I love the feeling of opportunity a new year brings. But before I plan for 2017, I want to look back on 2016.
2016 was a year of big changes for me. I settled into a lovely apartment in Toronto. I started volunteering with the Feminist Art Conference. I traveled by myself to Ghana in April. I finally started turning my words into action and attended a number of rallies and marches for the various causes I support. I spent a lot of time thinking about how I could transition into the nonprofit sector, and what I would want to focus on within it. I took my first art class (a feminist art class… of course!) and was reminded how much I love to learn new things. I saw Beyonce in concert. In May my sister moved in with me, and we overhauled the apartment with paint and love to create a beautiful little home. I continued to dance my butt off at the studio each week. I played mas at Caribana. I used up every bit of the summer sun, going to Toronto Island, Pride weekend, the Bruce Peninsula, High Park, friend’s cottages, and so many dance events. I took a trip to Jamaica and got to take dancehall classes with the pros. And the big one… I left my job to begin working for a Women’s Empowerment Organization in Ghana.
2016 was the year that finally pushed me to really go after what I’m so passionate about - advocacy and human rights. I have been involved in and engaged with advocacy work for the better part of 10 years now, but It has taken me a long time to realize that I don’t just want to be involved, I want it to be my life’s work.
I am so so grateful to be starting 2017 working to promote human rights and women’s equality.
Click through the photos below to see some of my highlights from 2016!