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CHICAGOER
Recognizing Chicago's Go Givers and Go Getters


Definition: A Chicago resident who helps make Chicago go for our community

Are you a Chicagoer or know someone who is? Nominate yourself or someone you know by clicking here.

Video: Meet Chicagoer: Maisha Wynn

What do you love most about Chicago’s Black community?

God has blessed me with the opportunity to live and travel the world from Numazu, Japan to Pretoria, South Africa. However, there is something truly electrifying about the place where I was born and raised, the South Side of Chicago. The Mecca of not only the literary arts with Lorraine Hansberry and others, but the city that cultivated our current 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. Since I have “NEXT”, I know I've garnered the appropriate tools to succeed nationally and internationally. Why? If you can make it in Chicago, you can make it anywhere.

Blessed is one who knows their purpose in life. What is yours?

Last year, I stepped out on faith to pursue my purpose in life. It was the best decision I could have made. As a Lifestyle Specialist, I have the opportunity to work with individuals, both men and women, who desire to take their lives to the next level (physically, mentally and spiritually). My next lifestyle series in April will show people how to achieve flawless and radiant skin through their diet, certain exercises, and beauty products to help their skin look and feel healthier.

What has been your single most challenge in life?

It is through our stories that make us into the resilient men and women we are today. I have overcome my struggle with obesity (going from a size 20 to a size 6), but seeing my beloved mother dwindle right before my eyes was challenging on my mind, body and spirit. To see the woman who gave me life slowly lose her ability to walk and talk was devastating. It is only through the grace of God that I am able to share a piece of my story with you because I was truly depressed after I loss my mother.

What do you think is the biggest problem that we need to solve to help improve our community?

We live in a world of fear. However we cannot be afraid of our own people, especially our youth. These young men and women are considered a blessing from God. As a blessing, we must assist in their upbringing as a community whether that is through mentoring or public speaking. A Swahili proverb proclaims, "One hand does not nurse a child," which means it is our God-given duty to be of service.

Follow her on Twitter at @livetowynn1

LIVE TO WYNN BEAUTY CONTEST:
We have teamed up with Beauty Specialist, Lex Kehoe, from Nordstrom to bring you a FABU beauty package fit for a DIVA. In order to WYNN BIG, you must send an email to mwynn@livetowynn.com sharing how you TRULY LIVE TO WYNN. Your testimony must be 60 words or less. The wynner will be announced Wednesday, March 20th, on WVON (The Talk of Chicago) @ 9:15PM as well as receive a personal call from "The Downtown Diva" better known as Maisha Wynn 'WIN'.