Self Care = Community
It has been a while since my last blog post but all for good reason. You see, when it comes to using this platform I know myself enough to say “I don’t want to just be another beauty blogger”. I really analyze and ask myself questions like: Will this bring readers value? What is the message behind this post? What have I learned that I would personally love to share? With that being said I also realize that I may at times to overanalytical to the point that of not writing anything at all. It’s a balance.
Let’s move forward shall we?
This past Saturday I had the opportunity to speak at a self-care workshop in Baldwin Park, CA. Along with other WOC, we each brought our own skills and knowledge to share with a group of people for community outreach. The workshop was coordinated by the young and driven Reyna Marrufo. This young woman is doing so much for women empowerment and the Latino community at such a young age. Be sure to check out her blog.
Our first activity was led by the knowledgable Roxy of Casapapalotl. It was cleansing ritual of burning sage and frankincense to clear the room of energies. Something very common among our indigenous roots that many of us are starting to reconnect with. I myself do this in my own home. Roxy informed us of her organic, cruelty free tea blends. She is a birth doula, a mother and a business co-owner for Casapapalotl. I learned so much from her and felt clarity for my own activity.
My contribution to the workshop was “Clean Beauty Basics” as self-care. 30 minutes worth of information about the toxic chemicals in our everyday products especially cosmetics. These products that have carcinogens or research links to cancer, hormones and endocrine disruptors. I used the EWG Skin Deep Quick Tips for Choosing Safer Personal Care Products along with apps like ThinkDirty and EWG Healthy Living. Easier ways to make healthier choices on the go because ain’t nobody got time to carry around a piece of paper haha. It was very well received and loved the questions that were asked. It was great practice to get my feet wet and I can improve and refine for future opportunities.
The last activity was led by Rocio of Hermana Mia leading us into exercises to release emotional trauma. She works in partnership with artisans in Mexico to make empowering jewelry that is sign by each artisan.
Each person had great knowledge to contribute and share. I came out of there feeling proud and honored to be among such open hearted individuals. As well as people of color that we could all identify with, men, young women, and mothers. Vegan nachos were provided by Plant Food For Peopleand micheladas to wash it all down.
Love and light to you all!