Episode #203 || Resetting Your Journey || Ramonita Jimenez

Reading Time: 14 minutes

This week’s episode features, Mrs. Ramonita Jimenez.
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Ramonita is the Brand Manager of North America Brand Initiatives at Nike. She is a wife, leader and barrier breaker among many other things!
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Originally from New York, Ramonita began her career at Nike Georgetown in 2012 while finishing her undergrad degree at Georgetown University, where she majored in Women &Gender Studies and Sociology. While completing her undergraduate degree, she received her introduction to business through Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), an organization focused on providing leadership opportunities for minorities at Fortune 500 companies.
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Ramonita Jimenez has served in the basketball category most of her career at Nike. She is a champion on and off the court, in her role she would consider herself, “a champion of the consumer,” which can be reflected on some of her proudest career accomplishments, including: spearheading the re-launch of women’s basketball, leading All Star 2017 efforts in New Orleans, playing an integral role in the Equality campaign, crafting one of the largest consumer seeding experience for the launch of LBJ Solider X, and implementing Rise Chicago programming, which gave over 4,800 kids access to sports, and Other Side of the Game workshops in the summer of 2017.
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Tune in as she shares with us her story about how God pressed the reset button on her journey.
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Enjoy!
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A Special Note From Jaz

Queen Ramonita, girl! What a fun interview! I keep telling people, “she’s just so cool,” because you are! Cool and beautiful inside and out! You shine and I thank God that we crossed paths! Your journey with the Lord, getting to know Him and seeing just how good He is, is tremendous and beautiful and I am excited to see you grow in your future with Him. 
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You are a woman of God that not only knows her word but believes in the TRUTH of ABBA our good Father. Your life is evidence that the word WILL and it can transform you and not just you but the people that surround you. That’s the power of the blood of Jesus Christ! That’s simply amazing! You’re touching generations through your own daily journey, it means something. As you say over and over again, “it’s bigger than us!” Indeed this is so true. We are all pieces to the puzzle of God’s master plan.
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I am just thankful you chose to share your journey with us here on RYJ. I pray that it touches and transforms the lives of young ladies who are currently in the circumstances of your past. You’ve made it and are here to give them hope, that they can make it too!
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Keep on growing with God and letting Him grow you and lead your life as He has and continues to grant you grace and favor on your journey. Thank you again, God Bless You!
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BTW, You have an amazing memory! The recall is crazy, is that from sports?! I smoked too much weed in my past but I believe the Lord is a healer, I need Him to work on this memory of mine. LOL. -Just saying
-Jaz💖👑
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What is the challenge you faced before God pressed the reset button?

“I am the oldest of four children on my mother’s side, but I am the oldest of 14 children of my father’s side, [with the exception of her older brother]. I am originally from NY, at a young age my father was incarcerated. It was really just my mom a single mom, just trying to figure things out. My mom had me when she was 16 and my younger brother by the time she was 18. So she was really just trying to figure out the world and how to raise two young kids.
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That’s a part of my story. I started out with a Queen that has resilient strength and I think that’s the thread that I will continue to talk about throughout my journey.
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Growing up and being the oldest I was exposed to a lot more information. I was more aware of things happening in my house because I was the oldest, I was exposed to more adult conversations. I understood my circumstances of where we were at in life.
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At a young age, in the fourth grade, I had a growth spurt and they put me in sports. Maybe this will help you and be a vehicle for success. So I started playing basketball and volleyball at the time. Basketball just really stuck with me. There was something about it that just really attracted me. I think a part of it was all of the mentors that came in my life.
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When I started playing basketball that was the first time I ever heard of college. I didn’t know exactly what it was because nobody in my family had ever gone to college. It was the first time that I started thinking about the possibility of doing something that was bigger than my circumstances. It almost seemed like a light at the end of the tunnel. An ounce of hope. Maybe I can leave and do something better and help my family in some way.
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That’s what motivated me to play sports.
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I was in a house that, to be completely transparent, had domestic violence and drug abuse. When I was sixteen I moved out, so I’ve been on my own since I was sixteen.
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I didn’t grow up in a religious family so I didn’t really know what(who) God was, but I did know there was definitely a covering over my life. There was something that was always protecting me and always put the right people in my path.
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Another coach came into my life and exposed me to different things, basketball camps in different cities, tournaments, restaurants we went to go eat at and I started to see the world a little bit differently.
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I was leaving high school and I was not really getting along with my high school coach, so I decided to look elsewhere. I met a guy and we didn’t work out [but he helped me to transfer schools.]
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It was my first time outside of NY. I transferred to a prep school and was exposed to a different type of wealth, opportunity and education. I was able to meet my scholarship donor and he took an interest in me and my story. He said he would like me to consider taking a look at this college, Georgetown University. At that time I didn’t know how I would go to college if basketball didn’t pay for it. That was the first touch point where I realized that there were other ways I could afford my education post-high school.
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When I went and visited Georgetown it just felt right. I received a scholarship not for basketball but for my grades. I think that was the first time I started to realize there was a plan bigger for myself than I thought I had.
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Unfortunately, right before going to college, I came home for the summer. When I did, [there was a] man my mom was with and I didn’t get along with him. There was an altercation between us,  police were called and a restraining order.
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At the same time I had a boyfriend and I thught I was pregnant and he ended up disappearing.
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Everything I was comfortable with was shaken up.
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I didn’t have the greatest relationship with my family when I left for college. I left this guy, was completely heartbroken and went to Washington, D.C. and I joined a school that had completely different demographics.
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I felt so lost, so lonely and so isolated but I was at this school where I understood myself, knew who I was and fit in but I also felt that going back home just didn’t seem like an option.
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A girl that was on the basketball team invited me to church service on campus, one Sunday. I had nothing to lose. There was a girl that was singing in the choir that had the best voice on campus. I love music so I was like I’ll at least go listen to her sing. I’ll sit in the back and if I don’t like it I’ll leave before it’s over.
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Like I said, my family wasn’t that religious, my grandma was Catholic, she never went to church but I didn’t really understand all of that stuff.
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So I went and I remember I was sitting in the back, they were singing doing praise and worship and I was engaged. The preacher started preaching but there was nothing in the message that hit me but it was almost like my vision became clear and the feelings of loneliness and sadness and anxiety started to swell up inside of me. I think it was the first time that it became real to me that there was a solution, an answer to some of those problems that couldn’t be answered through a man or any earthly possession or person or thing. It had me curious.
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It had me tears welling up in my eyes up that night, I can still remember the day, September 20, 2009.
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I got curious. I started reading the Bible, going to Bible Study asking a lot of questions, go to church a little more and converse with friends who go to church.
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It was an interesting time for me to find God because I felt like a lot of my peers that had known God or had been in the church or had grown up with “religious families” they had gotten to the point where they were abandoning God. They finally had the choice to go to church or not.
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Where you have someone like me who is so immersed in it because I want to learn it. I want to know it. I’m curious.”
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What obstacle did you overcome/testimony? What was the pivotal moment in your life thus far that changed everything?

“Moving forward during college, that’s when God really hit that reset button.
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Shortly after my freshman year, my house was drug raided. Everybody was arrested at the time, I had younger siblings, my sister was 16 and my youngest brother was 8 or 9 and I was going to leave school and take care of everybody. My basketball coach saved my life and said, “you can’t go home you’ll end up like everybody else.” She offered me the opportunity for me to work for her.
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“I can give you a fish and you can eat for a day or I can teach you how to fish and you can eat for a lifetime!”
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She taught me the business of basketball. She believed in some potential that I had that I didn’t see in myself. To be honest, without her, I don’t think I’ll be where I’m at today.
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At the time my house got drug raided, my sister who is a little person, she got pregnant at 16 which caused a lot of health complications. My brother who was right under me got kicked out of the military, so I literally was the only person that could truly provide for my family at that point.
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Although hard, I went through college, I worked 5 jobs! I was still trying to be a part of the basketball team. She let me practice and travel but I was still on the payroll. [She couldn’t play]”
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How has that shown you the path God has prepared for your life? Steps along your journey.

“I had to make some tough decisions.  The lessons that those things taught me. It was crazy because when my life seemed so upside down that’s when I was drawing closest to God because I was so curious about Him and learning about Him so much.

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That is truly why I give God all the credit because I know without Him I wouldn’t have been able to do that.
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Moreso to cover where God started in my life.
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How much time are you willing to invest in your relationship with God? Revelations 3:20
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I truly believe that if I give it to God and I put Him first, “delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
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Because He is a loving Father, He only wants the best and every time I’ve tried to be in control or I’ve tried to think that my plan is the best, God has always shown me that His plan is bigger and better!
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When I made the decision that I wasn’t settling for anything less than God’s best.
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If it is not your will, I will not move, I will stand still.
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GOD IS FAITHFUL!”
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[Listen to end of the episode for this!]
I left. I went away to school.
I FOUND GOD.
MY FAMILY FOUND GOD!!!
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Can you share your favorite scripture?

Matthew 16:25 [NKJV]
25 “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”
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“One of the biggest challenges for me with God is just letting go, trusting and activating faith. That’s been such a great reminder to me that we don’t have to figure it out. It’s when we intervene that’s when we interfere with God’s plan.”
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Matthew 6:34 [NKJV]
34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
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“That’s just a reminder to stay present. In the current and in the present, that’s when we can find rest and find joy. It’s when we think about the fear that tomorrow brings or the unknown or the anxiety that yesterday brought from past hurt or transgression. That’s when we lose peace. Check yourself in this moment: Am I good? Am I safe? Am I warm? Am I fed? Am I’m happy? Am I in harm’s way? In such present times, there’s such peace that can be found there.”
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What do you do daily to let your light shine?

“1. Complaining. I try to eliminate that as much as I possibly can, it’s not in my vocabulary. I try to encourage other people to do the same. If you’re going to complain, then what are you going to do about it? [YOU MUST TAKE ACTION!] In remembrance of Que, what do I want my legacy to be? What do I want to be said about me? How can I make that person better after I walk away from them? How can I just smile sometimes, or speak or offer kindness? Remembering my why. I truly believe we all have a God-given purpose and if we don’t fulfill it nobody else can fill it for us. Remembering my why it can drive my direction.”
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Name (3) things that you would tell your younger self?

  1. What is for you, is for YOU! You don’t have to compete or tear down anyone else to claim what’s yours!
  2. There’s always more!
  3. It’s not going to be easy.

Why do you love you some you? What makes you extraordinary?

“I am a child of God! I love me some me because there’s only one me. If I had to describe myself in one word it would be passion. I AM PASSION. There is nothing that I do, that I don’t do with my whole heart! I love wholeheartedly. I serve wholeheartedly. I work wholeheartedly. I don’t know how to operate in the gray. It is a lot at times. My ability to re-inspire, reignite, spark beyond myself. My passion is unmatched. When I’m in, I’m in and I’m committed giving my 1000%.”
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The Bible
The Alchemist
The Four Agreements
Miracle Morning
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10 Seconds of Motivation

“BE YOU! LOVE YOU! DO YOU BUT ALWAYS MAKE SURE IT SERVES OTHERS!
IF YOU A SECOND LATE YOU MIGHT JUST MISS THAT SHOT!”
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Contact Info

Find out all about Ramonita below::
Email:: RJIMENEZ427@GMAIL.COM

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