I’m not going to lie. I’m very devastated. I’m concerned about the climate of this country and what the results of the election tell me about how far we’ve come. I’ve cried a lot this morning and reached out to a lot of people I love to help me make sense of what happened. I didn’t want to get out of bed this morning because of who I am. The person that God has asked me to be. An African American, woman, product of an interfaith (Muslim/Christian) household, teacher at a school that is 98% hispanic, and yoga/mindfulness/stress management teacher who puts out a positive affirmation to help you create a great day - every single morning. This morning I didn’t have the words, I didn’t know where to start. I just was devastated.

But, the words “Mandie you need to pray” were spoken to me several times and when I finally shut up and took a moment to myself it settled in. I realized I hadn’t actually stopped to pray. We’ve talked, made memes, argued, and read tons of post-election articles to deepen our upset and fear but the the fact of the matter is, we can’t afford to let fear drive us any more than it already has. FEAR is what won this election, FEAR is what keeps us quiet, FEAR is what stops us from following our deepest desires. Now more than ever we have to TRUMP FEAR. We can’t afford to let the results of this election second guess the progress we have made and where we can still go.

One of my brightest students told her parents she didn’t want to live today. She is a second grader. When I heard this I realized that I don’t have time to mope. I have to be someone, for them. I have to be strong enough to help them feel safe in this space. In Michelle Obama’s words I have to keep “DOing THE WORK” - to show my niece and other young women that you can make something of your goals. I have to keep being {unapologetically black} and showing others that it's cool to love your brown skin even when others don't. I HAVE to keep praising God through this storm, just like all the other storms I’ve been through.

My pops has always told us “one monkey don’t stop no show”.. And admittedly, I don’t really know what monkey or show he was talking about. But, I do understand what he’s saying and how to apply it to today. Now, more than ever, it is time to get focused, to get organized, and to step your faith up. Don’t let the emotions of this outcome and the fear that comes along with it stop you from doing anything you would have done if Hillary or Barack was our President. Yes, this election has brought a lot of closet bigots, racists, and sexists out of the woodworks. The absolute WORST in people has been revealed across timelines, videos, and increased hate crimes. But we can’t afford to sit around feeling sorry for ourselves. The truth is, these people have been there all along, and they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

This is nothing new. The America we live in was built on these fear tactics and by the hands of many of our ancestors. Do not let their sacrifice, work, and progress be done in vain. WAKE UP & GET TO WORK. Everything I believe, practice, and teach says that the power of our minds when coupled with our actions are limitless and I refuse to let today be a reason I second guess that. Everything I believe, practice, and teach says that faith without works is dead and I refuse to slow down because this guy has been elected as America's President, I just have MORE work to do. I have to grind harder, I have to pray harder, I have to intensify my focus. This is not a game, this is real life, and the only one we have. I pray that God continues to use me to create a safe space for others to find peace in troubling times like today. God Bless and as always, if there’s anyway that I can help, let me know.


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