Kerrisha Alexander is a momma on the move. I recently spoke with her about her busy but fulfilling life.
Tell me about yourself.
My name is Kerrisha Alexander. I am 40 years old born and raised here in Birmingham, Alabama. I have been married to my husband, Nakia Alexander, for 17 years and a stay-at-home mom to my two heartbeats Nakiyah, age 17, and Noah, age 8.
What do you want your children to learn from your life?
That’s simple and that is to see my struggles learn from them and take note that when hit with an obstacle I didn’t quit I fought harder and everything I did I did it for them and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
What are the best and worst things about living in Birmingham?
The best thing about living in Birmingham is that you get the sense of family everywhere you go in 40 years of life if I met a stranger here they were not a stranger long. The worst things is none other than the crime and the fact that my kids can’t experience the things that I experienced growing up like playing in the yard, going to the movies, and being dropped off at the mall without my nerves being on edge until I have them back with me but I am hopeful that things will get better.
If you could change one thing about Birmingham, what would it be and why?
If I could change one thing this piggybacks off of my answer for #3 and that would be for us as citizens to figure out a way to work with the police and community leaders in order to try to end crime as much as possible we must be honest that there will always be crime in some form or fashion but if we could just get the bull by the horns and take back our communities would bring Birmingham back to the place that I know and love.
What is your proudest mom moment?
This is a tough one because these two kids give me sooooo many reasons to be proud of them but if I have to choose one it would be the year my daughter organized a blanket drive for the homeless. I was touched because I saw that what I taught her of giving of herself to others manifested and the fact that she took the lead and was giving out orders tickled me and in that instant I said “Kerrisha, girl you have done a good job to myself.”
What is your proudest wife moment?
This is a very loaded question because being proud is an understatement… This guy has made me the proudest over the years not based off of his achievements but seeing his growth to the man he is today. I beam with pride as he coaches his son, goes to meetings with his daughter, and literally wills me back to good health when I’m sick. I can’t say it enough works two jobs, coaches, cooks, run around with kids, and finds a way to make me laugh without a complaint.
What advice do you have for women whose kids are involved in extracurricular activities?
You gotta prioritize and try if at all possible to keep the kids on a consistent schedule as much as possible. I also feel that while we like extracurricular activities you gotta remember that these activities should not take the place of you and that a careful balance of school, activities, and family time is established.
What’s next for Kerrisha Alexander?
Ohhhh, my I’m about to embark on a journey after a discussion with my awesome and supporting Hubby to complete and realize my dreams as well as keep a promise to my dad before he died…….. I will be going back to school in the not so distant future. I am nervous and afraid but the only way to conquer my fear is to Just Do It!
Is there anything you would like to add?
I just really want people to know that with faith in God, love of my family, and support of extended family and friends has been what has gotten me through this thing called life. I am flawed and make mistakes daily but I must admit I am a work in progress. I am certain that my best and greatest works other than my kids are yet to come.