I recently attended my first scrapbooking retreat. I didn't know any of the participants; other than the host and hostess. Needless to say when I told some of my acquaintances that I was going to East Tennessee to scrapbook with strangers. Of course it was assumed that there were not going to be any black women involved because "We" don't scrapbook. Of course that bothered me a little; but not enough to cause me not to want to go.
I started scrapbooking over 10 years ago when there appeared not to be an African American scrapbooker in site. But now we are everywhere and are major contributors in the market. Needless to say, I had a great time. Having written all of this, I encourage you to Get out! Get In! And get Acquainted!
|Scrap Till You Drop 11/28-30/2011|
Do you have any hobbies? Are you Crafty? Do you have a special Skill? Guess what there are others in this giant world that have some of the same things in common with you. I was told by my BFF that I'm not your average black girl. Of course, that did not offend me because I like people and I like to do different things; crafty things. I like for my children to do different things and meet different people. Why? Because there will be all kinds of people in heaven. We may as well start now. Not to mention; networking is key to the survival of our culture. And I don't mean the black culture either.
Get into a habit of meeting new people. Get in the habit of reading different magazines and eating at different restaurants. Get in your car and go shopping on the other side of town. No need to feel like security is watching you because you are different; in this recession, they are watching everybody. Get in the groove and take a Salsa or Ballroom dancing class. Get in to a book club or a facebook group that grows tomatoes or raises chickens...I know it sounds silly; but step out of the norm and make a new norm.
Get acquainted with the "other" parents at your child's school. The next time you walk in a room, sit next to some "other" people. Society already makes it hard for your to meet and mingle so you have to make the effort. Make an effort to get acquainted with people outside of your circle of friends. You will find that your life will be more fulfilled when you enlarge your circle.