Hey there! Welcome to my first blog post! Yippee!
This first post is super important and I hope you get on board with my call to action to join the challenge. Today is June, 28, 2020 and I feel like the world has lost its collective mind (more than usual). The COVID-19 virus is rampant. Largely due to people not taking the dangers of the disease seriously.
There is another debilitating and life-threatening disease that has come to the forefront yet again. As far as my generation is concerned this disease has blown up to a degree to which we have never experienced. This disease is…
The most recent rise of demonstrations and subsequent backlash from the increasingly visible underbelly of America stems from the continuous murders of unarmed Black men and women at the hands of law enforcement. These murders are symptomatic, however, of the much larger problem on which this country was founded. The belief that no Black person had any rights to which a white person was bound to respect. Simply put. Institutional racism which is systemic, complex and its effects are embedded in some way, shape or form into the hearts and minds of every American. It is polarizing, political and powerful. For many Black Americans it is a source of Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD). The current climate has left many of us hurt, confused and in pain. I am experiencing all of those feelings and more. I do not understand how someone can hate me because of my skin color. I am glad I cannot understand.
I desperately need a path forward and through; now. I know others do as well. The thing that gives me the most hope in the world is my decision to take action. The action to pray. The action to trust God. The action to march and demonstrate. The action to speak up for myself and others. The action to volunteer. The action to build a business to eliminate dependence on some other person or entity for my livelihood. The action to believe that I am worthy of equality and that I will do my best to create it for myself and my community. I will do so in the way that God has put in my heart to do.
That’s why I created the…
This challenge was designed for those of us that have been asking what we can do to move forward in this very heavy climate that we’re in today. The first thing we all must do is strengthen our hearts and minds for the long journey and fight ahead. This challenge was thoughtfully designed to get us mentally prepared to “exit” hurt, pain and confusion and “enter” peace, focused determination and clarity of purpose. Ensuring we are all actively working to do our part to change the communities around us for the better.
When you sign-up, you will receive an invite to join my private FB group. I will be launching the Challenge from this group. Periodically I will do FB Lives to check in and see how everyone is doing and what great things have manifested for you. Everyday there will be a graphic released with that day’s affirmation for you to download to your phone and share with friends and family. Lastly, I will do a kickoff video in the private FB Group to walk you through the details and the goodies in store for you throughout the challenge.
“The very serious function of racism…is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being. Somebody says you have no language and so you spend 20 years proving that you do. Somebody says your head isn’t shaped properly so you have scientists working on the fact that it is. Somebody says that you have no art, so you dredge that up. Somebody says that you have no kingdoms and so you dredge that up. None of that is necessary.”Toni Morrison, “A Humanist View”
It’s time that we put in the work to sustain the changes already won and to win keep winning. It is each of our responsibility to continue the work and shoulder the weight and the glory of change. See you soon!
In Truth & Service, Erin 💙
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