Christle & Gold

Gold Mine | June 2015

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More gold has been mined from the thoughts of men [and women] than has been taken from the earth
— Napoleon Hill

If you followed my old blog, you'll remember that I had sizable amount of blog series. I've paired them down to my favorites and I'm happy to reintroduce gold mine - a space where I can publicly share a few memories, stories, and quotes with you!

Lived.

+ This month was all about revisiting my 21st birthday wishes. One of my goals is to be more active. It took me a bit longer that I would have liked, but I'm finally on a regular workout schedule. I try to mix it up (hiking the greenbelt, kickboxing, squat challenges) but I want to start and finish a challenge in July. To make up for the calories lost, I've been eating well too! I've tried El Chile, North by Northwest and Threadgills - all Christle approved. 

+ I spent a weekend in San Antonio for a primary care summit and I can't stop talking about the experience. I've met the most caring and dedicated physicians / nurses / social workers / administrators who are setting the bar for medical practices across the nation. 

+ Tragedy is in our midst again. The shooting and assassination at an AME Church in Charleston only reminds the nation of what we as POC and black people already know, blackness is too often perceived as a threat . While there are a lot of pieces talking about the tragedy (find my post here), I really enjoyed the Spin's podcast. Host, Esther Armah, asks us to reimagine black forgiveness within white supremacy. Press play to dive deeply into this topic. 

Read. 

+ Separate but never equal. The Route of Division is a sobering reminder of the stark class differences that still exists in this country. 

+  Representation is such a powerful tool for encouragement. Check out this HuffPost article discussing writers of color. Here's a snippet: When you don't learn the history of your people and don't read their literature, when all you read and learn is white and Western and male, and so very different from anything you've ever known and loved, you inevitably begin to believe that you are less than. You learn that in order to succeed, you have to assimilate to a culture that is not your own and does not welcome you, no matter what you do.

+ I want to be more intentional with the words I use and this post on ableist language has helped in my pursuit. 

Quoted.

+  “I have died too many deaths that were not mine.” —  Audre Lorde, from “Sequelae,”

+  “If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less, but to dream more, to dream all the time.” —   Marcel Proust 

+ "Let the peace of God rule in your hearts" — Colossians 3:15