"A product of Grit, Grace and Godly contentment"
I’m Shanique Verona Shand, a Christian, Jamaican young woman pollinating lives for God's glory. Accepting Jesus at the age of 12 was God's way of shielding me from the elements of this world so He could empower me by His Spirit. I've always been in pursuit of a Jesus, serving in the church and studying the Word throughout high school, college and university.
I truly loved God and strove to please Him. Even at the dreaded University where it is said that young people regress spiritually, I remained zealous and secure in my faith and bloomed through my active involvement in Christ-centered clubs, ministries, and initiatives on campus and church. I knew there was a great call on my life; it was undeniable and unquenchable.
However, I didn't give it much thought because at the time I was reserved and consumed by self-doubt. Having received numerous words from select messengers concerning my gifts and call to ministry, I realized God was trying to get my attention. I was a bit conflicted, but I thought that whatever God had in mind could work alongside my career. Therefore, I stuck to the path of familiarity- academia. From as early as I can remember, I had my eyes and heart set on one thing- to become a Medical Doctor. The dream didn't seem unattainable because I had the grades and attitude.
God forbid there is an assignment for us, but we miss it because we are self-focused and not God-focused.
- Shanique Shand
However, twice it didn’t materialize and I felt disappointed. My dream was crumbling and I didn't know what to do. All the unmet expectations, disappointments and uncertainties spiraled into me seeking direction and surrendering wholly to God's will for my life. During this time, I struggled with the reality of uncertainty about my future, but I developed spiritual tenacity because it forced me to rely on God for direction. I wrestled with God because I was still entrenched in my will of getting a notable career. Somewhere along the journey of surrender, God brought clarity of purpose and direction and I had no choice, but to submit and solemnly declare, "Not my will, but thine be done". The desire to do His will intensified and I released the need to be in control of my life.
Initially, I felt like God failed me and I harbored regrets about my academic journey having emerged with a BSc. Animal Biology and Food Chemistry from the UWI Mona. This was not what I had in mind. What now? Distressed but determined to thrive in the crisis, I set sail on a path towards self-development by entering pageants and was crowned Miss Kingston and St. Andrew Festival Queen 2016 and 2nd Runner up National Farm Queen 2017. A new me surfaced- Confident, Creative, Courageous. I was evolving.
In 2017, as if to reward my act of surrender, I got a business name and idea. It is oftentimes said that " God works in mysterious ways". Albeit considered cliche, it's the truth. His ways are certainly higher than ours. My science background equipped me with the mental tools I needed to start the product arm of my business. Talk about an intentional God! My entrepreneurial journey began in 2017 with Bee Phenomenal International which offers products and services geared towards holistic people development. It’s not just a name; it’s a command for people to become their best selves physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I’ve creatively combined my skills, gifts, and knowledge to use nature to create useful products like the Bee Phenomenal Lip Balm (made from beeswax) and also as a blackboard to teach pertinent life lessons.
Writing has always been my therapy. Over time, it also became a method for me to document inspirational thoughts, biblical revelations, and insight. To date, I still travel with a journal so that I never miss a thought. I knew God called me to write to impact and I pursued it wholeheartedly until it manifested.
In November 2018, I self-published my first book “Equipped to Impact: A 40 Day Journey to an Empowered Life”. In the book, I offer biblical formulae and prescriptions for victorious Christian living. This 40-day journey engages the mind, body, and spirit in a life-transforming dialogue of success and is expected to help primarily youth and young adults acquire a biblical worldview of impact, release destructive habits, get activated for purpose, take irrational steps of faith and experience elevation God's way.
Global Pollinators was later birthed in 2019 and is aimed at pollinating lives through ministry, training, coaching, consulting and mentorship. It is targeted towards influencers, connectors, carriers, co-laborers, creators and fruit bearers. I'm excited about what God has been doing through me since I gave Him a resounding 'YES'.
The story continues to unfold…
Here I am 4 years later, not on the path I envisioned, but the one God envisioned for me, contentedly walking in my divine calling. With Matthew 6: 33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” as a personal philosophy, I hope to continue on the path of surrender so I can walk into the fullness of this calling. Only through total surrender have I been able to unearth the treasures that lie within me so I can serve Him and others in various capacities. I am confident I was redirected for divine release because to date, I have experienced an explosive and expansive growth that marvels myself and others. I have emerged as a powerful speaker, impactful author, excellent empowerment coach, dynamic emcee among others.
As a mentor and budding philanthropist with a heart for service and volunteerism, I serve and have served on several boards and committees geared towards spiritual and national development. Wherever I am positioned, the aim is to posit an excellent spirit and be salt and light wherever I am called to serve.t."
If you are at a crossroad,
1. Rejoice! Your true creativity and calls are about to come forth.
2. Surrender! Pursuing a career is nothing; fulfilling your calling is everything.
3. Rest! Your future is in God's hands, not yours.
4. Go! God will empower by His Spirit to do His will and work.