This blog is at the heartbeat of my creativity. This is where I'd like to carve my niche and make my impression on this world. But this space is actually more about you than it is about me.I want to be of service to YOU. We ALL have so many things in common! At the core, the desire to be our best selves; to share the “know how”and the “how to” on unlocking our highest self. We can help each other get there.
I have made some progress that i’d like to share with you to help you navigate the things that both intimidate you and excite you! You’ll find that we share many experiences. I am a New Yorker. This city has groomed me to tackle some of the toughest of circumstances. But i was bred in Belize, a small easy going caribbean cultured country mixed in with all the countries that make up Latin America. There is where I spent the first half of my life. Daydreaming, reading books and writing about the adventures i could’ve been having. Till the day I moved to New York where it was finally possible for some of those adventures to become a reality.
I made a reputation for myself fresh off the boat ( figuratively speaking, Belize is actually about three hours away by plane and you can also drive up to the states from there). We came here and were poor. I wore clothes donated to us by our neighbors but that didn’t matter. My hair was always perfect, not a strand out of place, and being an insomniac gave me the advantage of painting my naturally long nails with designs in colors to match tomorrow’s outfit. Everyday my bangs were precisely perched above my brows and my nails were the topic of discussion at the lunch tables by admirers!
Because things were so rough in my household, the first opportunity i got to make my own money and be self sufficient I took it! It didn’t matter that it took three trains and a bus to get there! During that time i was surrounded by some of the flyest people I have ever met! They had grand aspirations of being fashion designers and only wore European labels. Naturally I adopted their strongest character trait and became obsessed with looking like I was somebody. Whatever labels they wore i matched and on a minimum wage budget! I upgraded my air max 95’ for a pair of signature monogram black on black double G Gucci sneaker! I would frequent the thrift store and consignment shops in the rich Long Island neighborhoods. They supplied me with vintage designer wears till I could save up enough to shop next season’s collection. I would study the magazines and be inspired to get creative and try my hand at some of the simple designs. My first attempt was actually quite successful! Fendi had some leather socks type things intended to be worn with your spring and summer strappy heels in the winter. A pair cost thousands! I scoured the fabric stores in china town for stretchy leather type material and stitched together a pair! Had no idea at that time that my efforts then would be known as a DIY now. From there I would buy items like dated fox fur coats from the second hand stores and come up with ways to repurpose them and make them trendy! Customizing my clothes to mimic the trends of the European brands became my thing. Was better than buying knock offs! I was soo obsessed with the labels I could recognize their stitching on garments in my peripherals! I was nice you hear me!!! Burberry rain coats were a big deal when I was in high school. Mine was Fendi! They couldn’t stand me!
It didn’t take long for me to realize I was renting my lifestyle. I was working at TJ Maxx to afford Louie V’s, while living in my mom’s house where we often didn’t have any food in the fridge. That wasn’t the life for me. It took me forever to make it out of high school but i made it! 4+ years to earn my diploma would merit me a break from higher education I felt! I used the time off to reflect on what mattered most to me and what my next move should be. College? The Marine Corp? In true fashion the Universe matched my desires with an opportunity that would enlighten me well beyond my age and planted the entrepreneurial seed deep into my existence!
I have held many occupations in many different fields! Ranging from Sales, retail, finances, childcare services and management. Each one offering a unique set of skills that my desire to be Excellent insisted that i master, or at the very least do my best! My desire to be Excellent is not determined by my upbringing and what it lacked. But rather, it has forged my creativity. Allowing me to escape. I don’t look like what i’ve been through! I can only imagine the things we can accomplish together having made it to this point. GREATNESS is in me! And in YOU too! Set it free!