There's nothing more powerful than a good story. Stories are what unites us. Stories drive conversations. Anthropologists point to fire as the spark that ignited human evolution. Once our ancestors gained control of fire, they could cook food, ward off predators, and tell stories around the campfire.
Storytellers were the keepers of the tribe’s or groups memories—their culture and history. Appetites for firelit settings for intimate conversations and for evening stories remain still with us today. Since the beginning of time, the best storytellers have been admired for engaging their audiences. Their reputations spread beyond the tribe as people came from near and far to listen to them. While the tools of communication have changed, the human brain has not. We are a storytelling species. We ALL are playing unique roles in a grand story whether we realize it or not. What’s your story? 🤩👽
Growing up, I wanted to be a doctor—an anesthesiologist to be exact...so much that my mom and I conversed about it frequently & I had chosen my undergraduate school, medical school, and residency preferences all by the 6th grade.
During my time @ Bay Springs High, I craved something different & atypical, so I began researching the Mississippi Mathematics & Science School and the Mississippi School of the Arts. I knew that attending the MS Math & Science School would be more conducive to my aspiration of becoming a physician, but I went out a whim and choose MS School of the Arts.
Upon graduating, the trajectory of my life changed & I came to a realization that I HAD to do something with my voice + presence (although I still had a love for medicine/ public health). I enrolled at the University of Southern Mississippi where I studied Broadcast Journalism with a focus in health communication.
I moved to Atlanta November 2013 and landed a job in TV Broadcast Operations although it wasn’t exactly what I wanted. I worked HARD and applied several times to different companies to only be rejected for almost 6 long years that came with uncertainty, anxiety, and depression.
Today, I’m BLESSED to announce that I’ve accepted my DREAM position as a Health Communication Specialist with Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control.
Moral of the story: NEVER give up! Even when things seem unpromising for a long period, know that with hard work, perseverance, and strong faith you CAN conquer whatever circumstances you may encounter! 🙌🏿