Hi everyone I missed you all so much!
Today I am introducing 19 Days of Radical Self-Love in honor of Juneteenth. This is a project I am working on with the It’s in the Stars brand and its purpose is to help us honor ourselves by nurturing our mental health, and our ancestors by enjoying the freedoms and resources they died for us to have.
Generational trauma is real, and the trauma our ancestors went through was passed down to us through their interactions with their children, and the trauma their children harbored was passed to their children and so on and so forth. Unaddressed trauma due to lack of access to resources can live on in a family for centuries. But it doesn’t have to anymore.
This Juneteenth, instead of solely focusing on the horrors our ancestors endured, we will center our attention on what they didn’t have the chance to prioritize, explore, learn about or preserve the health of: mental health and well-being.
It is mentally and emotionally taxing to be constantly reminded of how meaningless our lives were, and are, to society, with the endless circulations of Black Death and the improper, inconsequential and careless actions from legislators on issues that allow for Black people to be mindlessly murdered.
So, these next few weeks will be centered on a love and healing-based form of resistance to those structures of oppression. We will be walking the thin line between being aware of how the world is actively being constructed to diminish our chances of survival, and celebrating because we’re still here; our ancestors laid the foundation for us to keep living in the world they died to create and it’s our birthright to enjoy this land and this life, even though they didn’t get the chance to.
We will be honoring these truths by intentionally adding joy into each day, reflecting on our lives up to this point, and deepening the relationships we have with ourselves and others.
Patrons on the It’s in the Stars Patreon already have access to Days 1, 2 &3 in the 19 Days of Radical Self-Love Journal that is complete with the journal prompts, poetry, journal entry spaces and more. Please don’t hesitate to join our community, you won’t be disappointed.
I’ll be back tomorrow to give you the prompt for Day 1 of our 19 Days of Radical Self-Love.