What does beauty mean to you?
Being able to reflect something pleasing, whether it is your looks, your qualities, your gifts. We all have talents and dreams we were created to fulfill, finding them and accomplishing them means beauty. Being able to accept yourself with who you are because beauty is from within.
What do you love about yourself?
What I love about myself: I love my heart, I am very giving and compassionate to others. I grew up having God as the center of my life and that is something that has given me a great heart to help and advice others to do good things. I like to motivate and inspire people to follow their dreams.
What is the best and worst decision you’ve ever made? If you have to give any advice to your younger self what would that be?
The best decision I’ve ever made has been to follow Jesus. I have been a Christian since the age of 8 and it has transformed my life immensely. There has been ups and downs like we all encounter, but having God with me at all times makes the ride so much easier.
If I had to give my younger self advice I’d probably say, stop doubting yourself, you’re still young and your whole life is ahead of you. Now it is that you can conquer and pursue your dreams so stop doubting and do it!
What does being a woman mean to you?
I enjoy being a woman and enjoy the woman I’m becoming. Being a woman is facing the labels people put on us, recognizing the weaknesses that may be attributed to us but still staying strong no matter what. It means taking responsibility for your own life and not letting anything stand in the way of your goals.
What woman inspires you and why?
Meryl Streep inspires me because of her amazing talent in all genres of film, she is one of the greatest actresses of our time. I am a theater major and I love to act and watch films. She inspires me to always to my best, to never stop believing in myself and to always push to be the best at what I do.
Tell me about a goal you are working on:
A goal of mine is to open my own acting studio. My family has a modeling and acting agency in New Jersey and I have been planning on opening my own for a while now. My goal is to in a few years have my studio up and running and then later on have it develop into an arts institute. I want to inspire others and bringing art into people’s life is the greatest way to do so. Also those kids out there who want to pursue the arts but have self doubt like I did, need mentors. I want to be there for them; I want to motivate and inspire kids to follow their dreams no matter what society tries to talk them into.
Patricia thank you so much for being part of the “31 Days of Awesomeness” and for allowing me to share your story, you have a beautiful personality and a joy to be around. I wish you the best in everything you do. Never give up on your goal; we need beautiful souls like you to inspire the new generation.
It is my hope to inspire and be inspired by other awesome women and tell their stories through my lens. They need to know how precious, beautiful and strong God created them.
Much love, Mayi