5 Awesome Updates!

Posted by – February 15, 2016

Hope you didn't miss these five important updates from the GirlTrek news desk!

#1
4,882 new women joined GirlTrek in the last two weeks!   We took the Black History Month challenge to inspire one woman a day to join our movement! #28in28. Our goal is to build a beautiful army of 60,000 women (a tribute to Fannie Lou's activism). If you are reading this and inspired by #BlackGirlHealing, we want you to be counted in our ranks!!  650 organizers must succeed at #28in28 to win!  (and we STAY winning!). Can we count on you?  Here's some fresh language: "I really to want get off the couch and outside this spring!! GirlTrek is about that business!  Join me and a bunch of new friends as we walk for #BlackGirlHealing AND give back to our community ALL while dropping them LBs (and getting fiiiiiine for the summertime). Check it out: [Insert your own "personal invitation link" from the website so that you can track the number of friends you inspire to join!]". 

Monday Motivation: One Point for the Homies

Posted by – February 08, 2016

Touchdown!   6 points for Bey and her dancers who paid tribute to the Black Panther Party on their 50th anniversary at the Super Bowl. "I got hot sauce in my bag, swag!"
 
Extra point. 
 
...for each of YOU, on the front lines of life!!! On this 8th day of Black History month, you have inspired 8 sisters to take the pledge for #BlackGirlHealing. We stay winning. 
Together, we inspired 2327 women to take to the streets with us on Saturday mornings! (I need some shouting music! Watch out!! Or a fur coat like Cookie, so I can burst up into somebody's board room, like WHAT!) 
This is what that looked like this weekend ...we took OVER social media!!!

Friday Fire: A True Story

Posted by – February 05, 2016

"Do you ever wonder where the revolution is and then catch a glimpse of your reflection rippling in a stream and softly say, "oh, there you are. I was looking for you"

This is the true story of how three women smashed a month-long challenge in less than 72 hours. Meet Jasmine, Kourtney and Theresa! 

First, know this. These women have the blood of the ancestors running through their veins and the fire of ten thousand activists in their bellies. But this isn't the secret to their success. In fact, we all have the blood of the ancestors and the fire of activists in us.  

Some of our grandmothers and mothers desegregated schools. Some were the first to register to vote. Some marched. Some stood on picket lines. Some worked phone banks. Some cooked meals in church basements. Some resisted in small ways that were almost invisible to the eye - pushed back tears, bit their tongues, continued always to hold their head high - every single act counted. Every single act still counts.  All of us have the blood and the fire.

Monday Motivation: Two Hours

Posted by – February 01, 2016

"You can pray until you faint, but unless you get up and try to do something, God ain't gone put it in your lap."
 
Fannie said that.
 
I know it hurts ...the tap water in Flint, the audacity of those who question #BlackLiveMatters.  ...the less obvious violence of hateful political speeches and award shows that refuse to see us, honor us.
 
It hurts me too.
 
And in times like these....I go to The Rock!
 
Somebody's mama use to sing "I go to the rock for my salvation.  I go to the stone that the builders rejectedI run to the mountain and the mountain stands by me."

If you need some foundation this morning and - like me - get overwhelmed by the lack of action during Black History Month, I would like to offer you three things:

Hurricane_Charlene

Posted by – January 28, 2016

We're back!!!  The national staff is back from far off pursuits of baby-making, Parisian wine and Bajan surf adventures - not in that order! ...and DEFINITELY not at the same time.  (Please direct all baby love to Mrs. Hubb!)

...and we are ready to roll! Today, my job was to write an epic email to you.  A "Welcome back!" Virtual high five!  I wanted to write something...

 

Halfway Around the World

Posted by – January 26, 2016

Two monkeys don't stop no show.

Do you know what it feels like to watch the #GirlTrek revolution unfolding from halfway across the world? I do. On Saturday, day 20 of the Gratitude Trek - the halfway point - I was walking the streets of Maboneng, an artist district in Johannesburg. Morgan and I had been in South Africa for a week. We'd just wrapped up a beautiful gather...

Mile High Photo Story

Posted by – January 26, 2016

I can't wait for you to see the 50 pictures below. Exactly one month ago, something special happened. 
 
150 women woke up - some as early as 4am - hopped on a plane and flew to the mile-high city of Denver, Colorado for the adventure of a lifetime.
 
They are our best-kept secret.  A force.  A mighty service corps.  ...among the brightest minds, biggest hearts.  These women...

Our New Team

Posted by – January 25, 2016

For those who can't resist dropping it low every time they hear a beat drop.  For the ones who quote Audre Lorde and the ones who quote Madea.  For the ones rocking locs and crochet braids and itty-bitty naturals, and the ones with purple hair and silky weave. For the prayer warriors and the saints.  For the ones who found God at the top of a mountain...a yoga mat...

Catch You Slippin'

Posted by – January 25, 2016

You were thinking you've done pretty well this Gratitude Challenge and no one will really notice if you just take a pass on this final week of trekking.

You were thinking that it's cold outside and it's been a long week and maybe, just maybe, you'll sleep in tomorrow and let #SuperheroSaturday slide.

We know what you were thinking, that's why we had to slide through...

Gratitude Confessions

Posted by – January 25, 2016

Three days before Thanksgiving!


Three days before the end of our 40-Day Gratitude Challenge!

We've spent 37 days counting every way in which we have been abundantly blessed, kept through the storms, clothed, fed, loved, supported and healed.

And now we gather around the table with our families. We share our #GratitudeConfessions. We bless the food and the hands...