"Work hard in silence, let success be your noise."
What has been your journey to becoming a confident woman?
I come from a place where if you're not light skin, skinny, with nice curly hair, you're considered ugly. Well, obviously I'm none of the above. As a child, I would sometimes cry myself to sleep. I wanted to fit in and I did not want to be called the "ugly friend" anymore. I grew so angry at myself and I started lashing out and I stopped taking care of myself. Randomly, one day my mom told me that every morning she wanted me to look at myself in the mirror and tell myself until I believed it that I am beautiful inside and out. It took some time for me to believe it, a matter of fact it took some years. Once I stopped trying to please others and started becoming confident in my own skin, and started taking care of my body and my health, I started seeing the beauty within me. Now, what others say don't phase me. I know for a fact I'm model status from head to toe, and I don't need anyone's approval but God's.
What are some challenges you face in trying to be confident?
I strongly believe that power is on the tongue and am my biggest critic. Sometimes I begin to notice I'm speaking negatively to myself or I'm comparing myself. I quickly then realize who I am and how far I've come and stay to speak a word of positivity.
What advice do you have for other women?
Stop seeking approval from others. If you see areas you can improve on, work on them for the benefit of yourself. Get rid of anything or anyone who brings negative energy into your personal space. Remember you are beautifully and wonderfully made and when you walk into the room, you light it up. Find something you like about yourself every day and allowed compliment yourself, because at the end of the day, if you don't believe it, no one else will.