Before I Begin...

Truth time.




I've been planning and developing this blog for about a year. It's taken far too long to get it out into the universe. What been holding me back, you ask?


Fear.


Fear of how people will react. Fear that I won't be taken seriously. Fear that it will be too much work. Fear that I will fail...



But if 2020 has taught me anything, it's that life is precious and could end at any moment.



There is no better time to start your dreams than NOW.


Before I begin this blog, I want to address some of the prominent issues that are at the center of our society right now.


First, we have been faced with a pandemic like no other. COVID-19 or Coronavirus. This virus ripped through countries, causing lock downs, social distancing, panic, fear, and death. I want to take a moment to remember everyone who has been affected by this virus and all of those who have been lost...life will never be the same.



Second, the tragic deaths of Ahmed Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd opened the cracks in the supremacist society we live in and have re-fueled the Black Lives Matter movement. But is not just for these three individuals, it is for every black life that has been wrongfully taken, for every b


lack child, woman, or man who have felt discrimination or hate, for every black mama whose child didn't return home, and to fight a society that intentionally oppresses people who are not white or born in America.


I will fully acknowledge that, as a white, American, woman, I have privileges that I can, knowingly and unknowingly, take for granted. That I am not an expert in diversity or diversity studies. That I will never truly understand what it feels like to be black, latinx, lgtbq+, an immigrant, etc., but I will stand.


I will stand with you. I will learn from you. I will help you.


That's my promise to an


yone and everyone who encounters me and my blog.


With that being said, I want to disclose that I grew up and still live in a small, rural town (population under 3,000). It is mainly conse


rvative and lacking diversity. The majority of my friends are friends from high school and therefore, I do not have a lot of diversity in my own life.


I grew up hearing racial stereotypes, slurs, and pure racism. I still see people fly confederate flags and it kills me. I will admit, that while I have worked hard to remove these terrible thoughts and beliefs from my thinking, I'm not perfect and do make mistakes.


I strive to learn about and embrace diversity and people from all cultures, I ask for patience while I grow my blog. I won't always say the correct things. I won't have diverse guests until I can grow and expand beyond my current social group. Please do not hesitate to call me out on something if I have said it wrongly or offensively, but do it kindly. I am still learning and growing.


The point is, that I know the direction I want and need to go and I'm asking for grace and forgiveness while I go that way.


Thank you for reading, listening, and understanding me.


We are all here together and we can all


work together to make the world a better place.


-Alexis




photo: Alexis, using Canva.

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