A Black woman stands in a strong pose in front of an illustration that includes keywords from her wellness journal

I have heard writers say, “I didn’t choose this story; it chose me.” I never understood what that meant, until I was chosen.

In June 2021, I left my kids at home with a family member and locked myself in a hotel room for weeks. At the time, I was working with a cohort of Black women entrepreneurs through a health and wellness pilot program I’d developed as part of the Infamous Mothers brand, a business I created in 2016 for badass moms who do extraordinary things. I was trying to find a journal to help them track their progress — research has shown that journaling is an affordable and powerfully effective physical and mental health tool — but the products on the market weren’t a good fit for us.