Strength

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Black woman looking up against a teal background.
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As much as I love being called a “strong Black woman,” it also makes me cringe because so much of our strength is defined by the struggles and hardships we face rather than how we find healing and enjoying our daily state of being.

The compliment can also cause severe anxiety and trigger the Superwoman Syndrome. According to Cheryl L. Woods-Giscombé, PhD, and her research, Superwoman Syndrome was born when Black women started denouncing society’s negative characterizations of Black women, such as “Jezebel” and “Welfare Queen,” in efforts to highlight the traits that go unnoticed. …


A photo of a confident black woman standing against a blue brick background in a power pose.
A photo of a confident black woman standing against a blue brick background in a power pose.
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Twenty-twenty was the year we learned no one is coming to save us. We faced danger, uncertainty, even evil villains, and we survived. In the new year, dedicate yourself to being your own superhero, pushing through fear and panic and saving the day.

I desperately needed to make changes in my life. I craved a healthier life with more financial freedom. But my fear of change prevented the former and professional setbacks created the latter. I felt stuck and lost, in need of rescue from the stifling comfort zone I found myself trapped in. Everything I needed to transform was…

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