Ever since I can remember, I’ve always written. I’ve been told that I was born that way. When I was younger, I always considered being a writer as a career but then I grew up quickly or “too fast” and stopped… I kept writing but it was only for fun. I stopped considering as a career. Then I met Kirk and Gabriel, cofounders of Speak It Forward and saw first hand it was possible. Granted, hard but everything in life that’s worth having is hard. Then in May of 2012 I performed and so many people talked to me afterwards and I saw just how much of a difference I made. My writing made a difference, something I had always wanted as a child happened showing me first hand that my dreams could come true. Ever since then I’ve been writing. I’ve even started a book and written down some other story ideas. Right now, I’m using my writing skills for Woman’s Co-op and in charge of creating a newsletter very month. Because of Speak It Forward, I’ve learned that I can use my writing skills to make a difference and no matter how hard it may be, writing for a living is definitely worth fighting for and where there’s a will there’s a way. Performing that day so long ago was essentially a dream come true for the little girl inside me that hadn’t necessarily died, but was buried. The part of me that I had hidden away so long ago, in an attempt to grow up. A part of me that I thought needed to die in order to survive. I was wrong. I’d like to think that the moment I met Kirk and Gabriel, leaders of Speak It Forward, was the first step of many to making me the woman I am today. 🙂

As for where I was at that point in life, I had more or less given up. I had dropped out of high school for a while, but I went looking for an online school somehow ending up at Urban League. I was accepted and shortly after I signed up for an “extracurricular” credit, Speak It Forward. I don’t even remember how I came across Urban League. I guess it was just awesome timing. Something I needed at that point in time. It was definitely a life changer.