Learning Not To Downplay Myself Is My Most Important Inside Job

I love to sing “I woke up like this” with Beyoncé, but trying to blend in used to be my mantra

I love taking pictures — it helps me see my self-worth.

But what does 24/7 politeness do to the giver? It makes them blend into the walls.

Adult Jada will compliment you in a heartbeat. And that’s something that’s here to stay. I feel joy making others feel good about themselves, and that’s probably because I know what it feels like to be extremely hard on yourself. It’s one of the qualities I can fully own and say I genuinely love about me. But I still struggle with any compliments given to me, especially if they are about beauty. My hair has always been my shield. In Dawson’s Creek Joey Potter fashion, I’ll shyly swing my hair into my face to accept your nicety. But what does 24/7 politeness do to the giver? It makes them blend into the walls.

Senior Platform Editor at Medium. Girl with the long last name from the Empire State. NYU Alum. Runner. Puppy Mommy. Smiler.