 with a one-year-old daughter. I did not make another for 12 years. After years of becoming weary with jumping hurdles and overcoming stigmas of a young, single mother, I wanted to be happy being ME.
When I thought about launching a small business from this hobby, I began to understand that the hurdles I’d jumped in other parts of life, had really prepared me for this endeavor. The more I worked, the more setbacks (learning curves) I faced. Slowly, I’ve begun to realize. . .
It’s about more than pie.
More than 50% of teen mothers never graduate from school and less than 2% of teen moms earn a college degree before age 30.
My Story Was Different
After graduating James S. Rickards High School as class president in 1998, I went on to earn a B.A. in English (2002) and a Master’s in Public Administration (2005) from Florida State University.
The challenges I faced along the way made me realize that young mothers simply give out in the pursuit of higher education and enterprise that could lead to more stable lives. In other words—it can be too hard to
A Piece of the Solution
My pies are a part of the solution. Not the dessert itself, but the idea of rising above our circumstances by using our challenges as the chairs we stand on to reach our highest heights.
Sample J. Nicole Signature Teeny Pies
at Hi-Fi Jazz
Sunday, February 15th in Tallahassee, FL
at AFTER GLOW, presenting Eclectic Jazz & Inspirational Soloist, Erlencia