Kicking Off the New Year With Women of Color

Kicking Off the New Year With Women of Color

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The New Year is finally here. Many of us are forming resolutions for what the New Year will have in store for us. Although the resolutions may be unique and specific to each person, they all have one thing in common: the desire for renewed clarity, control, and grace in one’s life.

The next time you imagine what your future will have for you, consider the wise words of these 10 women of color:

“Everything that happens to you is a reflection of what you believe about yourself. We cannot outperform our level of self-esteem. We cannot draw to ourselves more than we think we are worth.”

 Iyanla Vanzant
  1. “Another woman’s beauty is not the absence of your own.” Unknown
  1. “If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.” Audre Lorde
  1. “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” Maya Angelou
  1. “I just think, as women, we have to give ourselves room to be individuals. So when a woman makes a decision for herself, we as women shouldn’t set those hardcore boundaries for another woman. Just like we don’t want men setting hardcore boundaries for us.” Jada Pinkett Smith
  1. “Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It’s beyond me.” Zora Neale Hurston
  1. “It is brave to be involved. To be not fearful to be unresolved.” Gwendolyn Brook
  1. “I had to make my own living and my own opportunity. But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.” Madam C.J. Walker
  1. “We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.” Marian Wright Edelman
  2. “Deal with yourself as an individual worthy of respect, and make everyone else deal with you the same way. ” Nikki Giovanni

Let’s launch into the New Year with clarity and grace. Leave in the comments below what changes you’re making in 2015!

Zakyree Wallace

Hey y'all! My name is Zakyree Wallace, and I am a staff writer, soon to be assistant editor, at Natura Magazine. I’m passionate about mindfulness, learning more about feminine energy, and the history and lasting effects of racism and capitalism in our society. While I’m currently a sophomore at UNC-CH studying African American and Women and Gender Studies, I’m excited to leave my student days behind and embrace learning non-traditionally.

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