SELF-LOVE, CONNECTING TO THE DIVINE, TAROT CARDS & MAKEUP: AN INTERVIEW WITH KEVIN GARCIA | SELFIE, EPISODE 65

We are chatting with Kevin Garcia about self-care, crystals, emotional attunement, tarot cards, spirituality, serums, and makeup. Kevin is a speaker, creative, musician, and host of the podcast, A Tiny Revolution.  He is also a fierce advocate of LGBT rights and while he’s got a woo-woo side (he’s a fan of tarot cards and crystals) he is also pursuing a Masters of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary. He’s smart, interesting, and thoughtful, and he can also rock a red lip better than we can. We loved chatting with him about all aspects of self-care.

In this episode we talked about:

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BLACK DOLLS: special order only | On Thursdays I post from the vault. This post is from December 2008.

On Thursdays I post from the vault. This post is from December 2008.

Some days, I think we are living in a new era, in a world that doesn’t see color, in a world more and more like the one Martin Luther King dreamt about.

And some days, I remember that we’re not.

There were a myriad of reminders about this for me today, most of which I can’t really disclose on my blog. Let me just say this: in therapy, the filter comes off. And some people say stuff to me having no idea that I have an African American son. (or that I would be completely offended even if I didn’t). It’s all cool until one of them wants to date your daughter. Nuff said.

Even though it’s complete ignorance, that stuff sinks my heart a little.

After work I made a Target run, because I wanted to grab a few stocking stuffers for the kids. I thought it would be cute to get them some High School Musical dolls that they could play with on our plane ride.

One of the things I LOVE LOVE LOVE about High School Musical is the racial diversity of the cast. So it was a little surprising to find that Target was only carrying dolls of the white members of the cast. Where was Chad? Where was Taylor? Not at my local Target. There were at least 20 versions of Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, her brother, and the random White girl who plays piano. Rows and rows of these kids, but no representation of the African American cast members.

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Now, it would tempting, and maybe even reassuring, to think that a bunch of race-conscious parents had swept up the minority dolls already. But given the fact that there are very few African Americans living in Orange County, somehow I doubt that.

Which leads me to conclude that Target just didn’t order them, because they figured they wouldn’t sell. The same way last time I visited Pottery Barn at South Coast Plaza, the blonde-haired Harrington Family (Caucasian) was full-price and almost sold old, while the nearly idenitical but ethnic Thompson Family was drastically on clearance. Hmmm . . .

So this Christmas, I ask you: Are there dolls under your tree? Are any of them representing a minority race? What message does it send to our children when minority dolls are cast aside, or not even available at the store? Or when parents show racial preference in their toy selection? Something to think about as we all strive to move towards racial acceptance.

 

Wednesday’s Child: Alex

Every Wednesday I feature a child recently highlighted by a local Wednesday’s Child newscast to share the stories of children from around the country who are waiting for a family. My hope is that this can broaden exposure for the children highlighted, but also serve as a reminder that these children represent thousands of children currently in the foster-care system. Perhaps their stories will inspire you to consider opening your home to a child needing a family. For more information and to learn about other waiting children, visit AdoptUsKids.

KRISTEN AND SARAH’S INTENTIONS FOR 2019 | SELFIE, EPISODE 64

New Year’s Resolutions? Word for the year? Setting intentions? Or just skipping it? Sarah and Kristen chat about how they are approaching the new year and what (if any) resolutions they have for themselves.

In this episode we talked about:

Barefoot Dreams Robe

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

Shortcake Albums

American Biotech Silver Gel 

Gixo is on a mission to make great, live workouts accessible to everyone so that we all live longer, healthier lives. They have live and on-demand workouts that you can access on your phone 24/7. It’s designed for busy schedules with 15, 25 or 40-minute workout classes, and they’ve got everything from walking, strength training, yoga and pilates. They want fitness to be accessible, so memberships start at $14.99/mo (billed at $179.99/year) or $19.99/mo. You can download the app and create an account to start a 7-day free trial, and use code SELFIE to save 20% off either an annual or month-to-month membership.

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