By Chelcee Johns. Graphic by Deun Ivory.
“When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.” — Maya Angelou
When endeavoring to a create a space for women of color to breathe easy, making sense of ourselves in the world is one way we do that. It’s a seminal and shall I say enjoyable, rigorous process in learning to be well women — to fully see and engage ourselves. And, we agree with Mama Angelou that books are a reverential tool in that process. Both literature and other genres help us remember we are not alone, that our strive for succeeding internally as well as externally is not in vain. It’s one reason we’re so excited to announce Black Girl In Om is kicking off our first ever BGIO Book Club October 1, 2017 with celebrity wellness and lifestyle guru Latham Thomas’ new book Own Your Glow: A Soulful Guide for Luminous Living and Crowning the Queen Within!
In our first book club choice, Latham Thomas resuscitates the feminine power in each of us. Today, it’s so easy to be on auto-pilot, but Latham lovingly moves us out of it. Own Your Glow is packed with rituals, meditations, and snackable lifestyle tips, as the wellness maven provides a clear framework for harnessing our passion, developing spiritual fitness, and embracing true vulnerability. This guide not only helps our personal lives transform, but ushers us to create positive change in our world. Combining spiritual, psychological and self-reflective tools, Latham offers an antidote to the hustle-hard, make-it-happen mainstream culture and fosters slowing down, intentionality and self-care as a pathway to empowerment.
From the playful pause to prioritizing with passion Latham is the sister that gently nudges us all to our brightest glow. Some of your favorites such as Luvvie Ajayi, Rebecca Walker, Lisa Price, June Ambrose and Mara Brok Akil to name a few agree that Own Your Glow is a transformational read!
Throughout the month of October, we’ll be reading with you and our tribe, sharing insights and discussions across social media, in conversation with Latham on the BGIO podcast and online publication ... as well as looking to publish your reflections as well!
Ready to join? You can pre-order Own Your Glow here to get ready for our October kickoff. Stayed tuned as we release our reading schedule and digital engagements next week. Sign-up by e-mailing us at email@example.com with the subject line "I'm ready to own my glow!", your name, and what city you're joining from, to let us know you’ll be joining and you'll soon receive a free Own Your Glow Digital Workbook.
Tweet your excitement and spread the word with us! We can’t wait to glow with you — together, we will further gain a sense of ourselves in the world.
Chelcee Johns is a digital nomad, Detroit native, editor/content strategist and word & world-loving soul. She is based between Harlem and Detroit, and recently called Bali home for a year. Her passion for the power of the written word & highlighting often policed narratives has led her to work in publishing for the past 7 years with organizations such as Moguldom Media Group, Serendipity Literary Agency, the New York Times and writing for the likes of Ebony. In a rupturing political climate and blooming social change, BGIO is the place Chelc is able to create a community of safe space in our collective stories as Publication Editor. She is empowered by the (inner)work! With that said, her self-care go to is journaling, prayer and meditation.