G.I.G. – LET’S HEAL
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND AT LEAST 1 G.I.G. EVENT
1 – SELF CARE/LOVE
As Valaencia speaks into existence often, this event was centered around the concept of loving each other, as well as oneself. Taking time to pamper yourself and recharge, both mentally and physically, is just as important as taking care of your loved ones. As women, we oftentimes put our children, job, husband, etc. before ourselves, and end up an empty vessel at the end of the day. That is not the business, and essentially, we’ve got to do better. In order to love others wholly, we must first love ourselves.
2 – SEXUAL EMPOWERMENT
Eliza, a relationship & sex therapist from Melanin & Mental Health – spoke about what it means to be a sexual being, healing from sexual/emotional trauma, and how to be comfortable with your sexuality. There were so many things I took from her session, but one main point that stuck with me was this. Growing up we are taught to be “sorry,” have shame and or ignore our sexuality. Once married, there’s an unspoken expectancy to miraculously know our bodies, and understand our place during intimacy. The messaging (or lack thereof) is confusing – contradictory even. It lacks depth and insight, leaving us at a disadvantage. We must begin to empower our daughters with these conversations, and share this wisdom early on. I don’t want to be the ‘everything is taboo’ mom. My daughters will be equipped with the proper knowledge to navigate through life.
3 – POWER OF POSITIONING
Seneca Dunmore outdid us all with her personal story. She is a motivational and transformational speaker who uses her personal, near death experience, to uplift others. In her account, she warns to be aware of criticizing the turbulence in your journey. Struggle isn’t always a sign of punishment, it may be the power of positioning yourself for greater things. Allah/God takes you through trials because He is preparing and positioning you for your next climb. Now let that sink in…
4 HOURS OF HEALING
After the intimate discussions, we had massages with Courtney of Rainy Day Spa, and Tausha of WWAM Mobile Massage. Ultimately ending the night in an hour-long yoga session with two dope Yogi’s. Alicia of Afro Yoga, and Leticia. I am still full of good vibes from this experience. Each time I see a picture of G.I.G. – Let’s Heal, I mentally relive the moments. Every hour brought a new feeling, perspective, or emotion. And all 4 were nothing short of empowerment and inspiration.
We laughed, listened, learned, shared, relaxed, and rejuvenated. It was a day to remember, and I’m ever thankful.