It Was The Best of Years; It Was The Worst of Years

Part of me is celebrating, and part of me is weeping.

I don’t usually do these reflection type posts, but 2022 was such a doozie that I feel called to document it. This year is one for the books that I will never forget.

Almost every moment felt like a struggle. This is partly because, math like, I carried the 1 and brought forward exhaustion and burnout from last year into this year.

Folks…don’t do this. Give yourself permission to rest.

And with that, here are some of the highlights and lowlights of 2022:

THE BEST

✅ Started working with THE BEST coach: Latrice Torres 💚. She has changed my life in the best way. Get on her calendar and work with her if you can.

✅ Confirmed that I am autistic.

✅ Became a TV Host for Real Talk On Racism, thanks to my friend and mentor Russ Terry Jr.

✅ Hosted the launch party for my sister Sharon‘s latest book, “I’m Tired of Racism.” The introvert in me was terrified, but I did it, lol! Anything for my big Sis. When you get your copy, make sure to write a review!

✅ Wrote my first-ever foreword for Elizabeth Leiba’s new book “I’m Not Yelling.” What an honor. Also started planning a book club and some other exciting stuff with Liz. Stay tuned! Big tings a gwaan!!

✅ Appeared for 3 seconds (lol) in the Issa Rae episode of The Hair Tales.

✅Finally got a real logo for The Introvert Sisters podcast, thanks to Dragonfly Editorial.

✅Collaborated with some of my faves, including:

I’m grateful to you all 🙏🏾💗.

✅ Received honors and awards from:

✅ Was featured/quoted in Forbes, thanks to Dana Brownlee and Janice Gassam Asare, Ph.D., and in Adweek, thanks to Mita Mallick 💗🙏🏾.

✅ Became friends with Latrice, Liz, Lola, Tammy, Ellen & Kerstin, Jackie Charles, Isvari Maranwe, and many, many more 💗. It is wonderful to be a part of a sisterhood. It is wonderful to be in community with people who see the light in you, want the best for you, and support you in practical ways.

✅ Was supported in myriad ways by friends and allies, including but not limited to: Latrice Torres, Liz Leiba, Ellen & Kerstin Wagner, Madison Butler, Reese Byrne, Ashanti Martin, Janelle Benjamin, Lola Bakare,  Wendy Woolfork, Steve Jones, Chris Armstrong, and Vince Brantley. Thank you all 🙏🏾🙏🏾

✅ Was approached by a publicist! The fees were out of my reach, so it’s a no for now, BUT: I took it as a signal that things are moving in the right direction. 🙌🏾🙌🏾

✅ Met some of my favorite people IRL (Check out my featured section on LinkedIn to see who).

✅ Hosted my mother & sister here in NJ, and visited my bestie in ATL 💗💗💗.

THE WORST

🥺 Broke my right foot. Zero stars. Do not recommend. And because I a) am getting older (lol), and b) have no on-the-ground support system, instead of taking weeks to heal, it took several months.

🥺 Lost close friends & family.

🥺 Was sexually harassed on LinkedIn.

🥺 Experienced numerous incidences of workplace-related bullying, racism, gaslighting, extractiveness, and toxicity.

🥺 Lost/walked away from a few side hustles that for various reasons (see above) were not in alignment, and/or were actively harmful to me.

🥺 Got diagnosed with hypertension.

🥺 Dealt (evidently unsuccessfully) with crushing levels of stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, exhaustion, and burnout.

🥺 Struggled with suicidality.

🥺 Ended the year by being diagnosed with COVID over Christmas.

Now…looking at the lists (and they are not exhaustive) the positives, numerically at least, outweigh the negatives. And for that I am grateful. 🙏🏾

However, the negatives that occurred were BIG. Their impact is huge. I’m still reeling, tbh. Still reeling, and still healing. But, if nothing else, I learn quickly. So changes have been and are being made to ensure that next year is softer, sweeter, easier, healthier, and more abundant in every way. Wishing this for myself, and for you.  🙏🏾🙏🏾

Do you do personal end-of-year reviews? What has the year been like for you? Feel free to share in the comments.


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