1. What is something not too many people know about you?
Not too many people know that I want to be a foster caregiver when I am out of school and done paying off my student loans. I actually don’t think anyone knows that besides maybe my mom. Ever since I went on a mission trip to Port au’ Prince, Haiti, I realized how many children both in the United States and abroad don’t have a family or a place to call home. This has been something that has peaked my interest for a while, but the older I get, the more I know that I want to do it. I really love kids, too, which probably explains a lot of this.
2. What are your biggest passions?
My biggest passions in life are fashion, fitness, and family – the three f’s I suppose. Growing up, I was a tomboy and only ever wore sweatpants or basketball shorts, but when I started getting older, that changed. I realized that fashion and styling provide the opportunity to express your sense of creativity. Once I began to define and create my own style, my creativity took off. It led to more drawing, painting, and an inner contentment. Fitness was a different story. I played sports straight out of the womb – basketball, soccer, cheerleading, track, archery, volleyball, you name it. In high school, I decided not to pursue a collegiate career in volleyball, so I picked up lifting instead, and it has become my addiction. I don’t ever really feel satisfied for the day unless I can get a workout in. And lastly, my family ranks higher than them all. I adore my parents and siblings, and I wouldn’t trade them for the world.
3. What are your goals for the future?
I am currently on track to obtain my undergraduate degree a semester early. I think I want to go back to Dallas afterward, but I am pretty open to anything. I want to go to fashion school to build on top of my marketing degree, so that way I can have a well-versed background in both business and fashion. I plan on doing some traveling, but I am most excited to get a puppy. I really want a Great Dane. I know, not much of a puppy, but they’re just the sweetest pups out there. Other than that, I just dream of working for huge clothing lines, either luxury or athletic.
4. What is your definition of success?
To me, success is a measure of your happiness or how content you are with yourself. I think that success is meeting and achieving the goals you put forth for yourself, as well. I do not think it has anything to do with money, and I don’t think it ever should. Success should merely be a measure of the progress you have made on yourself as time passes.
5. Tell us something about the projects you're working on.
Right now, I do a lot of photoshoots with my best friend. It’s a really fun creative outlet for the both of us since I am passionate about fashion, and she is passionate about photography. We are planning on getting a shoot set up at the Sweet Tooth Hotel in Dallas, which is pretty much brand-spanking new and seems like my childhood wonderland. I am also working on a few art pieces that I started several years back and never got around to finishing. This summer should be one for lots of creativity.
Photgraphed by: Abby Williams