Social Media Handle/Username: @Yams_YaYa_
Introduce Yourself/Tell About Yourself: Hey. I’m Bee. I’m 24. I’m a black woman. I’m a singer, a writer, painter, a burn survivor, and an amateur philosopher. Im a proud Dallas native.
What Inspires You Every day? : I think what inspires me most is my vision of what my future could be. Even from a young age when I wanted to quit at life I’d think to myself, “If I give up now I’ll never know how great my future can be.” That’s my driving force.
What is some words of wisdom you live by?: I’m only human and it’s ok to make mistakes. It’s ok to fail.
Listen to your intuition because who knows what’s best for you better than yourself?
Don’t worry about others opinions.
If you love with an open heart and with pure intentions you’ll never go wrong.
What is your ultimate goal in life? : My ultimate goal in life is to discover how powerful I really am. I spent a lot of time choosing to average because I was afraid of being different. I was bullied and chastised for being different as a kid. The last thing I wanted to do was stand out in a crowd. Now I understand that I am different and that’s a beautiful thing. I spent so long fighting it that now I just want to see where all this dormant potential can take me if I really put my mind to succeeding.
How have you been during the pandemic and how has it affected you? : The pandemic was hard at first. I lived in Portland, OR. I had just moved when the pandemic hit. I had no friends and this fun adventure of moving and starting a new life came to a screeching halt. It was a very lonely time and ultimately the solitude took a huge toll on my mental stability, my relationship (I was married then), and my financial stability. Everything started to look up when I decided to move back to Texas. As soon as I moved back home they lifted the mask mandate. I was able to find work, I was around my family, and I could just be outside enjoying life again.
What is a message you would like to give others? : Live your life the way you want with no regrets. You’re the only person who has to go to bed at night with your mistakes/successes. Don’t listen to people who don’t believe in you. Whatever your dream is, you can reach it. The only thing that can you stop you from reaching it, is you.
What else would you like to tell others about you or your life?: I’m a proud burn survivor. When I was a baby I was held down in a tub of boiling hot water. I had surgery after surgery. They didn’t think I would make it. I kept flat lining on the operating table. Somehow I made it through. The doctors said I would most likely never walk on my own because the nerve damage was so bad. Now I hike every weekend. The doctors said I’d never be able to play sports. Then I went on to run track and become a professional dancer for years and even went to college as a dance major. I never gave up. I was bullied as a kid for my burns and for a long time I hid my scars. Now I’m not ashamed. I wear them loud and proud and I have so much love and confidence for myself. It’s a beautiful feeling.