Hi there! My name is Vimbai E. Chikomo and creating a platform for women to share stories and find inspiration to push through difficult seasons has been a dream come true.
The journey began nearly eight years ago. I knew I had the gift of writing and submitted articles to dozens of women’s publications hoping they would find my pieces worthy of publication. They didn’t. A few wrote back with regret, but most didn’t respond.
Eventually, I decided that I would be my own rescue and created a blog, Faith in Reality in 2012. It wasn’t much, but I had an outlet and I put a lot of time and effort into building my site.
The more I wrote the more I realized I had to continue pursuing it.
I took a graduate certificate in creative writing and upon completion, pursued a masters in professional writing. One of my courses was on online content and required me to create and maintain a blog for the duration of the course. That was the birth of The Weight She Carries. I knew I wanted to turn it into an online magazine but I didn’t know how I would pull that off – I didn’t know the first thing about publishing!
I knew I had a lot to learn, so I tucked my dream away and began working as a reporter for a media company based in Chicago, Illinois, in 2015. I started from the bottom and worked my way up. I wrote over 500 stories on news and politics, and less than a year later, I was promoted to an assignment editor.
The role left little time for writing but gave me insight into the editorial process. Ten months later, I was managing lead generation and my teams were responsible for producing over 1300 leads each week for 130+ websites. Talk about pressure!
It was a lot of work but I learned so much about producing great content and managing people – skills I needed to establish my own publication.
With the help of a dedicated team of writers, The Weight She Carries is everything I dreamed of and more. Through this publication, we hope to inspire women going through difficult seasons of life. Many women go through tough times and often feel alone, ashamed and don’t feel like anyone can relate or handle their pain. The Weight She Carries is for that woman – the one who is carrying more than she feels she can bear. This is her place to find encouragement, a sense of community, hear other women’s stories and know she is not alone. Above all, authenticity is the signature of The Weight She Carries.