Hello Queens and Kings! Welcome to the official blog of Hey There Beautiful Inc! My name is Dailisha Eve Rodriguez. I am the president and founder of Hey There Beautiful. Everyone calls me Dee. I am so happy that you made it to our website, let alone our blog! I am so excited to share details about my life, the organization, my journey, funny stories and of course the lives of our awesome Board of Directors. Throughout the month, the Board will be introducing themselves, telling you details of their lives and reasons why they serve. They may even share a recipe, advice or a joke. We don't know what the future holds, but it will sure be a fun read.
When my grandmother passed away in October of 2014 I was at a loss. I could not believe she was gone. I could not believe that she was not going to be around. She raised me. She took me to school. She sewed my school uniforms. She taught me the right and wrongs of life. She taught me how to be strong. She taught me to work hard. She instilled in me how to be a lady. When she passed, I was devastated. I wanted to talk to her again. I wanted to hear her gentle voice. I wanted to hold her hands. I wanted to take her out. I wanted to do all the things that I could no longer do. But it was too late. Her funeral and the time thereafter was a whirlwind. Everything went by so quickly. The outpouring of love was incredible. Seeing family and connecting with them was great. I was able to say a few words about her. I wanted people to remember her passion, strength, love and fire. She was so warm yet filled with so much spunk. There was no one who could come close to her love. After her casket was being dropped to the ground, I felt like part of me died with her as well. There are no words to describe that agony and void in my heart. I was lost. I was confused. I was in a panic.
A few months later, I had an epiphany. I wrote a long email to my boyfriend expressing that I was currently not fulfilled in life. I asked him for advice. He finally got around to having me admit that I wanted to start doing what I love, I dug deep inside of my soul and felt compelled to leave a legacy for my grandmother. He fully supported me. That was inspiring. A few weeks later, I invited a few friends to my house for a "women's circle" as I called it. Five of my closest friends showed up. I then broke the news that I was starting a nonprofit organization to inspire and empower women. Many of them were eager and excited to join me on this journey.
In March of 2015, I began working diligently, day and night, to gather information and research on how to start a non profit. I read a little article of the top 9 reasons nonprofits fail. I began to work on those items first building a team of dynamic women. We had our first official meeting in March of 2015. Everyone was on the same page. I saw the magic began to happen. It was great. In April of 2015, we were then incorporated in the State of New York. It was the most amazing feeling that I felt when I read online that our documents were accepted by the state of New York. I felt that I did something amazing. Ever since then we have simply continued to work hard to make Hey There Beautiful Inc. the vision that we dreamed of.
So now, let me briefly introduce you to the Board. I feel like I am having a "dear diary moment". Angie is the Director of Programming and one of the most genuinely sincere individuals I have ever met. She exudes confidence. Love radiates from her face. It could also be her amazing facial cream. Samantha is my sister. She is such a fireball of energy and does not take no for an answer. I know this because we were raised together and after so many times of me taking her snacks, she had enough. She is tough as nails and I am so happy that she is here to inspire the youth. Maria is a friend from high school. I don't want to say how long I have known her because it will release my age. Okay, 17 years. Whew! Where did time go? Maria has a big heart and through her journey is finding her voice to inspire mothers in all capacities. She is a star. Kim is the director of marketing and research. I met her through Angie. When she first came on board, she was very unsure asking a lot of questions. I told her that I am unsure as well and we are in this together. Kim and I have bonded in a matter of months. She is my right hand. She has two kids and a wonderful husband that we are indebted to because we take all her time. Thanks Steve, we love you more than you know! Lastly, there is Stacey. Stacey is quiet, shy and reserved but the sweetest person on the planet. She would not hurt a soul. She is the VP of finance and her passion keeps me going. So there you have the squad!
We are working really hard to make 2016 fun, new, fresh and dynamic. We are stepping up our game, walking out of our comfort zone and embracing the vision each day. We all love what we do. We do it with passion, fire and fun. What is life if there is no fun! We hope that you enjoy our website, blog and other social media outlets.
This post is dedicated to the beautiful Board of Directors Kim, Angie, Samantha, Stacey and Maria, my hard working aunt Ms. Z, and of course my wonderful grandmother, Yiya. Without each of you leaving footprints in my heart, this organization would not be possible. I miss you grandma and will stand firm in my convictions to leave the legacy that you would have loved to see flourish. You are always in my heart. It is because of your dedication to the service of others that has inspired me to dream bigger, live stronger and work harder than ever. I am personally dedicated to work hard for the mission and vision of Hey There Beautiful Inc. We started in Bushwick, Brooklyn but I know that this dream will not be boxed in. The dream to empower women, young girls, the youth and people across the world runs deep in my heart. Our vision will span many lifetimes, open closed hearts, touch many lives and inspire others to live their dreams as well. I hope that in some way, we can inspire you as well! Think big, don't let fear get in the way and always know that YOU have all the tools to make your dreams come true!
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Stay Beautifully Inspired,