Four years ago I wrote about why women of color are extraordinarily tired. The essay — one of the first of many to focus on the pervasive exhaustion facing women like me — attracted considerable buzz.

Soon after it was published, we went into lockdown.

At the time, I was executive director of New American Leaders, a nonprofit I founded to train immigrants to run for public office. In that role, I routinely spent two to three nights a week away on work trips. But all of that abruptly came to a halt in mid-March 2020 when the pandemic shifted my focus to the health and well-being of my staff, family, and community. With that shift came unexpected opportunities for rest and reflection.

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