A daughter. A friend. A sister. A mentor. These are all titles that have been attached to my name, but the greatest that could have ever been given to me was that of MOTHER. And that title is what started this journey.
My name is Jamell Matthews, Founder and Executive Director of #taylorsworld, but most importantly, the Mother of Miss Taylor Makensie Matthews. I am a proud graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. I often would find people asking why I chose Psychology as a major if I didn’t see myself being a Psychologist. I didn’t have an answer, but I knew I liked figuring out why people felt how they did or why they acted as they did. Never did I know this degree would be what would help me through the roughest moment of my life.
The vision of this organization was birthed during a dark time in my life where I had to learn to deal with death in a way that I hadn’t expected. Losing a healthy daughter at the age of 5 can rearrange your life in a way that will break you down and make you question what your true purpose is.
In that moment, I had to decide if I was going to let life happen or if I was going to make a conscious effort to fight with everything that I had in me. I made the choice to fight, but in that fight, I realized that what I was going through was something that could help others who struggle with difficult moments of life. I would never say that I have all the answers of how to overcome, but this organization is a safe place to figure it out without judgment.
I’m more than just my struggle. Although I lost Taylor physically, I gained so much through this process and each day, I am still learning! Her Story gave me My Journey which developed Taylor’s World. This is the one place where it’s okay for your world to be falling apart; I have a personal angel who will remind you that we are there to help put it back together.