Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post. I want to share with you a little bit of my story. My name is Angelique St. Aude, more affectionately called Angie. I am the Director of Programming for Hey There Beautiful Inc. As I sit on the LIRR on my way to a workshop sponsored by my job to learn how to maximize my potential, I can’t help but reflect on my journey to HTB.
I joined HTB for a few reasons, the first reason is because of Dee. She is our president and founder, but most importantly, she is my best friend and I believe and support her. I have known Dee for a long time and this is what she was meant to do. I love that I am to be able to help and support her dream. The second reason is because I also believe in our mission wholeheartedly.
I grew up with very strong queens as my inspiration, my mother, aunts, cousins, and grandmother. They were and still are very powerful in their own right. As a people, Haitians are resilient. I grew up being taught that I am powerful and all I have to do was believe it.
Believing was the hardest part, the hardest journey I faced growing up. I never talked about my struggles with my self-confidence, self-doubt, self-worth, and my struggles with being bullied. I thought it was just something that I had to go through, a punishment of sorts. I felt that I was alone in this battle and something was wrong with me for feeling like this. I felt as though this was my problem alone to handle. I chose to walk that journey alone because I didn’t know any better at that time. As an adult, when I was approached with this opportunity, I could not say no. I don’t want someone else facing the same journey I did, and feel like they have to walk it alone, especially when they never have to. That’s what HTB is here for, we are here to let you know that you are not alone and never will be. I want everyone to realize how powerful of a being you are, not because I am telling you so, but because you believe it to be so.
See you at the next workshop! Don’t forget, your never alone in this journey called life, HTB has got your back!
Stay Beautifully You!