"Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it." -B.C
After receiving my DNF in Utah, coming back to racing the marathon has been a slow process. Initially, you have to let your body heal and slowly rebuild after enduring not only the repercussions of the race but the months of prep required up to race day.
But my body healed long before my mind and heart did.
I had to take time to not only grieve what I felt I had lost in not achieving my goals but also learn to look at my DNF as something I am not shameful of. And even still, I have been scared of returning. Doubtful of my own capabilities and fearful of working so hard to yet again not see the results I’m yearning for.
Those fears, doubts and insecurities are still there. I’m just CHOOSING to not let them dictate what I know I can do 🏃🏻♀️👟 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
#vermontcitymarathon#runburlington#springmarathon #2019 #marathontraining#racingseason#heartbreakersrun#runnersofinstagram#runlife#thereturn#dontcallitacomeback
Soooo, yesterday my husband @officialmichaeljai was enstooled (crowned) a king of Akwamu in Ghana. He is now a Ohene (King) with the title of Nana Akoto lll, Odopon “The Tree With Strong Roots That Does Not Fear The Storm”. This was completely unexpected. It’s a pretty big deal and a true honor for him!! It’s all over the news out here!
By being his wife, I have become a Ohemaa (Queen) Queen Mother or Oheneyere (Chief’s Wife). We are technically African royalty now! It’s fitting because we both had our DNA tests done and both of our African ancestry is West African/Ghanaian. I told my husband we need to get someone to start throwing rose petals at our feet as we walk like in Coming To America!!! (BIG THANKS to our brother @boriskodjoe for capturing this footage because he’s tall and had a way better angle than me! ) SWIPE for full video! 😂🤴🏾👸🏽👑🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭👑 #yearofthereturn#TheReturn#FullCircleFestival#ReturningToOurRoots#Ghana#Africa#Akwamu#King#Chief#MichaelJaiWhite#QueenMother#GillianWhite#Honor#Tradition#Ohene#ohemaa
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Here are my #topnine for the year of 2018. What can i say! I do this for the #RATTPACK!!! This year has been nothing short of extraordinary!!!! Where do i even begin?!! So many blessings and opportunities have knocked on my door. From Publishing the Everybody comic book, Being hit up by one of my biggest influences @samspratt to tell me he rocks with my art! to working with the talented @jordanboharris on HOPELESS88, Making an album cover for @russellislovely , to even my brother @damianlhudson taking me under his wing to be his official artist, and help @teamelysium ROCK it!!! (CANT WAIT TO REVEAL ALL WEVE BEEN WORKING ON!!) And lets not forget all the fire me and the immensely talented @vlimpse have been cookin behind the scenes. And the thousands of fans amassed this year, that have helped me make art FULLTIME!!! To one of the best memories this year, hanging with @sermonsdomain and @blumspew at comic con! Shit i even shared a table at Comic con with my brothers @midliftre101@alexgallimore2 and @anand_ramcheron ! Cant forget @logic selling out MSG!! You guys have made this year truly amazing. And to all the fans, You guys have helped my dreams come true!! And i CANT thank you enough! I frikken love you guys! So many of y’all constantly show me love and support, and none of this would be possible without yall!! Yall know who you are!! Thank you so much for putting food on my plate, for reposting, tagging, and spreading the word about my work. I can’t thank you all enough. AND ITS ONLY THE BEGINNING!!!! Cant wait to reveal EVERYTHING that is in store for 2019. I am JUMPING out of my seat with excitement!!! WE HAVE SOME HUGEE things coming! Happy holidays from me to you. and as always MUCH LOVE!!!