2001: I was 19 in the United States Air Force. The NCOs said I was stuck up, airmen my age thought I was mean, and one person actually told me that my attitude wouldn’t get me far in the real world. Can you imagine how I felt being away from home in a new state trying to figure out life while being told how I NEEDED to act to make other people feel comfortable
2007: I was almost 26, a married mother of 2 honorably discharged from the AF, undergrad completed while on active duty, respected for my work ethic, offered a civil service job to stay in New Jersey but relocated back to Georgia and secured a job with the state. Despite what I had been told, I stayed true to me and checked getting my degreeand getting the G.I.Bill off my list. I didn’t join the military to make friends or travel, I wanted the G.I. Bill money for school
2013: I was six years into teaching and my second year of my doctoral program. Almost 32 and was paying my mortgage on my home that I purchased not too long after my 30 birthday because it was either by a home or get a tummy tuck…LOL! Yet again, the goal was to find a home for my sons and I after my divorce. Even as life happened around me, I stayed focused on my ongoing personal transformation.
2020: I’m 38 with the same attitude, I protect my peace so if that makes me standoffish that’s fine but I’m being true to myself. I keep making a listand pushing myself to answer the call that I put on me and not controlled by anyone else. A few more advanced degrees, ultimately becoming Dr. LaTilya Rashon, edupreneur and mentor. I can show you how I BECAME but you still have to do the work.
I’m still a work in progress. I still want more. I am my business through books , trainings, appareland goal setting kits. My career sustains me in and outside of the schoolhouse. I’m living my life and embracing the season highs and low as they come. You are defined by what you do, not by what others say or think.