Hi friends! The past two weeks have been eventful to say the least! I celebrated my birthday, got some faux locs in my hair (𝙖𝙨 𝙨𝙚𝙚𝙣 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙥𝙞𝙘), and much more.
This week I’m back at it! I’ve been watching webinars, taking anti-racism classes, creative planning, and creating a more realistic timeline to fit my family’s schedule as I prepare for an official business launch. (𝙄𝙛 𝙮𝙤𝙪’𝙧𝙚 𝙣𝙚𝙬 𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚, 𝙄’𝙫𝙚 𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙧𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙢𝙮 𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙜𝙧𝙚𝙚𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙘𝙖𝙧𝙙 𝙗𝙪𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨.)
I’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. It‘s helped me to answer without anger. It also encourages me to know people want to be anti-racist.
I don’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. It’s why I will continue to learn daily, help educate others, and support Black businesses. (𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙝𝙞𝙧𝙩 𝙄’𝙢 𝙬𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙞𝙨 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 @joliexnoireapparel 𝙤𝙣 𝙄𝙣𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙜𝙧𝙖𝙢)
Since getting the faux locs, my daughter asked me if she could get them in her hair too. She doesn’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. It’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.