So, on Friday, November 8, 2019 I did a thing. Something that took me out of my comfort zone with the written word. Something that forced me to challenge myself with the spoken word. And I am still processing how TEDxCharlottesville reawakened a drive in me that I hadn’t felt in a long time.
I hadn’t realized how long I’d been on autopilot.Christine
You know, safety mode. Just coasting through life doing what’s familiar, what’s easy. Or sometimes, doing nothing at all. Well, it’s time to regain control.
This past week was full of reminders of what can happen when I’m intentional about the trajectory of my life. After learning about the lack of diverse early readers, I spent much of this year writing children’s books. I said ‘Yes’ to every single opportunity that came my way, even genres I had no experience writing, like middle-grade. And on Thursday, November 14, Washington CityPaper gave parents and educators a glimpse into my work with a full-length feature, both online and in print! And less than a few days later, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist, Here Wee Read, listed several of my books in The 2020 Ultimate List of Diverse Children’s Books. It’s all so overwhelmingly absolutely wonderful. These are the results of being purposeful.
And I look forward to regaining control of my focus on intentional living as well.Christine
When I created the Afrominimalist blog in 2017, I had one main goal–to help others on their journey to minimalism. The blog has been on autopilot for much of this year but thankfully, TEDxCharlottesville reminded me of why it’s so important. These words are part of a growing community, one that I am proud to be a part of. And it’s time for me to be intentional about my contributions.
Here’s what followers can expect in the coming weeks and months:
- A personal blog post every Sunday;
- More interviews with members of the minimalist/intentional living communities; and
- The 2020 ‘One Thing, One Day, One Year‘ challenge which will help guide aspiring minimalists in letting go of one thing every day for one year.
Have you been on autopilot? If so, it’s time to shift gears. Here’s my dose of tough love for the upcoming week: stop cruising, regain control, and be intentional with your life.
And of course, if you don’t want to wait for the ‘One Thing, One Day, One Year‘ challenge to start on January 1, 2020, start today! 🙂