Rhaea (pronounced Ray-a) is my first name. In elementary school, many of my peers struggled with pronouncing my name. In the second grade, my gym teacher saw how frustrated I became every time people mispronounced my name. She taught me a trick. When I introduced myself, I provided people with a strategy on how to properly pronounce my name. For an example, “Hello, my name is Rhaea, pronounced like A Ray-a Hope or A Ray-a Sunshine.” It worked like a charm. Thirty plus years later, I still use it.
Both phrases encompass who I am. In most cases, I able to speak life or give people tools and strategies to navigate through some of the hardest situations. Ultimately, I give them HOPE. Also, there is a light that shines from within me. Throughout life, strangers and people I encounter have always said… There is something about you; I just can’t figure out what it is. I have always known in my heart that it’s my light.