W ho am I? This is a very interesting question but one that is not easy for me to answer. The following poem explains why.
I am a person, a WOMAN who plays many roles ~ Daughter, sister, mother, cousin, aunt, lover, friend … ~ The list goes on and on I am a person, a WOMAN with emotions, too many to decipher at times ~ Happiness, sadness, utopia, anger … ~ All rolled into one I am a person, a WOMAN with many creative outlets ~Writer, poet, artist, speaker, actress …~ Some I have yet to uncover! Try to see me for who I am! A complex, unique and special I-N-D-I-V-I-D-U-A-L Who happens to be a WOMAN with many roles, many emotions, and many creative outlets PLEASE … DON’T PUT ME IN A BOX!
Our complexities, as women, sometimes get us into a bind because we are juggling so many balls that we don’t take time to figure out who we are. As a result, many of us are going through life stuck and frustrated because we don’t know how to get out of our rut.
Ask me how I know? When I was growing up, my mother often said, ‘what glitters may not be gold.” Meaning things may be different than they appear. Well, that was my life. Things appeared great on the outside but I was crumbling on the inside. I felt depressed, frustrated and stuck for many years but I was brought up not to air my duty laundry so I sucked it up and move on. My situation got so bad that I had to start taking medication and honestly, there were days that I could barely keep things together – this is critical when you are a single parent.
This was my life until I heard someone ask the question - When are you going to stop taking a back seat in YOUR life and show up in it? This question wasn’t directed at me but it struck a nerve.
I had no clue what the first step was in order for me to start showing up in my life and it has been quite a journey and I have had a lot of help along the way. I am a work in progress BUT I feel more fulfilled and alive than I ever did in my life. I have a purpose to get up each morning because I am living my passion. That is, help professional women who are experiencing what I did; learn how they can reclaim their live.
I have over 20 years’ experience working in various capacities with many different groups – teenage mothers, families in the DYFS foster care system, youths and adults with emotional challenges, homeless individuals and survivors of domestic violence. These experiences coupled with my own life journey have prepared me to do my work. I also have a MS in Psychiatric Rehabilitation from the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey.
I am also the mother of two adult children – my greatest accomplishment to date!
Enough about me, let’s focus on you!