This post is my way of spreading some motivation and inspiration to you.
I am Shenteria, I grew up in East St. Louis and Washington Park, IL. In 2013 and 2014, ESTL was named the most dangerous city in America*. These cities became much worse as years passed, as a child growing up there things were not as horrific, thank God. I grew up poor and yet I have not allowed that to stop me from creating the life I want for myself. My advice: make and accept no excuses, keep moving forward, and get the most out of life!
Today, I am a first time author, I am a voice over actress, I am a branding entrepreneur, I am a speaker, and I work from home. I am nurturing my creativity through all these avenues and loving every second of it. I have created the life I love and I am living it fully! This is my way of saying it does not matter where you came from what matters is that you create the future you want. Your life is in your hands, you can achieve if you believe in yourself and take the action to make it to where you want to be. Don't settle for less, recognize that you deserve more and then go get it! Take control of your life and stop allowing fears to control your every move. YOU ARE WORTHY!
I fear for those young people growing up in ESTL today, which is why I wrote my book. I recognize that it is up to the parents and adults within the community to make the city better. Young people are not creating a brighter future because they are growing up in such sad, depressing areas with very little hope. Something has to be done to help those young people, they deserve a real chance at having a life. I will be sending a copy of my book to the mayor of East St. Louis as I would like to call attention to these major problems so they can be fixed. There needs to be more unity within the community, people must become more aware and less passive. It is up to the citizens to make their city better for everyone. I wrote a book about these issues because I genuinely care about the well being of people within lower income communities because I was one of those people. I know what it feels like when you don't believe in yourself, when you have no thoughts of having a positive, bright future. I want to help in any way possible to make things better for those people who need and deserve hope.
*According to Wikipedia: In 2014 the murder rate of the city of East St. Louis was 101.8 per 100,000 people, which was higher than that of Honduras, the country with the highest murder rate in the world, at 90.4 per 100,000 people.
As Bruce Lee said, "To hell with circumstances, I create opportunities."