How do you see yourself, and how would you like to be seen?
I love the quote, "The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away." -Pablo Picasso. I truly believe my purpose is to make the people who don't feel seen, feel seen and to make the people who don't feel important, feel important. I never want anyone to feel like they don't have a place in this life; so me planting seeds of "You matter!" in people; is something I give freely.
How do you define your purpose in life?
To create an atmosphere where change is possible. From my family , to being a licensed counselor, in preaching, or with my poetry , my purpose is to show others that the possible, is possible.
What are three events that helped to shape your life?
1-Attending Langston University
2-Getting married to my amazing husband.
3-The Trayvon Martin Case/Trial
What woman inspires you and why?
I admire a myriad of women for their achievements, their uniqueness and essence, however my inspiration comes from within. It's a soul thing for me.
Are there any assumptions about women that you would like to change? Why?
That when women get together we're catty. I've experienced way more positivity and encouragement in the presence of women than negativity. It's safe to say that 97% of my encounters with women are positive. I want to debunk the narrative that when women get together, there's always drama present; and focus more on how women empower and celebrate each other.
What do you believe will be the biggest challenge for the generation of women behind you?
The generation of women behind me want to lead their own path and take advantage of every opportunity to achieve a successful future to the point they can experience career burn out quickly. These are the women that are starting business while they're in college; in their early 20's. This may be a challenge but not one that they're not equipped to overcome. The generation behind me has resources at their fingertips that they can tap into to help navigate through these types of situations.
As a Woman of Valor, what advice would you give to your younger self and do you follow this advice now?
I believe that in a lot of cases, experience is the best teacher. I've been fortunate enough that the lessons I've learned on my own didn't negatively affect my life. I was blessed with phenomenal parents and grandparents that taught me great principles with their actions and words. I said all of that to say that I don't have any advice that I would give my younger self. The experiences I've had definitely shaped me into the woman that I am today; the woman I'm proud of.