Motivational Monday: Get Into Good Trouble

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It’s been almost two months since my last post. I never intend to take breaks, but it feels like every time I’m motivated and inspired to write consistently, a new societal shift occurs that knocks me off my feet and leaves me floundering for a bit until I start to feel more like myself again. Just two days before my last post, George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. And then news broke of the February killing of Ahmaud Arbery. Then Breonna Taylor. Then Tony McDade. Then Rayshard Brooks. Then [insert another name here]. In the midst of a global pandemic and navigating a move, I was grappling with yet another collective trauma: racism. It was too much to bear. News of these murders spread like wildfire, sparking international outrage, inspiring protests against police brutality, and once again shining a spotlight on the continued brutal treatment of Black and Brown folx. We’ve seen this happen before–an unarmed Black person is murdered, people take to the streets, and then we wait and wait and wait for change to come. It happened with Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Philando Castille, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, and countless others, but real change never really came…real justice was never really served. And I think the first few days after Floyd, Arbery, Taylor, and McDade’s murders made headline news, I felt just as despondent as I did years ago, but then an unexpected shift occurred: people woke up, people believed, people created real change. The energy of this current uprising feels different, and I think it is due in large part to those who are organizing the moment, leading protests, seeking justice, and creating change: Generation Z. Continue reading “Motivational Monday: Get Into Good Trouble”

Wellness Wednesday: Self-Care When the News Is Difficult

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Happy Wednesday, friends! If you’ve been watching the news or endlessly scrolling on social media, then you’re probably feeling just as overwhelmed, stressed, and weary as I am. With every news report and social media post that sparks an array of feelings, I hope you are taking the time to both acknowledge your emotions and feel them deeply and also care for yourself in whatever way is most effective and beneficial for you. Both exposure to and experiencing traumatic events is traumatizing. Directly or indirectly fighting oppression is exhausting. Please take care of yourselves, friends. Here are a few self-care tips from one of my favorites, Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, PhD:

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