• MJ Fievre

Girl, stop! Be your own person.

“Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.”

Lorraine Hansberry, Black American playwright and writer


Dear Badass Black Girl,


Yesterday, I shared three no-fail ways to find out what you’re awesome at. They involved asking yourself the following questions:

What are you doing well today?

What have you done well in the past?

What positive feedback do you get all the time?


Through these steps, you can identify what has worked in the past and what you have going for you right now. Based on these successes, you will be more specific about your goals. Of course, nothing is set in stone—circumstances evolve, and people change. But it’s a good place to start and gain some insight and peace about the direction you’d like to focus on.


Know also that answering these questions is not always easy, and you might come face-to-face with your own trouble spots and weaknesses. You need to resist the temptation to look at yourself too closely through the lens of other people’s strengths. Maybe your friend, Celeste, is carefree and funny. She is liberated. Unlike you—so plain, so boring. You’re anything but plain or boring. You’re just not Celeste.


Girl, stop! Be your own person.


The key is to move forward, and this three-step evaluation helps you do just that.


Kenbe (Be strong),

MJ





*Excerpt 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