It’s time for another installment of my bi-weekly email series. In each issue, I share three resources that I have found to be helpful for myself and/or my clients. As a former librarian and a current voracious gatherer of helpful information, I’m constantly listening to podcasts, reading books and articles, and watching various videos that spark my interest.
Call Your Girlfriend is a weekly podcast co-hosted by two close friends who live on opposite sides of the country. Aminatou Sow is a digital strategist, writer and influencer. Ann Friedman is a freelance journalist and a columnist for NY Magazine and the LA Times. This particular episode actually aired at the beginning of last month and it is their annual “permission podcast” where they gather some of their good friends who give us permission to let go of some behaviors that don’t serve us and adopt some new behaviors that do. Although the year has already started, it’s not too late to give ourselves permission to take care of ourselves in better ways.
A couple of months ago, I came across across a link on the Internet for Layla F. Saad’s “Me and White Supremacy Workbook.” It looked interesting so I downloaded the free book. As a person who benefits from white privilege, I was interested to see what role, if any, white supremacy plays in my life. Much to my shock, the system of white supremacy in this country infuses everything. This book has been a wake up call for me and I highly recommend it to any white person who wants to make the United States a more livable and equitable country for everyone.
Doing the “Me and White Supremacy Workbook” got me interested in the history of racism. I just started reading Ibram X. Kendi’s award winning book, “Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.” Coincidentally, unbeknownst to me he’s also an inspirational speaker. Kendi gave a wonderful speech about the true meaning of being an intellectual. If you have an abiding hunger for the truth, you’ll find yourself mirrored in this short video.
Thanks for taking the time to read this newsletter. If any of these resources elicited any thoughts or feelings that you’d like to share with me, please contact me. If you like these emails, feel free to share them with other coaches, friends, clients and people walking the transformational path.
See you again in two weeks,