In June of last year, I took a leap of faith and left my corporate job of six years. I naturally felt a bit lost and confused. At the same time a friend of mine from College was going through a difficult time, so I decided to go and visit her in New York City.
During that visit, for the first time in my life I felt like I belonged. Manhattan is the kind of city that can chew you up and spit you out. It is also the place where the brave, creative, talented and ambitious are rewarded. It makes you strong. It is where the weirdos, the ones who see into the future and spent their previous incarnations feeling misunderstood, gather and finally find a home and a platform to change the world. People are free to be themselves. I felt like a box of bricks was lifted off my chest. I knew with every inch of my being that I had to find a way to live there. Another of friend of mine suggested that I come back, take some post-graduate professional courses at New York University and spend a few months to see if it really was right for me. I took her advice and returned in the Fall of 2017 for two months.
I decided that I wanted the next body of work that I did to have meaning and to serve others. I have always had this restless sensation in my heart that there is some kind of work I need to do to help others see their worth, and to feel happy and comfortable in their bodies and on this planet. So many people, women especially, walk around every day hating themselves (I used to be one of them) because they have been told that their bodies are too fat, too big, too light, too dark or too whatever. They have been told that they are not good enough. This is not the truth. I sincerely believe that all of us belong here, and have a right to be whoever we are in peace, without being tormented, marginalized and shamed.
Before I left Trinidad for NYC, I said a prayer. I asked God to use me as a tool to empower women from all over the world to see their true worth and to allow me to be one of the people who changes the way we define beauty in society and to finally allow me to do the work I was designed to do. I did not know what I was signing myself up for.
I took a course at NYU called Content Development Strategies for Digital Marketing and little did I know that class would change my life forever.
Come back for part 2 tomorrow!