My name is Michelle Camilla Jackson. I am the product of both the harsh lessons and gentle pats on my back that life has given me. I am home to love and light. But according to everyone else, I am a 21 year old Psychology and French major. Last born daughter to a superhero dad and an angel mum. I am black and I am proud.

To be outspoken to me means understanding and appreciating who you are and where you come from. Regardless of what that may look like. Contrary to popular beliefs, being outspoken does not always look like raised fists and loud chants.

Being outspoken can be something as subtle as knowing your flaws and shortcomings and understanding you are a product of them but are not defined by them. Grabbing these experiences with both hands of gratitude and using them to nurture a growing version of yourself. Being outspoken is understanding your voice matters, and raising it in every sphere of your life.

One of my favourites quotes is by a brilliant woman of colour, Rupi Kaur- “ What is the greatest lesson a woman should learn?

That since day one she’s already had everything she needs within her. It’s the world that convinced her she did not.”

One of the most vital mantras to speak over yourself every day is that “ I am enough.” It is of the utmost importance that women begin to look at themselves as a whole, possessing everything and lacking nothing! Realize that everything that you require is already within you. Encourage yourself. Water yourself. Rid yourself of anything or anyone that does not benefit your growth. Love yourself so fiercely and so passionately that you weed the desire to receive it from someone else.

You are enough!
You are powerful.
In every sense of the word!
So sis, go forth and dominate.