Towards the end of 2019, I embarked on writing a book. I wrote the book because the more pop ups we did as a team, the more we answered the same questions across the US.
I have lived in America for almost seventeen years, yet I am answering the same questions as when I first arrived here as a teenager in the early 2000s.
I am aware that I have a unique role to play in regards to disseminating information and sharing global perspectives and marginalized experiences (voices), but the lack of global awareness or global connectedness in the US worries me. The first chapter in the book discusses this very issue.
I paused the book publication though. I had an editor and small business publishing house in place and then something dawned on me. I became concerned with usefulness.
I started considering the usefulness of this published piece. Would everyone have access to it that might need to read it if I released what I had to share as a book? Poverty and lack of access to resources (and information) are two factors that have often come up when I have been invited as a guest speaker. This is especially true when it comes to certain school districts.
The other issue is, to me, books have a tendency to "get stuck". It might be my training in broadcast production and international studies, but I need fluidity. Information has to be fluid given the world we currently live in. Things change in a heartbeat. I am grateful for technology because it allows for that fluidity to exist.
So given that we have this platform and we will use it as a living book. The chapters that would have made up the books will be shared here.
We will add our merchandise to most of what we post because we need to sell in order to continue empowering, but... it is here where we will pour (creatively and otherwise). It is here where we will share. It is here where we will reflect, heal, grow and become.
About Our First Piece
She. Is. Salve. is the first piece I wrote about someone I love by blood and by choice. Their is an audio recording as well that isn't perfect but that I love and have decided to put up anyhow. Let us learn to cherish ourselves as we are and as we transform and continue to become (basically, forgive your mistakes).
The music in the background is from another treasure we bumped into on social media (Instagram). Marul identifies Canada, Turkey and Algeria as part of his earthly story. When he's not busy being a doctor and saving lives, he makes music. Follow him, enjoy his musical vibes, leave lots of comments and tag a few friends to his posts. Connect with the world through him and his gifts.
The image of the woman in this blog is the creative genius of Jasvir. We interviewed her a few weeks ago. Contact her if interested in purchasing any of her work. Send the same kind of love you send to Marul to her. Connect with the world through Jasvir as well.
Special thanks to the clients, friends, former interns and fellow businesswomen who are featured either through their work or in person in this piece. We appreciate you.
Also, if you dig the pieces we added to this blog post, help us tell a friend because that is how small businesses (social enterprises/ non profits) retain their pulse and presence.
We love you
E. A. Wasonga and The LHo Team (Mugeto)