- Tell the little ladies a little about yourself.
My name is Ashlee Elouise Sherman. I am 24 years old and currently work as a Technology Analyst for a major consulting firm. I hold a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University where I also served as Miss PVAMU 2014-2015. In the future, I have plans to attend Law School so that I may become a Patent Attorney. My passions include helping younger generations prepare for college and increasing minority presence in engineering fields.
- If you could describe a lady in three words what would they be?
There are many words to describe a lady, but if I had to narrow it down to three I would say a lady is timeless, courageous, and God-fearing. Each of those three adjectives, in my opinion, are essential to possessing lady-like qualities. To be timeless is not just limited to your wardrobe, but also in the ways that you carry yourself: in your speech, your presence, and your touch. It’s the very essence of who you are. There are two specific women that I think about when it comes to being timeless, and they are Jacqueline Kennedy, First Lady 1961-1963 and my current First Lady Michelle Obama. Whether intentional or not, these ladies have set a standard as to what it means to be timeless.
I also chose courageous because a lady is not afraid to be herself, to exude that timelessness that we discussed a few sentences ago. Now I understand we live in a word where ‘anything goes,’ but a lady is never afraid to radiate these qualities even when society is doing all they can to stereotype her as a video vixen simply because she’s female. In the same way, a lady is courageous in the way she interacts with others; she’s not afraid to be the bigger person in a situation if it means moving past conflict. She doesn’t add fuel to a fire, she’s bringing the extinguisher.
Last, but certainly not least, a lady is God-fearing. Regardless of where she is in her walk with Christ, a lady allows God to rule over her heart, her life, and her plans. There’s a Bible verse that I love to live by, Philippians 4:4-13. These few short verses have taught me the power of being comfortable in uncomfortable situations, and ultimately how to find peace in the midst of the storm. “Try not to resist the changes that come your way. Instead let life live through you. And do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the side to come?” – Rumi.
- Why do you consider yourself to be a lady?
I definitely consider myself to be a lady, considering that I continuously try to find ways to improve my ladylike mannerisms. Additionally, I’ve inspired many of my peers at my university to carry themselves as a lady and help improve their self-esteem. I also host classes to elementary and middle school students in the Houston area to help increase their poise and formal dining etiquette.
- State one reason why you think being a lady is important?
I think being a lady is important because quite frankly we’re needed in society. It seems as though our generation has lost the art of modesty, feminism, and downright mannerisms of being a lady. There is beauty in mystery and leaving some things to the imagination.
- One thing you would like to say to all the little ladies out there?
Since day one, you’ve already had everything you need within yourself. It’s the world that’s convinced you that you did not. There are also several quotes that I love to read often, they help keep me encouraged. My favorite number is 8, so I’ve listed my eight favorite quotes below:
1. “Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.” – Ian McLaren
2. “The enemy wouldn’t be attacking you if there wasn’t something very valuable inside of you. Thieves don’t break into empty house. You have a purpose.” –Kimberly Jones
3. “Something beautiful and something we should all realize: just because someone isn’t monetarily wealthy- doesn’t mean their soul isn’t rich in all the simplest ways.” –Vanessa Quintero
4. “Who you spend your time with has a great impact on you. There are God ordained people who will inspire us and make us better. If you’re spending time with the wrong people you won’t meet the right people. You’ll get stuck. You can’t hang out with chickens and expect to soar like eagles.” –Joel Osteen
5. “Makeup, hair, nails, lashes, shoes, clothes and a nice body mean nothing if you have no substance, wisdom, compassion, intuition, knowledge, life skills, woman wit,confidence, emotional strength, or a strong relationship with God. Beautify your spirit and your outer appearance will follow.” -Unknown
6. “You may not see it today or tomorrow, but you will look back in a few years and be absolutely perplexed and awed by how every little thing added up and brought you somewhere wonderful- or where you always wanted to be. You will be grateful that things didn’t work out the way you once wanted them to.” -Unknown
7. “Let someone love you just the way you are—as flawed as you might be, as unattractive as you sometimes feel, and as unaccomplished as you think you are. To believe that you must hide all the parts of you that are broken, out of fear that someone else is incapable of loving what is less than perfect, is to believe that sunlight is incapable of entering a broken window and illuminating a dark room.” –Marc Hack
8. “Have you ever read about those species of flowers that only bloom after a devastating fire? Scientists say that the fire sets the earth aflame with the birth of a species of flowers that wouldn’t otherwise grow, that even though fire seems to destroy everything it touches, it can also bring new colors into the world. What I’m trying to say is that healing hurts, but it is also worth it to see yourself bloom.” -Unknown
& that's a wrap! Another month another little lady! I wonder who it will be next month?
A little lady cheering on other little ladies.