Volume 2, Resources 3: Boundaries Genius & Anti-Racism for All, Including Non-readers

Hi friends! Happy Black History month! It’s as great a time as any to pay Black creators for the content we make and to shop Black-owned businesses! I want to share something that has been bringing us joy lately: our new sugar bowl!

Closeup of Patricia’s left hand, holding a sugar bowl with lid that has art of mushrooms in earth tones. In the background is a white curtain with blue, orange, and green shapes.
Closeup of Patricia’s left hand, holding a sugar bowl with lid that has art of mushrooms in earth tones. In the background is a white curtain with blue, orange, and green shapes.

It is Franciscan Ware and not even the pattern I collect. I bought it cheap off eBay. I think the mushrooms look groovy and Nicole said they look like they’re dancing. There is something about having sugar in a sugar bowl that we use regularly, similar to having cookies in our cookie jar, that makes me happy and feel like there is some semblance of order in my life.

To be honest, I’m burning out on my day job and I am reaching for joy wherever I can find it. It’s resource week so this actually segues nicely to our first resource on boundaries!

Resource #1: Nedra Glover Tawwab

Nedra Tawwab is someone I’ve followed on Instagram for a while and while some of you look to me as a boundary-setting mentor, Nedra is truly a boundary goddess. She is a therapist, content creator, author, and all-around boundary expert. Here is an example of one of her Instagram posts that was a necessary punch in my face:

A post shared by Nedra Glover Tawwab, Therapist (@nedratawwab)

It is an image of text that reads:

“A little secret from a therapist: Burnout is not a symbol of how hardworking, nice, or productive you are. Running yourself to the ground is not a way to show people how much you care. Burnout is a sign of unhealthy perimeters with yourself and others.

Repeat After Me: Overextending myself is not healthy for me. It’s beneficial for me to have limits with myself and others.”

She has a great website that has a boundaries quiz, a relationships quiz, some excellent free worksheets on things like identifying feelings, and more. She also has a book coming out next month which I’m super excited about titled Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself (the link takes you to preorder at my Bookshop site). If you’re on Instagram, she is a fantastic person to follow.

Resource #2: Anti-Racism Resources for Social Workers and Therapists from SocialWork.Career

Don’t let the title fool you! This round-up has resources for everyone, even if you aren’t a therapist or social worker, and many of the resources are free. One of the things I really appreciate about this resource is that variety of media it has. I certainly have people in my life who aren’t readers or don’t learn by reading and this list has so many free webinars and podcasts and videos! But don’t worry, there are plenty of books and articles as well. It’s divided into categories:

  • Free Anti-Racist Webinars

  • Anti-Racism Webinars on Demand

  • Paid Trainings Offered by People of Color (POC)

  • Healing Racial Wounding (resources for POC)

  • Therapy/Funds Dedicated to POC

  • Resources for Self-Education About Racism in the US

  • Blacks in Academia

  • How to Talk To Our Kids About Racism

  • Anti-Racism Resources/Guides/Toolkits

  • Not Much of a Reader? Check Out These Anti-Racist Videos/Movies/TV Shows/Podcasts

  • Anti-Racism Organizations to Support

  • Self-Care

Check it all out here.

Bonus Resource: This 15-Second Video from Therapy for Black Girls

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That’s it for this week! You can shop any books I’ve mentioned in this newsletter at The Infophile’s Bookshop and support independent bookstores. If you want to send me some snail mail, you can find me at P.O. Box 21481, Oakland, CA 94620-1481.

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