Stand Up, Stand Out (with Ibtihaj Muhammad) – Episode 12 of Rants & Randomness

My peoples! Welcome to another episode of Rants and Randomness!

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On this episode, I’m going to talk about feeling good about the fact that I’ve been on break, ranting about the fact that we need to outsource our lives, and spotlighting the On the Run Two Tour. My interview is with Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first Olympian to compete for the United States while wearing a hijab.

Feel Good

I’m feeling good about the fact that I basically took a break off minding everybody’s business in the world of business to rejuvenate, recharge and refresh myself, because I’d been going nonstop for a while. And while I was on this break, I did everything. I was gallivanting, living my best life. First I went to my first Indian wedding. Then I went to New Orleans for Essence Fest, where I spoke on a couple of panels, and did a couple of activations. But then after Essence Fest was over, I had my family meet me in New Orleans and we had a four-day vacation where I got my mom on Bourbon Street while wearing beads. We even got tattoos together.

My Rant

For this week’s rant, I want to talk about how we need to start outsourcing our lives without guilt. We need to learn to fire ourselves and buy back time because our time is finite. There’s a lot of things we can hire people for, but the one thing we can’t really get more of is our time, and that’s why hiring people comes in handy.

My Randomness

When I went on break, I said “July is a month where I am not leaving the city of Chicago, unless two people call me. Auntie Oprah or Mother Beyonce.” And it was like the universe was like, “Oh word? Is this a challenge for me?” God called my bluff, and Beyonce’s team invited me to be a special guest at Club Carter for their first US stop on this On the Run Two Tour, which was in Cleveland, Ohio. When Beyonce’s people call you, you don’t say no, and I gladly went. I’m spilling all the behind the scenes in this episode.

My Guest: Ibtihaj Muhammad

This week, my guest is the first person to compete for the United States in the Olympics wearing a hijab, Ibtihaj Muhammad. Ibtihaj is a fencer and the first Muslim-American woman in a hijab to compete for the United States in the Olympic Games. She’s also the first female Muslim-American to medal at the Olympic Games, winning bronze in the women’s saber team event. Named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, she serves as a sports ambassador for the US State Department. Cofounded Athletes for Impact and the clothing company, Louella, and inspired the first hijab Barbie in her likeness.

In this episode, we are talking all about keeping your zen in difficult situations, what it’s like to train for the Olympics, and having a Barbie modeled after you.

You can follow Ibtihaj on Instagram at @ibtihajmuhammad. As always, much love to the Chicago Recording Company, where I record each episode!

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