My gratitude for the day reaches out to the women & girls, men & boys who are a part of the Brown Girl Collective (aka BGC) Family. When I was called to create a space that celebrates BOLD, Brilliant and Beautiful women and girls of African descent over six years ago, I never imagined that I would be able to touch the lives of so many people (who are not all “brown” or female, by the way) across the globe. (YES! The audience is WORLDWIDE!) 

Since 2009, I have learned a lot, shared in some great collaborations, and cried tears of both joy and pain (even when you make it your mission to celebrate others, they will not always understand you or your efforts). Whenever I have thought about throwing in the towel, my passion has been reignited by an unexpected message or two that lets me know that my work is very necessary. For that (and you), I am grateful. And in case you were wondering, the BEST is still yet to come!

Between my 49th and 50th birthdays, I am embarking on a daily journey of gratefulness as there is always something, great or small, to express gratitude for. I have dubbed this journey The Grateful 49 Project, as I will endeavor to share my thoughts in approximately 49 words or less (on most days).

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