Sigh, how are you?
How is 2021 treating you?
So, by now, many of you understand how we use this platform. We don't only connect you with styles and treasures from around the world through fashion and foodie experiences, we also use our platform to:
- Share stories that help people see the other side of an issues that divides us (basically, we help people connect across cultures and divisive lines)
- Create a SAFE space for growth through honest conversing and activities
We decided this was one worth sharing as we finalize our order for Cayman Islands (thank you Cayman for shopping small business and for all of those that have fallen in love with our work. We source beads from around the world and it is amazing to hear our pieces are a hit "across the water").
Now, New York Times Presents is available on Hulu. They cover various subjects from episode to episode and each episode is roughly an hour long. Breonna's story is one of very many across the US that wore us out in 2020 because the sun rises, but it's as if certain people are going to live out a certain experience while others toil and almost fall apart. The sunrise is not the same across the board and the difference often stems from manmade and man-allowed turmoil. It's gotten to the point where, at least for me, it makes me feel sick to my stomach and as if the solution needs to arrive from the divine spaces because when mankind is offered the opportunity to do better, we often choose the path that will ruin or neglect others because it's a shorter distance to walk. I have written about this before and it almost feels like choosing to set ourselves on fire. Why do we choose to set ourselves on fire? Why do we choose not to care, not to act and not to dedicate our lives to shade trees we will never sit under? Why were you given life? Was it just for you or did The Universe that allowed you possibly hope for more? These are the things I think about. I think we all need to think about these matters. On certain days, it really does feel like we are digging our own coffins and not in a way that is simply about passage... we all know at some point we have to transition to what is next... this digging doesn't feel like that. It feels a little darker and a little heavier and the peace we think we will attain on the other side isn't available. It's almost like the mess we create, we will have to fix in this life. I want to apologize for the morbidity of these thoughts, but that wouldn't be honest. I'm not sorry. These are things we do need to think about.
Here are things to consider as you watch the third episode on Breonna Taylor:
1. What do you know about Breonna Taylor?
2. Where did you get your information from?
3. How many other incidents can you name that sound similar to this one?
- If not, are you willing to research?
5. Do you have friends of color or that are culturally different?
6. Have you sat down with them to understand what the average day in America is like for them?
7. Have you checked to see what life is like for them after our 45th president or how they are treated by other Americans that might not look like them, sound like them or dress like them?
If you do really want to converse over these subjects, do leave us a comment on here. If you have another way of getting in touch, please do.
Otherwise, we wish you light, love and kindness.
Take care of yourselves (and your neighbours) and may health be yours
The Empowerment Initiative
(Emily wrote this piece )
Below is a preview of the documentary AND we will not add anything for sale to this blog post because as mankind, we need to spend time reflecting and deciding.