I was having a conversation with my Therapist about gratitude and how I managed to express it while being laid off for almost four months in 2019. So many people wondered how I stayed so grounded, and as I’m sharing this with her, I realized that the one thing that didn’t change as I moved through that season was checking in with myself regularly.
In all of the disarray, I created the time and space to be alone – no job applications, no projects – just me, my thoughts, and. my. journal.
Journaling changed the game for me. 📝
There’s so much pressure to write the “right” thing. So much pressure to make something else as perfect as it seemingly should be because the internet said so.
The day I was laid off, I bought a journal with no prompts. Just clean pages.
There was so much going on in my head. So many what ifs. I knew if I didn’t find a way to release it, I was going to lose it. So, I opened the journal and just started.
Hands down, one of the best decisions I’ve made.
I just started writing out lists, a few paragraphs, I doodled a little, I wrote letters to my ancestors, I affirmed myself. I just wrote what felt right at the time, no pressure.
Releasing in this way allowed me to de-clutter my mind and welcome so much clarity. I saw things for what they were and remembered that rain doesn’t last always. ☀️
2020 hasn’t been the smoothest ride and I wanted to provide people with the same resources that got me through one of the most frustrating times in my life.
Remember, there is always a silver lining. For those just taking it one day at a time. Available now. ✨
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On the surface, Cristelle Brown is an accomplished public sector professional with over five years of experience in nonprofit program management. She earned a B.A. in Political Science and Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, and an M.A. in Nonprofit Management from Adler University in Chicago, IL.
Currently based in Washington, D.C., she has developed a passion for serving the disenfranchised and being an advocate for systemic change. She wants to use her untiring commitment and drive to bring more dignity and autonomy to underserved communities.
More than her role as a Program Manager, she is also a daughter, sister, and friend. Her opinions are highly valued, her community trusts and respects her judgments.
Often sought in times of uncertainty, Cristelle reminds those that she loves to look at both sides of every circumstance, and encourages them to remember that there is beauty in every disaster. There is always a silver lining.