Self Celebration

tamu Thomas, love three sixty, everyday joy, black girl magic, black lives matter, generation x, fit black women

Instagram is a great place. I meet so many wonderful people via this app I love it.. could do with spending less time there…. Anyway I joined @ruthpoundwhite’s 3 day #onlineactsofkindness challenge. Today is the final day and the theme is bang your own drum. Today is the day I toot my horn #tootootbeepbeep. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Today I celebrate myself because the work I do has an impact, I know this as you guys tell me so and I can feel it. I celebrate myself as I am actively stripping back the layers so that I can do what I WANT rather than following the path of should.
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I celebrate myself because despite my doubts and sideways movements I show up for myself, sometimes late but still there. I celebrate that I try even when fear is palpable and I move with trepidation.
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I celebrate the fact that I am no longer available for getting away with work that is not my best but also give myself room to know that my best varies.
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I celebrate my position as a black woman creating space for myself and others in an industry... actually a world that would have us believe that wellness is white, 20 something and ultra bendy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I celebrate that I am a black woman who knows that it is important for me to show up as myself for myself, for other black women and also non black women of all hues because true representation matters. Owning my narrative matters as does owning that I have a much needed contribution to make. Inclusion matters and if you are not going to include me I will include myself AND create something new AND get paid.
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I am celebrating my appreciation of #everydayjoy and prioritising my connection to myself as this enables deep self love. To paraphrase the late great Audre Lorde this connection and deep love for myself as a dark-skinned, black African woman is not only an act of self preservation and political warfare, its permission to thrive.

You can read my entries for day 1 and 2 here and here.
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What do you celebrate about yourself? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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*disclaimer, I wrote a long post and then realised that I was doing the easy thing of hiding behind what I do rather than celebrating myself... the conditioning is deep!
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