ABANDON FEAR, BECOME YOUR BEST, + CREATE A LIFE
My story really began the moment that I dropped out of college.
I was told my whole life, "get good grades, go to college, get a good job, and start a family".
(the so-called American dream)
But it didn't take me long to realize that my dreams were bigger than that. I woke up one day after traumatically losing my boyfriend to a shooting (he was intentionally shot 19 times in a barbershop) and felt God was telling me it was time to live my life because tomorrow isn't promised.
I knew the first thing I needed to do was drop out of college. I was afraid of disappointing my mom and not having a plan B but it was a leap of faith I was willing to take. I was ready to really discover who I am and what I truly wanted out of life. But when you're a full-time college student, NBA dancer, and work 3 different jobs - there's little to no time for self-discovery.
This is where my journey really began....
WHILE DANCING FOR THE NBA, I STRUGGLED WITH MY CONFIDENCE. I WAS CONSTANTLY COMPARED TO MY TEAMMATES AND ASKED TO MAKE UNREALISTIC CHANGES TO MY WEIGHT AND THIS FORCED ME TO HAVE A LOT OF INSECURITIES. THAT PLUS MY PAST TOXIC RELATIONSHIPS GAVE ME A MOMENT OF CLARITY!
My purpose was in my pain. I was on a journey of self-love and self-development because I knew that I deserved to feel confident and create a life I could be proud of. The question I asked myself was "how many other women are dealing with this same struggle and how can I help them too?"
I prayed, I researched and I brainstormed - after a few tears and glasses of wine (much needed lol) the Shameless brand was created.