you say I choose sadness
that it never once has chosen me
"The place in which I’ll fit will not exist until I make it."
I went on a picnic date today. Captured photos of these beautiful flowers to use as inspiration/reference for portrait backgrounds. I’m really excited to make time to start new projects, particularly using paint and large canvasses.
to my beloved people of color as we go back to school
sending positive vibes and strength to all the people of color who are going back to school at predominantly white institutions where we don’t see ourselves reflected in the textbooks, curriculum, or campus concerns, and who are also dealing with living in a society that doesn’t care about our lives. this summer has been especially rough emotionally for many of us and we know that there isn’t an end in sight, but find (make) time to take care of yourself in the midst of the turmoil.
you matter and deserve to be heard even when the syllabus erases you from history. you matter and deserve to be seen even when the student government does not support issues specific to your communities. you matter and deserve to not be fetishized even when your classmates are “learning” about your culture. you matter and deserve humanity even when your school campus does everything in its power to make current events in your community irrelevant to the culture of the campus. you matter and you deserve life.
don’t be apologetic about your emotions. don’t be afraid to be seen. don’t be afraid to be heard. don’t be afraid to take up space or time. don’t be afraid to stand up. don’t be afraid to fight back. you are beautiful. you are powerful. you are loved. you can do this.
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10 000 ways that won’t work.”
–Thomas A. Edison
I think it’s safe to say that the process of building and maintaining a website and online store has been a huge learning experience for me. I’ve set goals, met them, missed them, re-worked my expectations based on my capabilities, and settled for what was manageable. The time has come for me to reset the clock and set some new goals.