So you know how people ask or you ponder, “why do you do what you do?” Welp here she is. Junie is the reason I do what I do.
Bresumbrella has done some incredible things in the past. We’ve had a physical location for our thrift shop, hosted many yoga and meditation classes, started two podcasts, and put out years of encouraging content for the many eyes they laid upon it. And there’s so much more where that came from.
Here’s the deal though, as I have previously stated, ‘life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.” And anytime I would endure a moment of temporary defeat, I’d pull back and retreat for a time, and then re-emerge. I don’t want to do that anymore.
And here’s why: Junie.
This little girl has changed my whole world. I thought I knew joy, I didn’t. I thought I knew love, I couldn’t have. She is every bit of beautifully created and wonderfully made.
Ok, I’m not promising that I won’t take breaks when it feels right, but I am saying that, ‘I’m committed to Bresumbrella’s mission: to create a paradigm shift in the worldwide community through wellness and creative efforts.
So should I have one of those moments, I’ll use it to encourage someone else that might be going through a similar situation.
So buckle up and get ready for the ride! There is much more in store!
I first realized I was black - well, maybe the first time I remember 'being black' was in fifth grade. And since then, I've had a series of events that have added to this definitive. Starting out, I played into the not-loving-the-black-parts-of-me. But then at some point, I started loving me. I loved everything I previously despised. My eyes, my lips, my overall more prominent features.
You know what's interesting, all the things I struggled with back then, Curtis LOVES and voices it freely. Each time, I'm in awe. It just amazes me that God would bring me someone who would love all the parts I despised. CRAZY! I'm thankful though!
When I got a hold of this self-love, I also connected with my true calling, which is, changing the way people see us as black people. There are so many stereotypes about us. Some of which are true..for some, and none are true for us all. So it's kinda pointless, ya know? Whatever, however, I want to do the work of internal changing required to make more global changes. This is my lifelong work. The first step is self-mastery.
I'm getting closer to this desire by reaching for awareness + excellence, by practicing meditation. This is helping me to build my mind, strengthen my mentality. I'm taking the primal and most crucial steps to leave an intentional legacy, write my own story.
Let's take charge, write our own stories. Let's take responsibility for the history that's passed on. We may not be proud of all the aspects of our history to-date. But eh, slavery being written wasn't necessarily in our control. Isn't it a beautiful thing that we can change the direction? That we can do something different?
This month, with the Golden: Black Excellence Series, We'll be sharing our individual black stories in an effort to imprint self-told stories. Want to share your story with our audience?, email us at email@example.com.
Let's get your story told - from your perspective.