For the next post in my End of the Year Lineup, I wanted to do another edition of "20 Black Women Who Did That." I feel as though it's especially important to highlight some of the Black women who have made an impact in music, TV/Film, politics and activism, tech, and other arenas of life. Check out the gallery below to see this year's picks (click on each photo to read an article about the dope things these women did in 2017), and click 'Read More' to find out how you can add to the list and participate in my End of the Year giveaway!
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).
In celebration of my blog's first birthday on Friday (2.10.17), I'll be doing a giveaway contest! The winner will receive a:
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After writing a short reflection about what I've learned in 2016, I started to think about what exactly I want to accomplish in the upcoming year. I spent the majority of this year taking time to learn about myself, my aspirations, and the self- destructive habits I developed up to this point that I need to unlearn. In a journal entry I wrote on December 30, 2015, I wrote that I wanted to dedicate 2016 to self- confidence in my abilities and assurance about my place in the world and on my life journey which I would like to say I accomplished. I've realized that playing small about myself and my abilities doesn't do anything for me or anyone around me. I definitely still have my off- days, but for the most part I can say that this is the biggest improvement that I've made in 2016. With that said, I've decided I'm going to dedicate 2017 to being intentional, and here are a few ways I plan to do so:
It is undeniable that Black women made notable contributions to everything ranging from sports, pop culture, politics, music, and movies in 2016. In spite of the horrible year everyone claims 2016 to be, Black women truly did do the damn thing. So, just because I can, here's my list of some of the Black women who inspired me and the world in 2016 (click each photo to see some of the great things these women have done this year):
Thank you for being the year that I began to build my relationship with God.
Thank you for being the year that I decided to wholeheartedly love myself.
Both of these things have been the most transformative experiences of my eighteen and a half years on Earth.
The fact that I have the opportunity to wake up every day and choose to love God and choose to love myself has shown me that love of any kind is something you have to consistently decide to do, and that it is definitely worth it. Always has been. Always will be.
This year has shown me the importance of making sure that I feel spiritually and emotionally full before giving to others, and that doing so is not selfish. It’s simply me prioritizing myself so that I can love others better.
Thank you, 2016, for being one of the harder years of my life.
Being someone that is quite fond of familiarity, it is understandable that all the big and small changes that happened in my world this year took a toll on me.
Thank you for seeing me through and allowing me to realize that it is all a part of my journey.
Thank you for allowing me to use you to create more meaningful relationships with the people I love. I hope that I’m able to continue that in 2017.
Thank you for being the year that I got the courage to step out of my comfort zone and start working towards my dreams. This year has taught me that there is no “Plan B”, only faith and consistent action.
Thank you for being the year that I developed my discernment for what is and isn’t meant for me. What God intends for my life will find me in His timing.
And, finally, thank you, 2016 for being the year of realizing things. You have been a year full of great lessons and life experiences that I only hope to build on in 2017.