I’m sure a lot (or I hope a lot, if not all!) of you spent the last week or so reflecting. I muted myself on Instagram to better amplify Black voices, but I think it’s important to “unmute.” I had this vase of peonies on my counter and every day the tight balls started to open up a little bit more and a little bit more. It made me think about how important it is to “tend to the garden” after a seed is planted. You can’t just plant the seed and expect a flower. It takes nurturing and tending and constant evaluation.
I learned a lot over the past week but the biggest personal thing that I learned was HOW MUCH I DON’T KNOW. Every time I learned one thing, an entire area of ignorance popped up. I was also overwhelmed by just how much there is to do, which is why I’m writing this particular post. I don’t think the world needs another white lady rambling on about ~how much she learned in one week~. Instead, I wanted to share a post I saw on Twitter about how to start to become an activist. I personally found it extremely helpful in finding my center and figuring out what the best way to use my voice is. And I also want to share what I’m personally doing in case it inspires you AND so you know what I’m committing to. I am not going to just talk the talk, I’m committing to walking the walk for the long haul.
(Highly, highly encourage you to read the whole thread!)
First and foremost, I’m committing to using my voice, publicly and privately. And then I was thinking, what’s important to me and how can I best “move the needle.” I came up with a two-fold/two-fold approach. Two specific areas I’m committing to each in two specific ways.
– Books are so important to me. In fact, I’d say books are my love language. I will continue to educate myself through books and reading. Both in terms of what I’m reading from an educational anti-racist standpoint, but also supporting and reading stories by Black authors.
– I will also be volunteering in a hands-on way for tutoring/literacy in a mentorship type role. I am still working on this one– COVID is making it more challenging but I know there are great schools and organizations in my community that I want to get involved with. (If you’re in northern NJ and know of a great one, I’m all ears.)
– For my personal business (my blog/Instagram), I am committing to better supporting Black businesses and influencers and working with companies that are committed to this as well. As an “influencer,” I am in a unique position where I can help lift up businesses and help Black influencers publicly and behind the scenes.
– Last week, when I was trying to figure out which organizations to donate money to, I found Black Girl Ventures and really fell in love with their mission of providing support for Black and Brown female entrepreneurs!! I have since connected with the founder Shelly Bell and I’m looking forward to donating more and getting more involved with the organization.
Coming up with this “Books and Business” plan of action helped me hone in on how I can be as effective as possible in my personal and public life. I hope you’ll join me in not just talking the talk, but walking the walk, too.