“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.” – Madeleine Albright
If you have me on social media my absence on here probably hasn’t affected you much but to my loyal readers, thank you for your patience and for staying on my little platform waiting for me to bounce back.
June and July probably had me bouncing ideas off a wall only to be hit in the face by it and then just curling back into a ball however I took a different direction in August, the month of women. In the midst of my writer’s block and my lack of motivation, I was given an opportunity that not only forced my hand but stirred up many new ventures, new thoughts, and a huge reminder that the purpose of my social presence was always about inspiring and motivating younger women and to be as transparent as possible.
I began my month by devoting my Instagram Stories to sharing my gratitude for many women in my life, to share some women-owned businesses that I love and content creators that I look up to. It felt good to take a few minutes each morning to appreciate these exceptional women and it made me feel good knowing that for a moment I put a smile on their faces. Click here to catch up on my August IG Highlights
I also got to work on a magazine for Siloam Ministries Whole Woman which gave me an opportunity to speak to such amazing women, it was nerve-wracking at first to figure out what could I possibly ask these women and what type of questions readers would love to see but at the end of the day, I chose to ask questions based on my own walk as a woman belonging to an era of masculinity. I want to thank the women I interviewed for this magazine – Pastor Fiona Pascoal for her advice on cultivating safe spaces for engagement and growth, Pastor Terry Govender who confirmed that the spotlight isn’t the only place for empowered women to shine, and Pearline Mannikam that reminded me that you never have to push yourself to be ”successful” based on someone else’s timing, go at your own pace.
I got this opportunity in the middle of a writer’s block and it’s only fair that I thank the woman who forced me out of it and opened a door that has paved a way forward in terms of my future in writing and social media – Overseer Genine Jacobs, or Aunty Genine to me. When I was approached to do this she obviously had no idea what was happening to me or how much I just DID NOT want to write a single word but here I am a month later with more zest for the upkeep of my platforms and with my name on a magazine – nothing beats that feeling of accomplishment. Follow @WholeWoman_Siloam on Instagram and DM to get a copy of the magazine!
Outside of the many days of writing and focusing on my social media growth, my mom had me do something way out of my comfort zone. If you know me personally you’d know that I’m more comfortable with the behind the scenes stuff and I’m not extremely outspoken but I was grateful for the opportunity to share a few words of empowerment in hopes that it inspired other women even though it might be a long while before I do something like that again. Head over to the Dream Girl Foundation Facebook page to watch the video, and don’t forget to like the page.
I also started my own engagement group on Facebook called the Daily Dose where I plan on creating a community of young ladies that not only help each other boost their engagement on social media but a platform to inspire and be inspired by each other. So if you’re a young lady looking to make some new friends on social media and a safe place to share your thoughts, you should JOIN.
So that’s been my month, BUSY BUSY BUSY and I loved every moment of it.
How have you been? Connect with me on your preferred social media platform and let me know how you celebrated women this August.
Inspire and be inspired