Author: Charisse Diggins
My name is Charisse Diggins, an African American Native Washingtonian. I am the mother of two beautiful healthy boys - ages ten and twenty-two and recently got married in 2021. I have been working on how to present my brand to the world - and now here it is I I I I decided to create Ebony Sei Bellissima; Ebony's Journal to reach out to my African American Family and provide a safe space for mental health. In my mind the best way to accomplish this was to begin with myself and have self-reflection.
One of the ways to self-reflect is journaling. As I thought back, I began journaling when I was a teenager. I was able to articulate my thoughts and get them down on paper. My grandmother purchased me my very own diary - oh how I loved that light blue diary. I wrote everything in that book; my
thoughts, if it was raining outside, what outfit I was going to wear that day. It did not matter ... I wrote whatever was on my mind. Over time, I noticed how therapeutic journaling became for me. It helped to get everything out my head and on paper, it helped to have meaningful conversation with others, it helped to write when I was upset or happy. Mentally, my mind became free - because I was able to converse with myself first. Understanding my own mental thoughts - it was a huge blessing.
So, presently, I created and developed my own brand "Ebony Sei Bellissima" - which means "Black is Beautiful." With this brand, my vision is to uplift my counterparts. I want women of color to uplift themselves and each other. Be better, do better, have standards. Through journaling, tell yourself YOU ARE ENOUGH and BELIEVE IT!!! In doing so, these positive inspirational thoughts will manifest within yours life.