The resilience of the human spirit has always inspired me. Poor. Disadvantaged. Bold. Perseverance. Strong. Courageous. Overcomer. Committed. Motivated. Inspired.
Every story has a beginning. These are not mere words, but traits that best describe my life, my story, and my destiny. Having my first child at age 17 and another child at age 20, it was an ongoing struggle. I came from poverty and I know first-hand what it means to not have enough money to pay rent; I know what it feels to go to sleep hungry; I know how it feels to be turned away from a job because of there was no affordable childcare because I was not making a good enough hourly rate; I know how it feels to lose a job because of no childcare, a lack of transportation, and not having enough money to get to work. I was told I was nothing more than another “statistic” and that I would never amount to anything in life. These words resonated with me, but I refused to be a product of my environment. That was then.
All it took was someone—a mentor, affiliated with a local nonprofit organization, to reach out to help me and assisted me in charting a path for my very own success. Although I have had to overcome insurmountable odds early in life and experienced tragic events throughout my life, these circumstances never deterred me from achieving the goals I set for my future.