Here are 3 of my favorite things:
Since the time my mom poured me a cup of coffee for the first time, even though it was 80% milk and only 20% actual coffee, I loved it. As I grew older, drinking coffee became a routine and adding milk started being less popular. You can always spot me saying: “May I have a small latte, please” at the Starbucks counter or at home putting a Lavazza K-cup into my Keurig. Coffee is not just a drink. Going for coffee became one of my favorite things to do with my friends and I still remember talking and laughing for hours at a small “10 Italian” cafe in Richmond, VA.
Playing tennis has been like taking a 5-year long class: challenging but fun. I’ve played tennis all throughout high school and was lucky to become the captain for the last 2 years. Seeing my team work hard and achieve goals they set for themselves was one of the greatest feelings. My teammates became my family and I feel like a “proud mom” whenever I hear about their accomplishments. I was happy to take on a role as an Assistant Coach for the past 2 summers and got to work with kids as young as 6 years old. It was an experience that taught me time management, patience, and resistance to 100 degree heat!
Overall, the game of tennis has helped me grow into a mentally strong individual with the ability to handle failure as I lost matches again, again, and again. My coach, Darius, has become my role model. He taught me the importance of discipline both on and off the court. I still remember him saying, “You are too good to allow yourself to miss shots”. I learned what it means to work hard, stay motivated, and keep going until you become the player and a person you want.
A couple of months ago I started a personal fashion & lifestyle blog for which I write, shoot, and edit. I want to inspire people to experiment with their style in an affordable manner. My ultimate goal is to create a platform that will be my audience’s #1 place to seek advice and ideas on all things fashion. Check it out: www.splashpalette.com