The past almost two years and a half knocked me to my knees.
I ended my 10 years of marriage.
I had to have an emergency hysterectomy.
My funnel broke, which essentially tanked my business.
I paid a marketer over $26k in cash and equipment—he refused to return.
My best friend went to jail.
AND—this hurt the most—I realized I wanted to have a baby and because of all the violence that had been acted out on my body, I didn’t try.
The loss of having life grow inside of me due to the need to have the hysterectomy, sent me into an emotional tailspin where I hated my life.
So, I torched it.
I threw out the baby and the bathwater.
Now at the beginning of a new era, I realize that in my haste to distance myself from my former life, I distance myself from you. It wasn’t intentional. It wasn’t malicious. I just didn’t want that life anymore so I left it. I took my eyes off of you sis.
For this, I apologize.
At my Raw Truth premiere weekend, when I took my final bow and looked out at the audience, I saw something that filled my heart with hope, with love: the majority of people in the audience (including the Men who love us!) giving me a standing ovation were Black Women Entrepreneurs. Yes, the audience was diverse with men and other races. But the overwhelming majority of people supporting, cheering, and celebrating me braving my past as I bared my soul to the world, were Black Woman. And what’s more: they flew in! New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Virginia, BALTIMORE, Oakland, etc.
Their collective presence screamed to my soul: your truth is valid Dr. Venus Opal Reese. We see you. We hear you. We love you. And we got you. No matter what.
So, I thank you for praying for me, and for holding space for me for two years.
I thank you for your loyalty through all of the hurt and heartache that has refined me.
I thank you for letting me evolve and not penalizing me for exploring and expanding.
But this is what I realized as I shared my soul on stage: it’s time to come home.
It’s time to get back to business with the community who made me and saved me each time I would fall: Black Women Entrepreneurs. I don’t know what this homecoming is going to look like but I do know this: I choose you.
I thank you.
I love you.
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