We Need to Talk. COVID-19 & Black Lives Matter Protests

It has been such a long time, and honestly, it has needed to break from everything (social media, blogging, youtube, etc.). I have really missed this so much.

Okay, so the last time I was here, I was on this self-growth journey, and to some extent, I still am on that journey, but so much has happened. Well, for one, we are in a PANDEMIC AKA CORONA VIRUS. So, we stopped going to school at the beginning of March, and it was so sudden none of us honestly thought that might be there last time we would see each other for a while. I remember being woken up at 7 am from multiple missed calls from my TISA Team. They told me I needed to get the next bus to the office to discuss our plan of action considering the decision the school had made. At that point, I honestly hadn't even read the email about school shutting down, so I was super confused. I remember taking a quick shower and hopping onto the bus, and running to the office as I could.

So I get to the office, and the team essentially lets me know that we had to cancel cultural outreach (our biggest production/event for international students at Trent). I remember just feeling like this was a joke and kind of laughing about it. Again in my head, everything was only temporary; we didn't need to panic. But as well started the meeting, making phone calls to vendors and recording our official statement, I realized the real depth of the situation. This was the end of school and life as we all knew it, at least for now. I had a sinking feeling in my stomach, and even as we as a team said our final goodbyes, the sinking feeling seemed to get more intense.

Anyways from that day, this got progressively worse and worse. A full-on lockdown of boards, travel restrictions, the school moved to be online, and life just changed. I took a month off social media and only came back because of the important conversations that needed to happen around RACISM from the shootings of George Floyd and many others. It was like moving from pandemic to the next one, and I remember coming to the blog and try to write multiple times about how I was feeling and what to do, but I just couldn't. I felt angry and frustrated that in 2020 we still had to talk about this and have people dying for no reason, like what the actual (cuss word).

I took some time to come back, but now is the right time to come back. The blog will be changing a little, though—im thinking of inviting other people to contribute to the content, which I think would be interesting. I also want to do more fashion content because this pandemic officially made me plus size, and I need to learn to love the new body I have.

I am so excited to start this journey again. Let's continue to be great.

Saying of the week:

“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
Nelson Mandela