After living with Multiple Sclerosis for almost two years, I have decided that it was time to not only share my journey, but to create a safe space to educate, encourage, and empower black women living with Multiple Sclerosis while reimagining what it means to be ill.
While that is the WHAT, you’ll probably want to know more about my WHY…
For the past ten years, I have been working as an educator. Throughout my tenure, I’ve inherited hundreds of nieces and nephews over the years because I’ve always been the one giving hugs, wiping tears and rebuilding my students; being the “play auntie” in both their heads and in their hearts. While I have served and continue to serve my obvious purpose to/for them, my role in their lives also became the catalyst for me to heal. And if I am being honest with you (and with myself) I was reluctant at first. I didn’t want to do the work. I wasn’t ready to do the work. I knew that it would hurt to do the work. It took me being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis to finally take my ass to therapy and begin said work. I pushed. I pulled. I fought. I cried. I screamed. I yelled. Much like the students that I serve… and I’ve become a much better person because of it.
I now want to help others. I want to shine my light on the darkness that others who may be going through what I have gone through and felt. I want to build a community, better yet a tribe. A tribe of women that are at different points in their MS journey and are in search of a safe space because they are tired of trying to fit in or be accepted. This tribe has been born and created out of necessity because we shouldn’t have to beg for seats at anyone’s table.
An Open Letter
From: Rachel Camille Carson
Where do I start? How do you compose words that tell a story of such gratitude?
Dear fellow bloggers, designers, makeup artists, models & photographers, fellow fashionistas & divas, fellow movers & shakers, fellow boss babes & entrepreneurs:
This letter comes from a heart full of thankfulness and a spirit filled with love & joy and as I continue to revamp my brand as a bourgeoning blogger and boss babe.
Oh, what a year it has been!
While I have many more lessons to learn, obstacles to face and hurdles to jump, I can wholeheartedly say that I have blossomed in both my personal and business ventures. A year full of growth has now passed and I am looking forward to sharing so much more with the world. THANK YOU for journeying with me! THANK YOU for holding me accountable! THANK YOU for pushing me out of my comfort zone!
May I set clear intentions that carry me toward my goals.
When opportunities arise, may I evaluate them with a clear mind and open heart.
May compassion for myself and others reside within me.
At the end of each day, I will forgive myself for the things I didn’t get to.
I will forgive myself for judging myself as “not enough” when I feel challenged.
Instead of focusing on my perceived shortcomings, let me celebrate who I am.
I will give thanks for all the connections I make both in my business and without.
May I focus on the present moment and give my attention to what is in front of me.
Let me always remember to be in service to others, consciously sharing my gifts.
Even when things don’t work out as planned, let me remain mindful that I am always on my right path.
May I learn from every experience.
Allow me to trust my intuition to know what’s best for my business.
Let me have the courage to take risks, and the wisdom to accept when something isn’t right for me.
I will remember to take time for myself and for those I love.
Give me the peace of mind to know that the work I do will provide financial security.
May I nurture my body, mind, and soul.
Let me view my business through heart-centered eyes, seeing abundance in all things.