As many of you all who know me well know, I have always had a plan. I've been planning and managing projects and events since I was 10 years-old, creating timelines for my future every other day, and stating clear goals on what I wanted to accomplish by certain benchmarks in my life.
2016 has been the year without a plan. It started with losing my job, losing a relationship, and continued through what has seemed like dozens of rejections from other "plans": economic development fellowships in Latin America, startup work in SF or NYC, among other twists and turns that left me doubting my intelligence and abilities.
Yesterday, a good friend who has been with me through it and has opened up countless doors for me, Kaneisha Grayson, gifted me this custom-made bracelet. It is a reminder of the "badass" in me, despite this being a year of acute uncertainty. It is a gift I hope to keep forever for my own fortitude, as well as a daily reminder to help inspire others as they make their way through their own dark moments.
The "figuring-out-what-I'm doing" status has not changed much, but I am leaning more into the discomfort of it all. I'm learning to follow signs from the universe of where I need to go, instead of attempting to hold on to plans and structures with a tight fist that were not destined to be. I am learning to have faith and immense gratitude it all, to accept help, and to ask for help.
I hope you all can embrace your inner badass along with me. ✨
A huge and forever thank you to my other badasses out there who have supported me in ways for which I cannot begin to express enough gratitude