♥ Part of the Series 35 Lessons at 35 Years of Life ♥

With a commitment for bite-sized + deliberate action today, tomorrow, and every day that I keep putting one foot in front of the other to create what I believe in.


As the saying goes, “It’s a journey, not a race.”

Without a reference for this quote, just a knowing, as if it’s an absolute Truth, I have been on a 5-year journey of entrepreneurship. A Journey, Not a Race.

I can see it with rose-colored lens. Not because it has been easy. Quite the contrary. It’s more that I know I have traveled the path that was meant for I. Learning lessons that are now informing what’s next as I keep putting one foot in front of the next. The experience that has been the ultimate test of feeling all the feels, the highs, and lows and inevitable uncertainty like my favorite roller coaster with it twists and turns and no sight of the track ahead.

As I shared in Lesson 7: Change Begins with a Belief, I was in Chicago last week for the 4th annual Culturally Responsive Evaluation & Assessment Conference. It has been a full week since the conference wrapped and the learnings and future implications are truly just beginning to reveal themselves. I loved returning to the office and being excitedly asked by colleagues and leaders, “How was the conference?” Below are my…

Top 5 Nuggets of Love from CREA 2017 & Chicago

  1. Continued Insights: I am in a place of honoring that the learnings will continue to drip out in the various spaces and places in which I am invigorated to share my insights and resulting dreams. What’s magical is these are the same space and places where I lead and contribute.
  2. Research Validation for Intentional Justice™: Small action = the biggest impact 💫 This was one of my biggest takeaways from a roundtable I joined on Day 1, which is based in systems change research. As soon I heard this nugget of love, it was the confirmation that there’s power in bite-sized + deliberate daily action.
  3. What does it mean to be culturally responsive? Simply put, I would define it as an individual, community, or organization that responds to an individual or experience based on a cultural understanding or competency.In other words, how one chooses to follow the dominant narrative or create or tell a counter-narrative. With this understanding, I am grounded in how culturally responsive along with culturally relevant applies to education, and in particular, research, evaluation, and assessment. Mission accomplished!
  4. Seeds Planted: It was a magically powerful experience to walk into a room and look around to be in a community of learners with fellow Black women, changing the game as leaders. As such, numerous seeds were planted that I am looking forward to nourishing in the weeks and months to come.

Is the Intention: Knowledge or Insight?

In the same roundtable session, I mentioned above, there was also the opportunity to ask questions and dialogue to not just simply learn knowledge, but as I later realized to provide an experience in which we as learners would experience an insight.< strong>insight (n.): the capacity to gain an accurate and deep intuitive understanding of a person or thing.

When I look back on my entrepreneurial and career journey over the last 5 years, as well as my experience in Chicago, one thing is clear.

Insight creates action. ~ mama j

In fact, find myself in a space of turning dreams into actionable outcomes. Project planning with intention. Honoring the time and space I have while also tending to individual relationship-building and collective community-building. The dynamic nature of creating within a system while also documenting the systems I’ve tested and begun to implement. Breaking each intention into bite-sized + deliberation action. This is Intentional Justice

Systems change research confirms that it’s the small action that has the biggest impact. We can simply focus on gaining knowledge or experiencing life and making choices that create the opportunity for insight. What will you choose: knowledge or insight?

Takeaway: There’s rarely such a thing as an overnight success. Many have said it before, yet now for I, it’s an insight instead of knowledge gained.

Intentional Justice™ in Your Life

So I ask, what bite-sized + deliberate action will you make in your life today to create insight?

It may feel like a leap, which often asks us to stretch our vulnerability and courage muscles, yet what I know to be true is it will be worth all the feels of uncertainty, as well as the twist and turns. That said, I leave you will a final Q:

What’s been your superpower in your journey?

Tell me in the comments below it’s where the magic happens.

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