what now? things to do after the women's march

January 21, 2017

I am of two minds on the Women's March- it was both beautiful and disappointing.

I was encouraged by participating in the Women's March today. It was good to be out on the street, in a crowd of people, and do something about my concerns. The march was a reminder that feminism was what taught me that injustice in any form is abhorrent. 

I felt disappointed because although the march was impressively attended in my city, it was populated overwhelmingly by white women- myself being one of them. 53% of white women voted for Donald Trump. Even if the women who marched with me today didn't vote for him, I feel like we are complicit in this problem- that often white women don't activate for other women or other injustices outside of their experiences. 

Here's how I am going to try to make my feminism more intersectional and strengthen my work against injustice, how I am going to show up for marginalized groups, and how I plan to activate my own leadership.

1. Read more books by powerful authors that experience marginalization because of their identity. Reading has always been my escape, and the way that I learn about others. I want to pursue knowledge and an understanding of diverse perspectives, and my book choices can help do that for me. Currently I am reading Teaching to Transgress by bell hooks and it is inspiring me to examine my teaching practices through the lens of gender, race, and freedom. If you are looking for something to help you here are some books that I've read that have made a difference for me already in opening my eyes to injustice: Their Eyes Were Watching God, Giovanni's Room, Flight, The Round House, Persepolis, Between the World and Me, Woman Warrior, and The New Jim Crow. 

2. Further diversify who I follow on social media. I can intentionally make sure that I am following people who know more about fighting injustice than I do. My twitter feed, and my facebook feed can be places that teach me everyday about new perspectives and avenues for justice. Accounts that I already follow and appreciate: on twitter- @blacklivesmatter, @nativeapprops, @mnnoc, @thegayya, @blacklibmn, @weneeddiversebooks, @blackvoices; podcasts- Another Round, Code Switch, Two Dope Queens; on facebook- AJ+ and SURJ.

3. Support true journalism. I need to get a subscription to the New York Times. I've been meaning to and I haven't. Media is coming under fire, and I need to support journalism that will report what is taking place and report with nuance and accuracy.

4. I need to streamline my leadership and activism. Education is where my heart is at. My work needs to be centered there- fighting discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, or religious beliefs in my classroom. I want to think more about what this will look like, but my work needs to be more fearless and more innovative. I want to continue to show up for Black Lives Matter marches and rallies, and recommit to attending the SURJ meetings for anti-racist teachers in my area. The place for teachers is the revolution, so that's where I will be.

5. I need to take better care of myself. I need to take time to eat vegetables. I need to take time to be creative. I need to take time to move and exercise. Otherwise, the rest won't happen. 

I'm going to let one of my favorite quotations from Martin Luther King Jr. guide me: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

styling: burnt sienna and ankle boots

January 17, 2017

Ellie glasses from EyeBuyDirect / Old Navy key print scarf / thrifted Banana Republic blazer / Banana Republic chambray peplum (similar here) / GAP stretch 1969 true skinny super high rise jeans / Target bootsApple Watch 38mm Sport Edition

Well, here I am in all my orangey-brown glory. I really enjoyed this outfit. The coordination of the boots and jacket, the layers, and the inclusion of chambray all helped this combination be an instant favorite. Surprisingly, although these are some of the less represented colors in my wardrobe, I got a lot of compliments on this outfit.  What colors do you get complimented on while wearing?

three favorites: january 8, 2017

January 8, 2017

1. Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser. I just finished my bottle of this, and I am devastated. Partly because I love this cleanser, and partly because it is so expensive. This cleanser is the best physical exfoliant I have ever used, as I usually prefer a chemical exfoliant. The cleanser has a very very fine grit that almost just feels like a powder suspended in a nourishing gel base. My sensitive combination/oily skin flourished with this cleanser. I saw clearer skin and a refined texture from using this as my morning cleanser. The ingredients are lush, and the cleanser is truly organic and made in small batches. If you are at your wit's end with drying or dulling cleansers, or if you are looking to make your beauty routine align with your values, I would encourage you to check out Tata Harper.

2. Ebay. I just sold a skirt on Ebay and it was so exciting. Listing items, and printing postage once they are sold are so easy. I am so excited to have a little pocket change!

3. Hidden Figures. This movie was so beautiful. To see women (especially women of color) unapologetically represented as themselves- smart and capable- in roles as scientists and mathematicians was beautiful. Right from the beginning when bright Katherine was moved to a new school to foster her inquisitive mind, and she masterfully solves a math problem and then pushes her small angular glasses up her small nose I was crying. Then, to watch these women persevere despite often gasp inducing everyday discrimination, was beautiful. It makes me so happy to see a movie like this, that supports understanding and helps marginalized groups to see the history that exists for them, but is never taught. This movie, like Selma, is one that not only captures the mood of the time for civil rights, but also reflects what we are concerned about now- Intersectional feminism, the lack of representation in STEM fields, and the need to change systems of power that don't make sense anymore. Please go see this!

three favorites: winter break, january 2, 2017

January 2, 2017

1. Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream Intensive Creamy Oil. What a ridiculous name! But the product is lovely. It is a citrus scented oil that can start more as a milky cream and will emulsify on the skin. When I put this on my lips or cuticles at night, I wake up with moisturized and glowing skin. This is great if you are suffering from dry patches this winter.

2. Steger Mukluks. I went down to the large and hilly dog park in my city yesterday, and all of the ground, including a considerably long hill, was covered in thick clear ice from all the rain Minnesota got around Christmas. I managed really well in my mukluks and stayed warm. The only person who outmaneuvered me was my husband who was wearing crampons.

3. Twin Peaks. I just started watching this thanks to good friends with good taste who forced my husband to give it a shot. (Michael isn't the hugest murder mystery fan.) I was so happy because I am loving the drama of this series already. I love everyone's hair, and the absurd way that Detective Cooper talks into a handheld dictation device.

I feel rested, and ready to take on the rest the quarter at my school. I wish you the best this first short week of January!

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