You’re in a room full of people who don’t look like you, you question your own abilities and wonder how you’ve gotten here. Up until this point, all of your experiences have felt like moments you’ve had to learn on your feet and hustle and that questioning nature sets upon you like wildfire — presenting itself as anxiety and nervousness.
But as you’ve grown accustomed to these spaces you sit down, boss up and make it known YOU WERE MEANT to be here.
In a society where we’re often told to devalue our worth, this is for black girls who say no more!
I am so proud of you, black girl, for learning early on that by NOT speaking up you become a passive passenger in your own life. I promise you now and forever that each room you’ve walked into, you’ve earned it!
You have earned the right to take up space! Each and every space you’ve occupied has been made better because you are there, don’t ever question that. I hope you continue to immerse yourself in more things that make you feel uneasy and scared, do hard things and be unapologetic in your decisions.
Your discipline, passion, and drive will take you to places you’ve never dreamed about. And I want you to celebrate yourself and your gains at every opportunity. For black girls who bring their own seat to the table, don’t ever put your worth in the hands, or limitations, of anyone else.
You are divinely created and guided and all that is meant for you is already yours.
No amount of outside validation will appease you.
No amount of their work
Your value is internal
You’re in a room full of people who don’t look like you. But you’re in the same damn room.
For every wandering eye that questions your presence, your ability to do the work, or your capacity to lead — when you speak the message is clear and the work you do will change the world. And when the rooms you want to stand in are plastered in tones of white neutrality, build a table, plant your seat and paint the room black!
Lean into your excellence!