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“Evolving While Black” by Chianti Lomax is a Book Black CEOs Must Read

Evolving While Black by Chianti Lomax is a book Black CEOs must read. Mindfulness and self-awareness are major topics of the book, offering crucial insights for personal and professional growth. Lomax shares her positive psychology practices and beliefs through relatable life anecdotes, making her experiences resonate with the reader. These lessons are not just theoretical but practical, aligning with the five ‘well-beings’ crucial for a fulfilling life: career, financial, physical, social, and community. Chianti guides us through self-check-ins in each area, helping us assess our current status and providing actionable tips for improvement.

Now, let’s break down mindfulness and self-awareness in simpler terms. Mindfulness is all about being fully present and engaged in the moment. Imagine conversing with a friend, but instead of thinking about your to-do list or what you’ll say next, you’re genuinely listening to them and appreciating the moment. It’s like giving your mind a mini-vacation from the constant chatter. Self-awareness, on the other hand, is about understanding yourself better. It’s like having a mirror that shows not just your reflection but your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. By being self-aware, you can recognize your strengths and weaknesses and make better decisions that align with your true self.

Seeing a millennial Black woman writing about such subject matter is impressive, and I enjoyed reading every minute. Lomax is also a hip-hop head with great taste in music, so I was excited to hear her music references. Yes, there was a lot of “Yasss!” going on as I listened to the book several times on Audible. My favorite parts (Libra me couldn’t just pick one) are when Lomax talks about her grandparents. 

I was fortunate to attend the book launch of Evolving While Black: The Ultimate Guide to Happiness & Transformation on Your Own Terms at Politics & Prose in D.C., where the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, Glory Edim, interviewed Lomax, a renowned life coach and Chief Happiness Curator. Edim asked Lomax to explain how we can practice mindfulness daily.

Lomax replied, “Mindfulness is a muscle, too. Like, sometimes I have to practice it myself. Like, ‘All right, Chianti. That’s being in the present moment. Let’s talk through what you’re feeling. It’s okay. Don’t judge it.’ So, the three things that I tell people when I’m teaching mindfulness are you want to approach mindfulness with a beginner’s mindset. So even if you think you are a yogi, you are a meditative guru—it’s good to just start with a beginner’s mindset. The second thing is releasing judgment that something has to happen a certain way. So, some days you’re going to try to be mindful, and some days, you’re not. That’s a part of the human experience, is that permission to be human? And then it’s like, just don’t try to stop anything from happening. Allow it to happen. So, allow yourself to feel those thoughts or to keep those thoughts. And again, mindfulness is just about being present with yourself. It’s not about trying to stop yourself from doing anything.”

This guide is filled with funny and sweet stories from Lomax’s life that act as guiding lessons in the following areas: career well-being, financial well-being, physical well-being, social well-being, and community well-being. With no-bull bravery, honesty, and warmth, Evolving While Black welcomes us into a flourishing space of growth and self-discovery. I invite you to check it out. I am sure you are going to love it. 

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Francheska Felder
Francheska Felderhttp://swagheronline.com
Francheska “Fancy” Felder is an award-winning editor, publisher, publicist, and quiet Southern media mogul. In 2010, she launched SwagHer Magazine, an empowerment and lifestyle publication for the Black woman who likes to keep it real, which also doubles as a PR boutique. SwagHer Magazine uses positive media and storytelling to create new narratives and mindsets around Black women, their communities, and the businesses and organizations they lead, while the boutique strategically executes press and brand campaigns. The proud SU alum is also the publicist for Power Influence Radio and hostess of the CEO Chatter LIVE Podcast. Because she battles with bipolar disorder, Fancy is a proud mental health advocate.
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