I am from Camarillo, California, which is about 20 miles from the military base in Port Hueneme where I was born.
My advice to women is BREATHE!
I was once told that breathing fresh air into my lungs could, quite literally, save my life. In 2003, I was diagnosed with valley fever that had traveled throughout my body and, doctors feared, into my central nervous system. But breathing provided the necessary support to my organs and cells. Breathing is what God did when He created us. It’s the first thing we do when we’re born and the last thing we do when we pass. Never underestimate the power of your own breath!
Fun Fact: Maya Angelou is my paternal cousin (my grandma’s niece). Though I never met her in person, just knowing that we are blood relatives makes me want to reach for the stars and assures me that anything is achievable when you have the courage to be your authentic self.