Happy Mother's Day, Pearls!
I know it's been a minute, but I am still here with you. Life has been life-ing since being in graduate school, new staff in my department, and of course, my baby girl-pearl graduating from college.
Now I want to remind you, as I have had to remind myself, that life is about living out your dreams and working toward your goals. But now the season has changed, and the sun is out. Here are some ideas I want you to remember this Mother's Day, which is the typical marker for the Summer Time while focusing on your Strength, Resilience, and Sparkle!
You should spend the summer months embracing your strength, resilience, and accomplishments in a way that nourishes your well-being and celebrates your identity.
Here are some suggestions:
1. Self-Care and Wellness: Prioritize self-care to recharge and rejuvenate. Engage in activities promoting mental, physical, and emotional well-being, such as meditation, journaling, exercise, or leisure time in nature. Take care of your health by getting enough sleep, eating nutritious foods, and staying hydrated. I can't stress self-care enough! My self-care appointment is scheduled after this post.
2. Celebrate Achievements: Reflect on your accomplishments and milestones. Recognize the progress you have made, whether personally or professionally. Celebrate your successes, no matter how big or small. Share your achievements with loved ones and allow yourself to feel proud of what you have accomplished.
3. Connect with community: Seek out spaces and communities where you can connect with other black women who share similar experiences. Engage in meaningful conversations, share stories, and support one another. Participate in events, workshops, or conferences empowering and uplifting black women.
4. Learn and Grow: Expand your knowledge and skills in the summer months. Engage in learning opportunities that align with your interests and goals. This could involve enrolling in a course, attending workshops, reading books, or listening to podcasts that explore topics important to you.
5. Explore Cultural Heritage: Deepen your understanding and appreciation of your heritage. Learn about black women's history, traditions, and contributions throughout time. Visit museums, attend cultural events, or explore your family's roots. Celebrate the richness of black culture and the achievements of black women.
6. Engage in Creative Expression: Use your creativity as a form of self-expression. Whether it's through writing, painting, dancing, singing, or any other artistic medium, let your creativity flow. Express your unique voice and perspectives, and allow your creativity to inspire and uplift others.
7. Advocate for Change: Use your strength and resilience to be an advocate for social justice and equality. Stand up against racial injustice and discrimination. Engage in conversations about important issues affecting black women and take action to support positive change. Whether volunteering, donating to organizations, or participating in grassroots movements, your voice and actions matter.
Remember, self-care, celebration, community, growth, cultural appreciation, creative expression, and advocacy are just a few suggestions. Embrace the activities and practices that resonate with you personally and allow you to cultivate a sense of Strength, Resilience, and Sparkle! throughout the summer months.
Happy Mother's Day, Pearls!