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EXPOSÉ: Mariah Millie

// What does it mean to you to be a woman today?

It means everything. Being a woman today means being able to use my voice, being able to speak my truth, being able to lift other woman up, and remind them how far we’ve come, being able to keep pushing for equality, and encourage other woman. All of us women together should always have each others backs and lift each other higher. Being a part of a community. I work beside multiple successful woman everyday and they inspire me daily, and that’s the way it should be. Because we are BADASS and should be celebrated. It means community over competition, and equality.

// Do you have a life mantra/motto that you live by? 

Happiness, hard work, and to stay curious.

// In an effort to be vulnerable and true to yourself what do you want to expose to the world? 

So here’s my vulnerable self: Not many people know, but I didn’t have the most traditional upbringing. I was in foster care when I was younger with my sister, and it has taken me a long time to ever open up and tell people this story. Especially growing up in a society/world where being a woman and having some sort of hardship you’ve had to overcome or just being vulnerable whatsoever, could be labelled as a weakness, or put you in a box for being “the one” people feel sorry for. I’ve always told myself that I would use this time in my life as my strength, and my motivation to always reach for more, for myself, for what I lost, for what wasn’t ideal. I decided my story wouldn’t define who I am or label me, rather that I would create my own story of who I am, and chose everyday to live the life I want/can. But I now know that it’s ok to open up, and be proud of what you’ve overcome. In June of 2018, I decided to quit my full-time job, to become an entrepreneur and chase my dream, of doing what I love every damn day! Because I can.

// What is something you’ve sacrificed in order to achieve success? 

I’ve sacrificed my independence that I’ve always vowed to myself that I would keep, no matter what. Maybe it’s not considered a sacrifice but I have reached out for support in all ways whether it is mentally or financially. I’ve broken down the walls and reminded myself that it is ok to ask for help when I needed it most.

// What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? 

To live doesn’t mean you’re alive, I even got it tattooed on my right rib. Ever since I heard this, it resonated with me, and since then I’ve tried to keep trying to live in the present moment, kept trying to understand my why, and staying true to who I am. 

// What are 3 things you are grateful for? 

My partner Anthony, he grounds me, inspires me, and is my best friend. 
My family, because they’re a reminder that love conquers all. 
Lastly, I’m grateful for my the obstacles I’ve had to overcome. It’s shaped me, made me, and allowed me to become who I am today.

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