a reflective thanksgiving letter: what to write to your school administrator/faculty members when you want to advocate for SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE and HISTORICALLY ACCURATE Thanksgiving lessons and performances

Disclaimer: This letter was written after I witnessed a pretty socially unconscious and culturally inappropriate Thanksgiving performance at an elementary school I taught at. I wanted to share it as an example of what you can say if you ever witness Thanksgiving presentations, performances or lessons that are historical inaccurate, or are disrespectful to Native American cultures. … Continue reading a reflective thanksgiving letter: what to write to your school administrator/faculty members when you want to advocate for SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE and HISTORICALLY ACCURATE Thanksgiving lessons and performances

post-VOTE reflection: dear white women

A useful response for Black women to the white women who say, "But I'm not racist. I voted. I'm an ally." (AKA, "But not all white women...!") Although white women are not responsible for the racism and white supremacy of your ancestors, you have inherited the traumatic and damaging effects of those systems of oppression. … Continue reading post-VOTE reflection: dear white women

the JOY list: an anti-dote to the stress-inducing to-do list

“I define joy as a sustained sense of well-being and internal peace – a connection to what matters.” – oprah winfrey What's a "joy" list? A joy list is the antithesis (and antidote) of a to-do list. Where-as a to-do list focuses on doing, the joy list is enamored with being. Most adults (dys)function by making a to-do … Continue reading the JOY list: an anti-dote to the stress-inducing to-do list

joy ain’t got time for friday

"Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. It means living your life consciously, aware that each moment you breathe is a gift.” – oprah winfrey "I can't wait until Friday." A phrase I have said countless times before, but today, the word hit me in a … Continue reading joy ain’t got time for friday

YOGA DIARY 2: Rooting into Mother Earth

“You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment. " -thich nhat hanh   You'll come to realize that yoga is like water in my personal well of well-being.  I need it, or I become spiritually dehydrated. It has been like healing balm in times … Continue reading YOGA DIARY 2: Rooting into Mother Earth

YOGA DIARY #1

I attended a "yoga spa" class yesterday, and it seemed to bring me right back to a place I haven't been in a long, long time. I recently moved to Washington, D.C., where I have been struggling--quite frankly--to feel some sense of being at home. The one thing that has tapped me back into any … Continue reading YOGA DIARY #1

the insatiable desire to unlearn everything i’ve been taught.

“A crown, if it hurts us, is not worth wearing.” – pearl bailey   I'm reading "The Fifth Agreement" right now, and may I just say...I love this book! I'm definitely a self-help junkie when it comes to reading. So when my soul sista recommended this book, you know I had to get it. Local libraries … Continue reading the insatiable desire to unlearn everything i’ve been taught.

the self-preservation in slow-living

"Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” --audre lorde   Audre was the original ancestor who taught us what self-care is. She says that caring for ourselves is self-preservation, and I have a theory that living slowly is, too. I have this fascination lately with … Continue reading the self-preservation in slow-living