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I Deserve Freedom (Je Mérite La Liberté)

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

Nelson Mandela


Today is Juneteenth, a celebratory holiday of freedom, also known as Jubilee Day. Like other freedom holidays, it has traditions and customs for how to celebrate. I thought, in this week's newsletter, I would share ways to celebrate this amazing American holiday.

Remember, freedom is not just a historical concept; it is also a personal journey.

Are there areas in your life where you feel restricted?

Every step you take towards personal freedom is worth celebrating. Acknowledging your progress and taking pride in your achievements. Celebrating your journey reinforces your commitment to living a life of freedom and joy.

As we celebrate Juneteenth, let us honor the past, embrace the present, and look forward to a future where freedom and equality are a reality for all. Remember, you deserve freedom in all its forms. Embrace it, cherish it, and let it guide you towards a life of limitless possibilities.


This week's affirmation is…

I Deserve Freedom

Je Mérite La Liberté


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Firstly, a bit about me, I love history.  My bookshelves are filled with accounts of cultures from around the world. When I began celebrating Juneteenth, over 20 years ago, the first thing I learned was that it is a holiday born in Galveston, Texas, and NOTHING is small in Texas, including their celebrations.

The History of Juneteenth & the Emancipation of Enslaved Texans

On June 19th, 1865, enslaved Texans in Galveston Bay were finally informed of their freedom. This holiday was coined Juneteenth during the Reconstruction period and allowed African Americans all over America a day, especially for their independence. The holiday has been recognized for over a century and a half and was more recently declared a federal holiday in the United States.

Next, what's a celebration without food? Fellowship over food is an important part of Juneteenth celebrations, even moreso, outdoor cooking - barbeques, local park cookouts, street fairs, and block parties. Safely gather with friends, family, and your local community to celebrate. Remember this is Juneteenth, where RED, specifically hibiscus red, is a prominent color, red drinks, red velvet cake, and hibiscus everything.

The Story Behind Red-Hued Juneteenth Food and Drink

Red foods and drinks were a major way of commemorating that legacy of enslavement and the holiday. But “the practice of eating red foods—red cake, barbecue, punch and fruit—may owe its existence to the enslaved Yoruba and Kongo brought to Texas in the 19th century,” writes culinary historian and food writer Michael Twitty. Red, in many West African cultures, is a symbol of strength, spirituality, and life and death. It’s possible this cultural legacy along with these groups’ distinct food knowledge was brought across the Atlantic.

Next, given its legacy, Juneteenth can understandably weigh heavily on the hearts of some. If you find yourself in that category, embrace it. Spend the day in reflection.

How To Celebrate Juneteenth From A Wellness Perspective

Turn off your alarm and stay in your pajamas all day. Enjoy some quality R&R before the summer really kicks off in less than a week.

Relax At Home With Curated Playlists By Naima Cochran Of Music Sermon

And, for our movie selections, brush up on a few westerns. Use Juneteenth as a day for personal maintenance, to relax, and truly focus on yourself and your well-being.

Here's A List Of Some Of My Favorite Westerns For Curling Up On the Couch

Lastly, Juneteenth is great time to purchase from Black Owned Businesses like Je Mérite, I Deserve. Treat yourself.

Have a great week!

As always, affirmations from previous weeks are available here

You'll be hearing more from me soon. Promise.


"I deserve love, friendship, and laughter, I deserve peace, grace, and rest

Not because of beauty, not because of intelligence, nor because I work hard

Not because of riches nor privilege nor stature

I deserve it because I exist

I deserve and so do you"

tamara charese


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