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Be Bold! Be Fierce! Be You! Campaign Ms. Y

Tell Me Your Story! What life experiences have made you who you are today? The life experiences that have impacted me the most and shaped the woman I am are many. My upbringing from the Caribbean and having to embrace two cultures have contributed in many ways. My personal experiences contributed even more so. At 20 years old, I got married, stopped my college education shortly after and started a family, having my 1st born, a son, at age 23. By 25, I was a single mom and decided to pursue my college education. All, while going through a two year divorce proceedings with an ex husband who was more financially stable, who was the mayor of our town, and was trying to take my son away from me. Still, I graduated with my bachelor's degree in Interior Design. I got remarried again a couple years later and had my second baby, a daughter. Fast forward to 4 years after I had her, I decided to go back to school again to pursue a master's degree in Design Management to help me prepare to own my own Interior Design firm one day. Graduated in 2017. All while going through another difficult marriage, raising my babies and instilling in them the values I hold dear. While continuing to grow in my career in Interior Design, teaching design classes at a local college, and personally growing and staying motivated. I am now 39 years old, I am far from perfect, but I am constantly seeking personal growth, learning from my mistakes, carving my own way and still striving to reach my goals as a mother, as a woman, and as a professional.

What is your definition of beauty? To me being beautiful is beyond just your physical appearance. It is defined by your originality, being comfortable being your authentic self, embracing not just your qualities, but your flaws as well, because they also contribute greatly to our uniqueness. Beauty is also in kindness and humility.

Do you feel beautiful? Absolutely!!!!!!

What is your favorite NON physical feature about yourself? (After all beauty is a light in the heart) My ability to still be loving, caring, and hopeful even when my past experiences could have turned me bitter. My big heart and resiliency!

How does being the woman you are today make you uniquely powerful? * The woman I am today is a lot wiser, intuitive, experienced, prepared, self-aware and determined.

Why are beautiful photos important for you right now? * To capture this phase of my growth.

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