I was sitting at a table for four in Dunkin’ Donuts when three older Caribbean Women asked if they could share my table. Of course! The place was packed and my medium cup of light and sweet only entitled me to one seat.
In such close quarters, bits and pieces of their conversation filtered past my headphones. Two of the Women were helping the third set up a cleaning business. They discussed what to name it, the services provided (deep cleaning for home and office), and what Woman Three’s title should be. (I think they settled on Business Manager.) When that was done Woman One went to work on her phone and commenced to whipping up a website. “Ok,” she said. “I need your email address.” A bit embarrassed, Woman Three said, “I don’t have one.” Woman One undaunted said, “No problem. We’ll get you one.”
All the while, Woman Two (who was sitting next to me) sipped her coffee, munched on her donut, and steadily offered Woman Three words of encouragement. She said, “This is going to change your life. You wait-and-see. You’ll have more work than you can handle.”
“That’s right,” agreed Woman One who was busy confirming and proofreading all the relevant information to make sure everything looked and sounded right.
I was trying to mind my own business, but theirs was so much more interesting. Their hands-on sisterhood and entrepreneurship moved and impressed me. They were helping a woman in need, to help herself. Black Girl Magic In Action.
As I was leaving, I wished Woman Three good luck and said to One and Two: “This is a wonderful thing you’re doing for her.” I felt fortunate to be sharing their table.
Fortunate and inspired.
And so I got down to business making my 2018 plans. One of the biggest things on my professional agenda is to get help. As a recovering workaholic I’ve been hella guilty of trying to do everything myself. I know now that is unhealthy, unrealistic, and completely unsustainable. So I’m saying it out loud: I need help.
Specifically, I need a manager, booking agent, a publicist, and an assistant each of whom in their respective roles:
If you, or someone you know, can help me achieve these goals, let’s have coffee.
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