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ThrowbackThursday TransparencyThursday

Updated: Feb 26, 2021

It’s #ThrowbackThursday and #TransparencyThursday for me. This is one of my favorite pictures of myself taken by the amazing Lo Messam of Dynamic Duo photography. My face was beat to the Gods by Brittany Ingram and my outfit was custom made by Soila Konchellah! It’s such a beautiful picture taken at one of the most broken points in my life. I spent days leading up to this shoot filled with tears...questioning my existence and so many other things. Many may look at this picture and see beauty but I look at this picture and I see perseverance. I see a woman who was determined to overcome every obstacle and hurdle life was throwing at her during that time. I see a Dope Black Woman adjusting her crown for what felt like the thousandth time. I see a woman who had love to give in abundance but was unsure if the world was truly ready to receive her love. Lastly, I see me...MichelleRena...flaws and all and I love her.

I love this woman so much more today than I did back then. Every flawed piece of her is beautiful to me. And trust me, it is so much deeper than external beauty. The scars you can’t see are finally healing. The war wounds that she has are finally closing. I am so grateful for her journey. I am so thankful for her growth. I am so honored to share her space and call her name. I am so happy I stepped out my comfort zone and found a therapist to help me tackle the things that were plaguing my mind.

I share this to say whatever you may be going through right now is only seasonal. This too shall pass! Adjust your crown, love on yourself....I REPEAT 🗣🗣🗣👏🏽LOVE 👏🏽ON 👏🏽YOURSELF 👏🏽and do the work to heal and become whole. You’ve got this! 😘😘

I love you and I mean it!

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