By Madalyn McKnight
I must say that rolling out of black history month and into women’s history month makes the winter and spring really come alive. I am proud to be black and even prouder to be a black woman. Every year I examine the woman I am and hope to become over the next year; sometimes I have thoughts of empowerment, and sometimes I have thoughts of inadequacy.
Life can really throw some curveballs and challenges, but I am proud of this imperfect journey. Women have been paving the way for little ole me since the beginning of time and I hope that I can make a difference in the lives of women who come after me. I have a few tips on making the most of this month and please share with others!
- Embrace your imperfections: There is nothing like receiving a compliment on an outfit, hairstyle, or lip color that makes you give someone a side-eye. If you don’t feel like it’s cute how can someone else see it right? WRONG. What you consider an imperfection, others would love to have. Learn to be content with who you are and what you are. I stand in front of the mirror and tear myself apart sometimes. We should work on embracing our flaws and work to be better and do better. Greatness takes time.
- Study up on WOMEN: Women have contributed an infinite amount of knowledge and wealth to the world and you would do good to bask in that light. I plan on reading books from women authors this month. Namely Toni Morrison and other lesser-known women authors. I need those jewels in my life right now and I look forward to taking everything in.
- Spread the word on causes that other women champion: I recently read about a rapper in Saudi Arabia that authorities are looking for after she released a song highlighting life as a woman in Saudi Arabia. I am making it my business to look into her cause and seeing how I can help bring the respect and equality of women into this century. She deserves and other Saudi Arabian women deserve!!
You are powerful. You are beautiful. You are history. You are a woman. Phenomenally.
Madalyn McKnight is a Contributing Writer for the Pedestal Project, LLC. A rare blackbird who has the range and a young black professional with impactful words! Follow her on Instagram and Facebook at @singsongblackbird and twitter @singsongblckbrd