One of my missions in my life is to inspire as many women as I can. Be it through helping you choose a red lipstick that compliments your beautiful skin or sending you words that motivate you, I know that I was placed on this Earth to inspire. It comes so easily to me.
But what happens when those that inspire need some inspiration? I don’t express it openly here on Clumps but I’ve had a quite a few down moments. We all do, right? Everything can’t be all sprinkles and gumdrops all the time. I know that. And even after I’ve prayed and talked to my friends and family members, sometimes I would still feel…empty.
And little do they know it, but that’s when the words from these women changed my life.
@afrobella I don’t think I will ever stop bragging about her. Aside from being one of the first brown girl bloggers, Patrice from Afrobella shows a heap of love to natural hair. Her blog is honest and real. Funny thing is…she is the exact same way in person. To have knocked down so many barriers and gone SO far, she is ridiculously humble. She’s a celebrity. She’ll laugh when she reads this but she’s got people like me who love reading her words. Who admire her tenacity and beauty. Who are inspired by her thoughts. I feel 10x better every time I get some talk time with Patrice. Her ability to provide me with reassurance has brought this blogger a long way. She has truly been a shinning star in my life.
@frugalista While I’ve always loved Ms. Natalie, I didn’t realize just HOW awesome she was until I read her book, “The Frugalista Files”. It takes a strong woman to put her finances out for the world to read. It takes a ton of courage to challenge yourself to save money. Natalie did it all. And instead of doing it and propping herself up, she wrote a book about it. She shared her journey; the up’s and down’s. She’s inspired me to think about my financial future. And her spirit is by far one of the most pleasant I have come across. She’s got a smile that can light up a room and has a beautiful aurora.
@execumama What can I say about Akilah without tears streaming from my eyes? Let’s start with the word “execumama”. That alone inspires me. You see, I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit. Be it selling Girl Scout cookies or making and selling key chains in middle school, I have always been attracted to the idea of owning my own business. I thank God for Akilah’s light. She doesn’t know it but she is one of the reasons that I made the leap into owning my own business. Every excuse and fear I had would be diminished after reading Akilah’s words. She nurtured me and saw success for me. She created confidence in me that I didn’t know I had space for. Akilah’s got a gift. And I’m just grateful that I crossed paths with her to receive what she loves sharing with other women.
@luxetips Auntie Luxe is what I affectionally call Latoicha. I’ll never forget the meet-up that we had at the Flying Biscuit Cafe in Atlanta. I think of myself as being a half empty glass. Auntie Luxe poured her words and advice in me and I left overflowing. She made me feel as if I could do anything. She’s proof of that. Because if she can be a Mommy, hard-working attorney AND blog, I should be able to do the same, right? Auntie Luxe gave me that boost that I needed. She was my energy drink. The last time I saw her was at the 2010 Blogalicious Conference. And she was flyyyyy. And why shouldn’t she be? I look at Auntie Luxe and inspire to be the same way. A fly and professional Mommy who knows how to have a good time.
@brokesocialite Shameeka inspires the mess out of me. To the Nth degree. And it wasn’t just through her powerful panel at the Blogalicious Conference. At a vulnerable moment, I expressed to her my unhappiness. I play it off for most people, but there was a sadness about me that I could not shake. Perhaps it had something to do with being right in the middle of 20-hood and STILL not knowing what I’m supposed to be doing. Or where I’m supposed to be going. While my friends are off getting married and having children and having careers, I still felt…lost. Shameeka said only a few words to me that lifted me up. It also prevented me from doing something that would have negatively changed my life. For that moment, she was that lifesaver to my drowning spirit.
Do yourself a favor and get a mentor. This life thing wasn’t made for us to do by ourselves. And proof of that would be the entrances these ladies made in my life. And having a mentor doesn’t mean you suck up all of the good advice and lock it away. You pass it along to someone else. Having good mentors makes me a better mentor. And that to me is the true definition of sisterhood.