Crystal

Outfit Details:

Top, Jeans, and Bag: @zara

Espadrilles: @asos

 

What do you feel most accomplished for in your life right now?

“Getting my degree was the most accomplishing feeling I've felt thus far. Had I not been dedicated and kept pushing through, I wouldn't be where I am today. I struggled for 6 years trying to get my degree while balancing my social life and worked a full-time position as a manager. It was tough, but super rewarding! I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Communications and a minor in Marketing, and made my momma proud with a 3.8 GPA.”

 

When you say "I wouldn't be where I am today" - tell us where you are today, what do you do now?

“I am currently employed at a startup company, GameCo. Our vision is a refreshing for the Casino business as we hope to expand skilled-based gaming on Casino floors. Because it's a very unique business my job requires an abundance of thinking outside the box, innovative planning and event coordination. All things I absolutely love!

I am also blessed that my current career paths allows me to travel often and spend time on what makes me happy! I am currently working on a blog with my best friend... coming soon!”

What is your biggest fear and why?

“I fear not being able to balance my life between work, my passions, my social life, and my personal life. I have so much going on, and I do pretty well most days with balancing it, but I fear it'll get too hectic. I am lucky to have a strong support system who always remind me that it's always possible to overcome fear.”

You say you have a strong support system. Who are these people in your life?

“My support system is both my mother and my best friends. They are constantly reminding me of how amazing I am and I do the same for them. We are all about positive vibes and reinforce one another to be proud of who we are and that everything is going to be OKAY even when it's rough.”

What would you say has been a significant moment in your life and why?

“During my senior year of college, I was blessed with the opportunity to study abroad in Florence, Italy. I was terrified, because I entered a program in a different campus, and as a result I did not know anyone! I have always had a passion for traveling, but never experienced traveling alone internationally. Four weeks later, I found a deeper understanding of my passion, history, religion. I also learned that I am pretty badass in literature. I gained new friends, traveled to 7 new cities, and ate incredible food. Since then, I have returned to Italy twice!”

What is it about traveling that engages you? How often do you travel now and tell us a little about how you manage to travel often.

“I am a huge history geek so traveling is amazing for me since I get to submerge myself in a culture I have never experienced. Some people may ask then why visit other states in the US and only travel international? There is so much beauty and diversity in our own country that I think people fail to appreciate and it's often overlooked.

The experience I get each time I travel and the things I learn are always a culture shock- but the good kind!

I like the rule of traveling at least once a month to a place you've never been. That could even be Staten Island for some people (including myself, I've actually never been!). However, life sometimes prohibits that so this year I visited Tampa and returned to Italy in January and took a break until June. Since June I have made five trips and of those three places were totally new and exciting for me! Within the next two months I'll be making my way to three new cities, and I could not be more excited.”

What is your greatest struggle?

“I'm a perfectionist - it's a blessing and a curse. Being a perfectionist helps me with attaining goals in my personal and work life. However, sometimes it's a struggle, because I don't know when to let things go that aren't always perfect. These are the moments when I tell myself, ‘Crys! Life isn't perfect! Get yo’ self together girl!”

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By: Armelis D'Orville

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