Thanks, Take Care
In just three months time, we will be embarking on a whole new year. It is weird to think about that, what is even stranger is the heat wave that we have been experiencing lately. I have previously felt like I was going to turn into a puddle. Even though school is back in session, it still feels like summer. That is California for you very sunny and bright. The irony of the picture perfect weather is that in life you can go through seasons that are dimly lit. The pressure to have that positive mindset at all times can be sickening and weakening. The same way that you have to take the good with the bad, you have to sometimes embrace the negativity that life throws at you in order to learn from those mistakes and setbacks. If you are too hard on yourself and not let yourself feel those emotions then you are short changing your personal healing process. It is imperative to be able to make time to cry as well as time to laugh. When you leave the grocery store, the cashier typically says something along the lines of have a nice day or thank you come again, take care. We say that in passing all the time. What does it really mean to take care? Being mindful of our minds and bodies and making sure we are stable even if we stumble on uneven ground would be my best guess.
Last month, I was invited to a self-care event in Victory Park in Pasadena, CA. I was excited to see the event and learn about what two amazing black women had cooked up together. Friends Fanya Daniels and Amanina Badha had known each other since grade nine and together they threw an Inaugural Launch Party to empower others to carry on in the journey of life via self-care and self-love. Badha attended Cal-State Dominguez-Hills and Daniels attended Cal State San Bernardino. Both attended USC together for their graduate program in social work focusing on community organization and mental health respectively.
Attendees could sign up for a one time or monthly subscription of self-care items, like a women’s manicure pedicure set, a shaving kit for men, Mary Kay items, loofahs, body scrub, and hand made candles by Fanya Daniels. There were numerous activities for youth like board games, and a reading area.
This was a wonderful event that I hope doesn’t go unnoticed or unappreciated by the community
Both Fanya and Amanina hope to keep this event going and host future ones in November since November 12th-November 18th is National Self-Care Week.
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