Ahhh! So…I’ve been officially stretched.
I’ve been stretched like those dresses you take out the dryer that you don’t want to see shrink so you pull and yank on them like your life depends on it to bring them back to their original length and size…yeah you know what I’m talking about.
Lord only knows that I can’t stand dresses that flirt right above the ankle. You either need to hide those bad boys with good intention or show them off like you ain’t got no shame. BAM!
Well, I’m not talking about that kind of stretching at all. I’m talking about the kind of stretching that requires you to step way, way, way (did I say way too many times?) outside of your very comfortable zone in order to do something you know will be incredibly powerful.
Sometimes, as Marianne Williamson would say,
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. -Marianne Williamson
So, get this- I was contacted a few weeks ago and asked to be a guest on a new and upcoming podcast called IRosepurpose. Wait! What?! Nooooo…. So, you’re telling me I have to speak about my life to complete strangers??? Yikes!
First off, I must say, I’m really thankful for the opportunity and to be able to see successful and productive women of color collaborating on similar ideas. When I first received the email about the podcast, I’ll be totally honest-I was extremely reluctant. A million and one questions rolled around in my head and some of them went like this:
- Who am I to be featured on a podcast?
- What in the world am I going to talk about?
- Who wants to listen to little ol…me?
Obviously, my fears, lack of confidence and insecurities in regards to public speaking surfaced and reared its ugly head which I honestly don’t like to admit but…well…I did so now the cat is officially out of that bag!
Then, I stopped, breathed and looked in the mirror. I smiled and told myself this:
I‘m a child of the most high and I am called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28). He has my whole life in his hands and inevitably, I am healed, delivered and set free from any fears or inhibitions! YES!
The devil is a lie! It is time to STRETCH.
We can’t continue to allow fear, insecurity or ignorance detour us away from our purpose.
Anyhow, I sat on the idea and all the while my emotions were brimming with excitement and anxiety. Finally, I said YESSSSS which is crazy because at the same time I said that, I was busy finishing the book that I so anticipated to finish entitled, The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes. This is a must read if you’re like me or ever allowed fear to stop you from doing you. By the way, I love her candid transparency and writing style.
In the interim, weeks went by, schedule shifts happened and time conflicts inevitably ensued but at the end of it all, that interview was divinely purposed for me and no matter how much I (low key) wanted the easy way out, something kept me connected as if it was destined for me to do this very interview.
I told myself that it was time to stop shying away from purpose and to finally start kicking fear in the ass, facing it all head on, no matter the trepidation.
Well, after much anticipation, I interviewed for the IRosepurpose podcast on June 29th in a cozy public library room and when I tell you I was on fire….girl, you better WATCH OUT! It was so lit…as the young folk like to say.
I had the opportunity to not only share my story and journey as a single mom living abroad for a few years but also how I found my purpose in the midst of it all.
I was also totally feeling the collaboration because it is so important that women of color join forces by pursing like-minded ventures that positively influence other women in and around our communities. I think the best part of this interview was hearing myself become totally transparent, sharing explicit details of my struggle as a single mom.
Sometimes, replaying situations in our heads can be a painful reminder, but when doing so for a greater cause, it humbles us and becomes a gentle reminder of our strength, purpose, resilience and faith.
These are the reasons why I stretch, rise and conquer above it all!
These are the reasons why living life to the fullest is such a profound movement! Let’s get it!
Stay tuned because I’ll post a link to the interview in another post once it’s ready.
I’m excited for open doors and amazing opportunities.
Oh, and make sure you support the IRosepurpose podcast. They are doing some amazing things with their brand and I’m excited for their premiere into the world of purpose and podcasts! #Blackgirlsrock
Since we are on the subject of podcasts, I am way more into them than I’ve ever been.
Do you listen to any?
Well, just in case you need some suggestions, here is a list of a few motivational/inspirational podcasts by and for women that I actively listen to: