#Charlottesville: Resources For Taking Action

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As a storyteller, I have always loved finding the right words to describe a moment. But last weekend’s events in Charlottesville, Virginia, left me speechless.

 

This was an ugly act of hate, a moment both heartbreaking and enraging, and a painful reminder of the current reality in our country.

 

And there is no longer space for neutrality or silence.

 

That’s why I have compiled a list of resources below from social media and my community that I hope will help spark conversation, serve as a guide for taking action, and encourage you to continue to seek out resources beyond this list.

 

In solidarity,

 

Jess

 

When we know better, we do better. Take a minute to educate yourself on this weekend’s events:

 

A breakdown of everything that has happened in Charlottesville in the last 3 days, via Buzzfeed

 

Some Background on Those Violent White Supremacist ‘Unite the Right’ Actions in Charlottesville, via Colorlines

 

Male Terrorists Are an Issue We Should Discuss, via Teen Vogue

 

What’s next? Here are some immediate next steps for taking action and showing solidarity:

 

Find a protest TODAY in your area

 

Support black students returning to UVA next week

 

Donate to the Charlottesville Black Lives Matter chapter

 

Tips to fight racism every day, via Refinery29

 

Find an event in your area and stand in solidarity with Charlottesville, via Indivisible

 

Tell news media to stop doing PR for white nationalists in Charlottesville, via Color of Change

 

Remember Charlottesville victim, Heather Heyer, with words from her mother, via HuffPo

 

Here is some food for thought on allyship. We cannot stay silent any longer:

 

The Scientific Case that America is Becoming More Prejudiced, via Vox

 

After Charlottesville, White People Cannot Avoid Conversations About White Supremacy, via Mic

 

White Women, Stop Pretending We Don’t Benefit From White Supremacy, via Allure

 

Did I miss any important resources? Please reach out to me on social media so I can continue to learn and share tools with my community.

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#SelfCare17: Do What You Said You Would Do

It’s not just your golf swing that requires follow through. There’s no greater feeling (okay I may be overstating it, but it’s certainly a REALLY GOOD feeling) than to check something off a to do list. It can be big or small, but marking down our achievements is key to continuing self-care. So make sure you not only follow through on a task, but check it off your list, and celebrate your accomplishment.

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#SelfCare17: Walk With Purpose

There are times when I’m feeling overwhelmed when I need to just get up and move. For these moments, I like to go on nice walks to clear my head. It gets the blood flowing, and calms my mind. Next time you feel stressed, step away from your desk, put down your phone, and take a walk. You’ll find with every step you’ll get a little closer to discovering where you need to be going.

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Say Hello To Your Inner Warrior

We have an inner warrior inside of us.

 

When was the last time you said hello?

 

It’s that part of us that speaks to us about challenging the status quo, fighting against our own complacency and recognizing injustice. It’s in nurturing our inner warrior that we can find that courage to be more of ourselves, stand up for ourselves, and weather the tougher elements of our self-discovery journeys.

 

We can often be scared of that inner warrior. Afraid to let her out. Because the world may want us to be quiet, complacent and invisible. But our inner warrior is anything but.

 

To live an empowered life we have to engage that part of ourselves, take creative risks and build up our emotional arsenal of weapons to help us cope with consciousness and clarity.

 

The inner warrior demands dedication. A deep practice of radical self-care.

 

Stop accepting less than you deserve in relationships. Assert yourself when it comes to things you want and know you deserve. Each time you exercise your right to protect yourself, your inner warrior grows stronger.

 

When we validate our own worth we will begin to feel more deserving of love and less tolerant of anything that comes to you on a lower vibration. Our inner warrior is here to help us endure the journey along this long but noble path of self-discovery.  

 

Say hello to her now.

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#SelfCare17: Let It Go

Any amount of negativity can weigh you down. Don’t hold on to it – let it all go. Refocus your energy and check-in with your self to stay on track.  Let go of the negative, take on change while continuing to dream and focus.  Release what’s no longer needed, focus on the now and recharge yourself from within.

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#SelfCare17: Dance it Out

Exercise releases feel good endorphins—that’s science. But sometimes getting to those endorphins can be a real pain. It doesn’t have to be that way though. When you find yourself stressed out and overworked, don’t beat yourself up. Instead, crank up your favorite tunes, and move to the beat! Forget about the number of reps, and just enjoy being in the moment with music.

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Reclamation Of Independence

I believe it’s time we redefine what it means to be truly independent. Free of limiting thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors. To release the relationships both personal and professional that no longer serve us and to continue to foster a connected relationship with ourselves. To question our privilege, challenge the status quo, and cultivate curiosity. I believe it’s time to get comfortable being uncomfortable.

 

This is our Reclamation of Independence. What will you declare?

Click here to download #ReclamationOfIndependence graphics!

 

 

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#SelfCare17: Daydream

Being focused on a cause is great. Dedicating yourself to working tirelessly for change is both admirable… and tiring. You’re not a machine meant to zero in on a singular task forever, that’s why it’s great to let yourself daydream. Protect yourself from burning out by zoning out. Let your mind wander, and allow your thoughts to flow freely.  Not only will it calm you down, but also it’s often just what you need to kick-start new ideas.  

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#SelfCare17: Embrace The Change

Let July be almost like a second “New Year.” Refocus your energy and check-in with yourself on the 6th month to stay on track. Let go of the negative and embrace the change while continuing to dream and focus. While change can be scary, it can also be beautiful and rewarding. Change can be one of the toughest parts of life, but #selfcare17 is letting it work for us.

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#SelfCare17: Nap

There’s a reason why kindergartens are encouraged to nap. They’re growing bodies and developing minds need a mid-day boost. But just because you gave up finger painting and learned to read long ago, doesn’t mean you should quit on naps. Let’s face it being an adult is exhausting! We face so many challenges and are constantly developing new ways to cope. Do yourself a big delightful favor, and take a nap! I guarantee you’ll appreciate it more now than you ever did in kindergarten.

 

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