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I am sitting in a small bedroom, staring at the wall. The deafening silence bounces from corner to corner as chaotically as the ideas floating around in my mind. This is a normal day for me- drowning in my own thoughts and ambitions, with too many ideas and not enough time.

Former College athlete.

Former College coach.

Model/actress

Business Owner.

Filmmaker.

Writer.

Group Facilitator.

Master Multitasker.

 

I am a jack of all trades, trying to master one- Or none at all, if so I choose.

 

See, that is something I have always struggled with, even more so as I approach my 32nd birthday. How do I narrow down my ambitions to fit this boring idea I have been fed my entire life? Go to school, get a “good job,” get married, own property, have children, pay taxes, die. That’s what adults do right? Nowhere in that description is there room for creating outside of the biological and social expectations to procreate. And oh yeah, I need to find me a “good man,” in order to do that according to standard, correct?

 

Yes, absolutely. (pardon my eye roll).

 

Here’s the problem though, my sexual preference does not align with that idea whatsoever. But that’s okay!

 

For many years I have struggled with the fact that I AM NOT and will never be “according to standard.” I will never marry a man, I will never settle down and “get a real job.” In fact, there is nothing more real for me then sitting in a small bedroom, sorting through my ideas. Finally I am okay with that because I realize there is a higher purpose, a miraculous clarity, deep within the chaos of my creative mind. I am 100% who and where I am supposed to be- with the sound of my acrylic nails clamoring away at the keyboard, the sound soothing the hamster wheel of creativity that often keeps me up at night. This is me.

 

Black. Gay. Creative.

 

And busy…

via GIPHY

And all of these things are what has brought me to Soule. Experiencing community, sharing our stories, and celebrating the fact that none of us are according to standard. These are the things that fuel me.

 

Writing for Soule has been both a self validating, and intensely self reflective experience. My love for reporting and storytelling, and my obsession with words have aligned me with my purpose. For these reasons and many more, I am so grateful to be the new Managing Editor at Soule and take pride in continuing to be a small piece of a soule-fully collective voice. Our voice.

 

Never according to standard,

 

Robin

Robin Williams

Robin Williams is a native Bronx, New Yorker of Jamaican descent. Who is a freelance writer and small business owner. As a scholarship college athlete, Robin completed her B.A. in Journalism from the University of the District of Columbia (2008) and later attended Georgetown University to receive an M.A. in Sports Management (2013). In her previous career, Robin was Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach and Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Support at her alma mater The University of the District of Columbia where she served for five years before returning to her hometown in 2015 to explore more creative pursuits. In February 2017, Robin made her debut as a filmmaker with the creation of the short film Garden of Eden, which she wrote and co-directed. In May 2017, Garden of Eden was selected into the Cannes Film Festival Creative Minds Short Film Corner in Cannes, France.

Robin prides herself on creating work that has a social impact. In addition to being Managing Editor at SOULE, Robin is currently developing documentaries about the effects of gentrification on the D.C. Public School System, and colorism in the Black Community. Robin also facilitates monthly writing workshops on how to use creative writing to heal trauma.

IG/TWITTER: @model_robbie

  • Elijah Mekalin Karr Li

    You go girl !!!

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