December 19, 2016

These Works are apart of the Reflecting on Dillard series, which explores the personal feelings and thoughts taken from the Mike Dillard Self Made Man podcasts. As a Black woman, what spaces are created for one to achieve and be successful financially? What are our current thoughts and attitudes towards finances and wealth? How does one obtain wealth and or create their own business? Through these questions, a journey of learning, reflection, and paintings of striking Black women were delicately crafted in response. Which one resonates with you?

"Dillard: I Am Perseverance" was created while listening to the "Your Past Does Not Determine Your Future With Wesley Chapman" episode. I thought about my trials and tribulations, and how I got to where I am today, despite everything that had happened in my childhood. What circumstances have you come out of? I believe every struggle puts stress on our character to form something beautiful in the end. Continue to press on in the darkest of times.

"Dillard: Where Do I Start" was the first piece that started this series. I was working on the undercoat of this piece when I decided to get into listening to podcasts. I found the Self Made Man podcast by Mike Dillard and fell in love with his story, values, and great advice for self reflection and growth during his episodes. This piece shows the hesitation yet excitement to improve my financial situation and attitude. I started to plan my life and pinpoint what I wanted to change in this world. What are your goals in life? What is your purpose? Would you be willing to get out of your comfort zone to achieve your dreams? My best advice: go for it. Go for it all!

"Dillard: Ordinary Woman w/ Extraordinary Wealth" was the second piece in the series. I took a long look at myself in the mirror and reflected on all of the lies I told myself when it comes to personal growth and finances. That I would never be wealthy. That I wouldn't have a satisfying career or create my own business because it was too hard, or I didn't have the tools to do so, or even- it wasn't in my place as a Black woman to create a business. What lies do you tell yourself when it comes to your career and finances? Take a look at yourself and begin to tear down those barriers so that you can be the best you possible.