Javacia Harris Bowser is the founder and editor of See Jane Write which is her online space that not only showcases her work, but is also a network and community of talented writers. She has written for publications that include USA Today, Birmingham Magazine, and a weekly column for B-Metro Magazine. A teacher by day and night really as her work helps women blossom through their writing, Bowser is a booming voice among creatives in the South. (Her crew practically filled our morning session at Be Blogalicious, so I know she is offering something special.)
The Chief Creative Officer of Creative Smart Girl, Nia helps women navigate the space of chasing their dreams while doing it with the utmost style and grace. A fashion blogger, content creator and event curator, Nia has taken all of her lessons in business and molded them into a dynamic online space that is Creative Smart Girl and a poppin’ Twitter chat under the same moniker. Her work aids both the full time entrepreneur and the side hustler that is working to make it all make sense while balancing a 9 to 5. Her story is one of perseverance and finding your divine purpose even through the curveballs like sometimes throws our way.
Nneka Okona is a phenomenal writer and world traveler that shares her personal thoughts, travel adventures, and much more through her own internet space Afros Y Paellas as well as thoughtful freelance essays in major publications. Her writing has been featured in Ebony, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and much more. Her work is reflective, thoughtful, engaging, and truly written with and from the heart. She also coaches writers with her Heartist Writing Sessions which encourage writers to “write from the hidden parts of themselves.” Always reminding us to write from the deepest places, Onoka is a breath of fresh air in a time when so much feels related to follower counts and likes.
Welcome back to Growing Into Grace! Thus far, we have had some amazing guests share the things they know for sure, and how those life lessons have helped them grow into grace. We're down to the last stretch and there are only two more features before the series ends; I know, I'm somewhat sad too. However, I'm glad I chose to bring the series back, and I'm grateful to all the women who chose to participate. I'm a firm believer in the notion that we are all interconnected; that somehow my purpose will ignite your purpose, which will eventually ignite hers, and so on and so forth. That ultimately we're all working together for some larger purpose, something that is much bigger than us. Our next guest touches on this idea of greater purposes, and trusting the process of that purpose; I'm sure you'll enjoy it just as much as you've enjoyed the others. Feel free to comment and share!
Welcome to the second week of Growing Into Grace! I hope that you are enjoying this series and that you can appreciate all the insight being shared. It is also my hope that these features encourage you to reflect and think on some of the things you know for sure. No need to limit it to just 5, nor do you have to be asked to submit them to a blog. But do it because it is your right to decide for yourself the things you know to be true. Our next feature emphasizes this idea of doing and being simply because you can. Be sure to comment or share anything that resonates with you!
It's March and that means it's Women's History Month and the Growing Into Grace series is back! Last year, I asked 8 phenomenal women about the 5 Things They Knew For Sure and it was an amazing amount of wisdom that came through the interwebs on that one! This time around, in addition to brand new women that will be featured throughout the month, I have also created a brand new opt-in for the For Dreamers Only newsletter! The Growing into Grace Devotional!
I had to laugh when at When Pens Collide, I said to Yetti of Yetti Says that I was looking forward to my thirties and she replied, “Why do people keep saying that?” It was hilarious. Like who is really looking forward to their thirties right? Well, maybe I am a freak of nature but I am. Don’t get me wrong, being young and bright and all that good stuff has been amazing! I’ve learned a lot, been through some ish and have come out a pretty awesome woman if I do say so myself. But like every good book, there is just as much of a great story left to be told in the next chapter of this life.
Next up in the Growing Into Grace series is Ivy Cooper. I began following her movement through a collaboration that we were both a part of. I love that her message is all about loving ourselves even as we work to become our best selves in health and wellness.
Ivy is a certified Holistic Health Coach and Body Image Expert. Her commitment to teach men and women how to have a loving relationship with their bodies is inspiring! She helps her clients develop personalized lifestyle plans that will help them develop wellness habits without body shaming. Also a co-host of Chat, Chew, & You, Ivy spreads her message in a variety of ways!