Signal Boost—3 Accounts to Follow
It’s time for the Cult of Personality™ #SaturdaySignalBoost, where I pick an awesome BIPOC-owned Instagram account to showcase so you can go follow them, too. 🎉
I do this roughly once a month—you know, in all the “regular” history months 🙄—and this month I’m intentionally featuring a few accounts whose mission is to support rest and mental health for Black women and women of color.
First up >> The Honest Therapist
Dr. Michelle Alvarez is a fellow Ashevillian (and, full disclosure, a former client of mine) who’s created a community fund to pay for therapy for minoritized folx. You can join her Patreon for free Social Justice Yoga, or just contribute to the community fund via Venmo or Paypal. Go to the link in her bio for more information. (PS, she’s also funny and smart af, AND cool. You should follow her.)
Next >> Dive in Well
Founded by Maryam Ajayi, Dive In Well “envisions the future of what the wellness industry could be: one that is diverse, inclusive, and accessible.” I am super gun-shy about the wellness industry… but companies like this give me so much hope. They’re the kind of organization I wish I’d known about back when I was in that world.
They also run (or partner with, I’m not sure) a meditation app, BetterMe, that looks really awesome and has great reviews.
Last >> I’ve become obsessed with Health in Her Hue
From their IG profile: “Leveraging the power of tech, media and community to connect Black women & WOC to culturally sensitive healthcare providers, content, and community.”
THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. Did you know that many Black women have medical trauma? I would explain why this happens (as I understand it) but I don’t want to retraumatize anyone. If you’re curious, DM me, or listen to the “Fat Tax” episode of Hear to Slay w/ Roxane Gay & Tressie McMillan Cottom.
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 🤷🏻)