There are so many adjectives I could use to complete this sentence.
This year has been a whirlwind. Of highs and lows. Of generational reckoning and healing. Of successes and failures. And thankfully, all of it more good than bad.
Still. It’s been a lot. Some days, I cowered and hid. And at other times, I’ve been amazed at my resiliency. I mean, I can’t be doing too bad. I am still here after all.
Somehow, I managed to write several children’s books. And I know it sounds odd but my books never seem real to me until I see their covers. Well, I recently received an email with a link for me to view the next four covers in the Ana & Andrew series and the first four covers in a new series, Sheroes. And guess what? I cried!
I did that? Me? When? And more importantly, how?!
I remain amazed at how we often feel like we’re standing still and not making any progress in the midst of accomplishing feats beyond our wildest dreams.
And in less than ten days, I’ll probably be crying again when I give my first TED Talk at TEDxCharlottesville. Somehow, this little blog (that I seriously considered ending earlier this year) will be front and center at the stunning Paramount Theater on November 8th. As the Afrominimalist, I will have the honor of encouraging a theater full of friends and strangers to consider intentional living. Can we say, ‘surreal?’
Life is… always going to be something as long as we’re living. Slowly but surely, I’m learning to take each moment as it comes and be easy on myself. Slowly but surely, I’m learning to be grateful. For all of it.