After looking over my list to see which one of my friends would be my next feature, I realized that I had only featured men up to this point. I had already thought about doing Sachkia as my next feature, but I made the decision that at least the next four features would highlight some of the awesome women I call my friends.
So let’s get to Sachkia (pronounced Sas-KIA)….whew…this chick! I don’t even know where to begin with her! The best way to start off is saying that she is a big ball of life. Public relations guru, blogger, foodie, soon-to-be half marathoner, wife, daughter, sister, friend, and a whole gang of other things. She has the biggest personality ever and she fits it into this teeny, tiny body. (I affectionately called her Skinny Chick in college.
Sachkia and I met the summer before my sophomore year at Norfolk State University. We were both resident assistants and had reported to school early to prepare for the arrival of the new students. During the two weeks of training and preparation, we forged a friendship with each other – and another awesome chica, Marilyn – that has lasted for 12 years.
Sachkia was a busy-body in school. She was in the band, was the president of the international students organization, a member of the student government, was on the student newspaper staff, and even found time to join a sorority. And not much has changed since she left school. The Guyanese native went back to Tortola where she grew up and worked for the government for a few years. Wanting to make a bigger difference in the public relations world, she let go of the comfortable and the familiar and branched out on her own, founding Barnes PR in 2009. And she has not looked back since.
She has done very well as an entrepreneur and was even hired by the Minister of Education and Culture (the equivalent of the U.S. Secretary of Education) to be his communications strategist. Her main focus now is working in politics. She admires the work of Judy Smith (the real-life lady who Scandal’s fictional character Olivia Pope is based on) and is one of the biggest Scandal fans I know. In my mind, Sachkia and Olivia are similar in that they always get their tasks accomplished regardless of what obstacles they are faced with.
In our lifetime, I’m pretty sure Sachkia will become her own awesome version of Katie Couric or Oprah Winfrey. She’s just that amazing and focused. She takes her craft very seriously and probably won’t stop until the entire world knows her name (and pronounces it correctly). She’s also serious about helping others live up to their full potential. I can attribute my entrance into the blogging world to her when she let me write this piece for her blog back in 2010. Basically, you are reading this right now because Sachkia gave me the chance to let the world hear my voice.
It’s a joy to follow her on Facebook because she’s always doing or saying something so cool. Whether she’s running some ungodly amount of miles before the sun comes up or she’s laying on a pristine beach somewhere in the Caribbean, I love to try to keep up with her.