My Island Muse: Teana Woolcock

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Teana Woolcock

Miami, Florida

Tell me about yourself.
I was born in Los Angeles, California, to Jamaican parents and I’m a mother of two amazing children (a boy and a girl) who are the light of my life. My children have taught me so much about myself and motherhood has been quite the spiritual journey for me.

I founded the Love Unlimited Foundation in September 2011, so I’m fairly new to the non-profit world. However the reception we’ve received and the work we’ve done has been tremendous so far.  Based in Miami, Love Unlimited has two events per year to achieve its goals in serving the youth of Jamaica. I started the organization after attending a church service in Jamaica. At the time I was searching for love and after seeing the repetition of poverty in the country I realized I had to make a decision. Since 2011, I’ve put in a lot of work but the experiences have been priceless.

My grandfather was a community teacher in his parish of St Ann’s, Jamaica so I’m very education focused and it’s something I try to instill in the local kids that attend my LOVE U Camp event, as well as my own children. My goal is to foster an environment of love and develop true leaders. A true leader is someone who makes sure everybody is feeling the love and no one is left out.

What makes you proud of your Jamaican heritage?
I feel a deep sense of pride to be of Jamaican descent, because Jamaica embodies love, strength and unity. We keep traditions, we put God first and we take pride in ourselves. “Lively up yourself”, dance, music-Jamaica represents all that .

One thing you wish all Jamaican women knew:
What God has given you is more powerful than what any man can promise you. A relationship with God is the most important relationship a woman can have.

Favourite Jamaican saying?
(laughs) “Everyting up and running”. That’s the latest. Every time I hear it, it makes me feel good.

Favourite place to visit in Jamaica and why?
Teana2 The parish of St Ann’s. My family roots are there and most importantly my grandfather’s house is there. My favourite room in that house is the middle room. It has no doors but has a window that overlooks the gully, lush with all its greenery. That room is where I slept when I first visited Jamaica, and it’s still the first stop I make when I land in Jamaica.

How has your Jamaican heritage impacted your success and outlook on life?
My heritage has definitely molded me into who I am. If I was just another African-American kid growing up in LA, never getting the chance to travel or explore my roots, I don’t believe my grandparents would have been able to plant the seeds of compassion and leadership within me. During my visits to Jamaica, I learned from everyone. I learned about the “rough life”, learned about walking in the rain or hot sun and most of all, I learned the meaning of real love. Jamaica taught me that real love is not about you. You have to give it, in order to receive it.

Link Love:
FB: Love Unlimited Foundation Inc
IG: @LoveUnlimited0