Get Sh*t Done: How to Finish What You Started, Even When You’re Tired

Get sh-t Done!

April is an interesting month, especially as a student.

It’s warmer outside.

The colors are more vivid.

Winter is over!

Who wants to sit in a room to read and write?

There are festivals and concerts to attend. Lunches on patios. Cookouts happening so you can reconnect with friends.

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The end of the term is so close that you can taste it and still so far away that you’re not sure how you’re going to make it.

I’m sure the thoughts of giving up cross your mind several times a day. Who needs this degree anyway?

One of my biggest challenges in productivity and execution is finishing strong.

I’m more of the ideas person. I’m the one who pulls others along with my excitement and enthusiasm. However, as a project starts to settle into routine tasks and systems, I begin to lose my interest. My motivation will continue to dissipate the longer the project and the closer to the end.

Hence, April is usually a tricky month for me.

So what helps?

The following is what I do to get through the times like this.

Write a list of everything you need to complete by the end of April. Make a list of tasks and projects

What are the projects, assignments, tasks, etc. that you HAVE to complete before the end of April? This is not a list of things you want to do or things that other people would like for you to do. To finish strong, make yourself and your success a priority.

Make sure that there is a corresponding due date for each item that you place on the list.

Make it real and schedule it.

Use a planner, a printout of April, or whatever you have and schedule the tasks on the assigned due dates. This may seem repetitive because of the last step, but it helps the brain to visually see what you have to do.  You will be thankful later when your brain doesn’t have to worry about keeping up with all the tasks and due dates.

Find some sista friends to help support you and keep you accountable.

During this time, the process can feel real lonely and isolating. It is helpful to be around others who understand what you are going through because they are doing the same. Don’t have a group where you are? Join the Sista Scholar Facebook group. The members of this group are waiting and willing to help you finally achieve the peace, productivity, and health you’ve been wanting.

Do one thing at a time.

It could seem like we are great at multitasking and that only imagesapplies to like 1-2% of the population. When we try to write a paper while checking Facebook and texting we are using more time than if we did each of those task one at a time. I use the Pomodoro Technique when I work. It’s where you focus only on one task for 25 minutes and take a 5-minute break. I work to complete that tasks for 25 minutes and use the five minutes for texting or Facebook. I use the timer on my phone to keep me accountable. I notice that I get more done when I use this method than when I just to work on my own.

Looking for some accountability and community?

Hustle Hour (1)Join the Sista Scholars for our next Hustle Hour.  You can use this time to complete steps 1 and 2. You can use the time to talk to someone, to get advice, or to have a listening ear. Or you can use it for accountability. At the beginning of the hour, we all say what we will be working on for our time together. When we conclude our time, we give updates on our progress. Throughout the hour, you will receive encouragement and feedback.

Click here to join us!


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Marvette Lacy: Business Productivity & Energy Management Columnist

Marvette is here to share strategies, tips, and information to help you maintain your energy so that you can be more productive in business and life.

Time to Glow Up (It’s Spring Yall)

Hey Y’all!

I hope after reading my first post you feel confident in trusting me to get you right. I know you’re wondering what to pull out of your clothing bins for spring and what are some big trends as life begins to heat up. Below I’ll give you the colors and looks I’d recommend for this season. Lemme remind you this is just a warm up. I’ll be back with more suggestions to get you shining, shining, shining, shining yeaaaaaaa (Beyonce Voice).

PATTERNS, PATTERNS, and more PATTERNS

This season is all about being unapologetic with stripes and blooming with florals (see what I did there?). Don’t just go with a simple pinstriped or polka dot look. Really play with 2-3 toned patterns.  I also encourage you to play with fabrics. For the first dress, I’m personally a fan so mesh and like how the  dress was designed with both floral and mesh detail giving me a good flirty and dainty look. The ASOS dress is actually doing a few things that I like and that are in this spring; stripes, frills, and shoulders. This beautiful, flowy dress is perfect for day to night. Go from brunch with ya girls to a nice dinner with that special one without having to change anything except reapplying that makeup. #StayBeat

Dress from boohoo.com. Price: $25

ASOS Tall Cold Shoulder Striped Dress. Price: $53

 

Rothko Jersey V-Neck Dress from Anna Scholz. Price: $251.00

KILL ‘EM WITH THE SHOULDERS

YASSSS HUNNIES! Time to take off those cardigans and dust ya shoulders off. This season is all about showing that skin. Whether you wear a Bardot midi dress or an Open Shoulder Blouse, make sure them shoulders are getting some of that love from the sun.

This Queen is wearing the Wall Flower top from Fashion Nova. Price: $19.99

Keepsake Say You Will Dress from Akira. Price: $194.90

 

Off The Shoulder Trumpet Gown from Eloquii. Price: $124.90

 

And it was called YELLOW
Now Pantone did release Greenery as the color for 2017 (if you’re not familiar with Pantone they’re basically the color gods and determine what we will find in the stores). What you’ll find in many stores currently are colors that either complement Greenery or be in the color family.

So Dión what colors should I anticipate on finding?

Yellow: Now y’all know yellow and melanin is always heavenly. See the last image and you’ll be sure to agree.

Sage: I feel like I’m seeing this more than any color. Especially in stores.

Pastel Pinks and Blues: let’s not forget how dashing Lupita looked a few years ago in that blue dress. I mean need I say more?

Nudes: Now what’s important about rocking nude and being a lady of #melanin is shining in your shade. Your nude shoes or blouses should not wash out your skin they should accentuate it. Gotta make sure the world is getting all the #BlackGirlMagic it can get. While the trousers I posted say nude, I do feel like any girl could wear them because they have more of a pink tint. I’d recommend pairing these trousers with a patterned fitted top (show the shoulders **wink wink**)

Nude knot waist satin wide leg trousers from MissGuided. Price: $51

Sage Off the Shoulder Frill Dress from Forever 21. Price: $24.90

Dove Open Shoulder Blouse from Meow and Barks Boutique (BLACK OWNED). Price: $49.00

Cut it Out Lover Dress from nakimuli (BLACK OWNED). Price: $125.00

ASOS Curve Smart Midi Dress in Sage. Price: $64.00

That’s all I have for now.  Let’s start clearing out those closets and get ready for our Spring/Summer slay.

Peace, Light, and Love yall,

Dión

#SentWithLoveFromDión

P.S. please note my shoulders in the feature photo. I was feeling myself. Haha!

Let’s Talk About The People in the Background

With the social, economic, and political landscape that we are faced with in 2017, there are so many challenges that we must confront. With my work as a Higher Education Professional, I often sit in meetings where we think critically about the needs of our students and how we can connect them to the resources that will assist them in navigating these challenges. We ask ourselves, what have our students been saying about xyz topic? How do we engage them in reflection and dialogue about xyz topic? Are there statements we need to make as an office about xyz issue? How do we let students know that our office is a “safe space” for them to discuss their thoughts, feelings, and concerns? While these are all really great questions, we often neglect to recognize the need to extend this same support to the people we sit across the conference room table from every week, our colleagues and staff. Those of us who often live and work in the background to make our workplace successful without proper acknowledgment or recognition. BLOOP!

About Me:

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One area of specific interest to me centers on best practices the field of Higher Education should employ to support, develop, and maintain non-tenure, full-time, full-benefit administrative staff. As a field centered on education of the masses, not nearly enough emphasis is placed on the development, support, and engagement of those who lead the charge. It is imperative that we, especially as professionals of color, synthesize the impact of global issues on the personal and professional to remain centered and engaged with our work. Because of my passion for working with the learning and development of staff, I decided to forgo the traditional path of a Student Affairs Doctored degree and found my place in the Adult Learning, Leadership, and Organization Development ED.D. Program at the University of Georgia.

It is important for me to make sure that you understand the lens from which I will be approaching these blog posts. I attended the Social Justice Education program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and have done extensive inner-work, reflection, and development of my identity as a person, facilitator, and educator. With this deep and constant reflection, I center identity, social justice, equity, and practicality in all that I do. Therefore, you will be challenged to think more critically about your workplace environment, no matter the professional level. Meaning, you will have to look at yourself in that proverbial mirror and ask yourself questions about your experience, satisfaction, engagement, and development in the place you spend the majority of your time, the workplace.

What to Expect:

As I move forward in my professional experience, I would like to shift my attention to questioning and exploring best practices for successful recruitment and retention of faculty and staff members of color.

Each month, you should expect me to challenge and push our thinking around:

  • What are key factors to employee satisfaction and belonging in the workplace
  • How to create more welcoming and inclusive environment for your employees?
  • How do you center continuous learning in the workplace and support employee retention and application of new knowledge?
  • How can the institutional onboarding processes embody the commitment to services and retention of faculty and staff of color?
  • Are there best practices employed in other fields (i.e. business) that can provide a foundation for an institutional and organizational change?
  • What are those factors that have maintained the satisfaction of employees with 10+ years of service?

These are just a few of the topics that we will use as a framework to engage in dialogue about the important developmental and resource needs of employees in the workplace.

Until Next Time…

Sarayfah

On being a “Fat, Black, B*tch” & Learning To Love Myself

For the last three years (2014, 2015, & 2016), I’ve won best presentation in the State of Georgia at the Georgia College Personnel Association annual conference (with various co-presenters).

In 2015, the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) College Student Educators International’s Standing Committee for Women named me Outstanding Emerging Professional.

In 2016, the Georgia College Personnel Association named me Outstanding Graduate Student (Doctoral).

In 2017, Cite A Sista co-founder Joan & I were awarded the Innovative Response Award for Social Justice by the ACPA Commission for Social Justice Educators for creating this very movement.

I travel a lot. I’m published. I’m the youngest person in my doc program (for now) and I’m respected by tons of people I idolize (Hey Drs. Darris Means, Dafina-Lazarus Stewart, Stephen Quaye, Z Nicolazzo, Chris Linder, and many others!).

My name is Brittany Williams and beyond these accolades, I’m a Sister; Daughter; Cousin; Mentor; Friend; Mentee; Socialite Wannabe; Wing Woman Extraordinaire; Grammar Rule Breaker; Word Creator; Aspiring Raging Feminist B*tch; Fashion Connoisseur; Makeup Enthusiast…

And Every. Single. Day. I struggle not to hate myself because of my body.

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On a run in Dubai, U.A.E.

For the last three years, I’ve battled multiple injuries that have made my love for fitness and working out a struggle. Because I shredded multiple tendons in both ankles, I’m not only unable to run half marathons like I used to, but I’m unable to manage my weight and body size as much as I’d like.

On an academic level, I know that my body and how I look does not negate the wonderful things I do at school and work. I also know that being bigger does not make me any less worthy of love and affection. But every day for the last few months has gotten harder and harder to leave home to do the things I do feel good at because of how I struggle with the way I look. I also struggle to stop making excuses for the way I look (see: previous paragraph for an example).

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This is my favorite meme ever. I’m never not (yes, a double neg) going to use it. What a cutie?

There are many days I find myself battling inner perceptions that I’m worthless. For a lot of people who know me, such a thing can be shocking. I was called pretentious last year because the truth is, I’m undeniably intelligent and especially so about certain subjects and I’m not afraid of letting people know this. Some would call this cocky but I call it confidence because when it’s true… Well. *sips tea* But somewhere along the way, I’ve come to internalize the idea that things I bring to society are 1) all I’m worth and 2) never good enough because they come from a woman who weighs 218 pounds. Oh hey capitalism, I see you boo. 

I know these feelings and emotions to be steeped in a culture of fatphobia.

I know that what is considered fat culturally for us as Black women looks different but often does not make room for the rolls of fat and saggy skin I’ve accumulated due to my constant flip flopping weight. I also know that my constant obsessing over what I’m going to wear to avoid becoming the next negative internet meme stems from a culture of fat shaming in the name of jokes and internet fame.

I haven’t quite figured out the recipe for undoing this internalized hatred of myself yet and that’s hard to admit. I’m good and pretty much everything I touch…. Except this. Except learning to accept the changes my body is going through and building a better relationship with food to help aid in my overall health goals rather than working towards a specific body image. I also haven’t figured out how to stop eye-rolling size 4 women who call themselves fat when on a very real level I know they’re trying to unpack the same BS I am at size 14/16. Beyond all of this, I’m still grappling to identify what this means for how I look at and connect with other fat bodied people.

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Outside the U.S. feeling #unbothered about my body for the first time in a while.

Being my size is interesting because I’m not technically obese and I’m not “skinny” or “fit” neither. Few “fat” women (fat in an empowering sense) make room for me and even fewer “skinny” women make me feel included because I’m somewhere in-between for a lot of folks in our culture. Because of my height and body shape, I also end up hearing something entirely else: “you’re not fat but your a$s is,” or “you’re just curvy,” and even “you just have childbearing hips.”  Yes, I have an hour glass shape that seems to be in style right now (behind coke bottles anyway)… But you don’t know shrinking yourself and feeling overweight until you’ve paid for a Delta comfort seat only to realize you’re on a plane that’s smaller than normal so your curvy hips keep pushing up the arm rest and the skinny white guy next to you stares at you in disgust before you see him typing on his phone as the plane takes off–

*something something* fat, Black, b*tch.

That ish hurts. Honestly. Truly.

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That time I finally went out in Athens, GA because I felt attractive enough to do so…

As I go through the motions with my body and try to come to love her for all the cool things she can do rather than how she looks doing them (Yes, I’m anthropomorphizing my body which is funny because it’s already human?); I realize how lucky I am to be in this body because it’s mine. I’m also lucky enough to be surrounded by beautiful curvy women who embrace and love their bodies for how they are and recognize that we’re gonna’ get this workout in and love who we are now as much as we love the ideas of what our bodies can become. To be in the presence of friends who speak lovingly of their fat rolls and whose partners compliment every Black woman he sees simply because he’s learning just how screwed up all of this really is (Hi, Zerotti :-p).

But I know this journey is going to be much more than the people I surround myself with (although it’s half the battle). So I’m going to therapy. I’m spending time with people who make me feel empowered and beautiful just the way I am (Hi, King Julien). I’m also seeing a nutritionist to help me think about building a better relationship with food. I’m also gonna eat the friggen’ Publix cake because anyone who tells me not to can see #TheseAcademicHands I love it and without making excuses. I know that weightloss is not as simple as just working out—I do that and I love the gym. I also know it’s more than micromanaging my food intake with Myfitnesspal. But I’m here today as someone many people perceive to be a bold, confident, strong Black woman to admit that changing my mind is going to be a lot harder than changing my body and they’re both super difficult. Not only do I have a LOT of unlearning to do, but even more relearning than I once thought imaginable.

If you take nothing from my story I hope you take this: You are enough. You’re not alone. Yes, thinking that is normal. No, that fat roll isn’t the end of the world on the beach. And yes, it’s hard to (un)learn to see your body differently, but you can do this.

Taking Up Space: A Black Graduate Women’s Photo Shoot as Black Feminist Praxis

I am a fat-bodied Black woman. I literally take up space. My Blackness, gender, and the intersection of the two take up space that is often denied to me in physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual spaces.  The White supremacist, patriarchal society that I and other Black women exist within expects us to take up as little space as possible… but like I said, I take up space 😉

I am a doctoral candidate in the College of Education at the University of Georgia. I have awesome faculty, a caring partner, supportive colleagues, a ride or die boss, legit mentors, and kinfolk and faith networks who lift me up. All of that acknowledged, I would be lost without the communities of Black graduate women at UGA. They have been strength when I have struggled, peace when hell was bountiful, joy when I felt sorrow, and intellectual and emotional laborers when processing needed to happen.

My dissertation used sista circle methodology (Shoutout to Dr. Latoya Johnson) to examine sense of belonging for Black women in doctoral programs at a historically, predominantly White institution. Community with other sista-scholars was a primary source of connection and affirmation for participants. I talked to another sista-scholar, Marvette Lacy, who also used sista circle methodology for her dissertation about how to support Black graduate women on our own campus. We decided that we would start sista circles on our campus as a way to help Black women in graduate and professional programs build and strengthen relationships with other sista-scholars. We both loved pictures, as evidenced by our own photo shoots,  and decided that we would host a photo shoot for Black graduate women as a sista circle event.

Marvette and I had a couple of purposes when we decided to host a photo shoot for Black graduate women at UGA.

We wanted to expand the networks within communities of Black women in graduate and professional programs at the university. Depending on which program a sista-scholar was a part of, she may be the only one or one of two or a few in the program or department. Marvette and I are in the College Student Affairs Administration PhD program where we are two of about 12 Black women in our program. Our larger department has several more Black women between master and doctoral level programs.

We wanted sista-scholars to see that they were not alone on that campus when we have community with one another. As noted in Point 1, depending the academic program, a sista-scholar could be the only BW (or Black person) in their program or department, but through relationships with other Black women scholars, they would not be alone in community with other Black women. We wanted sista-scholars to have a physical representation of the communities of Black women scholars on campus to remind them that they’re not ever alone when in community with other sista-scholars.

We wanted to take up space on a campus that denied/denies us space as African people. The University of Georgia (and the State of Georgia) fought ferociously to maintain its racial exclusion policy until it was ordered to admit Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Hamilton E. Holmes in 1961. The legacy of racial exclusion, White supremacy, and tokenism of people of color remain today on the campus. Because of those legacies and history, we thought it important to purposefully and boldly take up space on our campus.

Y’all, we took up ALL THE SPACE! We had a blast that Sunday on north campus. We laughed. We slayed. We played. We loved. We existed. We celebrated ourselves, our brilliance, and our creativity. I posted the finished photos to my social media profile and sista-scholars reposted the images with their own captions. The following caption accompanied the photos’ release on my profile:

“May our presence in this space remind other Black graduate women and ourselves           that we are not alone here. We are each others’ strength, comfort, joy, peace, encourager, and sister. May this physical representation of us be a testament to our collective and individual strength, courage, and agency to care for ourselves and one another.

To the Black graduate women of UGA, our sista-scholars, who joined with Marvette Lacy and I to make this magic happen, thank you 

We invite viewers to post empowering quotes from Black women under photos (bell hooks, Andre Lorde, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Michelle Obama, Cynthia Dillard, Bettina Love, auntie, mama, sista-girl, etc.)

When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid. ~Audre Lorde

#BlackFeministPraxis #BlackGirlMagic #CiteASista #SistaCircle

Below are photos from the experience. Photos are captioned by sista-scholars’ own expressions for why they wanted to be a part of the experience or quotes they offered for the project.

In the tradition of Toni Morrison who “wrote what she needed to read”, we took the pictures that we needed to see (Thank you Daisy Hernandez for that reminder). Black women, take up your space. Take up/continue community building. Commit to fellowship. Commit to love. We are not alone when we have each other. #WeGotUs

In solidarity,

Joan Nicole (on behalf of Joan Collier, PhD and Marvette Lacy, PhD)

Dedication

Charlayne Hunter-Gault, the first African American woman to attend the University of Georgia.

Mary Frances Early, a graduate student and the first African American to graduate from the University of Georgia.

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“I want to be part of the representation of this dynamic group and meet other women as well; it’s a great platform to fellowship and encourage each other.”

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“I love supporting other Black graduate students, socializing, and taking pictures!”

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“Sharing in all that Black Girl Magic wonderfulness.”

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“Inclusion and representation- I may be the only ‘sista’ in my department but that doesn’t mean I should have to fade into the background… “

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“Wanting to support sista scholars as they transition to their next journey. Just wanting to take this last opportunity to participate in an activity and space they are providing for celebration and fellowship.”

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“My support network while in my program has strongly consisted of the community of Black women that I have come to know while here. Nothing would make me happier than to celebrate graduation with this community.”

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“As a woman of color at a flagship PWI, I feel that it is so critical to create an image that reflects pride in culture and solidarity. I feel that whenever possible, we should take the time to celebrate Black excellence and academics to create positive imagery. While I am ever grateful for choosing UGA as the institution to continue my educational journey, I feel that opportunities like these are what have assuaged my personal discomforts.”

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“The celebration of the strength, intelligence, and beauty of Black Women.”

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“Once you know who you are, you don’t have to worry anymore.” Nikki Giovanni

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“Invest in the human soul. Who know, it might be a diamond in the rough.” Mary McLeod Bethune

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“I love that we can get together and celebrate one another. It is also fun to be able to get together and dress up.”

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“I love supporting and empowering Black Women.”

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“I love celebrating Black Success! This is a great opportunity to do that!”

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“No person is your friend who demands your silence or denies your right to grow.” Alice Walker

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“I would like to be a part of the shoot in order to put a face to ‘sista scholars’ and to celebrate our perseverance as a community.”

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“Phenomenal wom[e]n, that’s [we].” Maya Angelou

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“I believe in Black women and the work that y’all have done.” (L-R: Joan Collier, Marvette Lacy)

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“The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within- strength, courage, dignity.” Ruby Dee

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“All of you are my sisters! I appreciate and value your vision. We need the vision and we need each other. This photo shoot will be an embodiment of that!”

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“Deal with yourself as an individual worthy of respect, and make everyone else deal with you the same way.” Nikki Giovanni

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“This is a beautiful testimony to the truth of our value and keeping where we come from visible. Much respect and appreciation.”

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“Representation is so important and as much as our society has progressed it still has a long way to go for the holistic liberation of the oppressed. It is also an honor to mark this moment in history with my sisters and bond over self and Black love!”

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“Success isn’t about how much money you make. It’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” First Lady Michelle Obama

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“The universe bears no ill to me. I bear no ill to it.” Phylicia Rashad

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“Faith is the first factor in a life devoted to service. Without it, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible.” Mary McLeod Bethune

Photographer: Ronald Latimer, IG @cityboylife215

Chasing Checks vs. Chasing Dreams

As a part of my professional development package with my current place of employment, I’m consistently catching flights to other parts of the country to attend conferences and workshops. As I traveled back from a recent gathering in Boston, I was fortunate enough to be seated next to an off-duty flight attendant. Ya’ll… My nerves are bad when flying, so I decided to strike up a conversation with him in order to ease my in-air anxiety. After introductions, our conversation took a turn to talking about our careers paths and how we’ve ended up where we are today. He explained to me that he had many careers before making the switch to become a flight attendant. As the Career Consultant I am, I inquired as to what made him make the switch.  He explained to me that in previous positions, he was in it for the money which caused him to forget about the things that were important to him.  He went on to explain that his continuous chasing checks hindered his ability to chase his dreams.

Now turn to your neighbor and say….Message!

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Hearing this made me reflect on how many of us chase dollar signs instead of going after what we really dream to be, in relation to our careers.  As Black women, when thinking about a job, we often first and foremost think about survival. How am I going to put food on the table, provide shelter and clothing for my family, buy books, pay my student loans, and get gas in addition to having a social life and of getting my hair done. #Amen

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For many of us, it sometimes feels like we are forced to chase the checks for the good of those who we care for. But what does this mean for our own dreams and aspirations? Do we neglect our responsibilities to become what we always wanted to be? What about when we feel pressure to provide for ourselves and those we are responsible for but end up losing ourselves in the process. Do we stop? This all begs the question, is it possible to lose sight of what we really could be by running after a check?

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I recently read a tweet that stated “your salary is NOT a bribe to forget your dreams. Your salary can help you FUND your dreams. Your job provides experience FOR your dreams”. I wholeheartedly believe this. Some may call this learning to finesse the system. I know for a fact that I do not want to stay at the level that I am and that, eventually, I want to have my own business or organization that helps with career development from elementary school (because the K-12 pipeline is real) into adulthood.

I also know that I do not have the funds nor the time to fully dedicate myself to this dream because I actually need somewhere to lay my head and need to support my livelihood.

What I can say is through my current position I am taking advantage of all the resources, networks and foundational knowledge available in order to prepare myself for my long-term dream. I’m getting paid while also doing something that I love, that will eventually set me up for what I see to be my win in life. Does this make me a bad employee or not committed to where I am currently? Some may say yes. But this brings me to the idea that “you have to be… twice as good as them to get half of what they have” (Thank you Papa Pope).

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We tend to feel guilty for neglecting or using our current place of employment as stepping stones to our career utopia as if our employers are not using us for goods and services. We feel that we have to go hard to be seen as professional or competent but what I have learned is that whatever opinion someone has of you will not change because you know how to correctly annunciate your words or are at the office before and after everyone else. There is something to be said about a woman savvy enough to do something she enjoys while also making her coin.

This all leads me to my main point: Never give up on what you want and believe in, even if it requires you to do something for the short term.

 

@ShaynaUGACareer

Get out of your experiences what you need from them but remember to start to create the blueprint for your own win. There is love in following your dreams no matter how much you have to sacrifice to achieve them!

 

Tell US Your #CiteASista Story!

Our dearest #CiteASista community-

We (Brittany and Joan) have had a busy March with the launch of citeasista.com and a presentation at an annual higher education conference (photos on the tag!). During the conference, we met people who previously participated in our monthly chats and many of whom shared with us about how being a part of a #CiteASista experience has impacted them. We’ve also enjoyed the amazing works of so many brilliant sistas who’ve joined our Team Cite A Sista community and continue to help us grow with each blog post!

Now that we’re in our groove, we’re thinking about what’s next. This is where YOU come in. We’re interested to hear more stories and are asking you to consider sharing a short testimonial about your experiences with #CiteASista. Testimonials can fit in a tweet (140 characters) or be longer, but concise (max 100 words). Testimonial prompts are provided below, but are not the only ways to reflect on your experiences with #CiteASista.

  • How have you benefited from being a part of a #CiteASista experience?
  • How have you described #CiteASista to a person who isn’t familiar with the experience?
  • What do you like/love about #CiteASista?
  • How have you put #CiteASista into practice in your personal, professional, or academic lives?
We welcome testimonies from all genders & non-Black folks who engage this work and welcome pictures of you with your Cite A Sista buttons and other paraphernalia! 

Statements may be featured on CiteASista.com or in future press material. Please let Brittany (@ms_bmwilliams) or Joan (@Joan_Nicole) know if you have any questions related to testimonials or any other aspect of your #CiteASista experience.

You can submit your testimonials to CiteASista@gmail.com with the subject “My Testimonial.” There is no deadline and we welcome submissions on an ongoing basis. However, if you want to see your words in our upcoming materials, submit early!

 

In solidarity,
Brittany and Joan
#CiteASista, Co-founders