It’s a New Day! Let Me Introduce Myself

Hi I’m Natasha Sistrunk Robinson. I’m a leader, student, writer, speaker, mentor, and coach. I love to eat, go places, and spend time with family and friends. I also love reading, dancing, and just having an overall good time. I like sunshine and warm weather, being inside verses outside.

This blog is where I write.

Well, I’m back! I never left actually, but I have not been consistent to this blogging life.

I published my first blog here on June 29, 2010, and it was my reflection on the death of Michael Jackson. Since then, I have written approximately 900 blog posts and articles mostly focusing on faith, leadership, mentoring, and race issues. When I started blogging, I didn’t really know what a blog was, who was reading them, or why. I blogged for one simple reason: I wanted to discipline myself to write more regularly, and challenge myself to become and better writer.

These days, I’m not writing as consistently. Since the start of A Sista’s Journey blog, I have completed one degree, started another, published one Bible study, and two books. I also work which includes sending emails, letters, proposals, reports, and grants. So, I am writing regularly. I’m just not writing in the way that I would like. I’m not writing consistently to challenge myself, to connect with people, or to explore my creativity.

Although people are switching their ways of engagement and communication to include social media and podcasting (I also have one of those), I still value the treasured ways of old. I want to use my words to connect with people. Let’s do that.  

Additionally, I’m older. I don’t think about the same things that I did nearly a decade ago, certainly not in the same ways. I’ve gotten more clarity about my life’s purpose, work, and calling. I’m 41, which means that my body looks and responds differently than it did at 31. Black may not crack, but it still gets acne.

While my faith is very important to me, I also think deeply and care about other things. I love fashion, and music, and one of my favorite weekend hobbies is watching movies and great shows that make me laugh or invites us to connect with humanity. I want to share some of that with you.

I am a wife and a mother. This spring, the love of my life and I will be married for 16 years. While I’m not expert on marriage, I am amazed about how different life and partnership looks after that many years. I don’t anticipate sharing much about my daughter (unless she says so). She is a minor, and a black girl, and I’m a fierce Momma Bear, so that’s that. Additionally, she is a great writer, and eventually will have her own life’s story to tell.  

I will share about what I am learning through these relationships, and others. I’ve changed. Today, my life is not like anything I ever imagined, and it is everything I would have imagined.

That’s life. It is my A Sista’s Journey. I’m grateful. I want to write about all of that.  

My word and intention for 2020 is: New. For this reason, I am relaunching the blog with a new theme: Lifestyle, Leadership, and a Living Faith.

I have broken the blog down to the bare bones: just you, me, and some words. All of the original content remains, and you can stroll to the bottom of the homepage to “search” the blog using categories or word search. While there, you can also subscribe to receive blog posts directly in your inbox.

If you want to know more about my ministry work which includes writing, speaking, podcasting, and mentoring, you can visit my website. You can also subscribe to my newsletter on the website to receive exclusive content, be the first to know information, and get great deals. I have some other professional leadership and learning opportunities on the way, which I will share soon.

For the OGs (look it up if you need), thanks for sticking with me for all of these years. To the new folks, I welcome you! You will be hearing from me more regularly.

In the meantime, what are your intentions for the year? What’s NEW? And what would you like to talk about here?

Blessings on Blessings,

Natasha

How to Start a Mentoring Program that Actually Delivers Results

Keeping your team engaged and thriving has never been more important than it is in today’s hypercompetitive business world. Enter workplace mentorship programs: Done right, they can bolster everything from employee retention to productivity.

Mentors and Mentees Both Benefit 

For the Mentee:

According to executive leadership consultant Natasha Sistrunk Robinson, having an experienced colleague take you under their wing can help you clarify your long-term career goals. Along the way, you’ll also hone valuable professional skills you can take with you as you progress through your career. Connecting with a mentor who works within your organization is particularly powerful because they can share their own experiences with the company, giving you further insight into the organization’s culture and operations.

Robinson also encourages professionals to embrace the emotional benefits of a mentor-mentee relationship.

“Many employees feel like they can’t be vulnerable or share their whole selves at work,” she says. But opening yourself up to support and guidance from an experienced colleague can boost both confidence and performance.

For the Mentor

Professionals who mentor others are often more satisfied in their careers and more committed to their organizations. Studies also suggest mentors may even see a boost in their own job performance.

According to Robinson, strong mentor-mentee relationships should be mutually beneficial. Imparting your wisdom to a mentee helps them succeed, and the mere act of offering your expertise puts you in a position to examine and improve your own performance, making you a better leader in the process.

Continue reading at Recruiter Magazine.

How We Shape Culture

All Christians are called to lead.

When teaching a group of Christians, I sometimes pause after making that statement because I know that too often either through our words, theology or actions, the church collectively perpetuates a different message. We communicate the expectation that some are authorized to lead through their titles or skill while others are not because of their age, class, gender or marital status. In one way or another, we articulate our beliefs about leadership.

Not only are all Christians called to lead, we are also called to lead beyond the four walls of the church. Too often, the church is guilty of compartmentalizing our kingdom mission. Pastors could lead their congregants to believe that only the work done within and for the congregation or on the mission field is “real” ministry, when, in fact, much of the work done outside of those categories is what funds that work.

People need to work. They work to meet their physical needs, to support the ministry of the church and the community, and also to influence culture and share in the lives of people who do not yet know Jesus.

Leading well and working well allows the church to impact its culture.

Continue reading at Outreach Magazine.

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