Journey: Behind the Chair… I started reading the book and could not stop! A page turner for sure! It was a journey from hard knocks growing up in Jamaica, only to come to America to endure more pain. Struggles with immigration, marriage, and family. Discovering who she is and blossoming into the beautiful flower that she is today. So, of course, I had to get the scoop from Peta-Gaye, the amazing woman of tenacity and strength. Check out our Q&A session below:
Who is Peta-Gay McCalla? An ambitious go-getter with a zest for life, fun loving and a risk taker. A no nonsense kind of mom and business owner.
Journey: Behind The Chair; what inspired you to write the book? I wanted to share the unspoken truth that so many women are afraid of, not spilling their tea, hiding their shame, and living with regrets. I personally don’t want to leave any door closed in my life. I totally believe in expressing myself, which has helped me to heal and move forward. I hope to help other women like myself who believe that are the only one going through issues in life. I believe we have more in common than not.
Tell us about Quintessential Lifestyles, what is it and how it was birthed? Quintessential Lifestyles started with me being a hairstylist. I wanted a brand that didn’t limit me. I felt like I was more than only a stylist, I gave my clients an experience. With my love for fashion, the clothing brand was born, and since then, I have been evolving a brand for women who want to live a fulfilling life.
What advice can you give to someone that is having challenges with immigration? To anyone who is having immigration issues, it’s not easy and can be stressful. Like any other challenge, it is who you surround yourself with/ Make sure you are with those that will help you along the way through networking and motivation. Also, having a good lawyer doesn’t hurt, well it can hurt financially.
How do you feel about America’s justice system after your brother’s murder case remains unsolved? After my brother’s death, I realized that unfortunately it’s a high price to pay being born underprivileged.
What has helped you the most with your success? I haven’t felt successful, I feel really blessed. My faith strengthens me daily.
What keeps you going? Honestly. I’m a hard worker. I keep going because I hate being still. I have created this platform; it is only right that I work at it.
What is the most important thing to you? The most important thing to me is giving thanks to God daily. I have this belief that He gets me first. Then of course, the fruits I bear my children. They are literally gifts; one I cherish and nurture.
Is there an achievement or contribution that you are most proud of? Truly most proud of writing my story, showing my children strength, and preserving my struggles. A huge contribution is taking care of my mom and mentoring my staff.
What are three pieces of advice you would give to women on following their dreams and passions? Show up for your dreams. Be consistent even if it’s not perfect. Don’t let anyone box you in. Your dreams become bigger and new passions are around the corner. Basically, keep dreaming. The story continues as long as there is passion.
What is next for you? Currently I’m doing interior decorating. I never thought I would. It was my hobby, now it’s a real thing along with growing the boutique and event space.
Which social media platforms can we connect with you on? Instagram @officialPetagaye. The best way to find me is Google to check out our boutique and all the fabulous adventures.