Live The Magic
Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare. - Audre Lorde
For many of us, the election of 2016 was a turning point. For me, it confirmed all of my worst fears about what Americans were capable of. I knew then that in order to survive, in order to thrive, I would have to make some serious changes.
What became clear to me in the winter of 2016/2017 was that on the whole, black women are terrible at self-care. And it makes sense - everything in our society is set up so that we never learn how to truly care for ourselves. White Supremacy, Capitalism, Patriarchy - each of these systems operate best when black women are oppressed, stressed, isolated, and scrambling.
So how do we fight back? How do we heal ourselves when the trauma never ends? How do we care for ourselves, our families, and our communities?
Learn To Thrive
SELF-CARE IS LEARNING TO THRIVE.
#BlackGirlMagic comes at a price. They call us magic when they see our beauty, our excellence, our humor, our spirit. All too often no one sees the trauma, the pain, the fear, the hurt, the exhaustion, the actual humanity of black women.
Since we are being hurt regularly, we need to heal regularly. Each month SelfCare In Color will bring healing, inspiration, and education directly to your inbox.
On the 1st and 15th of each month you will join black women from around the world as we explore what self care and healing means to us. Speakers will address topics like:
and so much more!
In 2017 over 300 black women came together for five days of learning, healing, and community. Here are some of their stories.