03 Feb Featured Chosen Covergirl- LaToya Stirrup
What does it mean to be confident?
To be confident means you know your worth and that you are not defined by the perception of others. You are clued into who you are and radically accept yourself, flaws and all.
What comes to mind when you think of the word “joy”?
When I think of the word “joy,” I think about that inner sense of bliss that radiates out. That feeling you have that all is well and in “flow.”
Can you identify the time in your life when you began to totally accept yourself and all of your flaws?
Absolutely. I actually had a moment like this last year. As an entrepreneur, the road can get rough some times and feel quite lonely. I was emotionally in the midst of one of those moments and was being critical of myself. I decided to journal it out, and while sorting through my feelings I realized that I was not truly acknowledging how far I had come and all that I have accomplished. I realized that I had been compartmentalizing my life to the point where I could not see all of the pieces and how they fit together so beautifully. I had my business life over here. My mom/family life over here. My social life over here. And I was acting as if each operated independently of the other.
As I started truly looking at how my life had changed and what was going on in my life while building out the business, I experienced a rush of emotion and love for myself. Because while the business is still very much a work in progress and I may not have all the answers all of the time… I realized that is totally okay and I will figure it out. I just needed to show myself more compassion, patience, and gratitude along the way. After all, life is a marathon, not a sprint.
What do you admire most about yourself?
I admire my love for change and new experiences. To me, life is a constant learning process. We are always being presented with something new to experience and try. The more we learn to go with the flow and stop resisting change, the easier we will find “challenges” to be.
Fill in the blank: I am…. a creator.
How has your faith contributed to who you are today?
My faith is at the core of who I am today. Walking this road called life requires a strong sense of faith, in whatever form that takes for you. There is so much that is outside of our control, and oftentimes the more we try to exert a sense of control, the harder things become. But when we trust and surrender, life will unfold in the most beautiful and surprising ways. If you have never read The Surrender Experiment by Michael Singer, it will definitely open your eyes to how faith and the act of surrendering can change your life.
What would you tell your younger self or someone who has yet to discover her worth?
Know that your worth does not exists out, it resides within. You were given gifts that are to be shared with the world. Never let the opinions of others dim your light or make you feel as though you need to change to fit in. You were born to bring something new into the world. Do what is in your heart and dance to the rhythm of life.
If you could identify a celebrity who you believe exemplifies a Chosen Covergirl, who would that be and why?
The first person that came to mind was Nina Simone. Her voice was one of creativity and revolution. She spoke out about the conditions of her people, celebrated our beauty and did it all with confidence and grace. Her sound was unique and she owned it.
About our Featured Chosen Covergirl: Entrepreneur, producer, strategist…LaToya Stirrup gets things done. With over fifteen years of experience in advertising and marketing, LaToya is able to bring a wealth of knowledge to any business challenge. She’s one of the founding members and president of Digital Grass, co-host of Tech, Beats & Bytes and co-founder of KAZMALEJE, a company she started with her two sisters to create hair tools and accessories for the textured hair care market.
LaToya is also a member of various organizations and boards. She was recently selected to charter the Miami Chapter of Black Girl Ventures, the non-profit organization started by Shelly Bell with the mission to create access to capital for Black and Brown women founders. You can connect with Latoya at @kazmaleje and/or visit her website at https://www.kazmaleje.com/