I put in my “10k hours” of practice towards my self-care, self-love, & personal development before anyone paid attention to me. When people wonder how am I able to “wear” the Trauma of what happened well, I’m reminded that God was already preparing me for years.
I pray even harder now -24/7, I fight everyday to maintain my sanity, I try to focus on what nourishes my spirit, and I hone my self-mastery. This experience has caused me a lot of emotional distress, hyper-awareness of everything, triggers, exhaustion, severe PTSD etc. But with God’s help: a supernatural determination to keep going, a disciplined mind, willpower & drive to be the Best Me, alignment with my higher-self — A supernatural strength (that surpasses my understanding 🙏🏾) & God’s favor on my life has been critical to my survival & recovery. I say this humbly: most people would not & cannot survive what I experienced. 😔
Somehow we are so desensitized and “programmed” that the trauma of experiencing national embarrassment, being thrusted into the “spotlight”, and having your humanity attacked doesn’t create a sense of urgency in our shared community. A sense of urgency to be better Humans for our present and future selves and to each other.
In this next chapter of my recovery, I look forward to transitioning from surviving to thriving. I don’t want the trendy “soft life”. I want to continue on my journey of living a purpose-driven life rooted in Authenticity. And I’m grateful to have an audience…And build a community of people eager to learn & grow with me. A community that wants to unlearn a fear-based pattern of thinking w/a lack mindset. A community that embraces the promise & power of faith-based intentional living.
My life is not an aesthetic. My recovery is not an aesthetic. My trauma is not an aesthetic. My lived experience is NOT an aesthetic. I don’t want the trendy “soft life”. I want to continue on my journey of living a purpose-driven life rooted in Authenticity. -Latoya Leslie 🖤🙏🏾