• MJ Fievre

Be Unwavering. Be Relentless. Be Badass.

What Have You Done Well in the Past?

“There have been so many people who have said to me, ‘You can’t do that,’ but I’ve had an innate belief that they were wrong. Be unwavering and relentless in your approach.”

Halle Berry, American actress


Dear Badass Black Girl,


Go back in time. Give yourself two or three hours. Bring out everything and anything that will help you travel back to the past: old calendars and diaries, photo albums, letters, cards, souvenirs… (You should probably also take out your phone to explore some of your social media shares, but remember to stay focused.) Relax, and look for moments in your life when you have felt a strong positive emotion—pride, joy, satisfaction—after making something verbally, artistically, intellectually, with your hands or physically, that you know (or feel) was the expression of your deep being.


You produced it effortlessly, and it gave you great pleasure.


List these different moments, and find a common denominator: I animated a group, I prepared a meal, I listened and advised a friend, etc. Create a Pinterest board, and pin images that symbolize these successful moments. Create another board with skills that are meaningful to you but still need to be sharpened. Commit to work on these skills regularly in order to fully develop your talent.


Kenbe,

MJ


TODAY'S AFFIRMATION: I am amazing. There is no one better to be than who I am right this minute—and I can become who I want to be. Because I am complete, I enrich the lives of my family and friends just by being myself. I am capable of greatness.


“I always believed that when you follow your heart or your gut, when you really follow the things that feel great to you, you can never lose, because settling is the worst feeling in the world.”

Rihanna, Barbadian singer, businesswoman, fashion designer, actress, and philanthropist


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Excerpt from Badass Black Girl: Quotes, Questions, and Affirmations for Teens



Publishers Weekly Select Title for Young Readers ─ A Daily Dose of Inspiration for Badass Black Girls


Explore the many facets of your identity through hundreds of big and small questions. MJ Fievre tackles topics such as family and friends, school and careers, body image, and stereotypes in this journal designed for teenage girls. By reflecting on these topics, readers confront the issues that can hold them back from living their lives.



Embrace authenticity and celebrate who you are. Finding the courage to live as you are is not easy, so here’s a journal designed to help readers nurture their creativity, self-motivation, and positive self-awareness. This journal celebrates girl power and honors the strength and spirit of black girls.

Change the way you view the world. This journal provides words of encouragement that seek not just to inspire, but to ignite discussion and debate about the world. Girls, especially, are growing up in a world that tries to tell them how to look and act. MJ Fievre encourages readers to fight the flow and determine for themselves who they want to be.


Reading Badass Black Girl: Quotes, Questions, and Affirmations for Teens will help you:

  • Build and boost your self-esteem with powerful affirmations.

  • Learn more about yourself through intensive and insightful journaling.

  • Resist the mold that outside opinions have put into place, and become comfortable and confident in embracing your authentic self.

© 2019 by MJ Fievre