I’m Sick Of Being Asked This Question

‘Why do you feel like we need diversity and inclusion in the outdoors industry?’It’s the million dollar question asked of me in some variation when I’m featured on a podcast, quoted in an article, or basically interviewed for anything. Usually asked by a ‘well-meaning’ white person who just can’t fathom why a Black woman might […]

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There’s No Such Thing As Balance

‘How do you balance it all?’ Women get asked this question all the time. If you’re ambitious, high-achieving, are a wife and/or mother and look even remotely put together, people ask you this question as if you have some magic formula locked away. I won’t even get into why men aren’t asked this question. How […]

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Run With Me?

I don’t know about you, but I’m determined to not let the events of 2020 so far define who 2020 ends. This pandemic, witnessing white folks become aware of racism, participating in the movement for Black lives will be recorded in history, and rightfully so. But in your personal record books, in your history and […]

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Your Joy Is Rebellion

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been talking to clients, friends, and peers and the one theme that keeps coming up is that they don’t feel like they’re doing enough in this moment. We’re experiencing a flurry of emotions: anger, astonishment, relief, overwhelm, joy.We’re protesting, calling folks out on social media and in real life, […]

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Celebrating Juneteenth

‘We are our ancestors wildest dreams.’ – Unknown No matter how you choose to celebrate Juneteenth, I want you to pause for one moment and recognize the magnitude of today. Can you imagine the swelling sense of joy and pride your great-great-great-great Grandmother and Grandfather have when they see YOU? What you’ve built.What you fight […]

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Freedom

Freedom is not given, it is WON.– A. Phillip Randolph. Do you feel FREE? With next week being Juneteenth, and an awakening happening in America (this is me being hopeful), I’ve been thinking about what really makes you free. What does freedom look like for Black, Indigenous, and Brown folks? I shared a bit of […]

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Is This The Revolution?

Whiplash. That’s the only way I can accurately describe what we’ve experienced and lived this week. REMINDER FOR BLACK WOMEN:Please don’t think because white folks are eager to learn everything right now that you have to jump or bend over backwards to give it to them. Chances are high that you’ve been inundated with questions […]

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Black Trauma + Black Joy

It’s exhausting.I’m exhausted. If I’m being honest, I’m supposed to be the person that slides in your inbox and reminds you to center your joy. To boldly take up space. To get outside and get grounded. And that all sounds like bullshit right now. A black man birdwatching in the early hours of the morning […]

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#PopsOfJoy

“And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.”― Kurt Vonnegut Jr. You know that moment when you’re witnessing the most mundane thing— A beautiful sunset on your evening walk.Or your toddler handing you a crushed […]

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Kicked to the Curb

Worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair, it gives you something to do but it gets you nowhere. – Glenn Turner I’m not here to tell you that you don’t have shit to worry about. But what I am here to tell you is that there are ways to kick rumination — that feeling when we […]

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