Contributed By: Nita B
An entertainer, mother, teacher, blogger and wife. Nita B is proof that anything is possible when you put your mind to it. Enjoy this piece highlighting four women who have influenced her life in varying ways.
I'm an entertainer and in this industry women can be very mean to one another. There is more pulling down then there is pulling up. I think we as women just need to take a step back and remember, we once looked up to another woman at some point in life. Today, I am sharing some insight about the four women who have influenced me the most and challenging you to think about your fabulous four as well!
My Grandmother: She is number 1 on my list today. My grandmother is one of the strongest women I know. She lived through segregation and racism and was still able to be the best mom and wife she could be. She is the definition of a hustler. When there was "no way" she found a "way". She raised her children and her grandchildren. Way to go Grandma, we love ya! Do you have a connection with your grandmother? If so, cherish it, so many people wish they had the opportunity to love on their grandmothers!
Carole: Carole is my aunt (mom) and she raised me. She seriously taught me EVERYTHING! I mean from applying lotion on my legs to how to sort the laundry! She was there for my first heart break and the day I graduated college. Anything I needed to know about life she had the answer! She's also, Extremely smart! She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science! She ran a household (four daughters and husband btw) and had a full time job as a Computer Engineer! She is definitely a major influence in my life! Do you have your own Aunt Carole? Maybe with a different name but a similar impact! We must love and appreciate these influential women as they play a critical part in our development.
Xavia: Xavia is my older cousin but she played the role as my big sister growing up! I just thought she was the coolest. I loved how she dressed, did her hair, and wore her make up. I just loved everything about her. She showed me what true strength really looked like. She raised two children on her own and still managed to graduate college, buy her own house and car! She makes it all look so easy! Now that I'm an adult and I have a child of my own, I know it was not easy! She too has influenced me a great deal! Who's your Xavia? That one cousin that played a huge role in your life!
I'm an actress soooo, you knew I was gonna have at least one actress on my list...right? lol If you are not familiar with who she is, Taraji P. Henson is a famous American actress. She influences me because of her story of success. She went to California with $700 in her pocket, a toddler, and a dream! Lots of people thought she was crazy and all she heard was tons of negativity. She was told that she was too old to make it as an actress. (26 at the time) She is 47 now and her career is just getting started...that motivates me! She is very talented; that was never the question, she just had to wait for the rest of the world to catch up with her! Although I have never met this woman she influences me as an actress. Who is your industry role model? The woman who you look to and say, if she can, I can!
Those are the top four women that influence(d) me but there are way more! I am a College Graduate, Mother, Teacher, Actress, Model, and Blogger! A fellow blogger once asked me “how do you do it all, what’s your secret?" The answer to that question is simple....I have really good role models! Thank you to all the amazing women who have helped mold me into the woman I am today! #WomenOfInfluence
Tell us about a woman or some women who have positively influenced you. Rather it's grandma, auntie, a sister or a celebrity let's praise her! Last month was Women's History Month however it is critical to highlight, empower and appreciate our women daily. Have you purchased your very own Influential. Woman T-Shirt? What are you waiting on? Get yours today -- Click here to purchase today!