What does grace and grit mean to you?
Overcoming every obstacle that life throws your way and coming out on top. Keeping it cute and classy while doing so!
BROW & LASH TECHNICIAN
Tenure: 2nd Year
Hometown: Washington, DC
College: Norfolk State University
Proud: feeling deep pleasure or satisfaction as a result of one’s own achievements, qualities, or possessions or those of someone with whom one is closely associated.
I can’t think about my life, with what I’ve been through and where I am today, and not be extremely proud of the woman I am. I never gave up on myself and always believed in me more than anyone else did.
Becoming a mother in my early 20’s, I was told to forget about my desires and needs because that didn’t matter anymore. Everything was about my son Camrin now. Naturally I agreed, as good mothers, isn’t that what we do? I did whatever it took and sacrificed whatever I had to, to ensure Camrin was happy, healthy and well-taken care of. One of those sacrifices was dance and leaving my talent agency. For a while, I didn’t miss it. I was proud of how well I was adapting to motherhood. I was juggling my personal, business and family life while attending college and being a part of the PTA at Camrin’s school. I was taking him back and forth to different sports practices and games. I never missed a game or a chance to embarrass him by being the loudest and proudest parent cheering on the sideline. Though my heart was full being my amazing son’s mother, there was something missing. Something I needed to do for myself.
Seven years later, I finally walked back into a dance class. With that first “5, 6, 7 8” I instantly realized that I was no longer the “best” dancer in the room. I was rusty with technique and flexibility, not as in shape as I used to be, and was years older than the other girls. Next came, three years of auditioning for a Pro team and being told “no” each time. It took its toll on me, but eventually I made a Semi Pro team and became captain. After taking a workshop with current Director and Assistant Director of Washington Redksins Cheerleaders, I knew the Redskins was where I was meant to be! I did my research and signed up for the Washington Cheerleaders Training Program in preparation for auditions. I already had an extremely busy life and now, I was adding something else for me to it, but I made it work. Although I wanted to say “forget it”, one of my favorite quotes would always come to mind, “You can’t expect to succeed if you only put in work on the days you feel like it.” I’m so glad I didn’t give up on myself and that I believed I could achieve what I wanted. When they called my number at auditions, it was one of my proudest moments of in life!
Now in my second season as a WRC, it is still worth all the hard work, time and dedication. I’m still in awe that this is one of my jobs. A dream turned reality that I get to share with 36 amazing sisters. I didn’t give up on myself and knew I could have it all. I’m still an amazing mom, business owner, and First Lady of Football and I couldn’t be any more PROUD of myself!