Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Meet Christy

Briefly introduce yourself. Name. Occupation. How many children you have. An interesting fact about you.
Christy Herring I am the Founder and Event Coordinator of The Divaz Network, a mom to three boys - Ages 15, 7 and 4. I was a Division One Scholarship Athlete!
How old were you when you became a teen mom? 
Pregnant at 17, gave birth at 18.
What was the immediate family and your partners response?
Well, I would love to say it was all candies and roses, but it was a very trying and emotional time. Once the initial shock wore off, our families were very supportive and excited. As for my partner, we were both scared out of our minds. What did we know about being parents, we ourselves were just starting to experience life as adults. Now, we had to take the role of parenting on! But we accepted our responsibilities and made promises to one another that we would always be there for one another and our child. Our first challenge came before he even entered the world! Sitting in the hospital, awaiting his arrival...and he decides he needs to make a dramatic entrance! LOL. I can look back and smile about it now, but I almost lost my son before he was even born. He went into fetal distress and I was wheeled in for an emergency c-section. I have never been so scared in my life. Thankfully, the doctors worked fast and he was born healthy. But it was the first time both mine and his dad were tested with the need to protect our child and he wasn't even born. And then the relief in knowing, we survived our first test! 
Were you able to complete your education?
I was in college when I found out I was pregnant. And I knew that I would not stop until I finished school. I was on scholarship for volleyball and I had to fight for my scholarship when they wanted to take it away. Why? Because I decided to keep my baby and it was unheard of. But I appealed and I won! I kept my scholarship, I played volleyball for my college, I held a job, and I was a mom. I not only graduated, but I received three awards: 1. Arthur Ashe Scholar Athlete Award and 2. Clinical Excellence in my concentration 3. Coach's Award -- Leadership for my teammates. I was blessed to have a great support system.
One piece of advice to teen parents?
I will not say its easy. Because it was HARD!! But it's not impossible. Set Goals, Be Realistic and Fight every day to achieve them. People will try to tear you down. They will tell you that you ruined your life and that it can't be done. Stand Up and Prove Them WRONG!
When/how did you decide to start the career you have now?
About 7 years ago, I was playing around with career changes and what would be beneficial for raising my family. At that point, I was now a mother of two. I found myself engaged in parties and helping people put them together. So, I focused and created my own company. I took courses online, while I stayed home with my children. I became successful in my business but I was failing at home. It was consuming so much of my time, I had to take a break from that world. In the time of my hiatus, I started to join mom playgroups and build friendships for myself with  moms just like me and my children were meeting new friends. It was from those experiences that I joined a company to help them grow their "mom-base" and I started working on events for them. Remembering how great it felt to bring happiness to others with my ideas, gave me the strength to move forward and revamp my events company. In doing so, I created a company not only focused on your typical events, but one built from a network of entreprenuers and media. One that was geared towards women and success. Thus, my company was born.
Tell us more about your event coming up in May.
On Thursday, May 9th from 7pm to 10pm, my company is hosting our - "Divalicious Ladies Nite Out" in celebration of National Moms Nite Out at Villa Russo's Catering Hall in Richmond Hill, Queens. National Moms Nite Out is happening across the country on this day in big events and small get togethers of moms. We wanted to offer these women a night out away from the kids, to celebrate being WOMEN! Tickets are on sale now and with our discount code, you can say 50% off the regular admission price of $20. The ticket includes your admission to the fab event, drinks, first hour of passed hors deouvres and for the first 100 ticketers, a FAB SWAG BAG! We will have over 25 vendors under one roof, promoting and selling their products. There will be music and live entertainment. A presenation from a national recognized dermatoligist on a new procedure he offers. As well as, a fashion show where our models are real women, real moms... aka "MOMdels". We will also have, I Heart on site with their wheel of prizes to raise money for ACS Making Strides Against Brest Cancer. She raised over $8500 last year for the cause and her goal is now $10,000! We want to help her attain that. This event will sell out and we want you there with us! Get your tickets online at:
Use discount code HALFOFF at checkout 
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Watch Christy's full length interview on Teen Mom NYC TV below.