hi july – a monthly roundup

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Hi July, it’s me. I’m not your biggest fan*, as you know, but since you’re already here, let’s make the best of it.
Being in quarantine and cooped up at home for months, made me go through a variety of different stages of passivity and drive—from awestruck, uninspired and creatively paralyzed to extremely hyped up and motivated—and back again. I tackled a few projects, did the famous declutter, did some baking, a lot of yoga, went on to a digital declutter and finally ended up at The Blog Overhaul. That’s why we’ve been offline for a while. And now we’re back. Hi. 👋
*It’s the heat. I have nothing against summer per se. Quite the contrary. But temperatures above 25°C are just cruel in my opinion.


I wanted to come back with a new format—a monthly roundup blogpost, talking about things that were on my mind, things I read, ate, watched or put on my face. I’m also open to suggestions btw—anything else you’d like to see incorporated in these updates, let me know.

You can also receive these monthly posts plus some extra bits as a newsletter now! ✉️

This very first roundup post however, will be a little different than future ones. June wasn’t a month like any other, that’s why I’d primarily like to share a selection (this is by no means a comprehensive list) of resources—podcast episodes, courses, websites etc.—that have helped me educate myself and deepen my anti-racism work in the past weeks. More on miscellaneous, non-life-saving topics (like skincare 🤡) in later posts.

This American Life Podcast Episode 708: Here, Again

This American Life was (thanks to Serial) one of the first podcasts I started listening to regularly … back in 2014 I want to say. (From my limited point of view) I always found they manage to address a relevant and diverse range of topics which are reported, put together and broadcasted by an equally diverse group of people—staff reporters, editors, producers, as well as freelance journalists.

Code Switch: Why Now, White People?

Code Switch has been in my subscription list for a while, but I have to admit that I didn’t listen to it as religiously as I did to my other weekly favourites. Why is that? Because it makes me feel uncomfortable. The podcast describes itself as “[a] fearless conversations about race” and I can tell you, my white fragility isn’t a fan of that. And for that very reason it is so, so important for me to listen to it before anything else—to recognize my discomfort and my complicity and to take the anti-racist work I want to do from there.

The Black History Month Library is a google drive created by activist and journalist Charles A. Preston, which I came across thanks to Micah, who shared the link on her instagram. It offers an amazingly vast selection of literature—plays, speeches, biographies, novels—and much more that you can read online or even download, read offline, share with others etc. If you don’t know where to start, I’d like to suggest reading Zora Neale Hurston’s novel Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Something I found out about just the other week, are the Open Yale Courses where you can watch/listen to actual lectures from Yale University Professors. (The transcripts are also available in case you prefer to read instead of watching/listening.) I’d like to point you to the course “African American History: From Emancipation to the Present” by Professor Jonathan Holloway. The course consists of 25 lectures in total. The Syllabus also contains articles, texts, and films which are (required reading for the course I assume and are) great resources to learn more about specific topics addressed in the lectures.

Another great resource is the Dismantling Racism Works Web Workbook. It is a very helpful starting-off point, because it discusses fundamental questions like “what is culture?”, “what is cultural racism?”, and “what is white supremacy culture?”.

Organisations I made donations to that I want to suggest—should you be in the financial position to make donations at this point in time.
Amongst other things, The Love Land Foundation and their therapy fund helps Black women and girls get access to therapy: “[we] bring opportunity and healing to communities of color, and especially to Black women and girls. Through fellowships, residency programs, listening tours, and more, ultimately we hope to contribute to both the empowerment and the liberation of the communities we serve.” (Source: The Love Land Foundation Website)
I found out about the Love Land Foundation thanks to Celeste on instagram.

“The National Bail Out collective is a Black-led and Black-centered collective of abolitionist organizers, lawyers and activists building a community-based movement to support our folks and end systems of pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration. We are people who have been impacted by cages — either by being in them ourselves or witnessing our families and loved ones be encaged. We are queer, trans, young, elder, and immigrant.”
I learned about this organisation through instagram and one of my all time favourite podcasts, “She’s All Fat”. Speaking of: The SAF podcast is currently matching listeners’ donations—so send in your receipt!

Closing this part off with shows you can find on Netflix. There are so many more than just these three btw – 13th, When They See Us, Seven Seconds. Honorably mentions: The Hate You Give – but read the book (by Angie Thomas) first!
If you only take one suggestion from the podcasts, sites, courses mentioned in this post, make it the documentary 13th. You can also find it on YouTube.

In case you only had the time and energy to read this far, you caught the most important part.

I found out about a lot of the above mentioned resources on social media in the month of June. Instagram has been a useful source of information for me. However, there came a point when I felt overwhelmed by the flood of posts and realized that the necessary work I had to do wasn’t going to happen on social media.
I talked about the screen time limit I set for myself in the beginning of the year on here before. It proved to be so useful in this time especially. In addition to my 7pm to 8am downtime where my phone is practically useless because every single app is locked, I now also set a 30 minute time limit for instagram. I also deleted twitter from my phone and set a time limit for twitter on my laptop. Knowing that I only have 30 minutes on instagram for example helps me to use this time well. Instead of scrolling through random profiles the algorithm is trying to feed me, I just look at the posts of people I follow, or of people they’re recommending, screenshot/save resources they’re sharing and then I’m off again. That also means that I’m posting much less at the moment, but I’m focusing on and prioritizing other things right now and that’s okay and feels really good. 😌

What I’m dubiously referring to as ~ other things ~ are some (at least for me) major life changes. I’m going to talk about them soon, but I’m superstitious and prefer knowing that everything is cut and dried before I actually share it. So more on that later.


In the meantime: Have a good start to the summer, take good care of yourself and talk soon!

2 comments

  1. Was mich interessieren würde: wie schaffst du es, nur 30min bei Instagram täglich online zu sein? Und was machst du in der Zeit danach?=O

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    1. Ich folge nur sehr wenigen Leuten und ich versuche, nicht in die Discovery-Falle zu tappen. So gibt es meist nicht allzu viel zu sehen und plötzlich reichen 30min. Auch posten dauert nicht lange. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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