How often do you sit and think about “how thankful” you are? How often do you look in the mirror and think about how far you’ve come? If you’re anything like me, it doesn’t happen often. Yet, I’m on a journey to change that. I’ve committed to taking more time to reflect on how thankful I am, to reflect on this year alone, and most importantly to reflect on how merciful God has been to me!
There’s a stigma that surrounds mental health in the Black community. We rarely speak of it and when we do its often in hushed whispers. We’re told to pray or suck it up or get over it. But no one ever tells their grandma to pray away her breast caner and not go see a doctor. No one tells their granddaddy to suck up his diabetes. No one yells for their mama to get over her sickle cell. So why in the hell am I expected to magically erase my depression?
I’ve been single for two years, and I recently wrote about romance after heartbreak. I’m constantly relearning what I need and want while dating and in relationships again. While my experiences have been super exciting, they have also been somewhat unfortunate and upsetting. Every guy I’ve dealt with turned out to be the same. And I would unknowingly go back to the same type of situationships that I knew would never turn into relationships. These small patterns began to repeat themselves.
Whatever creativity looks like for you, DO IT. CREATE IT. It’s not going to be here until you CREATE IT! God will literally start downloading things once you set aside that time to CREATE. Don’t be satisfied with other people’s projects because they put in the work (that you should be putting in) to present a completed project to you! CREATE.
We are saddened to hear about the passing of a Strut in HER Shoes supporter! Dena trusted us to share her story and that is not a task we take lightly. In her memory, we will share her smile and her story. She continued to Smile during her fight with Cancer.
We’ve all been in situations that have taught us love, patience and/or pain and in the end, we grew to value and love ourselves more and appreciate the good in the experience. Whether the situation is a platonic relationship, friendship, life transition, or “failure” in business. With that in mind, I’ve taken a moment to reflect on some personal experiences based on the lyrics in the song.