The Day I Decided to Be Fearless
Hello beautiful people!
This week has been a whirlwind of emotions to say the least. With the administration signing into law multiple changes that is detrminental to so many American residents and the world, it can be a little depressing to view these things happening daily. Sometimes it is such a struggle to find the silver lining, but if you look it will show up eventually. Watching women and men everywhere protest on Saturday for the Women's March gave me so much pride to know that we are putting our foot down and demanding respect as a country. I do hope this will continue for all forms of discrimination and bigotry, not just the ones we feel comfortable supporting.
To continue on a positive note, if I could give a theme to the past week and a half it would be connections. I have been meeting so many inspiring people that have been leading me to other amazing people all week. It's amazing how one small step out of your comfort zone will lead to events that aligns yourself with your goals and eventually your purpose.
It began one night a couple of weeks ago. I was walking by a building which was hosting an entrepreneurial event, and a little voice inside of me told me to go back and ask about the organization. I walked back, thought of all the things that could go wrong, like me not asking the right things, or being in the way, the people not being friendly, etc and proceeded to walk away. I then thought "go back and ask, what's the worse that can happen?", but then the same insecurities came back. So for a minute or so I kept walking back and forth looking like a mad woman. A voice inside of me reminded me I should not allow my fears to supersede whatever I want to do in life; I am stronger than fear. As I was thinking of this, I also remembered an African proverb that states "no one is without knowledge except he who asks no questions". So I pushed through my fears and entered the building. Lisa Yang, who was at the front greeting the visitors, was more than open and friendly. She gave me a summary of TiE Boston, which is a part of TiE Global, an organization that fosters entrepreneurship by providing mentorship, networking, education, and funding opportunities. She was very eager to hear of my business ideas and while I would not be a good fit for the program right now, she was more than helpful in giving me suggestions of other organizations that better suited my current stage.
Per one of her recommendations, I attended a networking event the next morning hosted by SheStarts, an organization that supports the growing number of women founders in Boston by also providing networking, coaching, and events that gives them the tools to reach their goals. The women there were phenomenal and everyone was open to helping each other in whatever capacity they could. There I and my cousin, Bithja (pronounced Beeth-jah) who also has a blog, Halo Beautiful, met Liora Beer who is the founder and director of the Fairmount Innovation Lab (F.I.L.), a creative incubator and business accelerator in Boston. She mentioned to Bithja that they were having their ribbon cutting event and would like us to join. Thursday night we both attended the event and it was simply amazing to feel the excitement and enthusiasm of everyone there. It was a great event. Businesses that participated in the F.I.L. accelerator from Fall 2016 showcased their hard work and the progress they have made. It was truly inspiring to see businesses of different backgrounds working towards the advancement of not only themselves, but their communities. I am so excited to write about each organization/brand I had the pleasure of meeting that night.
It is so interesting to see that one small act of bravery opened up the doors to many opportunities not just for myself, but also for my cousin who attended these events with me, and all within the span of a week. Now I am here spreading information that could hopefully help all of you as well. If one act of bravery, whether for yourself or for others, can lead to so much good - how much more doors can we open when we practice bravery and be true to the best version of us daily? These series of events are reminders that I should perform acts of bravery daily no matter how small and seemingly insignificant. I am so grateful for the Holy Spirit's constant reminder me that "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!" Philippians 4:13.
I hope my week has given you a little boost of hope, courage, and to find something good even on your worse days.
Until next time!