This time last year, I wrote about how I aimed to be a better person professionally and personally. For the most part, I’ve shown some real growth in both areas. However, the effort to become better doesn’t end at the stroke of midnight. Like dancing and meditation, it’s now a part of my DNA.
So what should I talk about during this first week of the new year? Well, the amazing Maddie Grant issued a challenge to blog about the topic How are you going to change the world in 2012? A large task indeed. I mean I’m a small spoke in a very large wheel. What can I possibly do to change the world? After giving it some thought, I came up with two rather simple goals.
1. Increase the number of voices that are rarely heard in the association blogosphere. In the 17+ months this blog has been in existence, I’ve learned just how rare it is to see someone who looked like me or do what I do as a regular blogger in the association community. I want to change that. If I can influence one new voice in this area, I’ve accomplished my goal.
2. Kick assumptions and stereotypes in the ass. From Presidential candidates, to hip-hop artists, to the media, I have been pegged as angry, obese, uneducated, over sexed, lonely, and ugly. In 2012, I’m going to shock, surprise, and outrage those who uphold these stereotypes of black women. I’m going to challenge what others think I should be reading or listening to or even who I should date. I’m going to make it downright impossible to place me in a specific box.
Obviously, these goals may not be as simple as I made them out to be. However, I love a good challenge.