In July this year I was excited to be interviewed by Foluke Akinlose MBE the founder of Precious. Precious is a digital platform, network and resource for women of colour and Foluke approached me to be part of her Movers and Shakers feature on the platform. It felt quite the honour to be amongst the many women already featured on the platform and join Foluke’s ever growing network of fabulous women who are entrepreneurs and leaders in business and community. The interview can be found here. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed taking part.
I am absolutely grateful for initiatives like Precious whose simple mission is to champion ambitious women of colour by shining a light on their achievements. It is so important to have spaces for people of colour made by people of colour that enable us to share, express and hone our talents in ways and means that are important to us. The interview gave me valuable time to reflect on my achievements. To say them out loud and put them in perspective at a time when the world was caught up in the midst of the Covid pandemic. The concern for our health and those of our friends and family was all consuming and the daily news of rising cases piled on more pressure and anxiety. Having to take our foot of the pedal and slow down gave many of us an opportunity to reflect and make different decisions about our lives – the jobs we do and the people we spend time with. Many things we thought were important, we realised were not.
What I am saying here is that reflection is an important life skill. We have all been stuck on the treadmill, busy being busy, spending money, hoarding clothes and technology, and caught in the social media glare. When we take time away, it allows us to check in with ourselves and take stock. Are we still doing what makes us happy? Or are we doing things out of habit or guilt. Understanding our motivations for the way we are living our life will help us make the right decisions for ourselves and our family. Reflection is about questioning, in a positive way, what we do and why we do it and then deciding whether there is a better, or more efficient, way of doing it in the future. Reflection can help us change direction if we need to. So why not interview yourself! Ask yourself questions about your life, how you got where you are and what motivates you. You may find you want to make changes, or you may just surprise yourself with how much you have achieved so far. What is important is that you give yourself that time.