Letter to My Young Sister (Blog #1 of our guest blog series)
By Keisa “The Natural Hair Diva” Sharpe
Hi. My name is Keisa Sharpe and I will be sharing some encouraging words with you over the coming weeks. I work as a media relations specialist and spokesperson for a corporation by day, and also as a natural hair blogger, speaker and founder of the non-profit “I Love My Own Hair.” This group encourages you to love your own God-given hair strands!
I only have one adopted sister, but it’s funny because I’ve taken on a personal mission to help inspire and motivate other young women to be all they can be in this life. I’m very transparent about my successes and failures, and I continually pray that God uses me to help other people. If I had to sum up some keys for your personal victory, it would look like this:
- Develop a strong relationship with God. He is the only one who can help you win in this life and give you sound guidance to keep you from falling. Will you miss it sometimes? Absolutely. But just know He’s waiting on you to help you recover at every turn.
- Accept all of your unique traits and don’t strive to be a carbon copy of anyone else. Your uniqueness is what makes you the person you are, and there isn’t anyone else on this earth like you, so learn to love and respect yourself first, and (trust me on this one) everything else will fall in place.
- Learn to prioritize. Do what’s important first… your homework, chores and other vital items in your household and school. Sure, you can expect to play, but recognize this has its place. This order makes for a happy home life and peaceful school days.
- Respect authority, and that includes your parents, teachers and other trusted adults. My heart is saddened at times when I see a lack of reverence for adults by young people. I truly believe that special things await those who respect their elders.
- Finally, have fun! Enjoy this time in your life, with all of its many changes and discoveries. I know too many young people who want to be adults before their time. That’s coming soon enough ladies. Just know that every stage you go through, no matter how uncomfortable or awkward, prepares you for what’s next in life.