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•I Am Movement•
“As a teenager I took a class where my peers voted me least likely to succeed as a business woman. I was an impressionable kid with several learning challenges and I felt alone, unintelligent, and insignificant. I worked with several learning specialists, speech pathologists, and doctors to help me learn strategies to cope with my challenges; however, I was painfully aware that I didn’t measure up academically in comparison to many of my friends. I was stunned that a teacher would even have that question on an in-class assignment. To add insult to injury, I was humiliated as the teacher announced the results to the class. It wasn’t until I moved to college that I realized I didn’t have to accept other peoples opinions of me. I just needed to shift my attitude. I began making lists of goals, even including the ones that seemed out of reach. When I felt bad about myself I’d make lists of everything I was grateful for in my life. I would read these lists every morning and one by one I would knock them out. By the time I was a sophomore in college I launched my own music business along with my independent music career. My creativity and music has taken me to Milan, Chicago, Nashville, and Los Angeles. I was told languages would be too difficult for me to learn, but now I am an Italian minor and have traveled and taught in Italy. I even regularly made the Dean’s list. I was told my hands were too small to ever learn guitar. With the help of my dad I taught myself guitar at 11 years old. Do I succeed every time I set out to do something? Not always. Do I consider myself a failure? Not at all. To me, failure is when you don’t even try. Instead of wallowing in shame, I chose to put my energy into creating what I wanted. What I want people reading this to take away is that you are so much more than a letter grade or someone else’s opinion of you. Never let other people’s negative expectations define you.” #Warrior #Human #Connection #Vulnerability #Identity #IAmNashville