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Confession| Who Inspires Me + Paying It Forward

by West Parsons on February 2, 2014 · 4 comments

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Some of you may be aware that this blog is not a full-time gig for me. I blog (mostly about hair) because it’s my hobby and this also happens to be a creative outlet. My family and friends will tell you long before the going natural phenomenon came about, I spent entire weekends braiding and twisting my hair into intricate styles — Friday through Sunday — yes! The birth of this blog was a seemingly natural progression of where much of my time was already invested.

Outside of my blog I am a speech-language pathologist (SLP). What’s that? Simply put, I diagnose and treat communication disorders in children and adults. Being brutally honest, I selected this major purely for the financial benefits. I found out early on in my studies that it was possible for all of my student loans to go POOF and be paid by the government after working a handful of years in certain settings, while still making a decent living. That meant, not too long after graduating, I would be DEBT-FREE! After that, I figured, having a Master’s degree, I could venture into a profession that I actually enjoyed and leave this speech stuff behind.

As of today, I have no debt and surprisingly enough, I LOVE being an SLP! The profession I originally thought would be my stepping stone is what I’ve developed a hankering for.  Go figure!  If you’re interested check out 10 Awesome Reasons To Be A Speech Pathologist


In fact, I’ve taken a leap of faith and started my own therapy practice. It is probably one of the scariest things I’ve ever done.  Yet, I’m finding that a divine being (I call him God) is placing many instrumental people in my path, who are encouraging and motivating me to continue to pursue this work, which involves great risk — but here’s what I know — without risk there is no reward.

One of those motivators happens to be Myleik Teele, friend in my head and creator of curlBOX.  I stumbled upon her name while perusing the hair forums. I won’t say the comments were positive, but often, when we don’t understand or are unaware of someone’s story or objective, they can be easily misunderstood and mislabeled.

Though not a subscriber of curlBOX, I’ve been following Myliek on social media for the last year and I’ve come to realize she is quite motivational and her story is very inspiring. Might I add, her transparency is a breath of fresh air!

She took an idea and made it a name recognized amongst everyone in this niche community of ours. Judging by her social media, she lives and breathes curlBOX (when not on a fab vacay), yet she still finds moments to inspire and encourage others to be their best selves via Instagram, Podcasts, Twitter, and mentoring.

Then, as a student and now entrepreneur, I’ve realized how instrumental mentorship is to growth. Today, I pay it forward by sharing my knowledge and being a resource to my mentees as they encounter the pitfalls and growing pains while becoming great — as we all become greater!

Because a great mentor can make all the difference, Coca-Cola has teamed up with Steve Harvey to give two young people the apprenticeship experience of a lifetime.  Visit to nominate an aspiring youth and help pay it forward to the next generation.   In addition, each winning youth gets a $5,000 scholarship to assist with his or her pursuit of higher education.

Join Steve Harvey’s Twitter Chat on Feb 6 HERE!

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by the Coca-Cola Company via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of the Coca-Cola Company.


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