I have no words for what this week has brought. I have cried, grieved, processed, and thought long and hard about the world, about racism, and how I can be a better person and a better ally.

I have always considered myself to be blatantly non-racist and anti-racist. I call out any person, friend or family when they are being racist... I don't judge people by the color of their skin, I speak up against the injustices against black people, always. I have always considered myself an ally... and now I see that there is more work to be done. There is always a chance to do more, be a better person, and see the world through a different lens. 

For the past week, I've shared resources on social media, I've donated to the multiple organizations, and have signed more petitions than I ever have before. I want to make a change and be part of the change. I'm going to tune in more to listen to the Black community, support Black creators and Black-owned businesses. I'm going to do a little less talking, and a little more listening and I think that is important.

I also realize that sharing on social media doesn't mean that you're anti-racist/racism. Some people's gut reactions are not social media and they might be donating, signing, protesting, and not sharing it on social. That doesn't negate their contribution to the cause. Let's not judge or be negative during this time. Let's ban together, unite, and go forward toward change. The world doesn't need shaming or negativity right now. Everyone handles things in their own way, it does not mean they are ignorant to the situations at hand.

Also, being for Black Lives Matter and being anti-racist doesn't mean I am anti-cop. I have best friends who are cops, who are good people who are anti-racist. I can support black people and the police at the same time... but that doesn't mean that there isn't a need for reform... it's insane how much reform is needed in the police departments, all over the country and probably the world.

The country and the world need help -- we need to make changes from the local level all the way to the national level (from what I've heard, the local level is even more important!) and we are responsible for that change.

If you don't know where to start in this entire movement, the first place should be to make sure you are registered to vote. Make sure you are actively voting and understanding what is going on in your community. Educate yourself... I know that is a phrase that has been said over and over again but just make sure you understand what you are seeing on social and what is happening. 

The world is not going to change overnight but if everyone makes small steps to change, to educate, and to help then sooner or later, a big change is going to come.

Personally, I'm going to be more mindful of the businesses I'm buying from and to continue to call out racial injustices, even the casual ones, where I see it. 

I apologize if this post was all over the place... I've been having so many feelings over the past week and I almost cannot articulate how I feel but I thought it was important to come on here and talk directly to all of you. 

Ok, I am done now... I want to highlight a few different organizations, petitions, and campaigns that we can all easily get on board with!

Credit @arielsinhaha

Campaigns and Petitions 

*I am very passionate about the Breonna Taylor murder. It is disgusting and breaks my heart that she was just in her house, and police barged in without announcing themselves and shot her 8 times. They had entered the wrong apartment... It's horrifying. 


I can continue to share donations and petitions as the days, weeks, months go on and will have them in my Royal Round Up Posts at the end of the week and will include in my email newsletter.

I will probably go back to normal content next week but am planning a post on Black-owned beauty brands/products that I love and have been using for years! 

Stay safe, stay sane, and stay educated!
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