My blogging journey officially began in July of 2018. I was in Las Vegas, lounging by the pool at the Tropicana hotel. My then-boyfriend, now husband, and I were just chatting about things we like to do, and writing came up.
I’ve been a writer as long as I can remember. It began as margin notes inside my middle school planners, yes, I still have them. From there, it just evolved. I have kept a journal of my life and experiences for at least two decades. How many people can say that? There is something nostalgic about re-visiting pages of my journal to reminisce about life on a particular day in my history.
Writing is a release. Although I am far from perfect, I know my words are relatable to most. And so, my public debut of blogging began. If you have been keeping up with me, my blog started as District Valley. I fell in love with writing tales about culture, career and society from the view of a black woman. And my blog grew. I was beginning to get subscribers and viewers beyond friends, family and colleagues.
And then I got laid off.
After working for a technology organization for 7 years, I was laid off in the coronavirus pandemic. Like most corporate executives, I had a choice—take an off-course-career path to stay with the company or take the severance and step out on my own.
District Valley has turned into my Creative Consulting company, and my blog will begin to bloom here. Here is where I will share what matters most.
Every day is an adventure. An opportunity to connect, collaborate, laugh and be well. Sharing the every-day is how I found my voice and passion.
Becoming an entrepreneur was not in my cards, or at least that is what I thought. I was satisfied with where my corporate career was going, and then I found something that made me even more excited than the day to day work I was doing.
Like most, I have been in white spaces throughout my entire life, from college to career. I developed a passion for the underrepresented and hidden voices as I grew my career within diversity, equity and inclusion. Being unapologetically black in corporate America was no easy task.
Remember I found something that made me even more excited? This was it. I stumbled upon a phrase that lingered in my mind for hours as I tried to drift asleep. Now, it’s my business.
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