Have you ever struggled with owning your own identity? Well I know I have, and today we are going to get honest and a little vulnerable. Today, I want to talk about what being Black has come to mean to me. For a while, I have been scared of being too Black.. not wanting to step on anyone's toes or turn people off. Ironically? I wasn't always that way. So, in this week's session is all about being confident in who you are so that you can be the best version of yourself... and most of all show up for the people that need to see you as you are. You’re not going to be for everyone... and that's okay.
We are over halfway through Black History Month! Oh, doesn’t the time fly? Today, I thought it would be awesome for us to revisit a talk that we had last year about the “Crab in A Barrel” mentality. As a matter of fact, I think this is a good way to lean into to next week’s show where I’ll wrap up the month talking with you about being Black AND first-gen—a conversation I’ve tried so hard to avoid.
Have you ever been in a career that was successful, but that you knew that it wasn’t what you were meant to do? Dethorn Young was an assistant vice president at Capital One in New York City, when he decided that this was not what he was meant to do. So he made some big changes including living in other countries for a while, until he found out who he really was and what he wanted to be doing. We talk about how it’s okay to change directions and how to listen to yourself to find who you truly are. Now Dethorn is a personal development coach living in LA, living in his purpose. In our conversation Dethorn is very transparent in that his path was not a straight one, and is honest about some of the struggles he had to endure to get to the place he is today.
Happy Black History Month!
For the next few weeks, we'll be celebrating and sharing the stories of those who are #blackfirstgen. So, we're kicking things off with a chat with someone whose parents, in her word, were "Black Revolutionaries."
Not just that.. If you think you have a big family, today’s guest, Senemeht Olatunji, was one of 12 siblings. Growing up in New York City, her parents started an African centered private school which she attended from K-12. We discuss the transition of her moving to Washington, D.C. and then back to New York City. She found a passion for helping kids in child welfare where she didn’t expect, and now helps kids transition out of foster care. We also discuss both external and internal growth, and how important it is to self care, making sure that mind, body, and spirit are in a good place.