What does self-love mean to you?
Self-love means that I love myself as I am through all the imperfections that I might have. I have learned throughout all these years how to love my body and also my wheelchair too because it’s part of me too. It took me years to find peace with everything but I’m glad I did.
What is your favorite way to pamper yourself?
I have love having moments outside with the cats, taking pictures of them, the sky, and the trees.
What are your three favorite hobbies/pastimes that make your soul feel on fire?
I like doodling, I have these little Velveeta boxes that my papaw collects for his trains, and I have been using these boxes as storage boxes for smaller stuff. The first box I ever got I am not kidding you, my nana and were going through her old stuff and we found a sticker page of Winnie the Pooh. I now have a box with nothing but Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, and Piglet. I love watching Disney movies, I’m still a kid at heart. Lastly, I love listening to music it feeds my soul.
What movie always puts you in a good mode when you’re not in the greatest mood?
If I’m not in the best mood on any kind of level, I usually try to watch something that funny, but yet action movies work the best, like Fast and the Furious, Transformers, and Avengers movies.
Who do you trust so much that you would easily believe in anything and everything they said?
My nana, she’s my best friend. I can basically tell her everything in the free world. Nine times out of ten she believes me and I believe her.
What quote totally motivates you?
I have absolutely no desire to fit in.
When was the last time you took yourself on a date? What did you do?
I have never taken myself on a date, however I do eat alone in my room every night so does that count?
What make-up or beauty products makes you feel a million bucks?
I always like a bit of eye shadow. Which is funny because I don’t normally like anything going around my eyes and I’m perfectly fine with them, but other than that I don’t need make up to make me feel a million bucks. My clothes do that enough!
What is the last thing you did for somebody else that made you feel amazing?
I love being to figure out things and I’ve been able to master doing certain things for my grandparents. My nana loves it, but my papaw would much rather me NOT doing them. We tend to get in matches and I usually come up on top, sometimes he does win though!
Do you feel comfortable with and without make-up on?
I don’t feel like myself with makeup on, which is why I felt weird going into the makeup aisles in Walmart the other day because I have no idea about anything in there besides the lipsticks and nail polishes.
What piece of advice would you give a child about to grow up with the pressures of today’s
media and its crushing expectations?
Don’t believe everything you hear and everything your brain is telling you, because not everything you’re is true. There’s hope in finding love for yourself in this world, but when you’re more attached at finding acceptance with everybody else, you lose a sense of who you are as a person and it takes some time to get yourself back to normal but by that time you’ll see everything in your life in a light and you’ll never want to go back there. You’ll have temptations but it’s just better to find your void in the meantime so you have something to distract you from them.
What song puts you in a good mood every time?
Anything upbeat and fast, the lyrics don’t really matter, I’m just more into how it sounds as a whole then picking it apart.
What is the best advice someone gave you or you realized about life?
Oh gosh, I don’t remember any advice. Which is sad but its true. Advice just cycles in and out of my mind anymore.
Who makes you giggle like a giggle monster?
My family has that power, mostly my uncle David. God, on the days he and my Aunt Katt visit it’s like we have to get him to talk about his trips on the road because you know he’s got more than one good story. I was blessed to come from a families of secret comedians I swear!
What is something about society that bugs you that you wish didn’t?
How we complain that everybody is so judgemental but yet we do it to not only others but ourselves all the freaking time! We don’t get a waver, we’re just as mean to ourselves as we are to the rest.
What is one of your favorite things to do on the weekends?
Wake up early and think. Not going to lie, I tend to do this after I’ve had my five minutes online and if I think somebody’s up at like 7 or 8am then I fake asleep and just think about things.
What is something you’re really proud of that you’ve done?
I’m proud that I kept a smile on my face when things are just tearing me apart. I have no idea how I get through those times but I do. I have God to thank because at night, I give it to him and leave it up to him. However, don’t be surprised if you see me crying my eyes out because I can’t do anything about it. I’m strong but sometimes I break…
What is one of your favorite memories with one of your friends?
The first time I ever went out my friends was in my senior year of high school. I hadn’t been out of the house without the accompany of some of my family members. This time it was me, my friends, and my cousin and we were celebrating my 19th birthday and we went out to the movies, out to eat, and then went to Walmart. Since I’ve never went out before then with anyone, I never had to worry about a time ton get home. We got home at 2am. It was an eventful night but weirdly enough my mom actually told me that my dad asked what time we were going to come home and then they realized that they gave us a time and it ended up being a funny memory for us.
What advice would you give someone who needs a boost in confidence?
I would tell them something funny. I’ve never been good at real advice but nobody can deny a good story. I’ve been blessed with comical roots, so I know how to get somebody in a better mood.
Lastly, how do you plan on investing in self-love?
I plan on seeing everything as they are, it’s been working well for me and just letting things flow.