In 2015, while working a (seemingly) dead end job that had nothing to do with my degree and barely making ends meet, I wrote in my manifestation journal "Tubalemye Mutwale - Paid Writer, Blogger, Public Speaker." Dear 22 year old Tuba, you actualised on all of those things!!! I wish you had enjoyed the process of manifestation a bit more.
Anyway, dear reader, here's a brief description of how I became a paid writer/blogger/public speaker: On the 17th of September 2018, I started working at a job that (that I loved) that paid me to write ("boring", business stuff, but writing anyway). I've since gone on to write for others and establish myself in that regard. On the 30th of November 2019, I had my first public speaking gig talking about natural hair, a subject dear to my heart.
On the 11th of August 2020, I launched my blog and on the 30th of September 2020, I sat on a panel discussing another passion of mine: Africa, and the multiculturalism thereof.
All of these reiterate the fact that I am indeed a paid writer, blogger and public speaker. However, throughout all of this, I either told my very small close circle or nobody until after the events, and even so, I never made a huge fuss about it.
Although I journal my gratitude almost daily, I very rarely celebrate my "wins" in public and deep down I think it's because I'm not sure if this is what a blogger/writer/speaker looks like!
Is this imposter syndrome??? I'm always celebrating people's wins and when I do share my good news, it's always well received, so why don't I do it more often? (This question is only half rhetorical, btw).
This post is a reminder to myself and everyone reading it that in 2021 and the rest of the decade, we celebrate the hell out of our wins, whether big or small.
Bagged a new client? Tried out a new recipe that worked well? Found a cute new outfit? Got a new job? We are celebrating EVERYTHING in 2021 loudly and proudly.
Tell me about some of your wins in the comments below.