2020 was a year that definitely shook things up. It was a yin/yang balancing act of experiences that will leave an indelible mark on us all. A pandemic that stopped the world and cleared away anything in its path. We’ll be trying to figure out our new normal for quite some time. Just when you think you’re in the clear from any sudden changes, here comes life staring you in the face like Odell Beckham and Diddy. And baby! Listen: “Stay ready so you don’t have to get ready” is the mantra.
You might be wondering, “How can I stay ready for something I can’t even anticipate?”
Great question. I’ve experienced quite a lot of highs this year that remind me to stay on the gratitude train even when I’m feeling low. In January I took a leap of faith and moved across the country, leaving the bustling concrete jungles of NYC for calmer plains in the Bay Area of California. For the first time in my adult life I moved to a place without any attachment to something that specifically drew me there. I’ve lived in the DMV for college, NYC for graduate school, but California called out to me on a soul level. Once I knew this was the next stop, I put my foot on the internal gas and didn’t let up until my manifestations brought me here. I let the Universe know that my sights were set on California and before I knew it, time had flown by and here I am.
So I moved here, received an offer for a role with a great nonprofit, lived my best life in Oakland in Airbnbs, albeit with passive aggressive hosts (who knew locking electronic thermostats and leaving post-it notes to not increase the temperature was the way to tell someone the electric bill gets too high here and they can’t afford it), found my first apartment then BOOM: Rona shut things down. I temporarily moved in with my now ex-boyfriend and his family before I could move into my apartment. I learned what it’s really like to work from home all day. Every day. I met with friends for fun outside and tried to find that new normal. Scorpio season gets underway and if you know the moon and the stars, then you know that death and rebirth is the key theme. I got hit with sudden news that shook my core: my nonprofit was terminating my role because of funding.
Now, this news caught me completely off guard and a flood of worry came over me. Finances being at the forefront of my mind. But when the initial shock wore off, I realized that the Universe sent me a gateway to a fresh start. Clean slate. Endless possibilities. My job ended and I was set up for success. It was up to me to decide what I wanted to do. The biggest calling I’ve felt during this transition period is to rest and relax. I have been soaking up my chill time and basking in the sun of freedom. I’ve also been taking time to think intentionally about my passion pursuits and what I want to do next. What does Nasira like to work on? What values matter most to me in an organization? How can I incorporate my passions into work? Is now a good time to start my own business? This “loss” wasn’t a loss at all, but a redirection. A shot at pursuing what calls out to me. I am a master manifestor who loves all things witchy, energy, healthy eating, healing from the inside out. I’m taking my cup of lemon juice to the head and showing gratitude for its alkalizing benefits.
Nasira is a writer and social impact specialist with a passion for connecting people to resources to best suit their needs. She is a crystal-wearing, candle burning, avid traveler and foodie living her best life in the Bay Area of California. She is a public health advocate and writer who is passionate about Black women's health, social justice, community engagement, exercising, naturopathic health, and spiritual wellness to name a few. In her spare time, Nasira enjoys cooking at home, listening to a good podcast, meditating, stanning for Beyoncé, reading, practicing yoga, going on adventures, shopping, connecting with friends and family, traveling the world, and tapping into her spirituality. Nasira is a traveling soul who enjoys having new life-changing experiences and gaining a different perspective from other cultures. You can follow her budding writing journey online here: