Update

Hi guys!

I am actually a tad bit embarrassed 😬😅 as it has been 3+ weeks since my last post. It has just been a lot, to be honest. 

Do you ever have so much to do that you don’t know where to start? That’s partly what was going on, but also, the state of our nation (the United States) has been chaotic and left me with a heavy feeling in my heart. 

About two weeks ago, I had intended to write about the Black Lives Matter movement along with the unnecessary killing of black men, such as George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery, to name just two. However, I just didn’t have the words. I didn’t (and still don’t) know what I could say to make a difference or even encourage anyone. 

Being a black woman, racism and racial injustice is nothing new to me, but watching black men being murdered in the middle of the street in broad daylight was a shock, to say the least. It is scary. I am a daughter of a black man, a sister to black men, an aunty to black boys who will eventually become black men. I am a friend to black men and with all this going on, I worry and fear for these men in my life because nobody is exempt. 

Yes, I know the Bible says we should not be afraid (e.g., Isaiah 41:10, Psalms 56:3, John 14:27, 2 Timothy 1:17) yet I am troubled. But on the flip side, I have faith. I trust in God. I know that despite what things look like today, He is still in control and He has a perfect plan. That is all I am going to say about that situation because like I said, I don’t really have much else to encourage or motivate you with, which is the point of my blog in the first place. 

So, I wanted to explain why I have been MIA but also share some updates with you guys….

Social Media

I have deactivated my social media; I actually don’t really have any other form of social media aside from Instagram. This is not the first time I have done this. I was off social media for over a year, until about six months ago. I got back on at the end of 2019 when I started my blog. Why have I chosen to deactivate? I just need a break. I had not been on for about two months now anyway, for personal reasons, but now I have fully deactivated. I feel like I am truly a happier person when I am not on social media. I don’t know if it is because I am in my own secluded bubble, but for right now in my life, I enjoy it that way. It has really helped filter what I let in my mind, especially in regard to current events. I never miss it when I am gone; however, when I am not, it seems like it’s an addiction. 

Podcast

Remember when I told you that I had a podcast coming? Well, I lost the motivation for that after I bought my whole setup. But recently, the fire has been reignited!!! The podcast is about to take off. 

Earlier on, I said the podcast was just basically going to be a way for people to listen to my blog in case they are not able to take time out to read it. That idea has changed. 

You know I enjoy talking about relationships, love, marriage, etc., so I have decided to start a relationship podcast. As you may or may not know, I am currently not married; however, I desire to be married one day. In the meantime, I think God is wanting to use my singleness to help others. I am far from an expert at relationships or sinlessness, but I have experience, I love to learn and I know some people who are willing to share their experiences as well. 

You may be wondering what stirred all this up. I have been reading Michael Todd’s book Relationship Goals and I’m really enjoying the conversations that I’ve been having with my group of friends. I truly have been inspired by this book – read it if you have a chance! There is a study guide that comes along with it, too. 

I am working on not putting a lot of pressure on myself, so my goal is to have the first episode up within the next month. I am excited about my first guest and all the people I have lined up. I plan to have married couples, singles, dating couples and a wide array of guests with varying perspectives, so, stay tuned. 

Well, those are all the updates I have for you. How’s everyone doing now that self-isolation/quarantine is basically over in most states? I hope everyone is being careful out on the streets. 

Thanks for all the support that I receive; it means the world to me. Keep an eye out for the weekly posts coming your way! 

Till next time.

Love always, 

Shayo 

Published by Shayo

Navigating​ through life and sharing the journey with you all.

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