Introduce yourself! Who are you?
Hi there! I’m Agee. I currently work as a Content Creations Manager on social media initiatives for a boutique advertising agency in Savannah, GA. I have a passion for telling stories, motivating and inspiring others with visual content, thought-provoking IG captions, and capturing the beauty around me with my camera (or mostly my iPhone). 

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
“You just worry about getting your education and getting ahead in life. I don’t want you struggling out here like us. I want you to grow up and be well spoken, intelligent and a go-getter mija.” That’s what my mother would say to me growing up. She instilled her values and strong spirit in me and that is what pushes me to choose to be a fearless woman today. A woman who challenges the status quo, a woman who redefines what a Latina woman is, and a woman who will find a way to achieve her goals. 

What would you say to 16 year old you?
Girl! You are beautiful and tell yourself that more often. Also, don’t worry about the times, one day it will all be alright. Just stay focus on the positive and keep doing you. 

Have you ever had anyone doubt you? How did that make you feel?
In high school, I was pulled to the side by my Honors Literature teacher who told me my writing skills sucked (well she didn’t say it like that but that’s basically what she meant). Yeah, it hit a nerve and I was ashamed of my writing abilities for some time. The idea of taking Literature courses gave me anxiety and I knew that I had to face this fear once and for all. Then one day, I decided to do something about it. I began to write more and learn from my grammatical errors. Now I’m published for the sixth time in a magazine! If someone ever doubts you, prove them wrong! It's up to you to make the change. Don't let others define you.

What message do you think every woman should hear?
“When you love yourself more, you don’t settle for mediocrity, imbalance, or insecurity. Always love yourself more.” As seen on my Facebook timeline and it spoke so much truth. As a woman, I feel that it’s important to know your worth and your own unique beauty. Then, once we come to terms with ourselves, everything will follow suit. 

What is your favorite thing about where you live?
What I love most about living in Savannah, GA is that you get to enjoy the booming local food scene and nightlife without breaking the bank. One can actually afford to live here and enjoy going out every now and then with friends. It’s a very laid-back town where anyone can make a friend. This small city has a lot to offer and a southern charm that will have anyone coming back for more.

What do you love most about yourself?
I love that I never give up or I find a way to make it work. Somehow, I have this fiery soul that keeps me going towards my goals no matter how crazy they may sound to others. I love that I don’t let myself think that because I am a woman I can’t do certain things. I thank my parents for conditioning me to think of myself as someone who can and will do great things but it all comes down to hard work and dedication.

Do you remember a specific time you overcame adversity?
Growing up I had dreams of interning in New York City but how could a young, Latina girl from the country ever make it to the Big Apple? I remember telling myself and wholeheartedly putting my wish out into the universe and working hard to save my money for this once in a lifetime opportunity. After months of putting in the work with an online fashion blog site (called CollegeFashionista), I bravely send them an email request to see if they were looking for summer interns—my wish came true! What I learn from this experience is that if you want something, step out of your comfort zone and make it happen because success is not easy and your dreams are worth fighting for. That summer of 2014 was an eye-opening experience and one that I am forever grateful for. Since then, I have set my eyes on living there when the right opportunity comes along. 

What is the biggest thing you’ve learned along the way?
When life is not going as planned, redirect your energy and stop focusing on the negative. Don’t compare your life to others. Instead take a step back and look at the big picture. Count your blessings. Be grateful when you get to see another tomorrow. For life has given YOU a second chance to better yourself and make a difference today. Realize that you have a special journey and your own set of victories along the way that will eventually shape your character. We all have our own story to share. Maybe our story will inspire, motivate, or even help someone find healing. Take the time to unravel your silver lining and sometimes it may take some time before it all makes sense. These silver lining moments help us to wake up every morning and make sense of this journey we call life. Maybe just maybe, our silver lining is a blessing in disguise.

What motivates you most?
My biggest motivators are my parents. I want to make my parents proud. As a child of immigrant parents, seeing them make all of these sacrifices along the way have made me appreciate all that I have been privileged to experience. In the end, I want to make them proud and let them know that their efforts will not go in vain. 

What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
Honestly, I take about 5 minutes every day to meditate. Self-care is very important to me and it’s okay to just put away your phone or take a short walk alone to just recharge and find that much-needed peace after a long day at work. 

What is something on your bucket list?
To work in media and live in New York City for a period of my life. 

What are your biggest passions?
My biggest passion is to motivate, inspire, and challenge the status quo of what a person of color is set out to achieve. In the end, I want to give back to my community and help children who look like me achieve their goals and strive for greatness in their respective field of interest.

More About Agee

Ageda Machuca, also known as Agee, is a writer and content creator with a passion for telling stories, motivating and inspiring others with visual content, thought-provoking IG captions, and an amateur photographer. She’s an Armstrong State University graduate with an MA in Professional Communication and Leadership ’17 and a BA in Business Economics ’15.
Currently, she works as a communications professional for an advertising agency and resides in Savannah, GA. Feel free to check out this small town girl’s #ageemacadventures and visual eye on Instagram @ageemac.