Going through the transcripts and publications that interviewed me in 2017, I thought I would share some of my answers with you.
- The three qualities that got me where I am today? My faith, my drive, my circle of support.
- Moment I felt I’d made it? I will let you know when I get there. Abby (soul sister) would say “Girl, you give paid lectures and you are now the mentor not the mentee” – I guess it’s all in perspective.
- Books that left a lasting impression on me: Invisible Man, reading that book has changed the way I view life and provide [personal and professional ]references.
- What every woman should try in her lifetime? A solo date whether it’s to the movies and happy hour or the theater and a sit-down meal. It’s truly exhilarating and shows you how you want to be treated.
- One thing I am exceptionally good at? Keeping my boundaries. My spouse would say making soups. My circle of support would say finding my zen.
- How are your purging projects going? (Laughter) It’s not really projects, its project and my loved ones would really like me to clear the air and let the world know I am not a hoarder. You see, all the articles, comics, and reflections sit nicely in one (beautiful) hand woven basket on the side of my desk. Though I digress, it is going well. I have been finding a common theme that I don’t like injustice. I find education is important among young people and still firmly believe poverty is bullshit and we can all make it out (wealth is subjective). I am forever telling my students the Audrey quote “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”
- How is Real Life of an MSW going? My circle of support loves to remind me to stay focused on the original question of why I started blogging. Which is “How did you get here?” This is where I reminded them all of the T.D. Jakes quote, “If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.” I know my purpose in life is to help others, be a listening ear, and provide guidance and direction as therapist. I also know this profession can have a high burnout rate, and to prevent that one needs balance. Those who read me regularly are surely piecing together that question, because like life, nothing is given to you all at once. I prefer readers to have thought provoking moments, I want them to laugh, find a hint of themselves, learn a new recipe or cocktail and come back daily. Though a reader by the name of Vapor, summed me up nicely a while ago when he said, “Can I just say? I love your approach. Slow down, loosen your grip, breathe, look around, observe creation and your reaction to it. Thanks for being here and being kind, interesting, and fun.”
- You didn’t mention @reallifeofanmsw (laughter) I have a love/dislike relationship with Instagram. I do post often, but it’s more because I love photography. I think @eyeshot summed it up “Discover the world through each other’s eyes.”