If you follow me on social media or closely here on the blog, you may have noticed that I have been quiet this week while I have been taking in everything going on on the streets in the US as well as all over the world. It has definitely been a time to sit with our own discomfort, realize how our own actions (or often inactions) have put other humans into pain, discomfort, or fear. It is a White Privilege that I get to turn off the news when I am too flooded and I can go on with my regular day. However, all that is on my mind right now is the #blacklivesmatter movement and I just can't return to business as usual.
I am sure you have come here to find delicious recipes, to move your body, and to find health tips to help you navigate motherhood and life. And that will continue to be one part of my work as I do still believe that we need to show up for ourselves in order to show up for the world. But isn't that in itself privilege, too? That we get to take the time to take care of ourselves instead of worrying about our lives?
If you've been here for a while, you know that I don't shy away from the tough topics. I talk about the issues of our health care, the politics involved in making nutrition guidelines, and I have gone into great details on the vaccine controversy. And so, #blacklivesmatter is another topic that we will tackle here. If you are not up for the work, I understand! And I understand then that this may no longer be a space for you.
However, I can't just pretend that business goes on as usual when lives are at stake outside of my house. I can't say I am helping mothers get their energy back when I am not helping ALL mothers. So while I am making plans of how I can be of more support to the Black community through my work, I also want to invite you to do your own work personally. Only when we address racism, stereotypes, and privilege in our own lives can we help to heal it outside in the world. I will bring back the book of the month again with interesting reads on this topic to get you inspired to take action in your own lives, too. If you are sticking around, then I am glad we are in this together!