Tuesday, July 31, 2012

That I never really reflect enough...

When and where were you born?
I was born January 22, 1988 in Manhatten, NY
Where did you grow up?

I am a Southern girl, raised in Birmingham AL.
What was it like?

Growing up, I was very involved with my city. I learned a lot about my culture with Birmingham being the home of the civil rights movement, and it possesses a culture unlike any other.
Who were your parents?

I was adopted by my grandparents, Patricia and Henry M.
What were your parents like?

My parents were very dedicated to teaching us to love who we were and having goals that were big. They were very honest about their opinions of the world, and the lessons it brought.
Did you have a nickname? How’d you get it?
My Nickname Growing up was Jiji. I got it as a derivative of my full name, but I believe to me it represents my feisty side, or the part of my personality that doesn't quit.
What did you think your life would be like when you were older?
Growing up I wasn't sure where I would end up. I just knew that I wanted to be something big. I often prayed because I knew that I didn't have a lot of things other people had. I had a very humble life, and was taught that education was the way to ensure success. But as first in family to go to college, I many times had to create my own methods and ambitions. I began thinking I would be a nurse because I loved a helping profession, and later became  a social worker. I never thought that would be my calling since I was taken from my mother at a young age, but it turned out to be destiny. When I began doing pageants I had many doubts from myself and others, but something told me that if I followed through, I would be filling the role I've always wanted. The motivator, and the person who did what many told her she could not.

What was the happiest moment of your life? The saddest?
The happiest moment of my life was graduating from college. The saddest was learning that my mother had Cancer. She is now a survivor
Who was the most important person in your life?
My mother is the most important person in my life
Who has been the biggest influence on your life? What lessons did that person teach you?

I think that there are so many influences in my life that it would be hard to choose. I have had the pleasure to meet so many inspirational people, and hope to meet many more
What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in life?

The most important lesson I have learned in life that bad things will happen to everyone, no matter who they are, but succes is determined by those who never quit.
Are there any words of wisdom you’d like to pass along?

Work hard, Play hard. Life is too short to not be ambitious and to not have fun, because there are some who aren't blessed to do both. These things create balance.
What are you proudest of in your life?

I'm proud that I have stayed true to myself, and that I have learned from my mistakes.
How has your life been different than what you’d imagined?

I've had different obstacles than I have expected, but achieved more.
 How would you like to be remembered?
As a strong woman who left behind a legacy.
 What does your future hold?