“An America that looks away is ignoring not just the sins of the past, but the sins of the present and the certain sins of the future.” Ta-Nehisi Coates
2017 is coming to an end. i have lots of thoughts, images and artwork to share in my time spent away from this space. but i would to remiss not to address the ongoing madness in my country.
as a white woman, my feelings pale in comparison to those of people of color. people who have been long ignored, spoken for and over, harmed and killed. my heart hurts for this country, and this world. my heart aches for the brown bodies that have been and continue to be killed by the hands of white people and in the name of white supremacy.
we, as white people, directly benefit from white privilege daily. yes you may face other struggles throughout your life, and for that i wish you healing and love. but none of those issues give you the right to withhold love, healing, peace, social and political advancement and the right to live for people of color. if you are confused on this, i welcome your dialogue.
i’ve had to check my own privilege and racism more times than i’d like to admit. i’ve had to unlearn and learn how to trust myself, and live my life lead by my compassionate heart. there is no excuse for white people to perpetuate white supremacy anymore. i don’t care if your parents are racist and raised you with such values. there are no excuses.
if you are not actively working to dismantle systems of oppression, you are upholding them.
*image by carissa gallo
i am determined to bloom.
i took this imperfect photo weeks ago in my tiny apartment on my 26th birthday. i think it’s about time i step into my own power. this is going to be a good year.
laughing and loving on the steps of a tiny home in oregon
if you know me at all, you know that i LOVE the holidays. all of them. can’t get enough of them. i love having a reason to celebrate and get together with friends and family. gift giving is one of my most favorite things to do. this year, i’ve decided to get two of my closest girlfriends galentine’s day gifts 🙂 while i cherish all of my girl friends, i wanted to get gifts for those without partners
given the current political climate, i’ve been trying my best to practice radical kindness. now more than ever we need to celebrate strong, supportive women. galentine’s day (celebrated february 13) is a celebration of the wonderful gals in your life that you love! and i love love. i am all for any holiday that brings a little joy and light to life during the cold, snowy Boston winters
celebrating a holiday + random acts of kindness + women i love + supporting local businesses = ultimate bliss
first package: gifts for my beautiful friend who is rocking it out in california ~ getting her phd, surfing waves and working to bring environmental awareness to children globally
• first of all, these girl power socks. i can’t get enough of them. in fact i bought multiple pairs around christmas time to give out as gifts this year and i’m so glad i did! Blue Q motherfucking girl power socks bought at on centre in jamaica plain
• on centre is where i also picked up the heavenly scented american-made soy paddywax candle!
• heart sunglasses to wear as she travels around the globe from paper source in chestnut hill
• burt’s bees tinted lip gloss (in my favorite, red dahlia). i’ve always loved me some burts bees, but even more so after one of the co-founders gifted land to be designated as a national monument in maine last summer
• aura cacia rosehip oil serum i bought from whole foods in dedham. while i usually try to support my local co-op as often as i can, buying this face serum was a necessity. rosehip oil is a blessing (seriously buy yourself some as a love-day gift to yourself)
• tea! tea tea tea, who doesn’t love a warm cup of tea? i included my personal favorites. raspberry leaf is especially beneficial for women. cup-of-calm i imagine would be helpful in the life of a phd student, as would echinacea tea for an immune booster during these cooler months. traditional medicinal is my favorite brand of pre-packaged tea. awesome eco-conscious brand. i do love the women’s energy yogi tea with their uplifting tea-fortunes. all of the tea was bought from harvest co-op in jamaica plain… along with the deliciously organic justin’s peanut butter cups!
second package: gifts for my friend who is going through a rough break up. having endured my fair share of heartache, i am happy to send one along to her as well!
• i knew i had to get her milk and honey by rupi kaur. this book deserves its own post. beautiful book of poetry, written by a woman of color. healing and inspiring all in one. i bought this from the neighborhood gem of a bookstore in jamaica plain, papercuts j.p.
• i’m adding the yogi tea +traditional medicinal teas and peanut better cups (from harvest co-op in jamaica plain) in her package too!
• knee high socks from brookline booksmith in brookline
• little buddha candles from the charming store of joanne rossman’s (self-proclaimed) unnecessary & irresistible goods! i love stopping in to hear about what adventures joanne has been up to, give her pug miss rita rose some loving, and buy gifts for those i love. bonus that it’s located just minutes from my home in roslindale!
and last but not least, the card! i originally thought of making my own cards, as i knew finding “galentine’s day” cards might be difficult. but i of course found wonderful cards from my favorite place to buy cards (among other things!): birch street house and garden in roslindale. i found a sparkly card that i added my own personal touch to 🙂 packaged these gifts up in toddler shoe boxes i scored from my neighborhood’s buy nothing facebook group, which were the perfect size! wrapped the boxes in brown paper from grocery bags and will be stopping by the local post office tomorrow to send them off! xoxo
the light grows stronger • halfway to spring
franklin park • jamaica plain • boston
my partner and i made this short video on the boston women’s march on january 21, 2017. blessed to have marched among hundreds of thousands of people at home, and in solidarity with millions across the globe ~ such an emotional, beautiful & empowering day ♥