When her mom brought Sharee, who was just 14, and her siblings from Philadelphia to York, they lived in a homeless shelter. Pain would often pop up when Sharee least expected it, like when she lost her best friend and her father a year later.
It could have been easy for Sharee to get lost in her own head, she says, but she made her loneliness a time to be comfortable and happy. Her mantras gave her strength – and she often shares them today with friends, neighbors, and a social media community.
“It’s OK to go through things and be impacted by them,” she says. “As a teenager, I was protective of my family and my story because I didn’t want anyone to think bad of us. But I know that I was given experiences that have led to my greater purpose. As an adult, I’ve found power and inspiration that I share with others.”