A Bit About Charity Singleton
My first memory was my mother telling me I could not ride my trike without shoes. I remember sitting on my trike, looking up at my mom as she stood on the front porch stairs and as my bare feet dangled to the ground next to the peddles, I thought, I'm not wearing shoes!
From the moment I was born, nothing was going to stand in my way, and no one was going to tell me what I could or couldn't do, or so I thought. I was born into a Mormon family, number four of thirteen, and religion was the core of our existence. We were in the world but not of the world, as my mom would say. Life in our home was about control. Control of what we read, listened to, ate, wore, and did—no TV, newspaper, radio, or outside influence. A strict dress code of below the knees, shoulders covered, and necklines no lower than a hand width below your neck. I was groomed to be a mother and a submissive and obedient wife. We were servants to the Lord and the church. Everything we did was to serve and give, and taught us to be selfless.
Thirty years later, I fight every day to understand and correct behaviors. I am learning to care for myself and love who I am, not what others think I should be. I am learning how to feel, express and process. I am learning how to love me for me.
I know I am; tenacious, curious, kind, joyful, audacious, driven, smart, lovable, and loved.
I am proud to be a mom of four intelligent and thoughtful boys and women with an amazing and loving partner whom I deeply love and adore.
I completed my associate's degree at 43. This is after I owned and operated a successful business for ten years, Real Estate agent for nine years, and earned certificates in nutrition, personal training, and posture alignment.
I am driven by people who think I can't, doubt my abilities, and poo poo my ideas. I love life, the ocean, hiking, nature, and people.
My core values are: Lead by example, self-care is not selfish, be curious, and share joy.