Generally speaking, everyone has a solid list of characteristics and phrases that they feel accurately defines them as an individual. These seemingly definitive characteristics often control how we think as well as the actions we take in our lives. I am reminded daily of who I am. I’m a Christian, I’m black, I’m a woman, a wife, a sister, an introvert, and in my mid twenties- just to name a few. While giving credit to my relationship with God, the people in my life, and content I choose to surround myself with, these, “reminders,” usually stem from a place of positivity. However, for things I do not choose, the content can often be negative, ignorant, or simply non-inclusive. For this reason, I strongly value my power to choose. I can choose which shows to watch, the food I cook, the books I read, the organizations I support, where I spend my money, and most importantly, the impact I have on the world around me. I choose to be happy, and some days I choose to be sad, I choose to be kind to everyone I meet, I choose to be healthy, and I choose to uplift those around me.
It’s important to recognize and support people who make choices that create positive change. There are endless stories on amazing people uplifting their communities in their own unique way; Jennifer Pierre, the founder of Melanites, has created a line of multicultural dolls for boys to inspire them to think big and be true to themselves, Chris Bentley and Carlos Miller started Live Fresh Palm Beach County as an awesome resource to homeless people in their community, and the ten-year-old motivational speaker, Nyeeam Hudson, is giving inspirational messages on the importance of knowledge and self esteem!
“Create what you wish existed.” -Jennifer Pierre
I’ve chosen a career in public relations to help bring a voice to those who deserve to be heard and to bring positive messages to people who need to hear them. There are so many things I am interested in and the process of narrowing it down to one is going to be an awesome journey. For now, I am a writer, a supporter, and a fashion/health/beauty/animal enthusiast. I plan to work hard every day toward finding the true purpose for my life while enjoying the ride.
I encourage you to think about your recent choices, future choices, and how you spend your time. Really think about what you want out of life, and do a little (or a lot) each day to reach your goals!