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The Revolution of Rest

Listen up and repeat after us – are you ready?

Taking care of yourself is an act of revolution.

With today’s self-care movement, this may not come as a surprise. Though, we mean something a little different than washing your face or finding time to meditate. We’re talking deliberate, unapologetic dedication to your time, energy, and peace of mind, despite and in reaction to your daily responsibilities.

While we could talk about our thoughts on this movement all day, the following Black female writers put it best in their short essays, poems, and novels.

Audre Lorde

  • Poetry is not a luxury

  • Transformation of Silence Into Language and Action

  • Sister Outsider

Alice Walker

  • In Love and in Trouble

  • In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens

  • You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down

Bell Hooks

  • Love as the Practice of Freedom

  • All About Love: New Visions

  • Feminism Is for Everybody: Passionate Politics

Maya Angelou

  • Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now

  • And Still I Rise

  • Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie

Each of these published pieces is a reflection of their time, leading the self-care movement through an intersectional lens that considers race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. far before we began discussing it via our digital spaces.

Consider this a summer reading list of sorts. One thing we hope you gather from this collection? Rest IS the revolution. Take notes and begin planning your own personal uprising through self-care.


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