Sherida caught my eye with a blogpost and in the picture she is wearing the heck out of some red lipstick. (Dont believe me? Check out her her google + ).
She is an incredible graphic designer who does some thought provoking work.
What do you celebrate about being a woman?
As shallow as it may sound, I celebrate our bodies. It is a fascinating phenomenon to me. I believe we posses the most beautiful art form in nature to call our own. Every inch of our bodies is deliberate and carved in such a way that we can give life, nurture and protect.
What do you wish other women knew?
That there is room for more of us at the top. The catty competitiveness that is often promoted within women (by both sexes) is not an example of human progress and definitely not attractive. We ought to inspire and uplift each other not pin ourselves against one another. The beauty that comes from being in a female friendship is overwhelming and so much can be achieved through that realisation.
How do you express yourself creatively?
I blog! My blog is essentially my mental dumpsite. I track my musings and growth, both as a person and as a Graphic Designer. I also write poems and short stories which I store in a little pocket notebook.
What do you believe is your calling and what are you doing about it?
I really want to serve through my writing. My biggest inspirations come from books I have read. Nothing speaks to me more than when someone decidedly puts pen to paper to fabricate a story that is compelling and beautiful. I have discovered so much of myself just by listening to poets like Alysia Harris or reading books like ‘The Blacker The Berry’ by Wallace Thurman. This is what I want to do. I want the stories that I write to have that one person find their history in my poems and short stories. I haven’t yet shared the writer side of me, but I have lots of stories that I’m currently typesetting and working on getting published, if even for my own peace of mind.
How do you celebrate where you come from?
My family and I have always moved from country to country. I’ve lived in Ghana (Kumasi), Holland (Rotterdam, Schiedam, Den Haag), England (Liverpool, Reading, London) and I’ve been to Portugal, Germany, Switzerland and lots more places. So it is then a little more difficult to define where I’m actually from, therefore a bit more challenging to celebrate one place. Instead, I celebrate all the cultures I have had the pleasure to be a part of. The languages I speak as a result of moving, is a direct celebration of all these places. Plus, I think that the world is so much bigger and more fulfilling than one postcode/zipcode!
What do you consider to be the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome?
Obstacles are never ending. So I’m going to say that the biggest obstacle I’ve overcome this year has been letting go jealousy. As far back as I can remember, I’ve always had this mindset of wanting to know what it mine and mine only. But recently, I’ve come to a realisation that I don’t own or deserve anything in this world. Everything is by complete grace. The only valuable thing to me is God’s eternal love, that is the hope I can claim as my own. It hurts to let hurt go, but ultimately we take nothing in this life with us when we pass.
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