Throughout my years of blending myself and Fierce Forward with other fierce women, there have been women I have met who inspire me to the core and who I know are inspiring others by just being themselves. These women have become my friends, some the FF Ambassadors (friends they are) and others women who I meet for a day and leave their presence feeling their positive energy lasting with me. I want to share their Fierce Code for living so that you may be able to feel connected to more women who are out there doing fierce things, never giving up on themselves and always working to be a good person. I introduce to you Rese Wilson. Rese Wilson is a woman who inspires me to have a fierce attitude even in times of adversity, when I think everything is upside down. She has kicked cancer’s ass and is living her life fiercely so that she may empower others to not let anything kick you to the ground, that you have the power to always get back up and continue living. My favorite answer of hers is #14.
1. Why did you want to be a Fierce Forward Ambassador?
Because I truly believed in what Fierce Forward stood for and wanted to help Ashley share her vision. I wanted to be able to offer inspiration to those who needed it, and to motivate others to live a FF life.
2. How long have you been following Fierce Forward?
For about a year and half.
3. Do you recall how you found Ashley?
I found Ashley and the FF armor on Facebook and immediately fell in love with what Ashley and FF stood for.
4. What is the most impactful thing that you get from Fierce Forward?
Unconditional love and support.
5. What is your favorite thing about Fierce Forward?
The comradery. I love that this amazing group of women can come together and lift each other up. We are there for each other, even though most of us have never met. It’s not about judging the other, it’s about motivating them and supporting them to reach whatever goal they need to reach, whether it is physical, emotional or spiritual.
6. Do you have a fierce bucket list? If so, what is your top item?
The top item on my bucket list is to visit Scotland and learn more about my heritage. Your past may not define you, but your heritage should. I want to roam the same countryside that my ancestors roamed and discover more about those family members that came before me.
7. What is your favorite inspirational quote or mantra you repeat to yourself to work through tough times?
a. “This too shall pass.” Or “Take a deep breath. It’s just a bad day, not a bad life.” Which of course always leads to me singing “Bad Day” by Daniel Powter J
b. “You must always remember, you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.” ~ Christopher Robin
8. What do you struggle with and what are your greatest challenges?
Right now my biggest struggle and challenge really is my health. I am currently battling cancer and it leaves me most days feeling exhausted and unable to be as physically active as I would like.
9. How do you find balance in your day/Life?
Between my own personal health struggles, as well as dealing with my mom’s severe dementia, work and school, it can be very challenging to find the necessary time and energy to live a balanced Life. I make sure that every day I schedule at least 30 minutes of me time. By putting it on your schedule, you are less apt to blow it off. This time can be used to work out, take a walk, catch up with a friend, read a leisure book, watch a favorite TV show, cuddle with my fur baby or do some online shopping. For those few minutes I am able to just let go and enjoy life.
I also make sure that every night, for about 5 minutes before bed that I mediate. I let go of the day and all the worries that came with it. Just completely clear my head so that I can have a more peaceful sleep.
10. What is your favorite piece of armor and why?
My favorite piece of armor would have to be Badass. First off, the piece is absolutely gorgeous. The way the beads take on a different color depending on what angle the light is hitting it from. Secondly, it reminds me every day to be a BADASS and not let anything get me down. No matter how bad the day may get, I can and will get back up. Nothing can defeat you, unless you let it.
11. If you could have dinner with a famous historical person who would it be and why?
That’s a tough question for someone who graduated with a history and anthropology/archaeology degree. I mean, how am I supposed to narrow it down to just one. But if I must, it would have to be Jesus. I have so many questions that only he can answer.
12. What is your favorite workout?
Hip Hop Abs by Shaun T. I feel like I am not even working out he makes it so much fun.
13. What is your go-to healthy snack?
My “go-to” healthy snack would have to be nuts. It’s easy to make a couple little snack bags and keep in your purse, gym or school bag.
14. What advice would you tell the 13 year old version of yourself?
I would tell myself to not take life so seriously and to not allow others to define who I was. I would encourage her to eat healthier and be more active. And to enjoy each and every day and spend more time with family, because too quickly they may be gone.
15. What does Fierce Forward mean to you?
To me, Fierce Forward means putting forth positive energy into the world and being a force for good. Living a life that is full of good intentions and putting other people’s needs first. Lending a helping hand to someone in their time of need and being a shoulder for them to lean on. It’s about making the world a better place to live in.