I have purposely tried to not include details about my personal life on this blog. My thinking has been that all of you have so many of your own challenges that you’re facing; surely, your life is complicated enough without the added details of mine.
I thought that by keeping my story to myself I could best encourage you as you go through. And up until now that’s worked. But as I think back on where God took me in my career a few weeks ago – and in my life overall – the Lord told me plainly that my story is not just for me, but for others as well.
So while I won’t make this a habit, I do want to share a bit more about myself with you; believing God that doing so will help you keep the faith, renew your hope, and restore your expectation.
Currently, I own a boutique media and communications firm in Washington, DC. I’m a consultant working to get my clients on TV, on the radio, in newspapers, or wherever else they need to be to get their messages out. I also write for my clients – op-eds, press releases, brochures, etc. I’m gifted to do it and passionate about giving voice to folks’ visions™.
A few weeks ago, God gave me the awesome opportunity to begin working with A+E on a number of programs as a subcontractor for one of my clients. As a result of my client’s opportunity, I had the chance to do some publicity work for Lifetime TV on its promotion of the movie “A Trip to Bountiful,” the TV adaptation of the award-winning Broadway play.
After lining up a few interviews for the movie’s stars, I was invited to staff those interviews in NYC for the day. The stars? THE incomparable Ms. Cicely Tyson, Ms. Vanessa Williams, Mr. Blair Underwood and Ms. KeKe Palmer.
I spent an entire day in their presence; listening to their reflections on the importance of their craft, the significance of Women’s History Month, and all kinds of things. Just in awe of where God had me and grateful, supremely grateful.
Proverbs 18:16 keep running through my Spirit:
New International Version (NIV)
16 A gift opens the way
and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.
Certainly, operating in my God-given gifts were the reason why I was there with such great people. It was God’s will that the gifts He gave me would land me smack dab in the presence of greatness. I was very clear on that.
In fact, that day was, to date, one of the biggest days of my professional career (followed SUPER CLOSELY by the day the Honorable Elijah E. Cummings allowed me to join his team as his press secretary and the day I resigned from another job to protect my character with nary a back-up plan in sight).
So imagine my excitement when a few days later I found myself on a cross-country flight to California for the first time. Working with another VPI client there, God revealed new talents to me and gave me fresh revelation about some existing strengths.
This is the essence of the God WE serve: He wants to take us to more places, give us greater blessings, and use us in more profound ways than we allow ourselves to dream.
But what God really showed me in New York and California, and what I’ve been reflecting on and reveling in since, is this truth: I could not have experienced such highs without having gone through ALL I’ve come through.
I had to go through to get to where God wanted me.
I didn’t just wake up one day and decide to leave the “security” of a consistent paycheck to hunt-and-gather for clients. But it took every mistake of my past, every moment of disobedience, and every misstep in my story – and all of the good stuff, too! – to get here.
I spent many years of my career trying to fit into offices; trying to be the right square peg for the right square hole.
I had great jobs, too. I’ve worked with Judy Smith (the inspiration for Olivia Pope’s character in “Scandal”), Anita Dunn, Members of Congress, Presidential Advisors, and the lightening-rod education reformer Michelle Rhee, to name a few.
But it never failed: I’d always reach a point where I was restless, inexplicably. And so the search for professional fulfillment began anew.
God’s been faithful, too. Every time I’ve sought, asked and knocked, He’s opened doors that I never knew existed and certainly never expected to walk through. Heck, He even gave me jobs that weren’t His will simply because I asked Him for them.
And every time, no matter how great the job or boss (or how terrible), I ended up reaching a place where I felt like I should be on my own, doing my own thing, and applying everything I’d learned to building the dreams God’s given me.
I had to have every bad boss I ever had to know how to be a good one.
I had to be picked over, promoted over, and passed over to know how to validate and value the gifts of others.
I had to endure insecurity and out-right mean-spiritedness in colleagues to know how to strive to walk daily in love and empathy.
I had to make mistakes to know how to groom others through theirs.
And I had to be willing to walk away from the world’s definition of security to become truly secure in my only Source: God.
My life hasn’t been easy. And I haven’t always been as reflective as I am now.
And even now, I’m still learning about the cause for which God’s created me. This is just the beginning! …for me and you!
In the coming weeks and months you’ll see a lot of changes here: the site will be redesigned, some of the content will be changed, and some new information will be added.
As I continue to be groomed by God, through faith, I know that I’ll be used in new and exciting ways to encourage you to own your story, validate your vision, and expect even more from God.™
There are Cicely Tyson moments in your future! There are places God wants to take you, people He wants to introduce you to, and work He wants to do through you.
Don’t be discouraged by your current circumstances: they’re temporary and won’t look like what is really yours in the Spirit.
But decide today that you deserve your dream™, and everything that God has for you.
Stop trying to fit in when God made you to stand out and stand up!
You’ve earned every strip and scar. You’re stronger because of it, wiser and more powerful.
God knows it. And when you accept that about yourself, you’ll begin to see God’s favor and orchestration unfurling in your life in ways you never imagined before.
I’m excited for YOU because there’s so much God has for you this year. ;