Whew!!!! March has been a whirlwind of a month! Between work, book promotions, and observing Women’s History Month, I genuinely felt like my background music was “I’m Every Woman.”
But with God and the fortitude of my ancestors, I was able to navigate through the month by connecting with amazing people!
One of the assignments I haven’t done recently is lead Bible Study, which I had to do on the first Wednesday of the month when I lead a group in a discussion on the Daughters of Zelophehad, which was the text I would teach about on the following Sunday.
The first weekend of the month was power-packed with more Zooms than I realized. There was a sparkle in my spirit, so I donned my purple glittery dress to participate in the Virtual Business Vendor Fair, the first event of the Exquisite Women Empowerment Day. With a few minutes to spare, I made a quick change to be sorority-girl ready and serve as the guest speaker for my sorority Read-In event, where I had a very engaging discussion with my sorors about Diggin’ For Intimacy. The soror who moderated the session, the Rev. Vanessa Smalls-Bryant, had done a deep read of the book and asked some insightful questions.
The following weekend, I met with Sheniqua Rollinson, founder of the Impact Your Life Podcast/Impact Moments Podcast, and recorded another segment about Diggin’ For Intimacy.
On Sunday, I preached for a university chapel service and then ended the day by talking with Trinette Stanford of Totally About Diabetes. I met Trinette two years ago at an entrepreneur development conference in Atlanta, and it was good talking with her about womanhood, motherhood, being mothered, and the wellness work she does in the world. Be sure to check it out. The conversation was one of two Sitting At Our Mothers’ Feet conversations held during the month. There is value to having intergenerational conversations, so I cherished the hour we spent together.
The next day, I gathered on the line with more than 60 female clergy representing New York and New Jersey through the Women Who Minister group that initially invited me in as a guest speaker on Feb. 15. The session went so well that they extended another invitation for me to continue the conversation about intimacy and dating as a woman of faith. My energy was different the second time around, but it was a robust conversation that took place with a married couple in ministry as well as a married male pastor who was my co-panelist the first time around.
Yes, I was still keeping it moving. Later that week on Sunday, Elder Carlie Towne , founder, and director at Gullah GeecheeAngel Network. Elder Carlie grew up in the same community in different decades, but we could still talk about the bond of the women, what she learned from her mother, and how we can preserve our Gullah Geechee heritage. Elder Carlie was reading Diggin’ For Intimacy and encouraged others to do the same before signing off.
Oh, and I also did a television interview that aired on Bound Around Charleston and taped an episode of Real Talk With ReZsaun, a streaming show that can be viewed on Facebook and YouTube.
I told you it was a busy month of diverse conversations and audiences.
Like most unknown writers, product developers, and designers, I would be lying if I said I didn’t have the desire for the Oprah Effect to take place. You know, what happens when Oprah Winfrey speaks the name of your product or flashes your book cover on IG, and within minutes, you’re a New York Times bestselling author because Ms. Winfrey said your work was worthy. Well, that hasn’t happened yet, so in the words of our departed brother Nipsey Hussel, “the marathon continues” as it relates to getting Diggin’ For Intimacy into the hands of readers across the globe.
I believe in my book and the work it will do in readers’ lives, so stay connected to learn what’s in store for April!