Behind the Words
Have you ever wondered what the world would be like if we all loved and valued ourselves as we are?
BRAVE (Building Respect And Values for Everyone), to me, is about learning how to love and embrace our uniqueness. If everyone can do that, we will be able to love, value, and respect others around us.
This message is important to me as I was bullied through elementary, middle, and high school. I would be made fun of for the way I spoke, my curly hair, and even the way I dressed. At a young age, when I heard these negative comments, time and time again, I could not help but start to believe the things that were being said about me.
It wasn’t until I was older that I came across personal development books and audio that helped shape me to be the person I am today. I have learned to accept my differences and those characteristics that make me, me. This is why I have started my personal training business called Beautiful By Design. Through this, I help others be the best version of themselves. I have to be an excellent example for those that look up to me, which is essential for me and my business. Reading and listening to positive messages daily, I could finally see how much it impacted my life, which is why as Miss Collegiate America 2021, I will continue to spread this beautiful message of self-love. This can be anything from eating right, working out, good oral hygiene, or even positive self-talk.
You are probably wondering what oral hygiene has anything to do with this, right? Well, I am a registered dental hygienist and have been in the dental field since 2014, where my career started in pediatric dentistry. I fell in love with educating kids about how important it is to take care of their oral health as it relates to their overall health [self-care]. I decided to take the things I am passionate about and spread a positive message in a fun, creative way for kids to read and understand how important it is to value ourselves. When we can do that, we will see the beautiful and positive characteristics of every person we come across.
Photo by Austin Ryde