"Lilah is an ambitious twenty-three-year-old dancer with a dream, a pair of high heels, and a room at her parents' house. Until she meets Alonzo. Alonzo is a wealthy man who gets what he wants and he has his eyes on Lilah. He invests in her business hoping to make it to her heart before his stops. However, Lilah is a young lady who is only about her business. After being single and abstinent for three years, Lilah doesn't see herself, giving herself over so easily. Or will she?”
One minute Nai and I were racing together in a neighborhood park, our cocoa brown arms and legs dodging in and out of the warm summer sunlight, holding hands, loving on one another as only Mamas and daughters do, and then abruptly our intimate silence shattered. I heard the sound of sirens growing louder and louder. Nai’s head turned, full of toddler curiosity, but my heart beat in a steady panic, as it always does when seeing law enforcement – particularly this summer, one year after the untimely death of Freddie Gray in the custody of Baltimore city police.
Ever since I can remember, fear has been at the forefront of my life. As a child I can remember having constant stomach pains and uncontrollable shivering all the time. My mom has a framed picture of me in her house, I was about six, and it was taken at my mom's wedding. My mom thinks this picture is so adorable with me resting my head in my hands, but I hate the dreadful picture. I can still feel the fear and sadness that myself as that little girl was feeling. My mother married a man (who turned out to be a rapist), and I was sexually abused by his son and daughter.
Being a mom is one of the greatest accomplishments of my life. My husband and I have a 9-year and 1-year old, and call us crazy, but we’re thinking about having one more. While my family means the world to me, that is not the end all be all to me. I am a woman, a queen, a wife, a friend, a sister, a professional, a businesswoman, a dreamer…the list goes on and on, and I refuse to lose that about myself.
But, let’s be honest. Sometimes, it just doesn’t seem like you can be all those things; sometimes, it feels like the world always wants you to pick between your family and your career, but what about work-life balance? Can that really be achieved, or is it just a myth?
As entrepreneurs and creatives, we find ourselves burning the midnight oil a lot. Missing out on more than a few hours of sleep. Maybe even sacrificing our bodies by grabbing for fast convenient foods for sustenance because we are always “out and getting it.” But the truth of the matter is we must take care of ourselves from the inside out as well. And when we aren’t, stress and all that good stuff usually show on your skin. So while you’re making sure you’re out there getting it, make sure you’re taking care of your body and maintaining that beautiful, “I Woke Up Like This” Glow as well.