The Light

Posted by – July 11, 2016

Sometimes, all you can do is hold up the light.

 

...protect it like your most precious possession.

 

"Are we doing enough? What is necessary now?" ...rather than becoming paralyzed by grief and anger, each of us has pledged to do something counterintuitive.  Hold up the light.  Live out loud! Double down on solutions and double up on praise.  Love each other more and ask permission less.

 

We have seen too much death.  

 

Today, we share our light.  Today, we remember, focus on, celebrate what living looks like.   It's us....an army of healthy black women who - when no one is watching - are unleashing bright leadership into blighted places. Don't be confused. black bodies are at the center of this injustice - black men shot, black children contained, black women worked to death - and we are at the epicenter of that fight for justice. 

 

So yes - resist. 

 

But also live. 

Live, Live, Live

Posted by – July 08, 2016

"Sometimes I wonder: What to say to you now in the soft afternoon air as you hold us all in a single death" 

I am personally too devastated to write to you.   

Luckily, one of the best writers we have, the poet laureate of Philly has spoken healing over our souls for 50 years and documented the horrors of the Black Power Movement.  She has our backs.  This weekend, Dr. Sonia Sanchez said to us, "Whatever you need...I am here.  I am a part of GirlTrek."   

So rather than rallying you with my choked language, please listen to the words of Dr. Sanchez' in the video below. Promise me you will do that ....and don't just listen GirlTrek volunteers reading it, flood social media timelines with THIS video.   Speak life to our people.  Then, study the poem below and let her words stir in every corner of your soul. 

Catch the Fire and LIVE.

 

 

30 Days of Glow!

Posted by – July 01, 2016

The equation: focus + hustle - dead weight x the energy and love of 65,000 Black women = #GetFree goal complete!!!  If you pushed all the way to 100 miles, make sure to claim your victory here.  If your names are Morgan and Vanessa and you didn't make it to 100-miles, but you did #GetFree from weighty expectations, you did rack up more miles than you've seen in a loooong time and you did let the euphoria and endorphins and sweaty glow of a months work of hard work transform your heart and mind, well claim that victory as well!  We are a mighty force and each challenge is a new opportunity to be better than we were the day before. Now, bring on July! 

Monday Motivation - Almost Done

Posted by – June 27, 2016

There were 9 million impressions of the analyzed term:  #GetFree.  

 

Something is happening.  

 

We held a #GetFree TweetChat and activists like @Sojourner4Truth of #BlackLivesMatter and @BlackYouthVote joined GirlTrek to give life to our #GetFree campaign.  

 

The conversation was so rich y'all.  

 

We were so fired up when folks like @msfoundation@afrobella and @blackdoctor shared #GetFree content and helped AMPLIFY the message!  Fueled by YOUR action on the streets, we spoke life to - and on the timelines of - 9 million people!!!
 

If you missed the party, check out the full list of amazing guests through this cool recap!

The Blueprint

Posted by – June 24, 2016

won't you celebrate with me
what i have shaped into
a kind of life? i had no model.
born in babylon
both nonwhite and woman
what did i see to be except myself?
i made it up
here on this bridge between
starshine and clay,
my one hand holding tight
my other hand; come celebrate
with me that everyday
something has tried to kill me
and has failed.
 - Lucille Clifton

Sometimes we have to literally #GetFree, so last week I grabbed my passport, my GirlTrek shirt, some toilet paper (#stayready) and my husband and got all the way free in Bolivia.  I traveled throughout the country.  It was spectacular and exactly what I needed.  Below are a few of my favorite photos from The Salt Flats which was my favorite part of the trip.  I hope they inspire your next adventure.

Tonight's Strawberry Moon!!!

Posted by – June 20, 2016

Um.  How about I forgot to write the Monday Motivation until right this second!  Blame it on the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival that I was at all weekend - three kinds of sideways.   But I'm back and I'm up and TONIGHT, I'm going for a summer solstice trek...right at sunset in a few minutes and if I'm lucky, I will see the special "strawberry moon" tonight!   Lace up your sneakers and head out with me for a virtual walk to celebrate the longest, brightest, highest-energy day of the year!  I'll see you on Twitter and Instagram using #GirlTrek
 
While I was at the festival, Vanessa was in Bolivia - she'll share her full report in the Friday Fire #BlackGirlAdventures.  

 

But you didn't need us out there.  Nope.  You showed OUT this weekend!  #GirlTrek was in full effect!  ...including our sisters in B-more who celebrated the legendary Ernestine Shepard's 80th birthday with a trek.  (pictured in white above)  Just study her.  Take in that six pack.  Black don't crack, and her black is shellacked.  She looks goooood!  Happy Birthday Mrs. Shepard!!!

 

Before I head out for my walk - don't leave me out there hanging sisters #GirlTrek - I wanted to give shout outs to a few of our organizers AND tell you about a cool TweetChat happening tomorrow!

 

Here goes:

Friday Fire: 5 Love Letters

Posted by – June 17, 2016

Ah. 

Look at that.  

As soon as I started writing this Friday Fire, this song came on.  Puuuuurfect.

 

So listen, GirlTrek has no less than 35 co-founders.  These are women who own the old-school Black shirts that say "My Body is a Temple" or the blue ones with the janky sweet-potato orange logo.  These are the women, the ones who CREATED the trek code and made up half of the lingo, jokes and hashtags.  They beat down reporters and crashed council meetings with their infectious energy and beautiful smiles, "Excuse me sir, but have you heard about GirlTrek!?  I'm a just gone leave this stack of flyers right chere."  Armed with bootleg business cards and no less than 3 pair of golden laces - we couldn't lose with these true trailblzers by our sides.  Some of them where trained, some weren't - the Kallimas, Angies, Janets, Fayes, Alionas, Wordnas, Keechas, Crystals, Didis, Vondas, Lizs, Rochelles, Revs, The OGs, Original GirlTrekkers.  So, so many woman  Too many to name here.  You know them.  You love them.

Monday Motivation - Best of the Week

Posted by – June 13, 2016

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Good-old Hillary Clinton.  Remember when she used that Harriet Tubman quote at the Democratic National Convention and Black people was like, "word up Hillary?"  You just gone drop Tubman lyrics on 'em?

 

Well, we think that quote is PERFECT to insert right 'chere, right now, this moment...

 

"If you hear the dogs, keep going. If you see the torches in the woods, keep going. If there's shouting after you, keep going. Don't ever stop. Keep going. If you want a taste of freedom, keep going."  #GetFree #DontStop #WontStop 

 

We have committed to 100 miles in June - walking for our own liberation!   All of us.  We want to win.  We've got this.  Even if you've fallen behind.  Pick up the pieces baby.  We need to see you at that finish line.  You!  Keep going!  This is the time when some want to fall back.  It's hard.  You're tired.  It's hot.  Nah.  We are cheering for you to be free, ready, able-bodied.  Let's go! # SistersKeeper  Tell us how you're doing using #GirlTrek!

 

Friday Fire: Take Flight

Posted by – June 10, 2016

"You should know that you are doing awesome work that is so far reaching beyond just walking. It is healing to our people, our communities, our cities and our nation.  Sisters are pushing fear aside, pushing stereotypes aside, pushing aside the naysayers and they are saying "I AM ENOUGH!" and that alone will change the face of our people and this nation and I am truly proud to be part of the MOVEment!!!! God bless you and be with you GirlTrek!!!!" - Nadia

 

The Why: Because it is healing our people, our communities, our cities and our nation.

 

The How: By pushing fear aside, pushing stereotypes aside, pushing aside the naysayers and saying, "I am enough."

 

The Who: Our sisters. The MOVEment.  You

 

This month's challenge: #GetFree. 

Special Announcement: The Adventure Squad

Posted by – June 07, 2016

Listen.  We can't stop singing "All the way up!" because we have - not one, not two, but - NINETEEN women to lead the Summer Trek Series this year!!!!  GirlTrek came ALL the way up. Go 'head and cue the music :

All the way up

I'm all the way up
I'm all the way up
Nothing can stop me, I'm all the way up!

Now that you are nodding, introducing your 2016 Adventure Squad...