I had the an amazing opportunity to connect and speak with a brilliant designer & creator. After speaking openly as two women of color (well, as openly as you can in a predominantly white space) about being a woman of color in Minnesota I was inspired to share more of my thoughts as an activist, advocate, writer, and storyteller.
As an activist and advocate I am fighting for the rights and well being of communities of color. I am marching, writing to politicians, boycotting, producing commentaries, using my buying power, promoting specific brands/companies/ organizations and presence to stand behind my communities. I have pretty much decided that I am tired of being silenced. Having a high profile job just isn’t in my cards given how outspoken I have chosen to be about my political beliefs.
As a writer I am always thinking about how to use my words. I try to be intentional and rational, but my emotions don’t always play by those rules. I am passionate about being true to one’s self and acknowledging the goddess within; the creator, educator, and healer that we have within us. When I write I am using my narrative as a spiritual woman of color to invoke and inspire conversations with and between other women of color. As horrible as it may sound my content may not be for white women that come across this blog and that’s okay. There needs to be more content created to connect with those that are marginalized and disenfranchised.
As a storyteller I use my narrative to express my experiences and share my knowledge. I use my voice to to challenge status quo, to agitate, educate, and provoke emotions and critical thought. When I share my narrative I am also creating a space that allows me to do my part in creating peace and bringing positivity to others. Call me old school, but I am aware that in order to get the good parts we have to acknowledge sometimes muddle through the not so good parts. In my journey I have been able to clearly state that I am no longer willing to let someone else share my narrative on behalf without my permission. When we get down to the root of it all, No one knows my story better than I.
As long as I am blessed to be on this earth I am going to do my part in sending out positive vibes to the people around me. I will use my knowledge of resources to help as many people as I can. Contrary to popular belief I don’t have to choose between being serious and having fun. I am going to educate those willing to learn something new and even challenge what I think I know. I will use my connections and ways of knowing to further support communities of color and help us stay united and strong. It’s just a way of life. I hope that you also have a chance to be who you are without having to feel stifled or apologetic about it. Treat yourself and others well, mi gente.
xX mahina Xx