After so much time away, so much off time, it can be tough for a recovering perfectionist (more on this in another post ;-) to start again. And we’ve not only had ‘time off’... but months of unprecedented stress and unfathomable human suffering.
Months of a normal we can’t even recognize.
I’m not sure there's an easy, correct, acceptable way to re-enter the world after so much upheaval. It seems almost foolish to even try. (Especially when you toss in the fact that my business is anything but essential and new journal posts are not likely to save lives.)
As a result, I've been doing what I should have been doing all along but was too ignorant to see it.
I have been reading and listening. Watching and unlearning. Donating and calling. Having tough conversations with family and friends. Pausing to consider how my thoughts and actions have been contributing to the problem. Educating myself. Recognizing my privilege.
I am learning to become not only an ally but an anti-racism accomplice. I feel so much, and yet my feelings aren’t what matters. Black Lives Matter. I will never forget this simple, crucial fact.
I will amplify, center and elevate BIPOC whenever possible, for the rest of my life.
I’ve been waiting for the ‘right time’ to return to sharing tips and tricks about style + simplicity. I’m honestly not sure how to show up here with the right tone and the correct words.
I want you and all women to feel welcome and included when you arrive here. As a white woman sharing my thoughts on style + simplicity, I don't yet know how I’ll create content that’s diverse and equitable. I will remain authentic. I promise not to be performative with what I share.
I know you’ve likely been bombarded with all the things recently, so I’ll share only a few favorites. If you’d like more info on what that I’ve been reading, watching, and loving, just ask.
Amy Laurent Studio
Amy Laurent Studio- I'm blessed to call this lovely lady my friend. She's super talented and has the most amazing laugh. Amy creates and sells incredible art and has awesome personal style. Oh, and her home is beautiful. Go follow her on Instagram.
Nicole Cardoza - Anti-Racism Daily Sign up for her daily emails! They are consise, human and informative. Nicole provides no-nonsense definitions and effective action steps for becoming an Anti-Racist. I learn something valuable every day.
Thérèse Cator- Spiritual Leadership Coach Selfishly, I'm thrilled that Thérèse is a member of the NINE Community because I'll have the pleasure of meeting her in person at the next NINE Retreat. I found her #becominghumanseries on Instagram incredibly valuable.
Candace Read - She's a stylist and influencer based in Columbus, Ohio. I've been enjoying the rabbit hole of her beautiful blog. And her posts on Instagram.
Frères Branchiaux Candles- I just ordered their Lavender Crush candle, which was sold out for a bit. Can't wait for it to arrive!
Jacaranda Restaurant- Delicious West African cuisine at Rosetta Hall in Boulder. Chef/owner Modou Jaiteh is orignially from Gambia. Matthew and I recently grabbed some takeout for our standing Saturday Picnic Date. The Po Ghana Boy was incredible!
That's all for now. It feels good to be back. I hope you join me on this journey to becoming more aware, awake and compassionate.
I’d love to know what’s been resonating and helping you navigate this bizarre, scary, overdue reset to humanity! Please share in the comments... More style and simplicity coming up. Thanks for being here with me. Stay healthy and well. xo Kristen