My name is Joanna and I’m a Kenyan native and scientist. But I’m most proud of being a woman who took control of my emotional health by learning to trust my intuition and actively practicing self-care.
But not too long ago, I wasn’t so active in taking care of myself. I’ve watched the black women in my life take on more and more responsibilities, and leave less and less time for themselves, until they were stressed, overwhelmed, and inevitably burnt out.
I realized that I too, was following the same pattern, and struggled with the need to attain perfection in all aspects of my life. In my career, relationships, my appearance, and behavior. And even though I thought I was successful in creating a sincere picture, I was stressed to death internally of not being able to maintain and terrified of making any mistakes.
That lack of confidence ate away at me, and created the perfect environment to chip away at my self-esteem, and led me away from listening to myself and what I wanted.
I compensated by acting, being, and encompassing everything that I thought others and circumstances wanted from me. Giving everything 110%, but neglecting my own needs. Exhausting, right? I was the most stressed I had ever been in my life.
When I finally began listening to my gut feelings with my choices and decisions, following in the directions that felt natural, and honoring my self-care, it led me to discover that the answers are always within me. And that it wasn’t my responsibility to uphold someone else’s or society’s vision of who I was.
It has been a transformative journey to freedom, and one of the best gifts I could ever give myself. I hope this supportive space for women and their journeys will inspire you to free yourself by making mental and emotional self-care a part of your everyday life.
Life is too short to not feel free!