I’d like to wish a very happy birthday to the woman who believed in me and saw the potential that I couldn’t see in myself. With her help and belief in me, I was able to rise up higher than I thought I could. This woman is the wonderful Yvonna Lynn. She has inspired me in so many ways. Not just as a beautiful, intelligent independent woman, but as a business person, as well. Her tenacity and intelligence has inspired me on levels that very few people have. And for that I am eternally grateful.
At the beginning of 2012, I was lost, confused and depressed. A lot of things happened the last few years… I lost my gaming convention event business, I felt trapped and unappreciated at my day job, I was unhappy in my personal relationships and I felt like there was no way back into the gaming industry, the industry that I love so much.
That is until Yvonna had approached me about being a Charisma +2 model.
I had NEVER modeled before in my life. I had cosplayed and done cosplay photoshoots, but that was the extent of my experience. I was reluctant at first, not knowing if I’d be “accepted” by the current models and because I just was not confident in my looks or abilities, but I decided I’d take the chance. I’m happy to say that it was one of the best decisions of my life. Not only have I met some amazing and beautiful (on the inside and out) friends at C+2, but I’ve managed to overcome my fear and regained my confidence. I learned that I didn’t need my old convention planning business to be a part of the gaming industry. I learned I didn’t need anything but my ideas and that with hard work I can make those ideas happen.
I can’t express how happy I am to have run into Yvonna on the Miss Video Game Competition forums years back. She was so nice and helpful. I reached out to her and kept in touch sporadically over the years. Now that I’m a part of Charisma+2, I feel like I have found a family of like-minded people who love the things that I love and understand the things that I do. I have to say that if it wasn’t for C+2, I might not be where I am today. I have a fulfilling full time job working for amazing company, I’m back to running convention events and am the Director of Gaming Operations for Florida Supercon, and I’m running a Charisma+2 based Gaming Community called Charisma+2 Gamer Geek Guild (C2G3). I’m doing what I love and doing it with people WHOM I love.
I can say “thank you” every day, all day for the rest of my life, but even that wouldn’t express just how thankful I am to have Yvonna Lynn in my life.
Yvonna, Happy Birthday. I love you. The rest of the C+2 models love you. You are one of the smartest, kindest, most genuine people I have ever had the pleasure to meet and I wish you nothing but love, happiness and success.
Have a great birthday and never forget that YOU ARE AMAZING!
8bitMari and the C+2 Family