In our latest Woman of the Week segment, we bring you Dr. Peace Uche aka doc PEACE, who is not only a Doctor of Pharmacy by profession but is also an artist at heart. Right from a very young age, the importance of education was instilled in her by her mother. However, she never compromised on her passion nor did she let her education get sidetracked. In fact, she found a way to walk on both paths successfully. Her story will not only inspire you to take action but will also warm your heart fueling you with energy to make the most of your life. Read the complete interview right here.
1. How was your childhood?
I am the second daughter of three born to Nigerian immigrants who moved to America seeking vast opportunities. My mom became a nurse and raised me and my two sisters single-handedly in the Inland Empire located in Southern California. As a child, I was a shy girl with a lisp. Albeit, I was very adventurous. I climbed to the top of the diving board and jumped in, then realized I didn’t know how to swim. I’ve always been one to jump right in and figure it out as I went along. And I’ve always had a keen ability to rhyme and to memorize. At the age of 12, I wrote my very first illustrated book entitled “The Midnight Show” which tells the story of a sky that lights up and how all of nature stops and watches the light show. This was only the beginning of my self-expression through words.
2. What did you aspire to be when you were little?
When I was little I wanted to be Doctor. From a young age, my mother had instilled in me that education is the key to success. Becoming a doctor was one of the highest achievements… So through a series of events, I became a Pharmacist. The schooling, the training, the confidence-building all helped shape who I am today.
3. Could you take us through your work, please give us a brief about it?
I am now a Pharmacist by trade and Spoken Word Artist at heart. As a Transformational Rhythmic Speaker and Speaking Strategist, I transform mindsets using the power of the spoken word and embolden transformation seekers and aspiring speakers to own their innate gifts and talents and to share their life stories, messages and ideas, providing valuable insight on story-crafting and finding a platform.
4. What made you choose this line of work? Was there an incident that inspired it?
My life path, strong family influences, and go-getter mentality led me to become a Pharmacist, helping others by providing medication education. However, a few years ago, I realized my life’s mission: To spread positivity, light, and love to the world in the form of the spoken word. Back in undergrad, I had studied theatre, but as much as I thrived at memorizing lines, I realized that I more so enjoyed expressing my own words. New Years’ Eve 2017, I started writing poetry again and referring to my pieces as “flows” because the inspiration seemed to come swiftly and pour out. Since then, I have been writing and performing regularly as the inspiration flows throughout San Diego and abroad.
5. What does your daily routine look like?
Wake up, Workout (run, cycle, beach volleyball, circuit training, etc), Work in the pharmacy or on my brand – doc PEACE, cook dinner, stretch and bed
6. What do you think are your biggest achievements?
Becoming a licensed Pharmacist and starting my brand – doc PEACE – are by far, my biggest achievements. Both have taken much grit to achieve and both have helped utilize my unique gifts and talents.
7. Was it difficult in the beginning to follow your dreams?
Reality is such a character
It snaps you back to the present tense
Without a moment’s notice
But even still, my friend
This reminder helped to keep my dreams alive and pay reality no mind. See, reality just doesn’t understand your strong desire or your intense willpower to turn your dreams into it. But we have got to keep dreaming. And eventually, we will succeed… And reality, being the character that it is, will give us a standing ovation.
8. What was your hustle journey like?
We are vulnerable
to the forces around us
See, just like the trees
bend in the wind,
we must also be
amenable to change direction
on this Life Rd.
And it may not always be
The path that we have chosen.
Often I refer to what I call the Life Road which is the unique path that we each take throughout our lives. The decisions we make, the opportunities – both taken and passed on, the impactful moments – chosen by us or not, help shape our Life Rd. And I’ve pivoted many times on my Life Road – from working full time as a Pharmacist in various settings to creating an inspirational brand. Throughout the journey of doc PEACE specifically, I have had so many opportunities for growth and collaborations and have tried to take advantage of each and every one. The hustle is real. But it sure is fun doing what I’m meant to do!
9. What are some of the challenges you deal with even today? And, how do you overcome them?
One of the biggest challenges I had to overcome was realizing that if I am to spread positivity, light, and love, I needed to be positivity, light, and love because you can’t share what you don’t have. And I must admit, some days my vibrations are lower than others, and it’s those times I remind myself, I am positivity, I am light, and I am love.
Another challenge I’ve faced is thinking I’m behind – behind in starting a new venture, behind in growing this new venture and behind in all the tasks and activities associated with creating and managing a brand. This floverb (flow proverb) helps assure me I’ve got this; I need to keep progressing and getting those steps in, one FORWARD move at a time. Each step is PROGRESS.
Whenever you feel you
Must pick up the pace
Remind yourself this:
You’ve made it this far
And each forward step
Is one to be grateful for.
10. With success also comes failure. So, tell us, how do you deal with failures? What keeps you going?
The first time I heard the word
It was an ugly verb
Hard to face and even harder to erase
The last time I heard the word
It was a simply a verb
I had overcome
Failure is a hard and ugly thing to face, but it has the potential to grow into something beautiful. I don’t enjoy failing – who does? But, I do enjoy the learning process.
11. Do you have a mantra or motto for life?
“Get it going” – This family mantra of mine has been passed down through the generations, from my grandmother living in Nigeria to my mother as she relocated to America, and now I myself repeat these powerful words to spread positivity, light, and love to the world. GET IT GOING. Make forward moves intentionally to become the YOU you’ve envisioned, but this above all else: BELIEVE IN YOURSELF.
12. Has the pandemic hindered your future plans? How are you dealing with it?
Not at all. My future plans were to grow and I have been learning, growing, connecting, and collaborating with others. Throughout our lives, we have been conditioned to compete – to beat out the competition at all costs because of the mindset that there aren’t enough opportunities to go around. But in actuality, I’ve found that we can accomplish so much more when we work together to reach a common goal. First, we create more opportunities and second we achieve something greater than we could accomplish individually – something far greater than ourselves. No man is an island. We can achieve so much more when we work together. This pandemic has served to further support the fact that we are truly in this together. And together we thrive!
13. What do you have in store for the future?
All I know is that my future will involve a lot of growth – in all aspects of my life.
It’s those times
My shadow appears
Bigger than I
That I wonder
If I too can GROW
So big and so BOLD
I plan to grow BIG. And I plan to grow BOLD! Ever notice those times you feel both big and bold? What would happen, I wonder if we had more of these days? Would we eventually catch up to our big shadow’s boldness? I think, yes…
14. Do you have any advice for our readers?
This life is a series of moving parts
Keep your peace going
Make forward moves intentionally
While visiting Tuscon, Arizona to speak at a women’s conference, I took a hike in Sabino Canyon and realized the beauty of the desert. Despite all odds, the flowers still bloom. Encouraging us all to keep growing, to keep reaching for the sun! And eventually, all our efforts will be all worthwhile as we blossom into the foreseen vision of our future selves.
15. If someone wishes to choose your line of work, what is the advice for them? How do they go about it?
Only you can find
What sets your soul on fire
What makes your heart race
And your pace quicken
To accomplish your life’s mission
Whether you’re looking to find, own, and develop your voice/truth/ideas, or if you are all ready to share your voice, click this link for free powerful tips to overcome the fear of public speaking: bit.ly/7tipstoovercomefear.
If you want to get in touch with Doc Peace, her social media handles are mentioned below;
Instagram – @Doc.Peace
Facebook – Doc Peace
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