THE FUTURE IS ~ WHATEVER WE COLLECTIVELY DECIDE IT WILL BE .....let's come together and celebrate the woman in this picture Barbara @tinyandbrave , who has so much integrity, dedication, resilience , heart and dance moves .... as a single mama, woman of color, student midwife she is getting sh*t done on the daily and working so hard there's no time to celebrate ... can we please all come together so she can be celebrated and nominate her for the SINGLE MOTHER SALUTE by @levellemoton !!! Connect with her @tinyandbrave ! Today I honor my sister friend Barbara Verneus @tinyandbrave . B is such an ongoing source of strength, support and inspiration for me. Her strength of character is apparent in every realm she occupies and every endeavor she pursues.
I met Barbara in 2004 at our doula training in Queens, NY. My heart told me right away how amazing she was and what incredible work she was destined to do. We reconnected years later when she moved to Texas - alone with her little daughter, to pursue her calling of midwife (#Sagefemme). When we met again I was taken by the heaviness that B was carrying, to risk everything for her vision and to follow her faith as far as it would take her, for herself and her daughter. Here I saw B's true strength ... because while she herself was struggling, her little girl was thriving. Little G was healthy, smart, happy and radiant, even as her mama was busy planning, worrying, praying, and striving.
Thus I would like to offer up the word that Barbara embodies most - which is ✨ resilient ✨ .
She has survived and risen through experiences that would break others. Her faithfulness is true, her heart compass through storms and gratitude in the sunlight. Whatever strength she inhabits, she doesn't keep for herself, she gives it away.
For those reasons I nominate her for the recognition of being honored at the SINGLE MOTHER SALUTE hosted by @levellemoton, as this event is a reflection of her true spirit, as a single mother and as a friend and role model.( words by @taprootdoula )If you know B or she has given to you as she's giving to me, check out the celebration at @levellemoton and nominate her by email at email@example.com.