A Jamaican Woman On A Mission | Meet Aminata, Author & Christian Blogger
Today I have the esteemed privilege of interviewing another unsung Jamaican hero, Aminata Coote.
I say unsung because of her compassion, perseverance, conviction and selflessness for what she does. And she continues regardless of any fanfare or recognition.
As former co-workers at a large multinational here in Montego Bay
, Aminata and I have a long and rich relationship of mutual support.
She was a star from then, brilliant, extremely talented and full of passion for what she does.
She is now on a journey to inspire persons, particularly women, through faith, and I sought the opportunity to have a quick talk with her.
So today, I am excited to share this special interview
with you - a Jamaican woman who is stands out from the crowd.
Not only am I proud but I am also truly inspired by her accomplishments, as well as her new journey.
Enjoy the interview :-)
- Thank you for your time and the opportunity for my readers to meet you.
Please introduce yourself to them, perhaps including something that would surprise them :-)
Thanks for allowing me to be here Wellesley.
Well, I started high school for the second time this Monday! It’s hard to believe my son’s in high school but he is. Children seem to grow up when you’re not looking.
I’m a Christian author and blogger. I started my blog in 2015 in part because of you Wellesley and I’ve been writing ever since. Blogging gave me the confidence to pursue a life-long dream of becoming a published author.
- It is now common place now to find Jamaicans blogging and creating channels on almost everything except on faith, what inspired you? And why Hebrews12Endurance.com?
In 2014, I really connected with the Lord. Up to that point, I had been ducking and hiding from Him but He never let me go and that year I allowed Him to claim me as His own.
I chose Hebrews12Endurance because I’m fascinated with the concept of running with endurance found in Hebrews 12:1-2. That’s the anchor verse for the website and I try to live it out as well because I know that without endurance it’s not easy to walk with God.
- If I say that a common thread across your website is hope, self belief, and faith, would you agree? Why so?
Yes. As my husband and I sat down to brainstorm the concept for the website, we kept coming back to the same thing: the key to a successful Christian life is to know God, know knowself, and run your race. If we do those things consistently, we’ll realize that we’re running with endurance.
- How has the journey been? What are some of the challenges you had to overcome and how have they helped to strengthen you?
Being a content creator can be hard because it takes a lot of discipline and writing when you don’t want to write. It also involves getting involved in social media and trying to learn a bunch of new things.
It gets really challenging because each social media channel is different and they keep changing the rules.
I don’t mind the learning part so much but I’m someone who prefers to remain in the background. Blogging forces me to push forward and try to get myself out there as much as possible.
I try to remind myself that God brought me to this opportunity because He has a plan for my life…and if He’s showing up then I need to do my part as well.
Because I now have to exist outside of my comfort zone, I’m learning how to channel my fear instead of allowing it to cripple me.
- You are a published author? How many and what are some of your published works?
Yes, I’ve self-published a number of works. Counting this new book I have five published works available.
There’s a 21-day devotional, How To Find Your Gratitude Attitude, a Bible study on marriage for women Through God’s Eyes: Marriage Lessons for Women and Royal: Life Lessons from the Book of Esther which releases September 5, 2019.
- You are about to launch your latest book, Royal: Life Lessons from the Book of Esther, tell my readers about this and what’s the message behind this.
Royal is a Bible study on the book of Esther but it’s so much more.
I not only offer insights into the culture and history of event which happen in the book of Esther, I also bring the lessons forward to teach my readers how the lessons from Esther relates to their life now.
The underlying message throughout the book is that we are queens-in-training and need to start acting that way.
- For persons who are interested, how can they get a copy?
Royal launches on September 5 (today) and is exclusively available on Amazon.com.
- What’s next for Aminata?
More writing, more blogging, more content production. I’ve already started working on book 2 in the Girls of Excellence series. I’m calling this one Beloved because as you start to embrace your royal identity, you have to remember that you are loved.
- And now, my signature question… In your opinion, what makes Jamaica special, Aminata?
Our diversity and creativity. I always say if we focused our attention on building up this country, everyone would want to be a Jamaican or at least live here for a while.
- Amy, thanks again for taking the time to speak to us here at My-Island-Jamaica.com. I must let you know that I am proud of you and am encouraged by your efforts. I wish you well and please note that my prayers are with you.
Thank you so much, Wellesley. I appreciate the time you’ve taken to assist me in getting the word out about this book.
- Where can persons contact you? Do you have social media handles?
They can find me in a number of places including my official author website which I’ll be launching this week: https://aminatacoote.com/. I also have my website where I talk about all things faith-related:
I’m on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest as well. My handle on all accounts is AminataCoote.
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P.S. Amy stated, both during this interview and on her website, that I influenced her on this journey, I cannot be more humbled. #SuchABlessing.
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A patriotic Jamaican who adores his culture, Wellesley has been using this medium to share what he calls 'the uniqueness of Jamaica with the world' since April 2007.
To date, he serves over 9,300 unique readers / viewers per day.
His efforts have earned him featured positions in local publications, including the Jamaica Gleaner's Hospitality Jamaica, Carlong Publishers, as well as recognition from numerous prestigious international agencies and universities.
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