Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work – Q4 Edition

The Rihanna classic is my life right now. Here’s why.

Hi folks!

It’s Dec. 31, 2022, and what an epic year it’s been. Part of what made this the year to end all years was the intense level of busyness. I did all the things and basically burned myself out. 

Want proof? Take a look at my end-of-quarter “activity reports” 

TL;DR: It’s a LOT. Like…waaayyyy too much. 😩

But here’s the thing:

❌ The goal is not to constantly struggle along in survival mode.

❌ The goal is not to place others’ demands above your needs. 

❌ The goal is not to produce and overwork for the sake of it.

💗 The goal is to live a soft, happy, fulfilling life.

As a result I have made a vow to do less.

🙅🏾‍♀️ I have cancelled or renegotiated certain commitments.

🙅🏾‍♀️ I have stepped away from side hustles that do not serve my highest good.

🙅🏾‍♀️ I have said no (and will be continuing to say no) to unpaid or underpaid engagements. If you don’t have a budget, don’t bother. Respectfully.

💗 I have already blocked all of my 2023 vacation time on my calendar.

💗 I have also blocked off a “week of nothingness” in every month, so that I avoid over scheduling myself.

💗 I have started working with the best coach ever (shoutout to Latrice Torres) who keeps me on track, and sanity-tests…everything.

I wasn’t able to do a “hard stop” so I made good on some of my commitments. (It’s still hard for me to back out of something that I agreed to do, lol.) Of course, I prioritized the ones that I was most passionate about, which usually involved people that I’m close to. As far as is possible, I will always make time and space for family and friends. 🥰🥰

And with that, here’s what I’ve been up to in the last quarter of the year:

OCTOBER

Book Launch: I’m Tired of Racism, by Sharon Hurley Hall

The quarter started out with the Oct. 1 book launch party for my sister Sharon’s latest book: I’m Tired of Racism! 😃 I was the host/MC, and Sharon and I were joined by Ashanti Martin, Sandra Sealy, and Linda M. Deane

Top, L-R: Sharon Hurley Hall, Lisa Hurley, Sandra Sealy. Botton, L-R: Ashanti Martin, Linda M. Deane

Watch the replay, and of course, buy your copy of the book! 

(I also received my copy of ITOR and was overly excited, lol.)

Collab: Black Introvert Week UK

Towards the end of the month Sharon and I (aka The Introvert Sisters) collaborated with the founder of Black Introvert Week UK (Richard Etienne), and Black Introvert Week US (Jeri Bingham). 

Listen to the episode, or if you’re more of of video person, watch the replay on YouTube.

TV Show: Real Talk on Racism

Launched Season 2 of RTOR, with guests Madison Butler, Lola Bakare, and Jacquie Abram.

Guest Appearance: Conversations With Danne

Guested on “Ditching DEI”, hosted by Danne Mathis, with guests Sharon Hurley Hall, Vonda Page, and Tammy Triolo. John Graham Jr. and Nicholas Okanife also popped into the Clubhouse room. 

Listen to the replay, and be sure to follow everyone on all platforms.

Honors: Lists on Lists 😄

I made multiple lists!! Nobody is more shocked than I am, lol. Very grateful! It is good to be seen. 🙏🏾

Excited to put them in pride of place in my home, and to add more to the “wall of fame” in the future. I don’t do the work for the accolades, but the accolades are definitely nice. 😊

Glow Up: Foreword for “I’m Not Yelling,” by Elizabeth Leiba

Writing a foreword was not anywhere on my 2022 bingo card, but it happened, and I’m grateful!! I was asked by my sister-friend Liz Leiba to write the foreword for her very first book in print, and it was a wonderful experience!! Just…wow!! So very honored and grateful!! And most of all, I’m happy that Liz is happy with what I wrote. 🙏🏾🥰

Other Stuff:

  • Got to 50K followers on LinkedIn. Honestly, one of my goals for this year had been to reach to 10K followers, as I had been told that that was the threshold that one needed to get to in order to start monetizing one’s platform. I got to 10K late last year, so everything else is gravy. I am grateful to and for everyone who follows and supports me in any way, and I love the community that I am building. 🙏🏾
  • Posted about Black History Month UK, and the need to pay Black creators.
  • Found out I’m in Oprah Winfrey’s Hair Tales (for 3 seconds, but still 🤣).

After this there is, by design, a sharp decline in activities. Praise the Lord. She tiiiied. 🤣😩


NOVEMBER

Glow Up: DG Sentinel Board of Directors

I was invited by one of my sheroes, Isvari Maranwe, CEO of the DG Sentinel, to join the DG Sentinel Advisory Board. Along With Topaz Adizes, Kayla Ancrum, Steph Frosch, Trevor James, Matthew Knowles, Scott Lamb, Janani Mohan, Pablo O’Hana, and Sunny Vachher.  

A bit about the DG Sentinel:

“The DG Sentinel is majority-minority, queer, and female led, and has staff from around the globe. We come from many different races, genders, sexualities, and backgrounds. 

We are led by CEO Isvari Maranwe, a former cybersecurity attorney and ex-physicist, who co-founded the international nonprofit Dweebs Global. She has a lifelong passion for diverse and authentic media and has been a columnist and author since she was 15 years old. 

Our Board includes best-selling authors, famous influencers, media giants, award-winning directors, and more.”

So honored to be asked, and I’m looking forward to collaborating with the DG Sentinel team. 

Guest Appearances: 

Other Stuff:


DECEMBER

Guest Appearance:

Liz Leiba’s book, I’m Not Yelling: A Black Woman’s Guide to Navigating the Workplace launched officially on December 6th!! Of course, a party was had, lol. So honored that Liz invited me to co-host the launch party with her! I can safely say a good time was had by all!! Such a good time, in fact, that we’ll be starting a book club in 2023. Big tings a gwaan!!

Activism & Media Placement:

Closed out the year by being quoted in Forbes, along with my sister Sharon Hurley Hall. Grateful to Dana Brownlee for the opportunity. 🙏🏾🙏🏾

Read the full piece here.

Other Stuff:

Completely succumbed to the AI wave 😂 and got my Lensa photos done. It’s ok to relax and have some fun!!

Annnnd…that’s all folks! Phew!!

Wishing you all a Happy New Year! May it be restful, stress-free, abundant, and happy, under grace and in perfect ways! 🎉🙌🏾

Love, light, and blessings,

Lisa


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Comments

  1. Aya Egbuho says:

    Way to go Lisa! And I’m all about the soft life!

    1. Thanks so much, Aya!

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