A Peek Inside My Village: Luvvie Ajayi

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. First up: Luvvie Ajayi

Has there ever been someone you've never met that everyone tells you you should know? For me it's Luvvie Ajayi, the blogger, cultural critic and New York Times bestselling author of I'm Judging You: The Do Better Manual. At a recent conference where we were both speaking, several people came up to me and asked, "Are you Luvvie?" I guess it was the short hair and infectious smile. So I was ecstatic to finally meet Luvvie last month and to discover that she is as real, funny, and sharp as her public persona would suggest.

With Shonda Rhimes basing a new comedy TV show on her book, you'd think that this rising star would be on cloud nine, but she's incredibly down to earth, admitting that her success has come with a few dropped balls. "I've dropped the ball on self-care—exercising, eating well, sleeping well. I've put everything I have into my work but I've neglected myself." We feel you Luvvie! Women often end up sacrificing our own well-being in the interest of advancing our careers, our families, and our communities. The first step to prioritizing ourselves is getting clear about what matters most to us and figuring out our highest and best use in achieving it. No judgment needed. We're all in this together.