I used to hate the heat and, frankly, I still kinda do. But it’s so nice to have your body completely engulfed in warm air. I’ve been trying to run every morning. I really despise running. Except, I love the feeling of ending a long run. Unfortunately, running when it’s 95 degrees out is awful. Fortunately, there’s a great breeze that comes off the bay when I run down Bayshore.
I normally do a little cool down walk before coming inside the house. My routine is to change out of my workout clothes and slip into a light dress (or robe) to cool off and slice a large grapefruit.
Citrus just tastes that much better in the summer.
Inspired by summer (and not painting as much when I’m at school) and by my morning citrus ritual, I decided to paint some citrus!!!
I haven't known what to post, or what to say. I do have a lot to say, but I worry I'm going to say something wrong or misspeak or miss the mark and the easy thing would be to just, not say anything. Wait it out or turn my eye– but that's a luxury that I have because I'm white. I want to be an ally AND an advocate for people of color and that starts by using my voice both privately and publicly.
I know I'm not racist, but I don't think I have been as actively ANTI-RACIST as I POSSIBLY can be. I have been on phone calls with brands asking why not a single person of color has been included in the campaign. I have asked agencies for invite lists and declined invitations when not a single person of color has been invited. But I have also sat silent when friends, colleagues, family members, and strangers say or post something racist. Because uncomfortable conversations are hard. I own that I haven't been the best advocate, but I am committing to changing that and I hope my fellow white followers will too.
I shared an amazing list of resources for white people on my blog yesterday (5/29's On My Radar post). I don't believe it's the responsibility of black people to educate white people (the onus is on us), but I would like to thank @therealkamie and @badassboz for sharing so much truth over the past few days. Both are great follows– I have learned a lot from them. They have brought up points and conversations that I have had the privilege of not fully understanding and the luxury of not knowing based on my life experiences as a white woman.