Take these 3 things into the new year... - Sage B. Hobbs

Hi lovely ones,

I’m writing this on December 31, 2020 – the closing of quite a year, around the world.

I’ve been thinking about what I want to carry with me into the next phase.  What would be of service to myself and others… what can I anchor into… what inspires me.

Awareness – of what you want or need, what your families and communities need, of what the global community needs

Belief – that transformation is possible, that hard conversations can be had and brave actions can be taken

Action – the doing of the things that move your vision forward, that take the next steps toward the outcome you desire, that bring you a bit closer to that possibility you believe in

All three of these things come alive in words.  In our expression.  In language.  In sharing.

Left to dwell in our own thoughts – keeping the awareness, belief, and actions solely to ourselves – our lives, work, love, and visions stay smaller. 

To all who listened to the new podcast, messaged/texted me, and shared/reviewed it – THANK YOU.  Really, Erica and I have been so touched (and motivated to keep on with this project!) by all of your feedback.

If you haven’t yet checked it out, you now have two episodes to binge 🙂 

The second episode of Race, Culture, & Beyond: A Naked Conversations Podcast Series is called “I See You Too” and is up on Spotify and iTunes.

In this episode we share:

  • How Sage struggles to balance her “whiteness” with her “just being Sage” 
  • Why it’s so hard to stay “present” when race is part of the conversation  
  • What Sage thinks about the 55% of white women who voted for Trump in 2020
  • What made Erica say, “I’m black. I should know these things” 

I continue to feel nervous excitement to share this show with you. It’s really me being more “naked” than I feel comfortable being, yet I know I need to be if I want to practice awareness, belief, and action in my own 2021. 

I’m aware of how much more work there is to do in antiracism. I’m aware of how central both communication and relationships are to the work.  I’m aware of how much more I need to learn, and how much I already have to share from where I am right now.

I believe that transformation is possible, that people are mostly good, that we’re all doing the best we can with the skills we have (and that we can learn to do better).

I will stay in action by continuing to write, speak, and share my own learnings, challenges, and ideas.  I will keep pushing myself to courageous action, knowing I’ll mess up as I do.

So, on this final day of 2020, consider awareness, belief, and action that matters for YOU -for your life, your work, your vision, your impact.

As always, thank you SO much for being a part of this conversation.  I know that inboxes get full, and we can all be inundated with “stuff.”   That you’re here, reading this, matters.  I hope you found some nugget to carry you into a fresh new year with more love, courage, and inspiration.

Much love and more nakedness,


Photo by Cristian Escobar