Diana grew up with vivid daydreams about how life was going to go. From an early age she was taught, if you want anything in life, you have to work hard for it; her mother was her first living example of hard work. Growing up in Riverside, California she watched her work tirelessly for meager earnings, in a gang infested neighborhood, raising three impressionable girls. Her childhood looked normal; consistent drive-by shootings and drug exchanges were just a part of the backdrop.
At the peak of racial pressures before the Rodney King verdict, her family moved to Newport News, Virginia, in hopes of a new life. The move left Diana feeling like an outsider; although she attempted to fit in, that never worked, she was teased for being different. In the summer of 1996 devastating news rang her family, Diana’s older brother committed suicide. Immediately on the heels of her brothers’ passing her biological father disappeared; leaving Diana to question, why she wasn’t reason enough for her father to stay? She grew up with a silent incessant want to have her biological father in her life, although 24 years would pass and still he had yet to return. Vowing to succeed past her pain, trauma, and hurt; by putting her dreams, aspirations, and goals first, Diana continued on.
3 YEARS OF GOOD MORNING MESSAGES
During her early 20’s, after graduating from Norfolk State University, she felt her most powerful. She began sending 30 of her family and friends motivational messages, everyday; for 3 years. Many times the messages came easy, often times she struggled to find the motivation but something would always speak to her. 1100 messages, three years, and mini testimonials allowed Diana to see how impactful she could be. As she used her voice to move people from their place of uncertainty to clarity; it helped to motivate her out of pain and disappointment. Focusing her energy on someone else’s pain/needs, while avoiding my own was a skill she utilized and depended on for much of her life after it’s discovery.
GETTING HER WINGS
Feeling a powerful connection with the Natural Hair Community, the confidence women exuded about their hair was electrifying. She had lessons to teach, home styling expertise, and a voice to lend in the growing community; SistersWithBeauty launched, October 10, 2011, after she moved to San Antonio, Texas. Her energy and full-time dedication to creating content, shooting videos, and doing natural hair events kept her busy. Diana successfully motivated her audience along their natural hair journey but failed to connect her own battles and obstacles with their struggles during transition. Never revealing her own fears and doubts gave her a sense of emptiness. She didn’t always speak her mind and doubted every move she made, which allowed her to became stagnant in life; standing face-to-fear, in front of her biggest breakthrough; her healing.
DEPRESSION CHANGED HER LIFE
By early 30’s, with a successful growing business and book launch; she finally admitted to being unhappy, walking in fear, unsure of where to turn for help. Diana’s emotional state escalated from minor sadness to full on depression. In 2018 she was clinically diagnosed with Cyclical Depression; her passions for natural hair replaced with crying in bed for days at a time; feeling less powerful and more incapable of being herself. She had always been the person to have it all figured out; her diagnosis challenged her to evaluate life and why she was willing to create instead of heal from her pain, fear, and trauma.
LIFE TODAY (of TUHDAY)
She knows trauma, brokenness, depression, anger, pain, sadness, hurt, agony, betrayal, lies, suicide, abandonment, therapy, doing the work, failure, breakdowns, forgiveness, reconciliation, and oh yeah her favorite, healing. If you want to know more about Diana R. Ramsey and the things she’s doing; welcome, get comfy and enjoy the refreshments in the back.
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Quotes Diana captured in her darkest times;
Never be silent in the face of your own greatness ~ Diana R. Ramsey
The light in my bloodline is a problem for the enemy ~ Diana R. Ramsey
For I knew if I gave this world what it had given me, the world would burn up. ~ Diana R. Ramsey
PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY (short version)
Diana R. Ramsey is an Author, Speaker and Heal Leader of Black Wholeness Collective. She first burst onto the scene with SistersWithBeauty; bringing an innovative perspective to the natural hair community. When she’s not healing, leading and talking about black mental health; she’s applying her technical intellect as a Program-Project Manager for the Department of Defense. She’s spoken at the Congressional Black Caucus, WHUR 96.3, Blogalicious, and has been featured on Great Day Washington and HuffPost Live. Diana holds a Master’s degree in Information Technology Management from Webster University, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Entrepreneurship from Norfolk State University. She resides in Washington, DC and is a lover of copious dipping sauces, thrifting, and her pet rabbit Christopher “SIMBA” Robbin.