Yes! I made it. I did it! I’ve been challenged. I’ve overcome. I’ve been afraid. Terrified. I’ve been real. Raw. I’m learning, growing and transforming. I’m becoming a more beautiful, whole, free version of me!
If you’re reading this post right now, it means that I’ve made it out of the valley, the shadows, the depression, being a Black woman in a world that belittles my existence; that I accept my natural hair, my beauty. It means that the Creator has given me strength, grace and guidance; and I am following His path and destiny for my life.
It means that I’ve decided to live a life of purpose, love, passion and truth. It means that I am actively pursuing my dream, mission and vision – to inspire, uplift and empower black and brown women and teens through my writing; to encourage love of God, self-love, and love of others.
I am Sharee Silerio, and my name means “beloved”. In love I am a daughter, sister, aunt, wife, cousin, niece and friend. In profession and passion I am a writer, film and television producer, and now a blogger. I am Black, beloved and beautiful.
Sincerely Sharee is the beginning of my journey to build unconditional and unapologetic love for all of who I am – my imperfections, contradictions, weaknesses, strengths, mistakes and triumphs. It is my process to becoming the most sincere, pure form of myself. In each post, I will be transparent and vulnerable, revealing the lessons I’ve learned and the hope for my pain.
For most of my life, even up until today, I’ve struggled with low self-esteem and how to love me. It has been difficult to love and live in my melanin-rich skin, my Blackness, my beauty, and accept all of me, inside and out, including who I am not. This fight began many years ago, with five words.
I met racism in elementary school (where I was the only student of color for years) when a white classmate and I were walking home from school and he said, “You’re ugly because you’re black”. From that moment on, I hated being black. My heart was crushed and I was never the same. Even worse, I was teased by my black classmates for my chocolate skin, height (which was above average for our age), and the dark circles around my eyes (I was often called a “raccoon”). I felt ugly, unwanted, unworthy, inadequate and extremely self-conscious.
Over the last couple of years, I have worked to get through this life-long hurdle, by journaling every morning and reading a devotional focused on getting closer to God. He has told me over and over again that it is time to grow and learn to love myself. As a Christian, I’ve known about God most of my life, but I have made it a priority to get to know Him as a friend, a Father, Counselor, and so much more. I’m slowly learning how to love myself the way God loves me, and I want to share this love with the world.
This blog is part of my path to fulfilling my mission and vision, and you can expect everything I create to fall in line with both. My hope is that Sincerely Sharee is your favorite life, faith, love, and culture blog. With every word, you have my heart, truth, soul and mind.
Be loved. Love You. Be love.