Free To Be…

Hi friends! The past two weeks have been eventful to say the least! I celebrated my birthday, got some faux locs in my hair (๐™–๐™จ ๐™จ๐™š๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฅ๐™ž๐™˜), and much more.

This week Iโ€™m back at it! Iโ€™ve been watching webinars, taking anti-racism classes, creative planning, and creating a more realistic timeline to fit my familyโ€™s schedule as I prepare for an official business launch. (๐™„๐™› ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ชโ€™๐™ง๐™š ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™ฌ ๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™š, ๐™„โ€™๐™ซ๐™š ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™ ๐™ข๐™ฎ ๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ฃ ๐™œ๐™ง๐™š๐™š๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™˜๐™–๐™ง๐™™ ๐™—๐™ช๐™จ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™š๐™จ๐™จ.)

Iโ€™ve also been focusing on my faith, family, and self-care. As a fair-skinned Black woman, who is also Filipino, Mexican, Native American, and White, taking anti-racism classes may seem odd. I find that I am having more conversations with my white friends who are asking questions. Itโ€˜s helped me to answer without anger. It also encourages me to know people want to be anti-racist.

I donโ€™t claim to have the same experiences as my friends and family whose skin was/is darker than mine. Experiencing it was and is tough. Seeing and hearing the racism toward my friends, family and other Black people is sad and painful. Itโ€™s why I will continue to learn daily, help educate others, and support Black businesses. (๐™๐™๐™š ๐™จ๐™๐™ž๐™ง๐™ฉ ๐™„โ€™๐™ข ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™–๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™›๐™ง๐™ค๐™ข @joliexnoireapparel ๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™„๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™œ๐™ง๐™–๐™ข)

Since getting the faux locs, my daughter asked me if she could get them in her hair too. She doesnโ€™t have the same hesitations or doubts of being Black that I once had as a young girl. So, this coming week, I will be doing her hair and she is so excited. I will share more about this experience here.

I set a birthday goal to stop hesitating; to be myself, authentically. My husband reminded me of times I held this confidence and encouraged me to get my hair done again. Itโ€™s all been liberating, interesting, and so beautiful. To see that my girls are not where I once was gives me so much joy and motivates me to keep going! I enjoy sharing it here with you all.

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