I wore a bandana over my face like an old-timey bank robber.
Me in September 2020, remembering who I was five months ago:
“Oh, my sweet summer child, what do you know of fear? …Fear is for the long night, when the sun hides its face for years at a time, and little children are born and live and die all in darkness.” 🐉
Remember how scary March was? And now look at us. Wearing masks like pros (well, most of us anyway), figuring out ways to see our people without hugging, making shit work. #wecandohardthings
The best thing about being a highly sensitive person is that I feel it, ALL. (It’s also kind of the worst thing.) It sucks to feel the meanness and lack of empathy radiating off my fellow humans, whenever I leave my house—it fucking wrecks me, to be totally honest.
But it also forces me into decisive action. I might not be able to change anything about the maskless masses, but I *can*:
• Write & send hundreds of letters to voters: votefwd.org or Vote Forward.
• Take lots of extra time in the mornings for journaling & exercising, even if it means I don’t start work ’til noon
• Join local volunteer organizations: Swing Left / swingleft.org — local chapters have their own pages (I JOINED A PHONE BANK THIS WEEKEND, YOU GUYS. Who am I right now)
• Watch ALL the comedy (just started Schitt’s Creek!)
• Do whatever I can to help out on the ground during election week
I am still scared. I am still sensitive. I am still working out my inner racism. But I’m trying to be the person Barack & Michelle asked me to be, and we’re running out of fucking time. ✊🏼
Quote from Season 1 / Book 1 of Game of Thrones. 🐉
Samantha Pollack writes creative copy (mostly emails) for feminist companies and/or thought leaders who are working to build a fairer, more connected culture. She’s also the founder of The Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur, a 6-week course that helps HSP business owners create healthier, more sustainable systems in their work.
She publishes frequent essays on feminism, privilege, pop culture, entrepreneurship, the creative process, and more on her website, cultofpersonality.co. She currently lives in Asheville, NC, and while she can *technically* work from anywhere, she prefers her adventures laptop-free.
Emails for cult thought leaders.
Want to learn how to craft emails that inspire action and engagement WITHOUT the “tried and true” (cough: patriarchal) norms we’ve all been taught?
I’m doing it, and I can show you how to do it, too.
(But sometimes, I also like to write about the books I’m reading, or the creative process, or the entrepreneurial experience, or why I hate Steve Jobs, or how I met my BFF. I’ll send you emails like that, too.)
*Just kidding. It’s only an email list.
Books. Cats. Rants. Drawrings.
(and every couple months or so, an unexplained absence 🤷🏻)