As an introvert and self-proclaimed homebody, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m hardly the life of anyone’s party. I’m more of a 'sit in the corner, closest to the exit so I can dip as soon as the spirit moves me' type of girl. The battery life on my “people-ing” is pretty short, and I HAVE to be able to get home to recharge as soon as the low battery light starts flashing — sorry, gotta go ✌🏾
So while being (or making myself) the center of attention isn’t really my thing, I’m a big fan of hosting parties. It could be a tea party, vision board party, Sunday brunch or game night. I’m always looking for a reason to get a few (read: 2 or 3) people together. From the curated Pinterest board, to themed invitations, matching decorations and hors d'oeuvres, baybee I’m all in!
I love celebrating folks, specifically Black women. And I especially love when that celebration is for no documented reason, meaning just because you’re “you.”
I believe I inherited this from my maternal grandma, Bertha. In her day she was the hostess with the mostest. Growing up, I witnessed her throwing dinner parties that would put many wedding receptions to shame. I’m talking 200+ people in her house, backyard, and garage, with enough food for folks to take home to-go plates. Her house was always open and inviting. Hardly a day went by without her having, and feeding guests. She had a way of making everyone she encountered feel seen and celebrated.
Gram passed away recently (May 2021 but it truly feels like this morning) and I’ve decided that in this season, I want to honor her legacy by continuing the celebration. Celebrating life, celebrating Black women, celebrating Black stories, celebrating for no reason and for all the reasons.
I feel like everyday this act of celebrating could look very different. It could be wearing my favorite outfit, reading a new book or a having a luxe picnic at the the local park. More than anything I want to let the spirit lead me as I prioritize self-care, joy, and giving.
I started Socialight Society as a creative safe space, where Black women could feel seen and celebrated. While redesigning our website (new site, who dis?), this felt like a perfect time to start a blog and give folks a behind the scenes -- or in the stacks -- look at what we're all about. From the beginning of our journey we've had the opportunity to be featured in various articles and publications. Our story has been presented beautifully before the world, but I'd be lying if I said it doesn't sting a bit when I read an article and something I deem as important hasn't made the final edit.
Much like our physical space, this online space gives opportunity for us (and "us" is me, but this is business, so you know) to take control of the narrative and tell our story, on our terms.
Come on in, take a seat, and make yourself right at home.
Until next time,
Photo credit: Laicee Thill Photography