A Black, cis-gender female, Humanist, friendly neighborhood kindness warrior, U.S. Army Veteran, self-proclaimed goofball, over thinker, LGBTQ+ Ally, fan of swear words, bibliophile, and believer in authenticity.
I was a nerd throughout my childhood and adolescence and that quirkiness that once was a stage for being bullied is now a welcomed and familiar friend in my everyday life. I am a biological mother and a bonus/step mother, raising a total of five children with my husband. As a blended family, we’ve learned that different cultures and races can live harmoniously in the same home (not perfect, but harmonious) while navigating the expectations and stereotypes of today’s society.
My first career was in information technology. I was a member of the Signal Corps in the U.S. Army and that led me to a career at IBM. In the fast paced corporate environment of IBM, I served my clients by advocating for their networking needs while problem solving their business and technical issues. Those 10 years taught me to think on my feet and to always be accurate and professional, no matter the client’s circumstances.
My military experience taught me to always be prepared, proactive, and cool under pressure. Being a combat veteran (OEF/OIF) taught me to appreciate what I have, even if the situation is crappier than I’d like it to be.
I consider myself a recovering perfectionist. It was something about always having things “perfectly” in place that brought me a sense of comfort through difficult and very tough times. As I continue to grow as a human being, I find that being perfect is not a requirement for being human.
I became a mental health counselor/therapist as an extension to filling the shoes of serving. There’s just something about being with my client where they are and being with them when they reach their own stage of personal fulfillment….sigh….all I can say, it’s good stuff.