Back to business as usual
I'm finally home after almost 2 weeks. I had no intention of evacuating for the hurricane, because I had so much planned with business and personal endeavors, but the hype kept growing bigger and bigger. While everyone else left on Thursday and Friday, I decided, at the last minute, to leave on Saturday (the day before land fall).
It's Sunday, August 29, 2021, and I'm away from my home awaiting the passing of Hurricane Ida so I can go back home. Reports start coming in that we wouldn't have power for 2-3 weeks.
Depression starts to sink in. This week has been one of the longest weeks ever. Saturday-abruptly evacuate my home, Sunday-hurricane, Monday-National Grief Awareness Day, Tuesday-2nd year anniversary of my husband's death, next few days-had to cancel my much anticipated vacation which I was attempting since before the pandemic began. I felt so alone and defeated...
I had just had a wonderful coaching session with business coach and mentor Isiah Fowler and was excited for the direction I was getting ready to take the business but everything was on hold and uncertain. I just felt like giving up but over the course of the next few days, I kept seeing and hearing encouraging subliminal messages. Every time I picked up my phone, I was receiving a text or notification from Trent Shelton, groundbreaking motivational speaker. Isaiah Reached out to me and I let him know that I was sulking. He immediately shifted the conversation to pull me out of that rut.
Depression is very real but in the African American community, when someone says they're depressed, no one takes them serious. Over the course of that week and a half, I started to lose focus. If I had been on top of a bridge about to jump, no one was there to save me. That's when I realized no one could help me or didn't want to. Trent's words kept ringing in my ears: "It all starts with you". I had to pull myself together just enough to make a conscience decision to plow forward regardless of the situation or my feelings. Back home, no damage to my house or my products thank God. Business was salvageable so now it's back to business as usual.