Updated: Feb 12
Growing up, I was considered a sassy underdog, non-conformed to societal norms. At age four, I had no problem scolding adults who were using racially charged rhetoric or told me girls can’t do that. In grade school, I was fearless when fighting a boy twice my size who made it his hobby to bully disabled kids. In junior high, I was the chubby cheerleader determined to out jump and cheer my thinner counterparts. In high school, I stood unwavering in my beliefs concerning the complete absurdity of typical teenage behavior. As a young adult, I met head on the attacks of life meant to make me sit down and shut up.
My road to success was not the typical go to college, get a summer intern, and graduate with a six-figure income at a prestigious firm. Mine was more of the Erin Brockovich variety.
A big kink was thrown in my adolescent dream for my life. At just 20 years of age, I became a divorcee holding the title of single mom. After trying to juggle the responsibilities of parenthood, school, and bills, I decided to quit college and enter the workplace. I absorbed every bit of knowledge I could; praying for a better future for me and my beautiful baby girl.
Against all sound judgment and a giant leap of faith, at age twenty-five, my new husband and I opened our first business using the skills we had obtained; garnishing surprise success from year one. Over the past 17 years, we have opened additional business learning how to celebrate on the mountain tops and endure through the valleys. At age 40, I proudly walked across the stage earning my degree in Organizational Communications; completing a life goal I had set for myself as a young girl.
I now spend my days overseeing our businesses while helping fellow small business owners through consulting. I proudly serve my community as a City Council Woman and involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America at the local and state level. My greatest accomplishment, however, is my marriage to my Hottie Scottie and the six children who loudly call me Mom.