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Unapologetic. Ours. A publication from Medium for Black women.

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It doesn’t have to be complicated

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Before we really get into this piece, I need to be honest about one thing: I am exhausted. Starting with shutdowns across the country last March, the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement in June, and the four-day election mania of November, I still feel the wear of 2020. Any of these events on their own would be draining. But the combination of all three on top of the demands of everyday life — work! chores! planning a wedding! therapy twice a week! maintaining friendships! self-care! writing on Medium! — is almost debilitating. …


A step-by-step guide to creating and embodying your positive thoughts

A photo of a stylish young black woman blowing herself a kiss in the mirror.
A photo of a stylish young black woman blowing herself a kiss in the mirror.
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I eagerly jumped on the affirmation bandwagon several years ago, excited to see my life change as I embraced the power of the spoken word. And it worked! I saw my actions shift as I declared things over myself. In fact, one of my first affirmations, I persist until I succeed, launched my freelance writing career. But a few months ago, as I proclaimed my affirmations during my morning mindset session, I experienced something new: the goals blossomed inside of me; I became certain they were true. I could feel them emanating from my body, into my being. …

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