What does Women's History Month mean to you?
Women’s History Month means one word: EMPOWERMENT. For so long women have been ignored and treated as if we’re the bottom of the totem pole when in fact we are at the top. This world couldn’t move if it were not for woman, so it’s important that we empower ourselves and other women. It’s important to cheer them on and not look at other women as competition. Our businesses may have to compete against each other but that doesn’t mean we can’t be supportive. There’s a million brands who sell the same things so understand that your lane is your lane and no one else can change that. If we empower then we move mountains as women.
How are you using your gifts to propel women forward?
As an Endometriosis advocate, I have taken a horrible disease that has riddled my life into something positive. Endometriosis is a reproductive condition that causes prolonged periods, debilitating cramps, organ issues by scar tissue that rids the body, and more. Personally, my cycle lasts 3-4 months at a time with a 3 day-month break in between. I have continuous pain even when not on my cycle, so you can imagine how fatigued I am constantly, but it doesn’t stop the grind.
Not only do I use my platform to educate young ladies by teaching classroom sessions about Endometriosis, I am also using my gift of writing to touch those women who are already affected by the disease. I’ve been working diligently to show my fellow Endo warriors that this disease does not have to stop you from living your life. Additionally, I advocate for women of color so that we aren’t dismissed by physicians when explaining symptoms. It’s important that we take a stand against the medical community by not being ignored any longer. I have a few Endo events I’m working on to bring more awareness to the issue.
What advice would you share with readers who are hesitant to pursue their passion?
Spirit doesn’t give you purpose with no passion, so if you’re passionate about it then it’s your purpose. Starting is always the hardest part and if it’s a purpose that is personal it’s even harder, so you must be comfortable. You also need clarity on your purpose to be able to navigate clearly. Don’t be afraid to fail – it comes with pursuing your purpose and trust in whoever you pray and believe to that they will guide you along your journey. Faith is the ultimate key.
How can readers support your efforts in 2019?
If you or anyone you may know are in the educational field, please contact me so that I can expand my reach with educating young ladies about Endometriosis and its effects. This is my mission and passion and the more we educate, the better chance these young ladies will feel comfortable with discussing their cycles and speaking up to physicians when they’re needs aren’t being met.
What is your favorite inspirational quote?
“Every man and woman is born into the world do something unique and something distinctive and if he or she does not do it, it will never be done.” – B.E. Mays
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