I am happily embracing my 27th birthday today, and rather than harp on another year I turn older. I’ve decided to celebrate my 27 years of life, by acknowledging a few experiences and milestones…
1. On September 19, 1979; I was welcomed into this world by two of the best parents and girl could hope for.
2. I’ve always had the ability to never take NO for an answer; perseverance has always been natural for me. ( as per my mommy)
3. I landed my first internship w/ BMG in L.A., without any hook ups. I simply faxed in my resume. I even sat out a semester of college getting caught up in the industry hype; the best decision I made was when I decided to go back to school in Baton Rouge (it may have been due to the massive layoffs I was witnessing).
4. In spring of 2005, I decided to nurture my interests in the real estate industry and received my Texas real estate license.
5. Even as a child; I’ve always been to handle competition in a positive and productive manner. In fact, my best work is always done under pressure.
6. I had the opportunity to visit Atlanta for the first with my Girl Scout troop to see Spelman, Morehouse, and Clark Atlanta.
7. I graduated from Southern University in Fall 2003 with a degree in Business Marketing. (It was long road, but I made it)
8. In 2000, I decided to think out of the box and leave my comfort zone in L.A. to attend school in Baton Rouge, LA with no family and only 1 friend.
9. In May 2006, I bought my first piece of real estate; my condo. The start of an awesome portfolio.
10. I got high for the first time at 22 years old while in college. Thanks to ___ for introducing me to Canada’s finest! It was so good, I was hiding in my dorm room closet from who the hell knows (I was a rookie and yes, it was pure marijuana).
11. I use to drive from L.A. to Baton Rouge during my breaks from college because I wanted to keep my car. (No more road trips!)
12. It was in college when I experienced my “first love” with my college sweetheart. (We’re no longer together, but he was a great guy)
13. I wanted to learn how to drive as soon as I turned 16 years old. (I totaled my mother’s car, I was okay). Thank God for Volvos!
14. At 17, I got my first car a Toyota Tercel (a.k.a brownie).
15. I made my first gingerbread house (or any real baking good for that matter) in my 10th grade culinary class. My parents kept it for several years. (Not a cook at all today)
16. My high school prom was a glamorous and fantastic affair. Thanks to my parents.
17. When I was eighteen I got my tongue pierced.
18. I had the privilege to meet and be mentored by Entertainment Attorney Nina Shaw (when I thought Law was my passion). She did influence my decision to learn more about Business.
19. Thinking BIG has always been a part of my life.
20. I got my first real job (or what I like to call my paid internship) after a year of temp work in Dallas, working in commercial real estate.
21. My nickname going up was “Star”. I was quite the performer growing up.
22. I had the privilege of meeting Sydney Poitier & Brock Peters while giving a keynote speech in their presence.
23. I worked as Tutorial aide for at risk students at juvenile hall school in L.A. (the most humbling experience of my life.)
24. After graduating from Southern I decided to move to Dallas, TX with no job, no close family, and 1 friend. I’ve never looked back.
25. Since 2004 (and my move to Dallas), I’ve made a promise to myself to never let a year pass by without any progress or growth.
26. In 2006, I became a Big in the Big Brother and Big Sisters organization.
27. At lucky 27, I’m truly grateful for the woman I am becoming and for everything I have (even when I don’t think it’s much). I am finally at point where I am truly comfortable in my own skin and understand my purpose here on earth. No regrets and never looking back! Nothing is impossible for this chick!