Couple of things before I get into the heart of this post:
1-Check out the website for new 1:1 Coaching Info!
2-This is a crossover post! I am talking about both business and share a little of Ghana-life. And I’ll be sharing the post on both my personal and business blogs. Readers of either, you are invited to check out the other blog! As such, this post is a little longer. When you make it through, let me know what you think!
Now onto Reparations Rates!
I was recently chatting with a friend and he brought up the increase in appeal of Black (especially) and Brown coaches and consultants around the work of racial justice and equity. He asked me how I am able to do this work sustainably. My snippy answer is, I can't and no one can! But my real answer is: Reparations Rates.
Since I moved to Ghana (as of May 1) and left a full time job (as of July 1), in so many ways, life is mush easier right now. I don't have to grind--aka, work an endless number of hours as deemed productive but Company X. I am "visibly" productive for a few hours each day at most. The other hours of the day I am doing things that bring me joy, rest, and healing: dancing, getting my hair and nails done, gym dates, food dates, watching Netflix, listening to music, playing games, reading, and sitting in the sun.
And would you believe it, most of those things, and not working endless hours, support my sustainability?!
Spirit/Soul work is just as important to productivity as physical and visible labor. For example, I read so much these days. I love to read but had only read a few books per year in the last couple of years. My husband tells me reading is work, but when I am reading or listening to a text that speaks, whether it's a textbook, a novel, or a memoir, trust me, my spirit is at work and picks up gems that drive ideas in my "visible" work. I also talk and listen to God. When I tell you that quieting the noise around me opens me up to receiving ideas and blessings, it is an understatement. Since I stopped working all the time, I have space to filter in the ideas I need and kick out distractions. So when I do sit down to do "visible"work, like prep to facilitate a session, I don't have to spend hours thinking and planning, preparing, and perfecting. Because I've opened myself up to being prepared through anything I experience. That's another important point about sustainability:
I have let go of being perfect and embraced excellence
My good friend Saara would say this is still a higher bar than most people's perfect and I say, baby steps ok?! But truly, I trust myself and my experience, talent, and purpose much more. Because I have seen the value of mental, emotional, and spiritual preparation as more impactful and important in adaptive/people work than the tactical work that American culture places the most value upon.
Spending more unstructured time with my loved ones—human and animal, live and on FaceTime—laughing more, it all helps. I am
also incredibly blessed to have married into a family that embraced me wholeheartedly and always ensure I am taken care of and have what I need. There are so many things I did as an independent lady that I just don’t have to take care of anymore. It took some getting used to, but with time and so much grace and patience from my bonus brothers, I am learning to let and trust people to do for me for no other reason than to care for me.
It’s not that I didn’t