I’m Back in Action! Let’s Reflect… [A Solo Episode with Yolanda]
After a much needed break, I’m back, y’all!
First off, I want to thank everyone for their thoughtful messages and for supporting me and Parenting Decolonized over the past month or so. I really appreciate that you care about me because I care about you, too!
I hope you were also able to take this time to figure out where you need rest or what boundaries you need to put in place to be able to get more rest. It’s a valuable practice, I’ll tell you that.
So, what’s been going on with Yolanda? Well, I’ve been forcing myself to sit the hell down and just BE… which is HARD. It’s hard to avoid the voices in my head that prevent me from slowing down and taking rest. I never realized how deep the capitalist indoctrination was until I had to start deprogramming myself of these limiting (and overwhelming) narratives.
Productivity has us messed up, y’all! I purposely took a break, and yet, my mind was telling me I wasn’t doing enough.
I knew I had some “work” to do. So, I started doing things that I wanted to do, like gardening and talking on the phone with my friends.
It’s still very difficult to deal with all the bullshit that the world is going through. I’m sure I’m not alone in that, but right now, I’m choosing to prioritize leisure, pleasure, and rest. I’m going to start listening to my body, taking my time with things, and leaning on community for help.
As you probably know by now, I’m forming a community with seven other Black women called The BFF Collective (Black Femme Freedom Collective). The goal of this community is to center the safety and liberation of Black children, Black women, and Black marginalized genders. We’re actively searching for farmland in Georgia with a plan to move onto that land in June of 2023. It’s going to be beautiful and I cannot wait.
Parenting Decolonized is hosting the Rona, Racism, and Radical Parenting Conference on September 23rd-25th, 2022! With 25+ speakers from various backgrounds and experiences, this conference is designed to equip you with the knowledge and practical advice you need to help you manage your triggers, yell less, connect more, and raise liberated, emotionally-well children.
Until next time… Keep it conscious!
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