Why I Started Makenna's Meditation

A brief breakdown of why I created my blog, and what's next for Makenna's Meditation.

2020 was a tumultuous year to say the least, and it definitely did not turn out like I had planned.

Usually I'm a go-with-the-flow type of person, but when 2020 rolled around, I had everything planned because it was my graduation year. I was going to:

  1. Graduate high school (in person)

  2. Take the IB exams and get my IB Diploma

  3. Move to D.C to attend Howard University

Of course, Covid-19 changed just about everything on that list. I went from seeing my friends everyday at school to being isolated 24/7. As a homebody, I thought this would be great because I could work on my creative writing and spend some much needed self-care time, but Covid and Summer 2020 thrust me into a new territory.

With the murder of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, tensions were high and people were angry--rightfully so. I watched as my classmates at Howard and my peers got up, organized, protested, and spoke up about the injustices plaguing our community. I watched as they walked on the frontlines, and I felt powerless, speechless, and helpless.

It seemed like nothing I could say or do would help ease tensions or spark change. For once in my life, I felt like things were out of my hands. I had no control and no power.

As someone with a compromised immune system, I knew I could never be on the frontlines like I wanted to because I would be putting my health on the line. I had to be around to watch as the world changed; I needed to, and I wanted to be a part of a change bigger than me. There had to be another way to make my voice heard so I wasn't just watching from the sidelines.

I decided to create my own platform. Oddly enough, my friends in high school talked about how they could see me running a blog, but with school and clubs, I felt like I never had time. With the world on lockdown, all I had was time.

If you were here from my blog's inception, you knew it was once called "For the BlkGrls". It was supposed to be a safe space for young Black girls and women to not only learn about themselves, but also empower their inner child. In a world that constantly tears down Black women, Black girls are often torn down from childhood.

We're set up to be torn down and destroyed.