South Mississippi Strong: Community leader empowers women to reach their goals

Jocelyn Gavin-Lane inspires women and girls to reach for their dreams

South Mississippi Strong: Community leader empowers women to reach their goals

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A Gulfport business owner and community leader is making waves on the Coast. Her work is impacting lives one by one, both professionally and through her non-profit organization Pink Lotus.

Every step Jocelyn Gavin-Lane takes in life is intentional.

“Instinctively, I’ve always been a go-getter," Gavin-Lane said.

“I’ve always been told I could do whatever I wanted to do, hence my go-getter attitude," she said.

And as someone with no fear of chasing her dreams, Gavin-Lane always makes sure she starts the year with a road map to success: a vision board. It’s more than just a piece of artwork for the business owner.

“A vision board is beautiful. It’s going to be a great reminder of where you want to be in life. But if you don’t have an action plan, you may not accomplish all of that," she said.

Her list of accomplishments is proof she follows her own advice. Most recently, she was selected to grace the cover of Gulf Coast Woman Magazine.

“On my 2017 vision board I actually had I wanted to be on the cover of Essence Magazine. So, Gulf Coast Woman has become my Essence Magazine,” she said.

Jocelyn Gavin-Lane made the cover of Gulf Coast Woman Magazine for January/February. (Photo source: Gulf Coast Woman Magazine)
Jocelyn Gavin-Lane made the cover of Gulf Coast Woman Magazine for January/February. (Photo source: Gulf Coast Woman Magazine)

Expanding her home business to brick-and-mortar was another vision turned into reality. Premier Professional Counseling Services is now celebrating one year in downtown Gulfport. The licensed certified social worker hopes she and her team can erase the stigma around mental health.

“That was really important to us, to create a space for individuals to come in and receive the services that they need," she said.

That’s just one way she uses her time to help others.

Gavin-Lane also founded The Pink Lotus Project in 2013 to empower young women and girls.

“My family was a family of educators and blue collar workers," she explained. “I didn’t have exposure to African American female doctors, or I didn’t have exposure to scientists or things of that nature. That’s why it’s so important to expose young ladies to as much as possible so that they don’t have a narrow view to what they can do in the future, that you literally can do whatever you want to do.”

The non-profit also puts a huge focus on giving back. They host prom dress drives, and have raised $10,000 for Memorial’s Breast Imaging Fund through their annual dance-a-thon ChaCha for the TaTas.

For Gavin-Lane, that’s what it all boils down to - how she can help others. She chooses collaboration over competition.

“I’m convinced that there’s enough glitter in this world for all the women and all the girls to have it and I think that we should share it," she said. "I don’t think that we should be selfish with the talents that we’ve been blessed with.”

Soon, she will kick off what she calls the “Power Group” to offer step-by-step guidance for women dedicated to achieving their dreams. She also hosts vision board parties to put people on the road to success. And speaking of vision boards, Gavin-Lane has wasted no time creating hers for 2019.

She hopes to be on the cover of a magazine again. She’s growing her brand ‘Just Jocelyn’ to establish herself as the Coast’s “favorite therapist.” And the wheels are already in motion to turn Pink Lotus into a national organization. It seems like a lot to take on, but Gavin-Lane says she’s motivated by the company she keeps.

Jocelyn Gavin-Lane said she is establishing her brand "Just Jocelyn" to set herself apart as the Coast's leading therapist. (Photo source: Facebook/Just Jocelyn)
Jocelyn Gavin-Lane said she is establishing her brand "Just Jocelyn" to set herself apart as the Coast's leading therapist. (Photo source: Facebook/Just Jocelyn)

“Just having people in your corner and, when I tell you I’ve been blessed with being able to have some genuine people around me," she said.

Plus, she says she’s thankful for her full schedule.

“I’m in my happy place when I’m doing things with Pink Lotus. I am in my happy place when I am here at Premier Counseling and so that’s how I know that I’m walking in my purpose because those are my happy places and I’m content there.”

For her, that’s confirmation she’s living her life not only with purpose, but on purpose.

For those wanting to start their own Vision Board, Gavin-Lane is hosting the Girls and Goals Vision Board Party Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. It’ll be at Hancock Whitney Bank in Biloxi from 11 am to 3 pm. Registration is 35 dollars.

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