As Minneapolis Burns, A Letter To White People

Friends, especially white friends. As you know, Minneapolis is in a world of hurt. The city is grieving the horrific killing of George Floyd at the hands of a white cop with a long history of brutality. 
 
We all know white people who have perspectives and mindsets that are destructive. We may be those very white people. And if you don't know white people with dangerous perspectives, you're not looking hard enough or you're deciding to write them off. Now is the time to reconsider: talk to your uncle, your gran, your neighbor, your colleague at work. Reach out and stand up even if its awkward. Even if you get it wrong. 
 
It is past time to come to a new understanding of our roles. We must all act to dismantle systems that hurt black, indigenous, and people of color. This is on us. 
 
It is easy to sit on the sidelines and be sarcastic and cynical and to throw names and insults around, but that does more harm than good. Truly. I see this in...
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Better than Surviving: How to Stay Emotionally Well in the Time of COVID-19

 

Anne O'Connor

For some people, our new world of pandemic-required isolation has meant more time with loved ones, a welcomed slowing down, and maybe a little more sleep. 

And for others, the strain of trying to work from home with the kids around, working on the front-line jobs, the loss of connection, or watching loved ones suffer is taking a toll. 

Maybe it's all true at the same time. Which can lead to feeling happy and grateful one day and weepy and worried the next. If this sounds familiar, you're not alone. 

This week, I start a new video-interview series called "Better than Surviving: How to Stay  Emotionally Well in the Time of COVID-19. I'll gather experts who are steeped in the research and work focused on thriving and what it takes: yes, even in a pandemic. Through these interviews, we'll bring you practical ideas along with emotional support and a big dose of inspiration to get us through this time stronger and ready for whatever comes next. 

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This Is Why I Do What I Do

 

Who actually gets everything they need from their parents? Almost no one. Is there anything worse?

Well, passing all that didn't work on to our kids or others we love...ugh.  

Today, I tell my story about going to hell--first with my father and then, as so often happens, with my own children. And how we all found the way back. 

There's never been a better reason for me to become a better person than my children. 

Take a look at today's video and sign up for my email list so you won't miss this amazing offer we're putting together for you. 

Thanks for being here! 

love to you and your favorite people, 

Anne

 

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