Early in my life, I drew strength and inspiration from a large extended family of courageous women who persevered hardships to provide for their families and advance into opportunities previously denied to them. Even amid their struggles, they always encouraged me to pursue my dreams. As an educator and a councilwoman, I am grateful to have the opportunity to do the same for future generations.

I encourage young women to do the following in pursuit of their dreams:

  1. In the words of Voting Rights Activist Stacy Abrams, “Do not edit your desires.”
    a. Don’t let anyone stop you from dreaming big! As young women, it is okay to be ambitious. There will be setbacks and unexpected detours but don’t limit your journey before it even starts.
  2. Seek wise counsel early and often
    a. Wisdom is gold! As a little girl growing up in church, the value of wise counsel was ingrained in me. Identify people in your life who care about you and can provide constructive criticism, direction, and feedback to keep you on the right path to fulfill your dreams.
  3. Support other young women as they pursue their dreams
    a. I serve on City Council with five other dynamic women—I am continuously reminded that collaboration always takes you further than competition. Your gifts and talents can be used to help your peers reach their goals.
  4. Make plans to leave a legacy
    a. “We drink from wells we did not dig; we are warmed by fires we did not kindle” (Deut. 6.11). We are the direct benefactors of those who came before us; make sure to pave the way for those who will come after you.