I was raised on my family’s resilience and molded by the tales of my people’s heritage which have been handed down to me by my grandparents and great-grandmothers. From birth I was taught responsibility thanks to my father’s service to country as a Special Operations Law Enforcement Officer and my mother’s service to country as a United States Postal Worker and Community Activist. As a child I adored art and history and spent much of my free time creating or reading about the lives and customs of America and its diverse culture. I draw blood from both immigrants to this country seeking hope, as well as from its proud first people.
Despite being diagnosed with an aggressive auto immune illness and cardiac condition as a young girl, I was able to earn multiple NAIA National & All-American Varsity Swimming titles during my college years. I eventually graduated with a Visual Communication Arts degree from The Savannah College of Art & Design- one of the top art & design schools in the country.
Following graduation, I became the bride of my college sweetheart- a man who after school had decided to join the Navy. Like many military wives, I have found it difficult to find a career that fit our military lifestyle. Additionally, my chronic illness made traditional employment next to impossible.
By utilizing my Visual Arts degree to start a website and blog I created a means to express myself. Multimedia content creation has allowed me to share my family’s story and has added tremendous purpose to our lives by connecting us to our community. I have risen from the ashes of limitation- reborn as The Patriot Belle.
The Patriot belle is both a way for me to serve my country despite the cards I was dealt and is a way that I can support my family through my work. It is my warrior’s cry in a battle against limitation and a lack of independence- it is the realization of a modern woman’s American Dream!