Occupation/Title: Owner of BE!
Hometown: Inglewood, CA
1. Personal Background, please introduce yourself. Of course your job title, education etc, but also your hobbies, your passions, the things that make you YOU.
I have a passion for change and positive experiences that elicit change. Life is an adventure and an opportunity for all of us to learn and teach. Thus I live my life accordingly and follow my mantra, Live a Life Worth Living! I’m all about outdoor adventures and motorized sports. Skydiving, Atv’ing, zip lining, jet skiing, race car driving, hiking, water rafting, etc. I feel that adventure awakens the spirit and elevates you to another level, which is what my company is about.
All things Disney, Romantic, and Colorful are all of me. On the flip side I love watching History, Discover and the Food Channel haha. I love being with genuine people that make me laugh, think, and grow and that sentiment overflows into my work.I am the founder of the empowerment brand and movement, BE! In which I promote self love to millennial women.
2. State the name and mission of your organization.
BE! is an empowerment lifestyle brand that promotes self love to millennial women.Through special events and media, BE promotes its ideals, BE Inspired, BE Empowered, BE Well and BE YOU to audiences. BE!™ illuminates and affirms the self-inspired passions and goals envisioned by women on a spiritual journey to find their place in this world.
3. How did you get to where you are today?
Put simply, BE! is a life calling because my message, in its purity, is a reflection of my own truth. It’s been a journey. At 7 I decided I wanted to be a child psychologist because I wanted to help and empower children coming from dysfunctional families. By the time I got to college I was set on my majors, Sociology and Psychology. I also minored in African American studies and it got me really interested in learning about the depths of identity development. Upon graduation I was not confident enough to apply to PH.D programs but I knew I wanted to have my own organization and help people, so I applied to MSW and went to Columbia in New York. NYC was the birthing place of BE! From 2009 up until 2013 I progressively got interested in yoga, nutrition, personal development and mindfulness books, and finally launched The BE Life, my blog, in November 2013.
It took a string of unhealthy relationships, a layoff, and a physical transformation for me to open my eyes and think, what the heck has been going on? Look how much healing I need to do. I want everything to change but I need to work on me.
Because of my own realization, I became more and more aware of how much power women give up. How much low esteem they have. How much value they put in their bodies and labels as opposed to their visions, desires and purpose. Most importantly, I wanted to impact the nature of how we go into relationships. This right here was the kicker for me because why is ” a good woman like me” attracting the men I’m attracting? It wasn’t the goodness in me that was an issue, it was the brokenness and wounds. That was my aha moment. So much of who we are and what we do and become are affected by our relationships, romantic, familial and platonic. These relationships are often unhealthy spirals leading to further unhealthy spirals. I realized that first exploring the relationship with self, would affect absolutely everything else.
4. Do you feel you’ve made a difference? What changes have you seen/made and what do you hope to see in the future?
The most immediate changes that are evident are amongst my close family and friends. They use terms like “self love” now haha. They pay attention to what I do, and we fall into a lot of conversations about BEing present, focusing on gratitude, walking through fear, and self serving behaviors and thoughts. My little sister is the most impact because I don’t have children, she is my legacy. When I teach her about anything, and on her own she responds and reflects it, that it fulfillment. Breaking cycles of self defeat, self hate, and self sacrificing.
5. How have you changed since starting your work?
The nature of my personal relationships have dramatically changed. Because I learn to honor myself and my spirit, I’m more adamant and vocal to people about what I will and will not entertain, likewise in honoring others i am no where near as judgmental as I used to be. I have been able to forgive and let go of a lot of expectations and take people for who they are.
6. You’ve told us the mission for your organization, but what does your work do for you personally?
Accountability. To know people might be looking for the inspiration or insight of a blog or social media post means I must be selfless and do whats necessary to honor others and myself. Also, one of my aunts says I’m the first student of BE which is true because most content is reflective of personal epiphanies, experiences and conversations. I often am transparent that journeys never end, including my own, So I get to teach and learn cyclically.
7. What advice do you have for women wanting to start their own organization or non-profit?
Do the research, make a plan, and just go. You don’t always have to “wait for the perfect time,” do what you can with what you have, and whatever is meant to be will unfold. You will evolve as well as your organization, and sometimes that evolution is appealing to even your first followers. FAITH is the most important, passion comes next, vision and effort go hand in hand.
That self love is the key to loving a life worth living. When you connect to yourself and the idea of self love you will live more fearlessly, attract healthy platonic and romantic relationships, will be able to give more to the world, and will fall in love with yourself in and out.
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