Tell us about yourself:
I grew up in the heart of Kentucky and after receiving a Division I scholarship for basketball, I decided to attend college in Charleston, SC. (Go Cougs!) I chose the College of Charleston because who else wouldn't want to go to school in the most beautiful city in America. Which happens to be located 15 minutes from the beach!
Well, that wasn't the only reason (just an added bonus). I chose Charleston because I was inspired by the city the moment I arrived. Inspiration is everywhere in Charleston, from the open air markets to the different colored houses of Rainbow Row. From local artisans and women making straw baskets to the historical architecture and skyline of church steeples. Fast forward 7 years and I'm a DC based creative, marketer and aspiring philanthropist.
In Charleston, I obtained two degrees, one in Fine Arts and the other Communications. I am grateful now, to be able to meld my corporate and creative experiences.
By day, I'm an Account Manager and Creative Consultant for the best Advertising and Creative Staffing Agency in the US. I get to work with the funniest, smartest, marketers and creatives in the Washington, DC Metro area! When I'm not managing my accounts, I am designing and creating marketing and event strategies for creatives, non-profits, and retail/e-commerce clients.
The rest of my time is spent learning calligraphy, styling photo shoots, and grabbing coffee with other creatives! In the midst of all that, I am heavily involved with bringing awareness to human trafficking via an organization, A21. Did you know that every 30 seconds someone is sold into trafficking? It's the fasting growing criminal industry in the world! A lesson that I've learned from living In DC is that in order to bring change, you have to engage in the conversations and get involved.
Why are you passionate about what you're doing?
It's easy to be passionate about something if it's your purpose. I come from a family of talented artists, musicians, dreamers and doers. So I knew early on that I artist that wanted to create for others. I'm blessed that I get to do this every day! And I try not to take my blessings lightly, that's why, for me, it is important to give back and encourage others.
I actually adopted this from my Pastor (hey Mark Batterson)! "If your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough" If you want something go get it. If it doesn't exist create it. Get out of your comfort zones and design the life that you want to live! It may not be easy, you might have to take a step back before you go forward but the growth and happiness will come from the journey!
Advice for tough times or making tough decisions:
Before making any decisions, I recommend that you first consider what you'd want as the ideal outcome. No one enjoys making tough decisions. But you drew the short straw, so just get it over with. Just think about the end result and choose a side. I know what some of you may be thinking, "it's easier said than done." I get it. But my preference is to make a decision, before its made for me.
Either you are all in or you are out. It's done or it isn't. Just do it and move on. Dwelling on something longer than necessary is waste of your time and energy! Onward and upward!
Tips for dealing with negative thinking or people:
My one tip for dealing with negative people is understanding/realizing that their actions and words are NOT my truth. In most cases, people that speak negativity are simply projecting their own insecurities and negative thoughts. It took me a while to stop allowing the negative talk and people dictate what I would do, where I would go, what I would say. It is not ok. It never will be. And to be honest, some of these people never change.
Don't tolerate anyone who diminishes you or your goals and dreams. Don’t let anyone have that power over you! You are beautiful. You are smart. You are talented. You are strong.
Your hope for women around the world:
My hope is that we, as women, can get to a point where we champion, encourage, and empower each other! We are all unique, and we all have our own visions and dreams. Why should we tear each other down when opportunities are endless? Let's all make it to the top together! It would definitely be a lot more fun!
What motivates/inspires you:
I am continually inspired and motivated by the women around me that I'm so blessed to call, my family and friends. These women are from all walks of life, backgrounds, and levels of experience. Yet, each one has followed their hearts to carve out a life they love. I've personally been inspired by their journeys and I am inspired daily.
What does an extraordinary life mean to you?
Waking up every day and giving thanks for the life I have. Surrounded by my caring, loving and engaging friends and family. Having fulfillment through my work and my hobbies! My great satisfaction is giving back to those in need. That's love! That's living! That's extraordinary!