A couple of weeks ago I was bursting with pride after hearing the graduation stories from my mastermind mentees. Since January, we’ve worked through my Self Love Essentials Course which empowers them to unpack their pain and build a nurturing relationship with themselves and each other.
During the session we recapped each class before sharing the wins, challenges and lessons. Titles from the course included:
How to set heart centered racial wellness goals.
How to review your wellness goals.
How to create a wellness vision board.
How to create a daily wellness practice.
Understanding your emotions.
The black women right to rage.
How to respond to anger from others.
The psychology of racism.
The Melanin Theory with Dr. Francis Cress-Welsing.
My Black is Beautiful: The politics of Black femininity.
Ital Beauty workshop: Home made recipes for nourishing your black body.
These first few months of the year have been intense but so worth it to hear these phrases during the graduation, ‘I’m becoming accustomed to how powerful I am,’ to ‘I found my voice!’ and ‘I found some real friendships here.’
These sista’s have ignited their inner mothers and become warriors of self love through learning to be vulnerable when they felt safe and visible in spaces they never thought they could.
The previous pain of mistrust and betrayal by other black women in their lives has shifted because they chose to show up each week, trust themselves and do the work. I am humbled that they trust me with their process and this is why I absolutely love what I do.
There is no magic wellness formula.
I show up and do my own work personally and as a therapist so I can hold a compassionate, cultural space for black women to do theirs.
This work is not easy and sometimes it gets bloody but the magic that happens when black women embrace their growth and greatness is so God damn beautiful and I’m here for it!
Today, I will look back at how much I’ve grown and celebrate ALL of me. I am imperfectly perfect. I am powerful. I stand in my greatness.
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