“Never doubt your greatness.”
It took me nearly 30 years to realize I’m great. For three decades I second guessed my potential. That’s entirely too long, to doubt yourself. I shared my story with about 25 4th graders last week at a female summit for 4th-8th grade girls.
One of the questions I asked was, “How many of you ever wanted to do something, but thought you couldn’t?” The number of hands that popped up was alarming, and evidence that I was there for a purpose.
I was there to remind some, and tell others for the first time that you can be whatever you want in life if you work hard at it.
As I stood in front of a group of nine and 10 year olds, I explained to them that there are people in this world who were once sitting where they are, facing the same challenges, but we’re still able to find success in life. The success they found was due to hard work.
I was once that little girl in the desk. I grew up poor, in a single parent home and dreamed of a better life. I wanted a better situation than the one I was in. But I was blessed, because my mother poured into me. She encouraged(demanded) me to work hard and nurtured my dreams. Growing up poor, many parents would encourage their child to pursue a guaranteed career and one that pays well. A TV News Journalist is neither. Your job isn’t certain and the pay could be better. Despite knowing that my mom still pushed me to chase my dreams.
I know, every child isn’t as lucky to have support at home, that’s why it’s my (our) job to give back and encourage our young people, especially our black girls.
It’s so important for young black girls to see a positive reflection of themselves in the community. Black females are often degraded and portrayed negatively through media, so it’s our duty to show little girls that we’re much more. We should be that example of success. That’s part of the reason why I jump at some opportunities to speak to the youth.
That same week I also spoke to another group of girls who were much older. We talked about planning a future that includes college. We also talked about career goals and setting the foundation now to accomplish those goals. I always hope that the girls will leave with a nugget that will stick with them for life.
Sweeties, tell me how you give back. I would love to hear your story. Tell me about in the comments
P.S. My mama came to support me. She looks so cute in her 70′s themed look. It’s #thrifted. I’m wearing Mossimo Printed Scuba Skirt from Target ($13), Mossimo Tie Front Blouse ($11) , and nude heels from Lulu’s. You may also like this dress and this dress . Both are great alternatives if the skirt and blouse are sold out.