By: Lauren Whiteman | @itsmewhiteman
People had me fucked up this week. It’s probably because I was fasting. But my curls have been flourishing so I count it all joy.
But sometimes you still gotta remind these niggas.
I worked during the holiday, worked late at my “9-to-5”, worked on my side gigs, momentarily hopped back into my community organizing bag, had a middle-aged man try to mishandle me and I told him that I welcome the smoke if it comes down to it. My students were amazing all week, and put me on chick-fil-a fries in Polynesian sauce (I’m a chick-fil-a sauce kind of girl but the Polynesian was hitting).
It’s been a week, Chile. But I’m ending the week on my St. Louis shit, doing shit to make me feel better. #TGIF #MakeThatMoneyDontLetItMakeYou
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Can I be honest?
The past few weeks have been heavy in my world. A lot of push and pull, and trying to figure out why certain things refuse to come together while other things continue to fall apart. This week was the first time I recognized it for what it really was:
Sometimes our plans don’t pan out because we’d never step into what we’re actually supposed to be doing if things were shaping up how we wanted. We’d never take hold of the best our lives have to offer because we’d be so comfortable with lives, careers, relationships, and plans that are just, well . . . decent. Even when it doesn’t feel quite right.
So on this Friday I’m grateful that God isn’t letting me stay comfortable enough to settle for decent, even though it’s been uncomfortable in the in-between.
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