I have some very exciting news that I can finally share! I've been holding it in for months!
The short answer(opposed to the long answer I provided via my 4 part IG post series, lol! But if you're interested, you can check that out - I'm "leahcb1" over in IG Land!) is that Simon & Schuster is coming out with an amazing, powerful new book this next September called "The Awakened Woman: Remembering & Reigniting Our Sacred Dreams." It's written by a larger than life woman and leader, Tererai Trent, that I am blessed to know and call my friend.
The other exciting bit is that I am in the book!
Tererai asked, almost a year ago now, if I would be willing to share some of my story about pursuing my sacred dream of becoming an artist. Of course I said yes - being in a book that exists to inspire and empower women to follow their own sacred dreams is a wild, beautiful dream come true, all on its own!
You can read more about the book and pre-order (which I highly recommend you do, of course!!!! :) <3 ) here on Amazon:
I also wanted to share here a little excerpt from the Amazon summary:
"Through one incredible woman’s journey from a child bride in a small Zimbabwe village to one of the world’s most recognizable voices in women’s empowerment and education, this manifesto inspires women to pursue their sacred dreams through nine essential lessons brought forth from ancient African wisdom.
Before Tererai Trent landed on Oprah’s stage as her “favorite guest of all time,” she was a woman with a forgotten dream. As a young girl in a cattle-herding village in Zimbabwe, she dreamed of receiving an education but instead was married off to an abusive husband when she was only eleven years old. When she was eighteen, and already a mother of three, she encountered a visiting American woman who assured her that anything was possible, reawakening her sacred dream. Tererai planted her dreams deep in the earth and prayed they would grow. They did, and now not only has she earned her PhD but she has also built schools for girls in Zimbabwe, with funding from Oprah. The Awakened Woman: Remembering & Reigniting Our Sacred Dreams is her accessible, intimate, and evocative guide that teaches nine essential lessons to encourage all women to reexamine their dreams and uncover the power hidden within them—power that can recreate our world for the better.
Tererai points out that there is a massive, untapped, global resource in women who have, for one reason or another, set aside their wisdom, their skills, and their dreams in order to take care of the personal business of their lives. Not only is this a type of invisible suffering experienced by countless women, this rich resource is our secret weapon for improving our world. Women have the capacity to inspire, to create, to transform and Tererai’s call to action will awaken hearts, give permission to recapture dreams, and provide the tools to forge a brighter path—for all. This is the movement of Sacred Sisters."
I hope you buy the book - if you do, I know you'll love it. And no matter what, I hope you do follow those sacred dreams! Tinogona!!!