Diamond Craig, 25
My name is Diamond Craig and I am the Founder and President of PurposefullyPretty Inc. and PurposefullyPretty in Medicine (P.P.I.M). I am a graduate of CUNY York College; with a dual degree in Biology and African American Studies; a Patient Quality and Safety coordinator at NYU Langone Medical Center and an aspiring pediatric medical doctor. In the next year or so I plan to embark into my next business venture; an online boutique, “PurposefullyStylish”. Many people say that my vision and the things that have accomplished thus far in my life, being only 25 years old, would classify me as PurposefullyPretty. However, I beg to differ. In my opinion, my constant growth, imperfections and perseverance is what qualifies me to be PurposefullyPretty.
If you would have asked my 5 years ago, where I saw myself today, I would have never imagined saying the things that I have previously stated. If you would have asked me if I saw myself founding and leading a non-for-profit organization, I would have told you definitely not! Although I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of women empowerment and success, I did not believe that I was capable of doing so. I didn’t even think I was cut out to pursue something as demanding as a physician, although it has always been a desire of mine. Looking back, I realize that my only hindrance was myself. I convinced myself that things were too hard, too time consuming, too demanding and that I wasn’t cut out to do what was in my heart to do. However, I was wrong.
Many of the things that I went through as I transitioned from a young girl to an adult; both good and bad; has certainly made me the woman that I am today.For many years, I went through a time of trying to “find myself”. During these years I suffered with wanting to be accepted.I also dealt with much insecurity; not feeling “pretty enough” because I did not fit the image that society deemed as pretty. I went through much depression and confusion, knowing what I wanted to do, but not believing in myself to do so. I went through tremendous heartbreak and disappointment; not only in romantic relationships; but in family and other personal relationships. At the age of 21, I was even (mis)diagnosed with lymphoma; a type of cancer that affects the lymph nodes. I spent an entire summer undergoing various doctors’ visits and tests in order to confirm if whether or not I was living with this life-threatening disease. However, by his stripes I am healed! (Thank God!!) Although it looked as if I had it all together from the outside looking in, no one knew how troubled I felt internally.
Although at the time of my trials and tribulations, I felt as though I was going through the darkest time in my life, I’ve realized that it was the most beautiful time in my life. All of the confusion, tears, depression, feelings of defeat and wanting to give up, helped me to identify who I really was. It gave me strength, inspiration and courage to pursue everything that I dreamed of without fear. All of the heartbreak, disappointment and other things that I overcame became fuel for my pursuit. My trials taught me to love myself for whom I am, and appreciate who God created me to be. If I had not gone through many of the things that I did, mentally, emotionally and even physically, PurposefullyPretty probably would not exist today. Although I am still learning and growing and even going through different trials, I can honestly say that I am the happiest and most confident that I have ever been in my life!
The ability to fight through my imperfections and obstacles and still thrive is what makes me PurposefullyPretty. My Pastor once said that “The ugliest processes have produced the most beautiful outcomes you could ever witness”. Please remember that anything that you are going through is not for you. God is simply putting you through a circumstance that you can one day help someone, who is going through the same or similar thing, get through. We all have a story. Be strong enough to allow your story to make you a better, stronger person and not break you. Make up in your mind that no matter what odds presents itself to you, you will DREAM, PLAN & PURSUE everything in your heart. Pursue AGAINST ALL ODDS!