I’m declaring this summer to be the summer of “not just talking about it, but being about it.” Not to be confused with being “bout it bout it” because that’s something completely different.
So I told you all about how I enjoyed the lotion-making class I took at Magalie Naturals last weekend and about a bunch of the stuff I learned about the lotion-making process and various ingredients, but I did not dish on all of the emotions that surrounded the whole ordeal. You may say, “Okay…so you went to a lotion-making class, what’s the big deal? You want a cookie?” But, it was a big deal for me because I almost didn’t go.
When I stumbled on the class by doing a google search, I was excited, but only put the class on my radar. I had to let the idea marinate for a few days, do chores around the house, watch Game of Thrones, google a bunch of random things, then assess my financial situation to see if the $35 for the class was manageable. Seriously, for some reason I came up with a bunch of excuses why I couldn’t or shouldn’t go to that class. Who’s going to babysit? Who’s going to go with me? Will I be the only person of color there and feel awkward? A few days before the event, I simply told myself that I would do it. I would go alone and expect to have a great time and learn a lot of new things. And whatdoyaknow? That’s exactly what happened.
Sometimes we, by “we” I mean “I,” can psych ourselves out of doing something for no other reason but that it’s something we’re not used to–it’s an unknown situation outside of our comfort zone. Well, I’m tired of staying within my comfort zone. I’m tired of telling myself black girls don’t do [insert the blank] or I can’t do [insert the blank] by myself. I’m tired of trying to stay within a box that has never fit me anyway and I’m tired of making excuses for why I can’t do new things. I’ve been telling myself that I want to make changes in my life and that can’t happen if I never change anything that I’m currently doing.
This is the summer of being about it–being about living the Popped Black Woman Blog Affirmation, trying new things, and meeting new people. So all of this should mean that I will be checking off a bunch of things on my 101 Things in 1001 Days list and have lots of stories to report back to you all by the end of summer! Guess I better get to planning 😉
Who else will be living positively optimistic & powerful this summer and not just talking about it? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook!