A Millennial With A Mature Story: Pt 1

A Millennial with a mature story. No struggle for power or know-it-all monologues. I’m just making my way, humbly. Taking a pinch of the nurturing spirit from Grandma, a dash of “watch your back at all times” from my hood, and a whole handful of the firm handshake I learned in business school. An even mix of ebonics, with a quick switch of proper English if need be; keeping my composure with both so they seem natural, but not mutually exclusive. I want to be in the room, but not quite make it known that I’m in the room, so they don’t look to me for something spectacular.



I want to hold my own, but let just enough spill over the edge so that I have room for more, continuously. Instant gratification has been seared into my psyche from the invisible teacher of society, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t opened a “Dues Fund” to which I’ve been making on-time deposits. I want to look up to, cheer on, and encourage my inspirations, but not be them. Emulate the spirit of success and perseverance they possess, but change the definition so it looks more like me. I want to grasp that something that only I can do like me, but draws others in to emulate into their own definition. Synonyms.

I’m 2 months shy of 26. I don’t have it all figured out, and I’m finally okay with that.


Allow Me to Reintroduce Myself!

Hey friends,

I finally did it! Today I finally took a step towards rebranding and refocusing my personal online brand by way of creating a new handle. I’ve been known as “TyrasLilSis” since I created my Twitter account back in 2009. I wrote a whooolllleeeeee post on my other blog about why I was changing my online name and the significance it has had over the years, and plainly put…. it was time.




I’ll be graduating from college in less than a month, and as I patiently wait around with no school duties actually left to do, I have time to think about where I want life to take me next. Yeah, I mean that in a literal sense as well as a figurative one. I have a list of relocation cities..

1. NYC

2. ATL

3. Baltimore D.C. …

….. I digress, but more importantly I am thinking about the path that I’d like my personal brand and career to take as I close the student chapter of my life. I feel like I am finally coming into my own as I move further into adulthood and independence, and all parts of what I represent must reflect that. Now, you may be wondering, “Where on earth did the name “@StyleDegree” come from?” Well, like any other time I decide to create something that requires a name or title of some sort, I get a real pen and paper and write my ideas down. Yes, write, not type. I did just that; created a list of potential names that were a combination of me in some way. Most of the names had “style” in them, because a compliment that I often get is that I have a great sense of style. I have to agree (tee hee), so I wanted to include an ode to that.   The “degree” part came to mind as I thought about the toughest journey I’ve ever taken; completing my bachelor’s degree. Okay, I know it doesn’t make sense yet, but give me a minute… Style Degree is one of those names that has multiple names depending on your perspective.


From my personal perspective, I feel like I should have a degree in personal style as opposed to the one I actually have in business. My style eye is very keen and sensitive to colors, textures, layers, and all other complexities you can accomplish with garments. You know how you just have those things you know without having to be formally taught? That’s what style is for me.

Sharontina Brightman Style Degree

On the other hand, another perspective could be such that there is a degree spectrum of style where people are placed depending on your perspective of their style. Again, this is all based on how YOU look at it, I just know what this means for me and I like it!

In the midst of changing this and that, I decided to make this little interactive vid to RE introduce myself. Introducing: Sharontina Brightman!



Thanks for growing with me, I appreciate you!

Sharontina B.