My name is Danielle, but I’m better known as Dani. I was born in Homestead, Florida to island parents (from Trinidad & Tobago). I grew up as an only child, but have four older half siblings. Growing up in Homestead, the idea of beauty (to me) were girls who were “thick,” or “curvaceous.” As you’ve seen from my pictures, I am on the thinner side. On the ‘outside,’ things looked fine but inside I felt like I didn’t belong; I had a hard time feeling pretty. To this day, I’m still on my self-love journey. Through middle school, high school, and college, I struggled with self esteem issues that I made sure to hide. I didn’t like my glasses, or my braces, and I especially hated my acne, to say the least. Having been raised by strict, island parents who taught me to be very careful in my surroundings and always mind my p’s and q’s, over time I developed issues with anxiety (to no fault of my parents). During and after college, I found myself committed to unhealthy relationships that eventually evolved into codependency. I not only created and fell into unhealthy habits but I self-medicated with substances detrimental to my health…
Here I am today, 10 years later to help other progressive professionals, particularly women. I’m not really here to tell my story (because this isn’t about me…), but to bring light to the dark — no one has to feel alone. There are many people out there, like myself, who suffer with issues but don’t want to shed light on them. I’m here to say, “it’s okay not to be okay.” It’s about progress, not perfection. We live in a time of instant gratification, picture filters, and ultimate convenience. People lack deep, meaningful conversations, connections, and relationships that help support them and feel on FIRE about life.
By the way, thank you for your patience and making it this far to the end of this article 🙂 Now that you know a little about me and what’s brought me here, I’d like to share my goals with you. In our journey together, we’re going to figure out where you are….do you tend to fill voids? If not, are there other areas of your life needing improvement? And if you do fill voids, what do you fill them with?
Let’s get introspective and understand WHY you do the things you do…even though you’re perfect just the way you are 🙂