BEAUTY, GRACE AND GREATNESS
It’s taken time to get to this moment in my life, however, God planted seeds in my life to guide me where I am now, I understand that I am here to help people whether to help them have a voice and/or change lives.
Personal growth is when you have no regrets and you let go of your fears and live in the moment. My life experience whether it was positive or negative made me into the woman that I am now…Pay it Forward; giving back to those and don’t expect nothing in return. I realize that I am so much like my parents. My parents notice your potential or your gift/purpose whether you see it or not, they ensure you reach your potential. They were fulfilled to see you made something of yourself.
PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENTSCareer in Real Estate Industry:
In 1999, I transition from Mortgage Banker to Commercial Real Estate Broker, I was the 1st African American Woman to become an Commercial Real Estate Broker, however, I was the 2nd African American in the industry, the first was Andrew Jarvis to represent Washington, DC.
New Bucket List:
One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest. ~Maya Angelou
For Africa to me... is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place. ~Maya Angelou
TRUE LESSONS ON WOMANHOOD
All woman MUST know their self worth and never settle.
Sacrifice it is a given; we act without hesitation. A mother will sacrifice herself and carry the world on her shoulders for her children.
TRUE LESSON ON FRIENDSHIPS
ADVICE TO A YOUNGER YOUBullying has changed so drastically. When I was a child, I had slight accent, and I could not handle family members and my peers making fun of the way, I pronounce my words. My mother will tell you that I became Americanize. Everyday, I practice speaking like my peers to fit in. If I had met my future self back then I would say to me- Don’t change for anyone that does not care for who you are. You are stronger than you know; don’t be afraid to walk in the dark or the storm for the moment.
WHO IS LISA DAUGHTREY?????Loyal, compassionate, loving and silly.
I advise him that I was aware however, I could not spend my time focus nor think about it and I was focus on building a future for my family. It was then he said to me ‘if I had any concerns or issues with anyone here, do not hesitate to let me know… I want you to be the best’. Last, my co-partner with most of deals, he only show my potential and promise as a broker. He ensured that not only I know the ins and outs of networking; closing deals but he revealed to me on how to be
precautious with my peers/ colleagues who were against me. Last, my assistant, who was a firecracker, however, she's good-hearted person. She always ensured my contracts, my presentations and kept me on point.
MY SON.....Memorial Weekend 2012, my son took his life. A mother never expects to prepare and organize their funeral services. However, during those 3 weeks organizing and preparing his vigil, the memorial services and attending his graduation to receive his diploma. I realize he left a legacy of love and kindness; he was a wise young man. It is bittersweet to have individuals come to you and explain to you how your child helped them in their darkest hours, how he was a big brother to everyone and gentleman. He was talented journalist, photographer, artist and love longboarding. However, I’ve learned that my son’s perception of his life was challenging (i.e. bullying, medical misdiagnosis, self-esteem, etc) , he believed that his peers should live in unity and love. I realize this generation of youths are color blind and they have concerns and issues just like adults however, on a different level. Today, it is very difficult to transcend from youth to adulthood. I would have preferred to mourn my son’s death privately however; I could not be selfish especially when his peers need help.
In honor of my son and his friends, we are launching a non-profit school program called ‘Talk To Us’ , the program will initially start at his high school alumni and tour the Greater Washington Area and evidently spread globally. Unfortunately, my son is no longer here with me however, the greatest gift he left us all was to show us how strong we are and continue to pay it forward for others. I am here to carry on his legacy.
In honor of my son, on my birthday, skydiving showed me to let go of FEAR and never stop being adventurous, daring and young.
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This is one of many reasons why it is so important to stand up against BULLYING! You do not know what emotional state people, especially children are in or how bad they feel like things are for them. THANK YOU so much Lisa Daughtrey for blessing my blog by allowing me to feature you. I am truly inspired by your personal truth and I have no doubt that your beautiful son is now your guardian angel. I wish you continued blessings in keeping his memory alive and much success with your career. You are a wonderful, gracious and classy mother/women.