Friday Five Recently | Week 4
Recently . . .
I’m pissed because this “great” country is supposed to allow everyone the right to pursue life, liberty and happiness, but it seems that right is only applies to a select few. And folks want to take about how much this country has come a long way and how we should be content with that for now. Must be nice for those folks to feel safe enough to even think about feeling content with the way things are now.
For people of color and the LGBTQ+ community, we’re not safe in our communities, in own homes, in our schools or churches. We’re not safe walking down the street or coming out of a Subway restaurant. Living in a constant state of having to always be on guard and hyperaware is mfing exhausting af.
As a parent raising two Black children, I hate that enduring racism, homophobia, and police brutality (just to name a few) is still considered “the norm” for us. Non-black people love saying, “Well, look how far your race has come” or “Slavery was years ago.” And I just laugh because if we seriously take a look, we’d see that my race hasn’t come very far at all and that a lot of what we’re still fighting against today is still a form of slavery and Jim Crow!!
I’m loving my current cast of characters and their story. I can’t wait until this project is done and I can put it out into the world for consumption. Plus, I’ll have another chance to hit 50k in this year’s NaNoWriMo.
Survived | We survived the first half of the school year! Praises! Homeschooling two kids in different age groups and grades isn’t for the weak. We’re already counting down the days until Summer Break gets here. This year was definitely a lot more challenging than last year.
Also, I’ve realized that I need to do a better job of chronicling our homeschool journey. There are so many stereotypes about homeschooling and even more about Black homeschoolers. I want to be a voice and advocate for other parents, especially Black parents and parents of children with learning disabilities and special needs.
Restarted | Last year I tried to take up bullet journaling. It started off well, but I didn’t stay consistent with it. I started looking at other people’s bullet journals and getting a little frustrated with how beautiful their layouts looked compared to mine. Comparison is indeed the thief of joy. So I should have known better.
This time around, I’m staying in my lane, coming to terms with my artistic limits, and just enjoying the process. That said check out my bookshelf I drew to keep track of all the review copies of books I receive from publishers. I think it turned out pretty good.
Let’s chat in the comments. Do you bullet journal? Or are you counting down to Summer Break like me?