Ki Ogunyemi, 28
Lives in: Springfield, MO
Dental Assistant, Jordan Valley Community Health Center
Charity: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of SWMO
When I was a child I had a teacher who I thought was perfect. She was always patient, generous and fun. I remember wanting to be just like her when I grew up.
Be honest with yourself about who you truly are. Whenever you accept your flaws, insecurities or whatever else you think is keeping you from being perfect on the inside and outside, you can truly learn to appreciate yourself. Once you appreciate you for the real you, you’ll have true and beautiful happiness about yourself.
People are always surprised to find out that I grew up in a small town. One of those towns that some like to say if you blink while driving through, you’ll miss it. Also, that I was adopted, and not just adopted, but adopted by parents of a different race.
My ultimate source of inspiration is the sacrifice Jesus gave for me. It’s a constant reminder to be Christ-like by spreading kindness and doing my part to be a light to anyone, anywhere, at any point. My physical source of inspiration is our 8-month-old son. All the cliché quotes you hear about becoming a parent makes you realize how small everything else is are true! Becoming a mom has put into perspective how insignificant things that you thought were important are. The reduction of sleep, sanity and alone time are 100% worth the opportunity to be a parent and nothing I take for granted.
One of my favorite places to visit is the Springfield Art Museum. The art museum keeps up with culture, not only modernization but also history. Even when I visit the same exhibits I still find something new to be in awe about. Both on the inside and outside the art museum is an excellent and beautiful attraction in our community. I might add the amphitheater was a stunning location for my 2017 wedding!
Diversity is a standout issue to me, especially being a minority. I think it’s important to incorporate minority businesses and leaders into our community activities. I think it’s important to have a diverse group of people as a representation in our community, especially when it pertains to our youth. I believe young people connect a lot easier to someone who looks like them.
I asked myself what my friends might say about me and then asked a number of my closest friends this question. The repetitive answers that I received was honest and collected. Before I received their responses, I figured they would say honest, whether it be brutally or beautifully.
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