A weekly conversation around black womanhood.
Welcome back, sistren. It’s been an entire week since my initial post on the purpose of this weekly check-in. Honestly, this week has been filled with a ton of professional wins and accomplishments and for that alone, I thank God for counting me worthy of these blessings. I kept thinking I can’t wait for Sunday, I can’t wait to share with my sisters.
Hallelujah, Sunday is here.
Reflection & Gratitude
Reflection & Gratitude has been my portion this week. A facebook friend posted a status that stated, “Don’t be afraid to start over again. This time you’re not starting from scratch, you’re starting from experience.” This sparked a fire within me to think back on the young woman I was just six years ago. Chile, she was a mess for sure I can tell you that. For context, six years ago as a 25-year-old I decided to leave my new job as a promotions manager at a radio station in Chicago and pursue my dream of living in Los Angeles to become a TV Producer. Back then, the goal was always to become the next Debbie Allen, Mara Brock Akil and create groundbreaking television for the culture like my favorite television show, A Different World. While I would go on to produce some amazing work on the event side I would never quite venture into tackling the big television dreams I once had. What I know now after that experience is the value of having good character, great work ethic, social capital and not getting caught up in the ‘ism” of Hollywood.
Free game for anyone pursuing their dream job. Don’t get caught up in the networking of it all, get caught up in the God of it all. Once he blesses you with it, make sure you do everything in your power to not mishandle it. Here is where we breathe Hallelujah, Sunday.
God of second chances…starting from experience
If God be God; he definitely knows how to cover and protect those he has anointed. A deep part of womanhood is unlearning. Unlearning many things our mothers, sisters and teachers were misinformed about. Unlearning that you in fact can thrive and not just survive. Most importantly unlearning how to leave things that no longer serve you professionally and professionally. Once again, breathe in the knowledge that it is okay to leave things that no longer serve you or the person you desire to be.
Starting from experience is all about intent. I’m just so proud of myself. The growth within is to be applauded because I know how far I’ve come. I’m in awe of God because he allowed me the space to grow in grace and that experience is something that I can’t put into words. I have come to appreciate the value of failing forward. There’s truly a blessing in every lesson.
By becoming the woman of my own dreams I use my failures as a blueprint of wisdom for those I hold close.
Womanhood is unlearning that you have to relive old mistakes. You are enough and it gets better; keep on living.