Thank you to everyone who participated in my social media poll, I'll still write on staying power, but it was pretty clear you guys wanted to first see a post on self-accountability. When I thought of that phrase, self-accountability, the infamous video from Cycle 4 of America's Next Top Model was the first thing that came to mind. The line where Tyra says "Take responsibility for yourself, because no one is going to take responsibility for you" summarizes everything I could say in this blog post.
If you haven't already, watch the scene I'm referring to (above) and this time imagine Tiffany as yourself and Tyra as...yourself. I wanted to include the extended version because Tiffany's judging process leading up to Tyra reading her for filth is actually super important to note in this conversation about self-accountability and self-responsibility. I'm going to break down the three most important things I recognized in the video to help explain this topic as best as I can. Before we get into it though, take a moment to read this quote from William H. Murray:
I haven't really given myself the opportunity to reflect on 2017, as I still have a week of finals and other responsibilities to tie up this semester's (very) loose ends. 2017 wasn't a terrible year, I definitely had a lot of amazing moments, but I wouldn't say there was any one event to mark as "the highlight of 2017."
Last week, I watched a sermon by Sarah Jakes Roberts, "Boundaries," in which she discussed the concept of worshiping while weary (I encourage you to watch the whole thing, but the particular part I'll be talking about starts at around 13:25).
"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might; for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is no work, no knowledge, no wisdom." Ecclesiastes 9:10.
I have been trying to find the best way to write out something that has been on my heart for the past month or so. Trying to write a blog post has been almost impossible but this is a topic I feel strongly about and want to try to articulate, not only for myself but for anyone who may need to hear this.
A few weeks ago I wrote a post on tips to accomplish your "it"-- the goal that you're currently working towards. Since then, I've been thinking about the one thing that is even more important than that-- finding your "why", aka your purpose, your reason for being, the thing that drives your decisions, the thing that makes you excited to get up every morning and keep pushing.
If you are unaware of the news, Beyoncé recently announced on Instagram that she and husband Jay-z are expecting twins. The following day she posted more pictures photographed by Awol Erizku and included a poem titled "I Have Three Hearts" by Warsun Shire, whose work is also in Lemonade, on her website (Check them out they're amazing. Seriously). Of course the internet acted as they would with any other piece of news regarding Beyoncé. Her name and moniker "Queen Bey" were at the top of Twitter's trend list within 30 minutes of her announcement. What came as a surprise to me, however, was the amount of tweets that included negative sentiments about not only Beyoncé's social media announcement, but the fact that people were so happy for her. Today, I read an article by Man Repeller's Leandra Medine which perfectly summarized these tweets, and made me wonder: Why are y'all hating?
In Solange Knowles's Interview Magazine spread, she discusses her recent album A Seat at The Table as well as lessons she's learned growing up in the music business with the one person who has experienced it along side her, her older sister Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. Besides discussing the content and inspiration behind A Seat at the Table, Solange offered noteworthy sentiments on the importance of being in charge of your own image, which I thought could shed light on an important conversation and be a great starting point for my own journey on being a Black woman while creating a personal brand.