A Peek Inside My Village: Michelle Burford

As I've said, my village means everything to me. I have only gotten to where I am because of the sage mentors, mentees, sponsors, peers, friends, and family who surround me and help raise me up. Every month, I will be highlighting one of these incredible women, my fellow drop the ballers, who are achieving more and recognizing the need to do less. 

One of my Peer Mentors is New York Times-bestselling author Michelle Burford. She was on the the founding team of O, The Oprah Magazine and has written for several others including ESSENCE and Good Housekeeping. As a celebrity ghostwriter, she's the "story surgeon" that curates the memoirs of powerhouse women like Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, and Amy Purdy.

Recently, I was talking to Michelle about the next step on her meteoric rise and what she said she's dropping the ball on surprised me: "I'm not accepting any new projects for the next few months. There are two people I'll say yes to if they come to me. Except for them, I'm taking the time to focus on me."

This kind of self-care takes a lot of courage from a freelancer whose livelihood is project based. And it takes courage for women who are conditioned to prioritize others, often at our own expense. If you're struggling with carving out the time for yourself, get coaching from Christine Carter, who I interviewed for my book. And make women like Michelle Burford your new sheros. If ball dropping were a sport, Michelle would have her own Olympic medal.