After 10 years of working in the health care sector, and many more years spent as a knowledge-seeker and life longer learner, I know that self-care is the most important form of health care there is. I am a passionate health and wellness advocate who believes that the best way to work towards becoming a better version of ourselves is through intentionality and community.
I haven't always been intentional in my self-care practice. A former version of myself thought that getting a pedicure and booking the occasional massage would do the trick. But self-care isn't just about pampering yourself (although sometimes it is!), and it's more than a buzz-word. It is about pouring into yourself and feeding your soul - and doing so with such consistency that caring for yourself first becomes a way of life.
As both a woman and mother of color, I think it is especially important to be in tune with what makes us come alive as we navigate the world around us. In a society that is too often inequitable and unjust, where we have traditionally been deemed as "caregivers" who come last, I hope to shift the narrative around what caring for ourselves as mothers in our communities can look like while providing motivation stay the course. It is not sustainable to be everything to everyone else while giving nothing to ourselves.
While our motherhood stories, personal experiences, wellness goals and self-care journy's are as varied and diverse as we are, a consistent truth should remain: SHE has to come before the WE.
I am a wife to an amazing husband who encourages this truth, and together we have two young sons whom we absolutely adore. Having a glass of wine while enjoying a good meal is undoubtedly one of my favorite past times (although I must admit I'm rarely the chef…I’m working on that). I grew up all over the world, and am therefore a global citizen who considers home to be wherever my family is. For now, that’s the greater Cleveland area. I am also a wanderer looking forward to new adventures, as extroverted as they come, and a newbie morning meditator.
When I’m not chasing after my kids and find a moment to myself, you can generally catch me in bed reading or writing, squeezing in a workout, listening to a podcast or scrolling through Instagram.
I am a proud graduate of Howard University (#TheMecca!), where I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences, and I hold a Master of Science degree in Health Policy and Management from The New School in New York City.
Most importantly, and above all else: I believe the best is yet to come.