It was never easy. On her own since the age of 15, and taking care of herself since age 12, Grace’s personal journey epitomizes the adage, “Life did not promise you rose garden.” Grace began her journey from humble beginnings. As a kid growing up in Va and as a teen in DC., Grace saw eroding duplexes, gangs, violence, and drugs. By all accounts, she did not have a ”good” upbringing. She was a runaway child, she lived in group homes without positive role models, mentors, or guidance. Life in the urban city was hard. Grace watched many friends go to jail, die, and turn life over for the worse. In many ways, Grace became a product of her environment. She dropped out of school, she did not have a stable home and she could not do normal teenage things so she chose the streets, “The streets raised me, I am a product of the streets.” Through it all, Grace always had a good head on her shoulders and her Islamic faith was deeply rooted and prevented her from going too far to the left or too far to the right.
Dream. Wish. Hope. Desire.
Do not just talk, Do. Do not just watch, Lead. Do not just receive, Give.