In My Shoes is a podcast about women of color and the issues we face but sometimes don't get to talk about. We will give our perspective, allowing you a glimpse into what it's like to deal with racism, infertility, mental illness, parenting, relationships, colorism, politics, hair, health, you name it - in our shoes.
Sometimes it just takes a moment to hear a personal story to realize things aren't always the way they seem. When you hear someone's personal story you can see things through their eyes, from their perspective, even if it's just for a moment - but that moment may be all it takes to change the way you think about or view women from other cultural backgrounds and skin tones. Walk a mile in my shoes, and find out things aren't always the way they seem.
REWIND! Your Baby is Autistic - Congratulations! Embracing Your New Normal
It's Autism Awareness Month and we are talking to Tiffany Hutchinson, a mom with a son on the spectrum. She talks about the rough road getting to a diagnosis, how she felt when she finally had answers and what she thinks are some of the misconceptions many have about children with autism.
The experience led her to use her love of writing to write about the experience and from there, she started her blog, A Mama Bear and Her Cub: https://amamabearandhercub.com/author/amamabearandhercub/
April is Autism Awareness Month and I can't wait for you to listen to this discussion. Moms of color have a story to tell about raising children with autism and this story is inspirational, relatable and real ya'll, so let's get into it!
Surviving Cancer, Divorce & Parenthood All at the Same Time
When Zykeisha Destin began to experience back pain, stomach aches and low iron, she began a year long journey of doctor's visits, blood transfusions and medical professionals who could only guess at the cause as one test after another failed to reveal the cause.
And then one day the answer - colon cancer. It was something no doctor thought to test for since she was in her early thirties and had already given birth to two children. Now with Stage 4 colon cancer, she was fighting for her life, determined to be there to raise her two little ones, even as her marriage began to fall a part.
This is a story of one Black woman's struggle, perseverance and determination even against the odds.
https://instagram.com/cancermessedwiththewrongqueen?utm_medium=copy_link (Follow Zykeisha on instagram )
REWIND! Our Love Story - Celebrating Black Love
It's me and my boo ya'll! We are telling our love story for Valentine's Day. Find out what happened when he realized I was just a Freshman, and years later, when we were just about to date and then he moved away.
And the day I found out he was getting married!! You will have to listen to find out what happened there!
It's Valentine's Day and we are celebrating love on In My Shoes.
The Authors of We Are Not Like Them Talk Race and Friendship in the Face of Tragedy
In the book We Are Not Like Them, two friends, one White and one Black tell the story from their separate perspective when a tragic event involving the shooting of an unarmed Black teenager changes their lives forever. They must face the issue of race head on and talk about uncomfortable feelings and stereotypes around race.
Authors Christine Pride and Jo Piazza tell a powerful story and find that in order to tell this fictional but emotional and relevant story, they had to be open and honest about race with each other.
Check out what they had to say, and then, if you haven't read the book, https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/We-Are-Not-Like-Them/Christine-Pride/9781982181031 (buy a hard copy or the audiobook TODAY! )
Endometriosis - The Struggle is REAL
March is National Endometriosis Month and I just could not let the month pass without talking about it. I've talked about the fibroids, but guess what, I had endometriosis too. We need to talk about it more so here goes - more on this part of my journey! Check me out, and click below for a few resources with more information.
https://nationaltoday.com/national-endometriosis-awareness-month/amp/ (What is Endometriosis)
https://www.essence.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/what-black-women-need-to-know-about-endometriosis/?amp=1 (Black Women and Endometriosis )
https://rsphealth.org/endometriosis/ (The Sisterhood Project)
My Daughter, My Birthday and My Mental Health
May is my month ya'll! It's Mother's Day, its' my Birthday and May is Mental Health Awareness Month. I just could not help but start the month talking about why May means so much to me.
Find out what's going on with my girl, what I've learned about balance when it comes to dealing with her life and protecting my own mental health. There is one thing I believe is VERY important (maybe two) to remember during mental health awareness month. And HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! This year my birthday is on the "eve" of next year's milestone birthday and it's a time that I am learning more about what I want this next chapter in my life to look like, including committing more time to the non-profit my sisters and I started several years ago but had to put on the back burner for a while.
I'd love for you to celebrate with me and donate to SEW (only if you want to)
https://www.facebook.com/donate/1657063854632842/?fundraiser_source=external_url (DONATE TO MY BIRTHDAY FUNDRAISER )
I love the topics you present. I can relate and your speaking voice is amazing! Thank you for presenting such relatable topics. Please keep it coming!
Thank you for airing topics that concern our community as women of color. Your transparency and honesty with the situations that you share are vital in today’s society. Thank you!❤️❤️
Honest and True
Karin Davis-Thompson is a refreshing point of view and just an honest conversation about relevant topics.