Working Woman Wednesday. Interview With Lauren “Tula” Poindexter from Temptation Island & 2018 Miss Louisiana.

How has your life changed since you appeared on Temptation Island?

Since I’ve appeared on Temptation Island, I have relocated back to Atlanta.

What can we expect from this season and how can everyone watch you?

I can’t give away any spoilers, but you will definitely see a lot of spice and drama this season.  From me, you can expect to see my journey of trying to find love again.  Also, how I was able to balance being a single young christian woman on this show.

What inspired you to start Tula Talks?

I started Tula talks after the murder of Trayvon Martin.  I did not like how mainstream media portrayed him and I felt the need for there to be more black millennial voices to tell our stories.  I am big on being the change you want and I was going to school for journalism.  I used it as an opportunity to be the change that I wanted to say I wanted to produce content and stories that entertain, educate and inspire my audience.

What brings you the most satisfaction as a Mental Health Advocate?

As a mental health advocate my goal is to be the liaison between mental health professionals in those who need their services, so when I’m able to actually connect people to resources that will help them that’s probably the most Rewarding part of it. I also really appreciate when I am able to be transparent or when I have other people share their stories and people are able to be educated about their mental health. People may relate to something that someone else has gone through and they are now inspired to fully embrace their situation and they don’t feel like they are alone. I’m really big on helping people solve their problems so when I’m able to provide practical tools or able to bring on a professional to my platform who can provide practical tools to help solve people’s problems that is also extremely rewarding because there’s nothing greater than helping other people solve their problems and get through their pain because at the end of the day we have to look out for one another. The stigma around mental health and mental illness is decreasing and awareness is increasing and I think that’s such a beautiful thing because we are still in a national well a global pandemic and people having the tools to maintain their mental health is critical now more than ever. 

Tell everyone about your Secure the Bag: Content Creation Course Bundle?

The secure the bag content creation course bundle is my gift to influencers and business owners who want to learn how to strategically create content for social media.  This is a self-paced course where I break down the strategy behind creating content.  I also show my students how to edit photos, videos, curate posts and captions that will help increase engagement for social media.  This is my way of empowering influencers and business owners with the capabilities to create social media content to effectively tell their brand’s story.  For more information visit tulatalks.com/learn

How was your experience being Miss Louisiana and would you ever run for Miss America?

My experience as the 2018 Miss Louisiana United States was amazing! I was able to use my platform to really educate people about mental health awareness.  I even partnered with NAMI and had the opportunity to go into middle and high schools to present the Ending the Silence Program.  Unfortunately, I’ve aged out, so I won’t be able to run for Miss America, but who knows you may see another pageant in my future.

Any upcoming projects coming up that you would like to share with readers?

Many people know that I was previously engaged and ending the engagement was a traumatic experience for me personally.  During that time frame I also transitioned to being a full-time entrepreneur, so I just had a lot of life transitioning happening all at once.  Journaling was and is still a big part of my healing process, so I’m working on something special to incorporate the tools, methods and practices that I used during my healing journey to help others heal as well.  Keep an eye open for those updates. 

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grow up?

When I was little, I actually wanted to be a pediatrician.  My pediatrician was a black woman and I just adored her.  I wanted to be like her and wanted to help people feel better when they were sick like she did.  I also used to want to be an actress.  Acting is actually my first love, I wanted to be like the people in TV when I used to watch All That.

Name something that your mother or grandma cooked that was your favorite?

I used to love when my mom and my grandma would make chili and cornbread.  That combination together is unmatched.  I love my grandmother’s greens and mac and cheese! She would make me extra greens and macaroni and cheese to take back to college when I would come home and visit on the weekends.

If you could only eat at one restaurant the rest of your life, what would it be?

Because of this pandemic I have forgotten what it felt like to go to a restaurant.  I don’t even know what my favorite restaurant is anymore.  I have changed my eating habits and patterns, so any place that has seafood and vegan-based meals would be good on my list.

What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?

I think that people should travel to a place that inspires them.  It could be a vacation, it could be a missionary trip.  I think that people should spend at least three weeks to a month in a place that’s not their hometown and be without their cell phones.  They should have limited connectivity, no connectivity to social media or the internet and just be in the moment during that time frame.  If you’re able to give back to people or learn something new, I think that will maximize your experience.  I think that people should definitely disconnect from technology for like at least a couple of weeks, just become one with themselves and their surroundings in nature again.

What’s one thing you must experience at once in life?

I must experience a floating lantern festival at least once in my lifetime.

If you died tomorrow, what would you want people to remember about you?

I would want people to remember that I love Jesus and that I am a kind person.  I would want them to remember to always do their own research for things and to just never be afraid to go after the things that they want or to tell their stories.  No matter how dark it may seem, because people depend on your obedience.  Your obedience can literally bless other people.

How can everyone keep in contact with you on social media?

Twitter & Instagram: @TulaOnTv.  Youtube: Youtube.com/tulaontv.

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