Must-Reads for Creatives is a monthly curation of articles + art for thoughtful creative parents. Each post arrives tied together by a gentle thread—because I’m not here to add to the noise. Let’s simplify creative living, shall we? Bookmark these posts. Savor them slowly.
On Wellbeing Amid Injustice:
This month’s Must-Reads for Creatives are for those with wet eyes, angry yet eager hands, and big wounded hearts amid the current cultural atmosphere.
Many of you—as parents, creatives, healers, community volunteers and activists, and generally caring people—struggle with grief and anger after the American election. You’re searching for meaningful and effective ways to create social justice. You’re holding concerns for yourself, your family, your community, and the world at large.
These times have me reflecting on how personal wellbeing and community wellbeing intersect (and are often inseparable). Any comprehensive discussion of wellbeing must acknowledge that, even though we’re still figuring out how to support their intersections.
On Personal Wellbeing:
Let’s re-write our definition of personal wellbeing along the way; it’s a form of self-love. And, as Krista Tippett has written, “Love, muscular and resilient, does not always seem reasonable, much less doable, in our most damaged and charged civic spaces.” Self-care is more than bubble baths (though they may help). We need to turn the lens of self-compassion upon our thoughts and goals. We need to intersperse mind/body practices across our everyday lives. We need others to support us, in order to be well; no woman or man is an island.
On Community Wellbeing:
Let’s also re-write our definition of community wellbeing along the way. We cannot create true inner or outer change without activism. We can’t meditate our way to a better world (though it helps us to act from a more present and insightful place). We can’t parent, work, create, or play with true freedom within the social structures of oppression. But we must not burn out our flame in the process. We have the right to live our lives with love and play, whenever possible, and in spite of injustice.
It’s so much for us to be and do, in tandem. The good news is: to live a creative life is to contribute your part toward the whole.
Together, we can keep the candle lit.
Together, we will continue to raise the tone of our voices.
Together, we will embody and unify our creative visions for a more just and healthy world.
This Month’s Must-Reads for Creatives:
Self-Care Tips for Those Who Are Terrified of Trump’s Presidency >>>
How Women of Color Are Practicing Self-Care in a Trump World >>>
Amaal Said’s Portraits Shed Beautiful Light On Women Of Color >>>
What It Means to Be a Writer in the Time of Trump >>>
We All Have Our Reasons. >>>
Kimberlé Crenshaw: The urgency of intersectionality (a must-view!) >>>