So…what it do?
First of all, take a moment to admire my marley twists in all their glory. ^^^
So apparently I haven’t written in this blog since February. And that explains a lot because my life took a crazy turn in late Feb until now. I stopped writing publicly because things got extremely crazy both personally and professionally. And I am literally on pins and needles wishing I could spill this tea and tell the world what has been happening to me!!!
But right now, I can’t. At least not in a really obvious way. I’ve always been a writer who got inspiration from real life. Even when I wrote fiction it came from super embellished experiences I had. If you guys remember reading some of my dating stories on here they are all real but I changed names, places etc to protect people. Honestly, I need to get back to writing about certain aspects of my life but figure out a way to keep things vague so I won’t get sued.
Speaking of getting sued…let’s just say my job situation has taken a turn for the—dramatic. And that’s all I’m going to say about that. Stay tuned.
Here’s what I can reveal.
In May, I took my very first solo vacation to Miami. I went with a travel group called Up In The Air Life. It was just a three day weekend get away but the trip was exactly what I needed. In a sense it was liberating. I’ve always been terrified to travel alone because I’m convinced I will be kidnapped and held for ransom and my parents won’t have enough money to rescue me so I’m lost forever. It’s extreme but its a fear.
I obviously didn’t get kidnapped! But I ended up having a great time just chilling on the beach and contemplating all my life decisions.
The other major thing that happened to me is that I finally started working as a counselor! Whoop! After 2.5 grueling years in Grad School and another 5 months waiting for approval to actually start working I finally started counseling real life people in April 2015! :)
Essentially I have my own mini business while under supervision at a private practice. It’s a serious commitment in terms of finances, time and energy. Not only that but people never realize all the paperwork that counselors have to do. It’s a lot of work including research–but its all worth it. I encourage everyone to chase your dream and find a way to incorporate your passion into a career.
I’ve also spent the last 6 months changing my hair whenever I felt like it. It is really liberating to decide that I want a blonde afro and then just do it. And then 6 weeks later decide I want I braids that go all the way down to my butt. And then after I get tired of that decide I want to rock my natural curls because its hot out and hair is heavy. *shrug* I’m fully embracing the wonders of #blackgirlmagic.
Speaking of being black (which I am) the events of the last few years have been really unsettling to me. I’ve always known racism existed. I think every person of color is fully aware of racism because its ingrained in us to see the world that way since birth. Watching and reading the news has become exhausting. I’m upset because I’m watching my people be slaughtered by the very people who are supposed to be protecting us. I’m angry, I’m hurt, I’m frustrated. I feel defeated. It’s gotten to the point where I avoid the news because its exhausting.
That being said, I’m proud to be apart of a generation of people who are standing up. Some people may say we are living in a world that is too politically correct. Well, I say I’m glad that people are standing up and challenging the status quo and calling out privilege.
For so long, our stories were told from the perspective of the majority. The “winners”. The privileged. So basically, history was told from a white, straight, male perspective. Case in point, why do American History courses taught in school have our history beginning when Christopher Columbus set sail? Or when pilgrims landed on the shores of the East Coast? This perspective completely ignores the fact that people had been living on this soil for MILLENIA before a white European “discovered” these lands.
I say all this to say that I have a little pet project I’ll be working on and I’ll share it with you guys here. I really want to find a way to combine my love of writing + my nerdy love of history. So stay tuned.