I was actually going to give you the opportunity to ask me questions you might have because I live my life as an open book. When I thought about the possible questions I could get I was reminded that while it’s no secret to me, everyone might not know this tidbit of my history, so here’s my secret:
I had my first child at 19 and my second at 21. 10 days before delivering my second child their father was #arrested and sentenced to 10 years in #prison for armed robbery. The #stigma of being that closely associated with someone ‘locked up’ prevented me from being extremely vocal about this to more than a few close friends.
Reality is we all know someone (maybe more than one) who’s ‘behind bars’ or worse dead as a result of being ‘caught up in the streets’. I have lost too many dudes to the ignorances of being cool and getting money and it’s time to#dobetter. Instead of proclaiming #freewhoever, what are we doing to congratulate those who never cross the threshold of #incarceration and prevent those at risk of making the same bad decisions we did?
I openly share this now, because I understand it’s part of my testimony, and how God is going to use me. I was born a #statistic made decisions to add on to the statistical odds and STILL beat them all!
I shouldn’t have my bachelors, but I do!
I shouldn’t have a full time job making above minimum wage, but I do!
I shouldn’t even be thinking about trying to be an #entrepreneur, let alone step out as one, but I am!
I should be on assistance, but I’m not!
I shouldn’t be a homeowner, but I am!
My children shouldn’t be getting straight A’s in school but they do!
I shouldn’t be applying for my masters but I am!
I shouldn’t be getting married but I am!
My girls should have behavioral problems but they don’t!
I should be ashamed but I’m not!