Dear Ladies,

If you pay attention to the dance world or African-American achievements then you know that the gorgeous Misty Copeland recently became the first African-American principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre. I’ve always been a fan of Misty’s and I’m excited about her achievements; however, today’s discussion was inspired by another amazing ballerina…

michaela deprince

…Michaela DePrince !! Here is a woman to admire. Here is a woman who deserves the title, role model. Here is a woman who understands impact. Please read her story here to understand the following discussion.

Although I don’t know your story, and you don’t know mine, I do know that our stories are still being written. I do know that all of our stories include some share of hurt, pain, or failure. Are you allowing your past to hold you back from what your future has to hold? Are you allowing your past to stop you from reaching out to someone who can help you? Are you allowing your past to stop you from reaching out to someone who needs you?

As I write this post, reflecting on my own life, I am literally fighting back tears. There has been plenty of hurt, pain, disappointments and failure in my life. There has been plenty of times when I have allowed it hold me back. There have been plenty of times when I put up emotional walls, preventing anyone from getting to know the real me. To this day, I find myself fighting this instinct to push people out because I know how harmful this is. I refuse to let the things that have happened in my past to hinder me from reaching out to people who need me. I refuse to let it suppress my impact. It’s my prayer that this blog elevates my impact. I hope that each of you feel more empowered, more beautiful, more capable each time that you visit my blog.

What have you endured in the past and how has it impacted you? How can you use your past to impact someone else? What is stopping you from speaking into the life of another young lady (or person) who is enduring what you have overcome?

Today, I urge to be more aware of those who have been placed in your life. Someone in your circle of friends, in your family, in your class, in your church, in your organization, is going through something that you can relate to. They need YOU. They need you understanding, your empathy, your story, your time, your advice. Use your past to uplift, and empower someone else. Someone needs YOU. You do not have to be perfect to impact those around you. It is when you accept your imperfection that you can have true impact on someone else. I promise you it is one of the most rewarding things that you can every do.