15 interesting facts about me:
1. I was born 33 days late.
2. I only watch movies that have at least one minority in a lead/supporting role. To be honest, if it doesn't have Black actors, I won't watch it. All white casts bore me.
3. I am an extreme procrastinator. (I started writing this post nearly 2 years ago. 🤷)
4. I used to dance. Ballet, liturgical, and jazz. Now, I can barely shake my hips. People always told me if I didn't use it, I would lose it. I didn't believe them.
5. I don't like animals of any kind. Especially dogs.
6. I dual majored is Political Science and English.... and I'm still not that good at either.
7. My favorite writer is Toni Morrison, for whom my daughter is named.
8. I have a slight phobia of outdated and/or dirty bathrooms. If I see rust, discoloration, dirt of any kind, I can't use it. Or I have to close my eyes and do a military shower. And public bathrooms are a death sentence for me.
9. I'm one of those people who loves to debate, never for the sake of being right, but always because I love hearing differing points of view. For most things in life, I don't think there is necessarily a right answer. Just multiple ways of communicating related ideas. Life is way bigger than any one person's point of view.
10. Authentic Ethiopian food is my absolute favorite. I cannot resist no matter how hard I try.
11. Going back to number 4. This one time, when I was in college, loooooong after my dancing days ended, I decided to get up and praise dance in my room. During my worship time. The song was "Beyond the Veil" by Darryl Coley. And then I danced immediately afterwards to Nina Simone's "Sinner Man." It was the freest I've ever felt. Even in about 4 square feet of space between my bed and my roommate's. I mean I felt other wordly free.
12. My dream job is to be a SAHM who writes lifestyle blogs and children's/young adult literature.
13. My other dream job is to do all of the above, own a Chick-Fil-A, be a children's natural hair stylist, nail technician, and *motivational speaker*.
14. I have a journal. I've always had one. I started journaling as a little girl and always planned to turn those stories into my book. Then something happened, and I stopped journaling as much. And when I did, I didn't journal as freely. It killed my spirit in so many ways. I felt like I was lying to myself. I felt like there was no place on Earth where I could truly be me without apology. So I started a blog. And you see how that went...
15. I recently started consistently journaling again. I also go to therapy weekly for about 5 months. It has been exactly what I needed to get me back on track within myself. I feel like I'm on track to becoming the version of me I always wanted. The one I need most. I'm excited about that, and when you get snow on Halloween, you need something to be excited about.
* I don't like the term motivational speaker. It feels fake to me. I just want to facilitate real conversations with interesting groups of people, sharing my experiences in a way that makes them re-evaluate their own perceptions.