We Need to Talk…[A Solo Episode With Yolanda]
As you know, the weekend of May 20th-22nd, 2022 was supposed to be the Parenting Decolonized Conference, but I decided to postpone the conference and reschedule it for September 23rd-25th, 2022.
The reason behind the postponement is that I’ve been feeling a lot of anxiety and my mental health was suffering as I was trying to organize and market this conference.
To be clear, Parenting Decolonized is run by only one person… me, Yolanda Williams. Even though I receive help here and there, most of what you see is created and orchestrated by me. I haven’t had the motivation or the energy to overcome these feelings and I haven’t had a significant break from working on Parenting Decolonized in the last three years. I’m finding that it’s becoming harder and harder for me to be creative and to be the entrepreneur I want to be.
It’s beyond burnout. Honestly, I’m feeling beat down from these oppressive systems and as I was planning this conference, I was feeling dreadful. I truly don’t have the mental and emotional capacity to coordinate this conference with joy like I want to.
Sometimes, we need to give ourselves permission (or even go get “permission” from a loved one – shoutout Domari Dickinson!) to do the thing we know we need to do. For me, that was postponing the conference.
After I sent out the announcement to your inboxes, the outpouring of love and support from y’all has been amazing and I truly appreciate it. I was initially afraid of the reaction I would get, but y’all reaffirmed that this is a beautiful community who cares about me. And I care about you, too!
So, what does this mean for the Parenting Decolonized Podcast? I’m going to be taking a few months off this summer in order to slow down, rest, recharge, be more present, find my way back to myself, and execute this conference in the most optimized, joyful way.
Let this be a reminder that you don’t always have to give into the frenzy and hustle of life. Chasing money will never make us liberated.
You can slow down and take a break.
I hope to see you at the Parenting Decolonized Conference on September 23rd-25th, 2022!
Pause. Seek rest. Choose joy.
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