As a part of Black History Month, I wanted to write a few words of reflection. Oftentimes during this month, we highlight, remember and honor those who have gone on. Let’s think about the word “history.” The definition is the study of past events, particularly in human affairs. And with that in mind and being a black woman, I thought I would write a little about Patrina Dixon, the black woman who has made and continue to make history.
I was a young single parent trying to raise my daughter the best I knew how for many years. I worked hard and tried to provide the best for her and ensure she got a good education from kindergarten through college to ensure she had options as she blossomed into an adult. She was well-rounded, played sports and participated in several extracurricular activities and leadership programs.
I landed an excellent job with a company on the Fortune 500 list during that time. I worked hard and was promoted along the way. I learned a lot and met some great people. I was able to travel to so many awesome places due to my role at this company. I am now in my 28th year at the same company.
While I was raising my daughter and working, I would find time for both of us to give back by volunteering in various ways like at local food banks during the holiday seasons, at local schools by reading to kids and helping with homework.
I also started Saturday school for the school ages kids at my church and help with their homework and reading skills. When my daughter would come home from college she would help me with the kids.
I took on a huge role of being the president of a group of women at my church. Some of the women were older and some younger then me. Through my leadership they have done some many great things in the community and within our church reached unthinkable goals for our size group. I am still the president now it has been over 20 years.
Somewhere in there I met a wonderful man that one day asked me for his hand in marriage. I know it is cliche` but "he completes me". He is my Ying to my Yang. We have built a wonderful life together and are on the side of enjoying and creating all of the experiences we have worked for.
Once my daughter graduated from college and was on her own “meaning off my checkbook” I knew there was more for me to do. As the quote says, “when you make an observation, you have an obligation”, I knew I had to take what I learned in personal finance and teach others. My quest started with teaching our youth, then their parents and through the upward trajectory of my business, I found myself traveling the world doing my part to make more people financially literate - doing what I completely love. Now, almost 6 years later as they Owner and CEO of P Dixon Consulting and Founder of my trademark brand, It’$ My Money™️, with having some great, talented people that work and have worked for my company we have made some impact in the community and across the globe.
So when I think about Black History month, I celebrate all that came before me, all that paved the way, all that made it possible for me Patrina Dixon the young single mom to dream big and achieve becoming Patrina Dixon the Owner of a Financial Education Company empowering individuals all over the world to be the financial astute. I wear a lot of hats and have achieved a lot. I am proud of myself. It’s those that came before me, are still the shoulders I stand on.
To someone was honored as a 100 women of color, a part of Forbes For the Culture, and have spoken on many stages and virtual spaces. I hope that as I continue creating my legacy that it represents everything I learned from my wonderful mom, from personal and professional experiences, and in the various works places, trainings, and courses that I will forever be known during this month as someone who loved serving, elevating others, helping to transform lives and loving her family while enjoying life to the fullest.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.