It’s been a while since I (Amanda) posted a what’s on my mind. Being completely honest, I’ve had a pretty stressful few months. Between a viral pandemic and a racial pandemic, I’ve spent a lot of time in my head. I want to take this post to share a few things I’ve learned and some things that I’ve been thinking about.
- About Racism. Over the last few weeks, I’ve dedicated a lot of time to educating myself and learning what I can do as an ally and with the privilege I have as a white woman. I’ve been listening to conversations in the community, understanding what people are thinking and feeling. I’m learning about the system our society is built upon and what changes need to be made to fix systemic racism.
- About Education. One of the educational pieces of content I’ve found in the last few weeks has been the documentary 13th on Netflix. It discusses the political nuance and motivation behind the 13th amendment, which “abolished” slavery. I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone looking to learn more about the systems set up in the US after we abolished slavery.
- About Local Government. I’ve been spending a lot of time learning about the things happening at the community level in Austin, Texas. I’m paying close attention to how the city council is discussing racism and police brutality and learning what actions they’re considering to fix the problems surrounding those issues for Austin. I’ve spent over 20 hours listening to discussion, debate, and public comment and I’ve learned a lot in that time. Most city council meetings are open to the public and are recorded, or are available online. I highly recommend tuning in to your local community conversations. A
- About Me Time. The first 3 points above have truly taken a lot out of me mentally. I have spent a lot of mental and emotional capital in educating myself and I’ve found a need to balance that with time off. Every day, I dedicate time specifically to learn more about systemic racism, but I also dedicate time to decompress for myself. This self-care has been very helpful to prevent burnout. Some of my favorite self-care items are reading (currently reading Becoming by Michelle Obama), working out, and looking up new recipes to try.
- About 90 Day Fiancé. I’ve also been enjoying the occasional reality TV show. My friend got me super into 90 Day Fiancé lately and y’all, it’s amazing. The story lines are dramatic, but hilarious. I just finished 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days, where couples meet for the first time and decide whether they want to get engaged or married to start the K1 visa process. Highly recommend if you’re looking to decompress without needing to think too critically.
- About Missing Travel. One of the biggest things I’ve been struggling with during the pandemic has been my inability to travel. I’m usually someone who has a trip planned every few months and I haven’t been on a plane since Christmas. One of the things I’m looking forward to most in the next few months is taking a trip to visit my mom.
How have y’all been holding up lately? What are some things you’re doing to keep yourself informed during times like these? Let us know in the comments! And subscribe to our newsletter to be notified of the latest from Paint the House Pink.