Today, we are so excited to have Minaa B., LMSW, writer, therapist and wellness coach with us. She is the host of “Your Body, Your Story,” and the crator of @thelitsocial. If you haven’t checked our her posts and work yet, you must. She has eight years of clinical practice, and she shares great wisdom around boundaries, relationship dynamics, childhood and racial trauma, self-care and more. Thank you, Minaa, for taking the time to be with us!
MW: Tell us a bit about how you grew up and your childhood:
Minaa B. (“MB”): I grew up in a big family and also was raised Catholic. I have fond memories of doing different things like family gatherings and vacations which helped play a great role in how I socialize today. I was a very quiet and shy kid however, and it took a long time for me to come into my own as I got older.
“… it took a long time for me to come into my own as I got older.”
MW: When and how did you first encounter God?
MB: I first encountered God in my teenage years. I was either sixteen or seventeen, at the time. I had always known God, but I remember feeling much closer to Him during that age.
MW: What is your spiritual growth focus, in this season?
MB: My current spiritual growth focus is to stay connected to God through prayer, devotionals and being in tune with God’s presence by learning how to be still and practice being mindful in the moment.
MW: You are a therapist and wellness coach. What inspired you to get started in this work of being a self-care and mental health advocate and educator?
MB: My own personal struggles with my mental health led me on this path, and as I got older, I always knew I wanted to engage in the field of mental health and understanding human development. I believe taking care of ourselves is important and essential for our well-being which is also why I advocate for self-care and teach the importance of it in our everyday lives.
MW: What are you currently reading (and what has it taught you?):
MB: I am currently reading Do Better: Spiritual Activism for Fighting and Healing from White Supremacy by Rachel Ricketts, and it is teaching me about how to combat issues that stem from racism, to internalized oppression and how to engage in spiritual activism to cultivate change in the world.
MW: Who is your favorite person in scripture?
MW: What is a special tradition you and your family engage in or keep?
MB: We celebrate New Years Eve with a huge family dinner.
MW: If you had to define Christianity in a sentence, it would be:
MB: Loving people the way we love Christ.
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Until next time, keep witnessing!