we were lucky enough to have marina model for our winter 2018 jewelry and apparel photoshoot. not only is she an amazing model, but she’s a strong, beautiful, kind-hearted human.
what is the biggest challenge or opportunity you’ve faced and how did it shape who you are?
i quit my job do to racial intolerance of a co-worker. i won’t mention the company name out of respect, but i made the decision that it was not a place that i could work.
if there’s anything i’m known for, it’s being able to get along with other people and having a positive attitude and sweet nature. in fact, i was voted by my co-workers for having the best service with a smile.
while i am a nice person, i knew in this situation that i had to stand up for myself. comments went too far involving my skin color and they did not leave me feeling great. some people laughed it off, but I did not. i’m not one to speak up, but i made it clear that the comments were not okay. looking back on the situation, i am proud for making my feelings known.
after some time and confiding in loved ones, i came to a decision that it was a good time to leave my job. i met with management and was asked to stay in exchange for a co-worker being suspended, but i still felt that i was in the wrong environment. i still keep in touch with some of my old co-workers and feel that i am missed. the first weeks after leaving the company had me feeling defeated, but i was extremely proud of standing up for myself.
no one should have to fight for respect and decency. this situation will remain a learning experience for me. but, on the bright side, i just started a new full-time job and couldn’t be happier with the decision.
what’s one word, thought, or philosophy that you live by?
i live don’t live life by a clock or a timeline. i am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason when it’s supposed to happen. everyone’s journey is unique and there is no need to compare ourselves to others.
our gritbabe journal features ladies from all walks of life who have persevered, overcome, and achieved great success. if you have a story to share, get in touch.