Affirmations of the Week: On Feeling Rejected.

We know. It's not something we want to talk about, but it's something many of us feel. And when we feel it, it's easy to want to turn away, to fold into ourselves, to doubt who we are. We know. You're not alone. Many of us have had experiences where our presence was, at best, tolerated, and our unique contributions were not celebrated and credited for the value they bring. We know. You're not alone. Whether in love, family, work, school, or a multitude of places, not being seen and validated can be devastating and isolating. But none of us are alone in this. Many of us feel or have felt the same way and pushed through.

Below, we spotlight the affirmations of Black women who have heard one too many No's and insisted on YES. We insist on YES, too.

YES to you. YES to you.

 

 

#WeThankthedbw: LASHAY, Nevada.

“Your creations was purposeful and you are more than enough. You are of immense value. Recognize it. Cultivate it. Own it. It's your magic."

We'll say that again: Cultivate, recognize and own your magic. Cultivate, recognize and own your magic. Cultivate, recognize and own your magic. Cultivate, recognize and own your magic. 

One mo' 'gain: Cultivate, recognize and own your magic. It's yours.

 

 


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FROM THE DEAR BLACK WOMEN TEAM. 

“Thank you for existing."

Idea: Look in the mirror and repeat this to yourself!

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#WeThankthedbw: IFY, NiGERIA.

“Dear Black Woman, Have you looked at yourself today? I mean, really look at the essence, the magic, the power that is you? Alice Walker said, 'The most common way that people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any.' Have you already given up yours?"

If you have, you have the power to make another choice. Go on. You can make it.


#WeThankthedbw: sarah.

“I want you to know that everyone does not deserve to be in your space or share your energy."

Our Founder Flo was so inspired by this affirmation, she said: "Many of us come from a long history of being required to give without needing in return. Whether it be our love, our bodies, our sweat, our creativity, our excellence, our intelligence, our backbone, our forgiveness, our inspiration-- the mandate is often: GIVE. GIVE IT ALL. GIVE IT NOW. AND SHUT UP. This is not healthy exchange, but a requirement of give and be drained. This is traumatic. But a trauma so familiar, many of us call it life on any given day. For many of us, this pattern of trauma is deeply embedded in us, in our very DNA. It's what we've been shown. It's what we've known. Dear Black Women stands in affirmation that in this life, in this moment, we have the opportunity to break some of these patterns. Thanks to the sacrifice, fight and resilience of those who came before, we can make different decisions. So, as much as you can, in both small and big ways, reclaim your energy, reclaim your space. Reflect on the people, places and things that require so much from you and dare to ask yourself: 'Do they honor me? Do they replenish me? Do they reciprocate? Is this an affirming exchange?' If it is not, give yourself permission to make a better decision for yourself. You're worthy. We're worthy. Forward."



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#WeThankthedbw: a dear black woman.

“Make them regret not fucking with you."

If that ain't a battle cry, we don't know what is! Let's gooooo!


 

 

 

#WeThankthedbw: Jennifer, Calfornia.

Let's keep it real and make it plain:

Some of us shouldn't be upright based on what we've been through and/or what we're going through. But look at us, WE STILL HERE!!!

Dear Black Women celebrates ALL of us!!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️ And wishes for us the support, safe space, affirmation, release and love that we need!

Keep. Going.

 


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#WeThankthedbw: Jennifer, Calfornia.

“You are not lacking. You are not less than. You are a human who has gone through some stuff. You are healing and working your way through it. Keep going."

Yes, keep going. We are rooting for you.

 


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#WeThankthedbw: a dear black woman.

“You are not lacking. You are not less than. You are a human who has gone through some stuff. You are healing and working your way through it. Keep going."

Yes, keep going. We are rooting for you.


Dear Black WomenComment