About the Author

Ms. Tokiwa T. Smith is an award-winning author, consultant, nonprofit founder, executive, and speaker with over 19 years experience in academia, government and nonprofit. She's an advocate of community care, mental health and self-care for Black women. She resides in Atlanta, GA.

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  1. Needed this. The Journey of next I am on now in my 40s and I’m definitely embracing everything that comes along with it.

  2. I receive this message and can relate to her 40 year old journey . I am going to be 60 in 4 months. I’m facing new horizons looking forward to all life’s twists turns and adventures knowing that God is ordering my steps to be a better me today than I was yesterday. Love these Mahogany Expressions!!!

  3. I loved this article and its title, “Journey to Next”. The articulation of your thoughts, emotions, and resolve in facing the challenges of life resonated so much. Thank you!

  4. Thank you Tokiwa for sharing your story. This came at the right time today. I am in my early fifties and feel like I too need to heal first before I can embrace what God has for me. I wish you many blessings on your next exciting chapter in your life

  5. Thank you for such a reflective and helpful article. I identify with it on many levels. I am sure many other Black women can attest to the same response. Thank you for having the courage to share your truth and continued blessings as you move forward.

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