Monday, January 17, 2022

MLK Day 2022

This post is a throwback from my 2019 MLK Day essay and still rings true for today in 2022.

MLK Day 2019

Every year I have felt called to write a blog post about MLK Day. For me, it hits home as a holiday that needs to be celebrated! I am a black woman and for me to be able to freely and creatively express myself my ancestors had to endure so much injustice! For me to receive amazing education and the opportunities that I have my ancestors had to protest and believe that their sacrifices were worth it! 

Martin Luther King Jr. was an outspoken and dynamic speaker that urged people to see that the culture of his time was completely okay with the subpar treatment of African Americans. His I Have a Dream Speech was spoken in D.C on 8/28/1963 to almost 250,000 people! 250,000 people heard his "I Have A Dream Speech" 

How hard did he have to work to get to that platform to deliver that speech??

How many days in jail did he accumulate before he was able to deliver this speech?

There was so much fight in this amazing man that impacted millions of people! His speech was given 50 years ago but it is still relevant and impactful today!!
If that is not IMPACTFUL I don't know what is!
In honor of MLK Day, I have shared 2 of my favorite quotes by Dr. King as they are a guiding light for me as I live and work day today!!

1. "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter." Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


2. Life's most persistent and urgent question is What are you doing for others?

This question is so key for EVERYBODY! What are you doing today that can impact others for good?

Hope yall enjoyed today's post! It hits home for me and I encourage everyone to not be quiet about any injustices they may see around them as change has to HAS to start with you!!

Til next time,

Peace & Love,
Karen Beatty-Martinez

Thursday, January 6, 2022

#Live in The Fear Anyway

This quote represents one of my mantras for the year! 

Today I took a massive step outside my comfort zone and gave my first full speech at Toastmasters. It was by far one of the biggest steps I've taken and one I was very anxious about.

The crazy thing is I taught in a learning seminar last year with over 50 people in the room and I still had a nightmare about today's speech. 

It's so eye-opening when you realize where your fears are! Once you find them I feel like it's so important not to run away from them but to hang out in the turmoil and uncomfortableness of it all. 
Because if we are being honest we usually don't stay in that uncomfortable state for long. 

But when we are in that uncomfortable state that's when we truly find out who we are and how far we have come and what we need to work on.
Today was definitely not an A+ Plus Day in regards to the execution of my speech but the clarity in purpose that I achieved was a total gift and one that I will never ever forget!

🥂Cheers to hanging outside my comfort zone for the year and acknowledging my fears and doing them anyway!🥂

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