Freestyle Friday Vol 26

This week I’ve been craving an extra dose of inspiration. Thankfully, I found an abundance of it for this week’s curation of gems from around the web, all centered around wellness, women of color, and storytelling. 

◊ As a clinical intern in a medical program, my job is to listen. You can image how stoked I was to read The two kinds of stories we tell about ourselves by Emily Esfahani Smith via This piece speaks to the power of shaping our own personal narratives. 

We’ve all created our own personal histories, marked by highs and lows, that we share with the world — and we can shape them to live with more meaning and purpose.

◊ On the subject of stories, I came across this TEDTalk featuring Sisonke Msimang titled If a story moves you, act on it, right after reading Esfahani’s article. It’s funny, smart, and speaks truth to power about the intersection between storytelling and social justice.

◊ I am so, so hype about the film Hidden Figures starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe! I’ve been anticipating the 2017 release of this film since last year. Reading the recent article The Hidden Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race about Dorothy Vaughn in NYMag makes me immensely proud to be a fellow woman of color in the STEM field.

◊ I’ve been listening to the Black Girl In Om podcast all week. Hosted by Founder/Creative Director Lauren Ash, and Art Director Zakkiyyah Najeebah, this bi-monthly conversation is equally empowering, and inspiring.

◊ I loved this Alex Elle’s, most recent blog post titled as we wait for baby (ttc journey update). where she shares an update on her fertility journey by reading the story aloud—such a super creative, and accessible format.

In solidarity,


P.s. You can read past Freestyle Friday posts here



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