Persistence

 

Becoming a young entrepreneur and moving to a new city and everything in between  has been mentally, physically, and emotionally challenging for me. Initially my plan to move to Georgia consisted of me going to Clark Atlanta University in the fall semester, but I recently found out that will be postponed. I was hired at a job the same day I moved down here. If I would have known that I was not going to receive a paycheck until a month later, I would not have taken the position. 

When I was in high school I was a part of a girls group called Sisterhood. The name of the group could not have been more perfect because we became close as siblings. One of the events that we put together was a women's program called "Take It Back" We each read poetry, acted out scenes, sang, and other performances that turned out to move the crowd in a way we never could have imagined. I was chosen to read the poem "Just don't Quit". At the time I was dangerously shy and I cried from our Adviser forcing me to stand in front of my "sisters" to recite the poem. Once I got onto the stage, shaky knees, voice trembling and all, I thought about all of those girls who just stood up and shared their deepest darkest secrets with me, willingly. I realized how important the poem was for the girls and me being the one to recite it, was important for myself. I cried while reciting it on stage, I cried with them, we cried together.

Fast forward six years later and I still refer to "Just Don't Quit" when I need a reminder to keep pressing on. Going through trials in everyday life help remind you that you are always much stronger than you lead yourself to be, you have to be your number one cheerleader. Even the negative days can be manifested into positively. Be persistent in your actions and watch it flourish into something beautiful.

The rose that grew out of the concrete... 


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