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KEEP LEARNING AND LISTENING

by jenellewitty@gmail.com

Winter rain might be the least of my concerns, and a starting point for new communities to engage with over on Instagram.

Before lockdown, back when it was still a roaring 38 degrees, I donned this outfit to pre-shoot some autumn content. I was melting in this (incredible) suede jacket but was so excited about this look I wanted to get the shots in early to share later, knowing later would potentially be raining. Little did I know at the time that rain would be the least of my concerns. Fast forward a few months, we are out of lockdown here (but practicing smart & safe distancing) and it is winter. This morning it rained, and now I am sitting at the dining table with the porch umbrella up to shade the window from the intense afternoon sunlight. My jumper had to come off and I’ve just added ice cubes to my water glass. Rain is still of little concern.

This past couple of weeks has instead brought with it a fresh new wave of things to concern ourselves with. It’s been emotional, educational, and eye-opening. In light of the Black Lives Matter movement, as I see it, this has been a time to stop, listen, and learn, to take the time to educate ourselves and have some confronting conversations. I’ve been learning so much and have found myself having these moments of realisation and understanding that I didn’t see coming. I hope you have been experiencing the same.

There are SO many resources out there for you to investigate. And I can’t help but feel like this should not be a momentary practice but one we have to make a habit. I can never imagine fully what some people have gone through and are still going through. I can however be open-minded and listen actively. Plus, since I have this opportunity, I can share that with my audience, as I know you will want to do all you can to understand and listen too.

As I mentioned on Instagram, I don’t think I always have the right words to say, but if I don’t say anything, I am wasting an opportunity. Injustice isn’t okay. Even in small ways. We all know that, so we all know we need to learn more and share this with those around us.

As I appreciate people are sharing a lot on Instagram, and I still love blogging, I wanted to share this blog post “Follow Black Creators” from Twenty-Something Plus.

I think I first came across Bethany in 2018. She’s a fellow plant mumma and nothing but pure joy. She rocks some of my favourite brands like Anine Bing & Realisation Par like nobody else. Her style is chic, cool, and effortless, and her megawatt smile matches her personality. She’s checked in on me if she’s ever noticed me not posting, which, short of my best friends or Mum, people just don’t do. I’d love to meet her in person one day, and am so grateful for blogging and Instagram for allowing me to get to meet her digitally, as it has allowed me to meet so many amazing people.

In her blog post, Bethany points out that if you follow 1000 people on Instagram and follow the 100 black creators she’s shared in her list, that is still only 10%. As people have been sharing more and more accounts to diversify their feeds, I am so happy to get to know some new creators. Please check out her list, follow and engage.

Oh and Bethany is @twentysomethingplus on Instagram. You will love her, so please make sure to follow her too!

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