Friday Five!

Hey gang! I’m back with a new FF! February and March have been wildly busy, but I’m so stoked on staying connected to my non-official-work stuff right now, so I totally want to make time for this and my new podcast (which I’m shamelessly featuring in the list today, so more on that in a sec).

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Here we go!

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What Women Find in Friendship that They May Not Get in Love 

This article in the NYT by Rebecca Traister is admittedly very heteronormative, but also has some good things to say about female friendship. Traister explains, “As women live more of our adult lives unmarried, we become ourselves not necessarily in tandem with a man or within a traditional family structure, but instead alongside other women: our friends.” She goes on to discuss how these friendships play a role in our lives even if and when women go on to get married (see, very heteronormative). But as someone really loves and values the lady friends in my life, I really liked this read. (Also, this is one of a handful of articles we’re discussing at my feminist bookclub tonight, and I’m excited to discuss it with my lady-friends IRL!)

Feminist Killjoys, PhD podcast

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Shameless self-poromotion alert! In case you missed my last post about it, one of my best friends from grad school, Melody, and I have been talking about starting a podcast for over a year, and we finally got it off the ground. In it we discuss politics, pop culture, and more through an accessible, feminist lens. We also talk about stuff we’re reading and music we’re digging every ep. We are kind of a hoot and also smarty pants (if I do say so myself) who care about social justice pretty deeply, so you should totally listen and let us know your thoughts on the things we discuss. We want to make a space for folks (especially marginalized folks) to share their opinions on things that matter, because we live in a world where the only opinions who have weight seem to be those belonging to mostly rich white dudes. The most recent episode is about women with tattoos. Give us a listen, like our Facebook page, (and then subscribe to our iTunes when that’s up and running). We hope you’ll join us! xo

Nina Simone’s Face

Ta-Nehisi Coates has done it again with this beautiful and important essay about, as the title indicates, the importance of Nina Simone’s face, and how casting Zoe Saldana in the new biopic fails the legacy of the singer. Coates writes, “It’s difficult to subtract the choice to cast Saldana from the economics of Hollywood—Saldana is seen as bankable in a way that other black women in her field are not. It’s equally difficult to ignore the fact that, while it is hard for all women in Hollywood, it is particularly hard for black women, and even harder for black women who share the dark skin, broad nose and full lips of Nina Simone. This fact is not separable from this country’s racist history, nor is the notion of “darkening up” a lighter skinned black person… It’s possible that the producers were not, themselves, personally racist. This has no bearing whatsoever on anything. In America, racism is a default setting. To do nothing, to go along with the market, to claim innocence or neutrality, is to inevitably be a cog in the machine of racist hierarchy.”

Cauliflower Cheese Sauce Stuffed Sweet Potatoes 

I am always up for a new twist on a stuff sweet potato, and I love the sound of this cauliflower cheese sauce fro Green Evi. It looks spicy, filling, creamy, and delicious! Adding to my list of recipes to make asap!

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Stuff from the Week that Made Me Happy

starting the week brunching with a dear friend visiting from out of town; recording and releasing ep 2 of the podcast!; plus all the other podcasts i listen to and love including Lacy’s new podcast with her boo, Adult Crash, about being 30+ punks (it’s so good guys—the money episode just had me feeling all the feelings); seeing more wonderful old friends who were in town for a conference; having a good friend here that offers to drive me places sometimes (because getting around Boston is a fucking nightmare and triggers the crap out of my anxiety); my delightful black cats; when a Sculpt student of mine asked me when else I taught because she said my classes were her favorite :); seeing the growth the yoga sculpt teacher trainers have already experienced in week 1 of the training I’m co-leading; sunshine; listening to Against Me!’s “Pints of Guinness Make You Strong” as a St. Patrick’s Day tradition; that eating green on St. Paddy’s day was so easy because my daily life involves spinach, green tea, and kale; these two videos of badass dancers dancing to “Formation” and “Work,” respectively; feminist book club tonight; and being on SPRING BREAK!

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What made you happy this week? xoxo

Friday…Announcement!

In lieu of today’s Friday Five, I cordially invite you to check out the new podcast I’m hosting with my feminist, cat-lady, vegan, tattooed, feminist, punk, yogi, Aquarian, sister-in-the-struggle, Melody. We released our first episode on Tuesday and are so excited to bring you weekly feminist rants. We are patiently awaiting approval for our iTunes station, so in the meantime, enjoy us on Soundcloud!

Friday Five!

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Wow, a whole month since my last post. I’m not surprised—February was a real doozy. The past month involved leading an intensive bootcamp program at my yoga studio, teaching, working on two new research articles, oh, and making the second hardest decision of my life. Making heavy life-decisions is so all-consuming; the emotional labor I had to do to get through navigating it really took a toll on me physically and mentally. And I just didn’t have it in me to muster up a blog post.

But everything is okay! All is really well actually. And I do plan to do a post explaining more about that sometime in the near future… But today I’m fighting off a bad cold, so I’m going to get right into the FF!

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5 Ways to Share Your Fitness Life on Social Media More Thoughtfully

I’m super interested in your reaction to this piece by Melissa A. Fabello, which focuses on the ways in which gym, yoga, and any other fitness-related photos on social media can be potentially harmful to people in ED recovery. I admit to having very mixed feelings about this. There are certain forms of this fitness-sharing that I find personally triggering, and I’ve definitely unfollowed people who encourage that reaction from me. But other forms of this I find to be legitimately empowering and inspirational. I usually post a fitness-related selfie about once a week (the day I teach a double, when I have some alone-time in the studio in between classes!). I enjoy putting my body—a body that is not a traditional zero-body-fat fitness model body—on display in a way that affirms my queer, femme, punk relationship to yoga and exercise, but I can totally see how that could inspire some eye rolls (at best) or triggers (at worst) from particular people. I also think about this a lot in relationship to disability; singing the glories of how fitness has changed our lives can be problematic not only for ED’d people, but also for disabled folks who can never use their bodies in those ways.  I’d love to know your thoughts about this!

Closing the Loop

I was so into this Aria Dean piece on The New Inquiry. In it, Dean dissects “selfie-feminism,” which she identifies as reflective of the version of post-feminism that exists today. Dean asserts that of course selfies can be empowering, but we have to ask for whom? Dean writes, “Intuitively, the selfie still feels valuable, but the compounded male, white, and colonialist gazes that work so hard to blur Black women and femmes into oblivion have too much force behind them to leave me with enough agency both to politicize a topless mirror selfie and to believe in that politicization one-hundred percent. Since it has been made abundantly clear, of late, that photo or video documentation proves very little and changes even less, simply documenting the Black female body falls short. Maybe a selfie comes close to proving that you exist – that you are at least firmly situated in time and space — but it proves nothing else conclusive about you: this is to say that, self-documentation of Black life still seems unable to contend with the “mass of images” produced by anti-blackness’s aggressive and distributed media campaign.” It’s worth reading the whole piece and I’m totally going to assign it in a class next semester. 

How to Choose Self-Compassion 

I had bookmarked this article knowing I’d need to revisit it, and I’m glad I did. Carly Hauk provides accessible and practice tools to make self-compassion a habit, or at least a practice to incorporate in moments that it’s most needed. I’ve needed to learn a lot about self-compassion over the past couple years, and I found myself needing a reminder after I was feeling down on myself for getting sick this week and not getting as much done work-wise as I’d hoped. Self-compassion is helping me remember that being sick is not a sign of  bad character and to remember that I can get back to work as soon as I’m well again!

Coconut Rice with Turmeric Kale 

Surprise! Another turmeric recipe on the blog! Does this recipe from Naturally Ella not sound and look completely delicious?! It also seems relatively simple too. Just cook rice and kale with a little more flavor flare. I’m in.

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Stuff from the Week that Made Me Happy 

i started the week with my mom in town, watching the Oscars, as is our tradition every year! i had some friends over and enjoyed talking about all the socio-political implications of the evening over champagne and vegan apps!; voting for a self-identified socialist on Super Tuesday (i don’t think bernie is perfect, but he’s the candidate i’ve agreed with more than any other, in the history of presidential candidates); having a TA this semester so staying home from work for a sick day didn’t totally throw my class off-schedule; my adorable kittens; yoga and sculpt and intention-setting; green tea; reading Andrea Gibson’s words every night before bed; having self-compassion with myself and allowing my body to rest when it’s unwell; the giant pot of healing soup I made this week; and this New Order cover!

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What made you happy this week? xoxo

Purple Cauliflower & Roasted Chickpea Dip

IMG_9087.jpgA few days ago I had a conversation with a friend about the lack of variety in my diet. One of the handful of reasons I don’t do many “What I Ate…” posts is because nine times out of ten, those posts would look exactly the same. I know what I like, I know what makes me feel good, and I stick to it.

But the conversation got me thinking about how it might be a good practice to shake things up a bit. And I decided to take a baby-step in the direction of a more diverse collection of foods in my meal repertoire by making a slightly different version of my standard hummus.

To add some extra and more divergent veggies to my belly this weekend, I picked up a beautiful head of purple cauliflower. As I was preparing those to roast, another new-to-me idea struck: Why not roast the chickpeas too?

The cauliflower florets and roasted beans led to a much thicker and chunkier result, so this became more of a dip than a standard hummus. And so was born, roasted purple cauliflower and chickpea dip! It wasn’t a dramatic departure from my usual fare, but it was fun (and delicious) to go a bit outside the box.

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Purple Cauliflower & Roasted Chickpea Dip 

1 small head purple cauliflower, chopped

1 can chickpeas

3 T tahini (generous Ts)

1 T olive oil 

juice from one small lemon

2 t cumin 

1/2 t cayenne 

1 t salt

coconut oil spray and/or olive oil 

additional salt & pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Chop cauliflower and rinse and drain the chickpeas. Spread the cauliflower on one large prepared baking sheet, and the chickpeas on another. Lightly coat the beans and cauliflower with oil (I use just a bit of coconut oil spray). Sprinkle salt and pepper over each. Place in the oven and roast for around 25 minutes. (The chickpeas may have to come out sooner, so keep an eye on those). Allow the chickpeas and cauliflower to cool.

Place the cooled cauliflower and chickpeas in a food processor along with the remaining ingredients. Blend. If it’s not getting smooth enough for your preferences, add more liquid (tahini, oil, or water) to your liking!

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It didn’t stay as purple as I’d hoped, so it’s not exactly the most attractive dip out there, but it sure did taste good!

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Happy Monday! 

 

Friday Five!

 

Hello and happy Friday! I’m gonna go ahead and use this space as a friendly PSA/reminder: Everything is temporary! Sad feelings don’t last forever! It’s gonna be okay!

So, for some context, I sat down to write the intro to FF last night and I was in a really heavy place. I had had some miscommunication/unmindful communication with people in my life that led to hurt feelings, I was feeling overwhelmed playing catchup at work after having been out of town for a job interview (on my birthday no less), and was just intent on focusing on all the generally imperfect stuff in my life (heart stuff, money stuff…there’s always stuff, isn’t there?). I had gone to yoga, but even that just acted as a vehicle for feeling those feelings more deeply (which is totally fine and necessary sometimes!). So, as a result, I wrote a pretty bummer intro. (It was all, “Sigh, this week is heavy, I’m glad it’s over” kind of deal).

I still had a couple more things to edit on the post this morning, and so I didn’t hit publish before leaving to go teach my first volunteer yoga class at LARC, a substance abuse rehabilitation center for people living with HIV/AIDS. Getting to the center was super stressful and difficult, and I was still feeling pretty cranky and down about things. But wouldn’t you know it, an hour teaching the folks at the center, and all that stuff that felt so heavy and hard to deal with? Yeah, those feelings dissipated almost immediately.

What I am not saying is that I used the community members at LARC as a way to say, “Omg, things could be so much worse, these poor people!” What I am saying is that, for one hour, I got to share space and solidarity with humans overcoming obstacles, and we sat and breathed together and reminded each other that we could make it through hard times with lots of kindness and compassion. We were sharing a human moment and being present and that was enough for all of us, at least for that hour.

And so when I got in the car to come back home, I promised that I’d hold onto that feeling. And I have. And I sat down to publish the FF and I knew I had to rework the intro. And I had to take this time to remind myself publicly that we don’t have to stay stuck in the blue. (Though, it’s okay to feel that stuff!…It’s just also okay to release it.)

 

So anyway. End PSA. <3

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no mud, no lotus.

And now, the Friday Five…

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Chani Nicholas Interview with Babesquad

I’ve linked to Chani Nicholas astrology readings on here before, but this is an interview with the woman herself! I absolutely adore Chani’s commitment to combining astrology and social justice. At one point in the interview she remarks: “So I’m white. I’m Jewish. I’m queer. I’m not trans…I’m interested in how I can utilize what I’ve been given to promote spaces where healing and justice can occur. How can I be a part of that dialogue? Because astrology, if it’s interesting, is going to be about humankind, human nature, and life on the planet. So if astrology is not speaking to what is going on in many different communities, in my communities, in my life and with my friends and my partner—like, if it’s not addressing the violence, and difficulty, and oppression; if it’s not talking about the systems that are causing harm and possible creative solutions to build a new way of being with each other—it’s not interesting to me.” The interview also includes great reflections on being a person who has made a career of astrology, her future podcast, and more!

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Flint’s Bottom Line

The water-crisis news from Flint is devastating. This article from Jacobin’s John Patrick Leery provides an important analysis of the economic climate that led to a disaster like this to take place. The privatization of what should be public services is a key factor in situations like this. Leery notes: “[Governor] Snyder is fond of referring to Michiganders as “customers” of the state government — a designation that also applies to corporations. When one of Michigan’s wealthiest customers — General Motors — found, a few months after the water switchover, that Flint River water was destroying its tooling and auto parts, it simply stopped using it. Some customers can spring for the premium stuff. But other customers are left with the municipal equivalent of expired meat at jacked-up prices, harassed and humiliated if they protest.” There are ways to prevent these crises—and challenging neoliberal capitalism is chief among them.

10 Years After Rabbit Fur Coat, A Love Letter To Jenny Lewis

Omgeee, this was so many feelings for me! I do not know how, but somehow the album that got me through my junior-year-of-college-breakup is TEN YEARS OLD. This is also totally bonkers to me because I literally heard a track from said album at the coffee shop THIS WEEK, before I saw this article, and was like, “Oh wow, I love that Rabbit Fur Coat album.” And then I found this article and just.could.not. So okay, I’m being really rambly. Here’s a more succinct version: I love Jenny Lewis. Rilo Kiley will probably forever be in my top-ten favorite bands of all time. Jenny’s first solo album is celebrating it’s ten year anniversary, and Ilana Kaplan takes time to pay homage to the woman and the album, and includes nods [and video links] to some of Jenny’s greatest hits. If you too feel like no line ever understood you more than, “I’m a modern girl/but I fold in half so easily,” or just want to remember an album that, as Kaplan notes, “dealt with finding a way to love yourself despite your flaws,” please go read this tribute. “It’s bound to melt your heart.” <3

Roasted Carrots + Rice with Zingy Turmeric Broth

I always love Laura’s recipes on The First Mess, and this one is no exception. This sounds like such a grounding and nourishing dish, and it’s beautiful to boot. I think ya’ll know how much I love my turmeric, so this recipe is definitely getting added to the repertoire.

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Stuff from the Week that Made Me Happy

little kitten snuggles and LITTLEST kitten snuggles (littlest kitten=foster kitty that Diesel and I have been hosting for the past couple weeks!); yoga at LARC; yoga and sculpt at CPY;  getting to the other end of a tough conversation with a friend and feeling the friendship strengthen <3; some awesome comments from my students in class this week (e.g., “When the ruling class wants to conquer, it divides, and finding ways to marginalize sex practices is one of those ways.” YES GURL HAY!); more bday cards in the mail; anticipation for a secret trip L is taking me on for valentine’s day (don’t know where we’re going, but i’m getting very excited!); emails and calls with long-distance pals; podcasts; excitement for feminist book club tonight!; kind of crushing a 13-hour interview (not even exaggerating, folks. #probablydontbecomeaprofessor); my turmeric kale carrot soup; fizzy water; champagne with M; & therapppyyy.

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What made you happy this week? DO YOU ALSO LOVE RILO KILEY?!  

Reflections & New Intentions

 

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This is very belated, but I still wanted to get a New Year’s Resolutions post up before January was over. I feel like people are heatedly divided about the value of resolutions. There are lots of people who think they are at best foolish and inevitably broken,  and at worst, another tool of the anxiety-producing capitalist patriarchal surveillance state.           ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I’m not part of that camp. I understand those critiques, but I reject them. I think resolutions, like any sort of goal, can be an entirely positive practice. There’s nothing wrong with setting an intention and using a ritualized holiday to help concretize it. I believe there is significant energy in a practice that includes millions of people all engaging in the same activity around one day. What a powerful foundation to set us up for success!

Before I begin sharing my intentions and goals for 2016, I wanted to borrow One Raw Bite‘s idea to share her 2015 Resolution post and reflect a year later on how she did. I wrote the following resolutions in this post on December 31, 2014:

1. Connect more with people. Avoid small talk if I have the option to exchange more meaningfully; have longer conversations in person, ask people about their feelings and opinions about things that matter.

I kind of crushed this. A few days after I originally wrote this, I started a conversation with another coffee shop regular (I do 99.9% of my non-campus work—-lesson planning, writing/researching– –at coffee shops), Mark, who became one of my best friends in Boston. We totally bonded about movies (he’s a filmmaker) and music, and he’s a super solid dude. I also met Louie this year, in England, a person who I shared a very deep connection with and who I am very grateful to have in my life. I was also more vulnerable with the people in my life who I already knew—it was a tough year, and I was willing to breakdown, be weak, ask for help, and give the hard-to-talk-about details to friends I let myself trust. It was terrifying–and also one of the most powerful aspects of my year.

2. Continue grounding rituals. Lemon water in the morning, self-care books and journaling/gratitude lists at night. Daily yoga practice, exercise that feels good, green smoothie or green juice for breakfast. Deep cleaning and de-cluttering; practicing the one-in/one-out rule.

I am a creature of routine, so this was sort of an easy one to stick to. I think I *almost* stuck with the one-in/one-out rule, but I still need to get rid of more clothes. I was and continue to be somewhat inconsistent with journaling and gratitude lists, but I did better last year than ever before. I am going to re-commit to that practice this year too.

3. Eight hours of sleep as much as possible. Lots of water.

Mostly solid! I still struggle with getting to bed early, but it’s certainly gotten better, thanks in large part to the fact that 2015 was the year I agreed to teach 6am yoga and bootcamp classes at my studio. 6am is not usually a time I witness, but the class forces me to wake up when it’s dark and see the sun rise. I actually really love being an early riser and am excited to continue on this early-to-bed/early-to-rise path.

4. Doing more for others. More care packages, more phone calls, more helping out. Complimenting people (mindfully) more often. Getting back to volunteer yoga teaching (ideally in the juvenile detention center I’ve been in contact with in Boston, but really anywhere that works out). And getting back involved with organizing and activism in whatever form best serves the struggle.

I did okay-ish on this, but there is room for improvement here. Never made it into a detention center to teach yoga, but I did get involved with Black & Pink, had a prison pen pal, and have done some jail visits. I also made it out to several #BLM protests and marches. Doing good work for our world is not a one-time resolution thing. This is a life’s work, and I’m eager to continue to devote my time and energy to justice. <3

5. Writing for me (blog, creative personal stuff, maybe a zine!) at least a few times a week, and writing for school/work at least a little bit most days of the week.

Not so great. Blogging fell by the wayside, and nothing creative ever really came into fruition. Still working on this!

6. Pausing. Really pausing before I react to things. Breathing during that pause, remembering what my words and actions mean in the world. Contributing more kind energy than hostile energy into the world (interpersonally, anyway…I’ll still probably be pretty hostile about social injustice). Practicing lovingkindness towards all beings (including myself). Saying and living, everyday: Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu. 

Learning how to re-channel the emotions I was dealing with because of repressed trauma was a major theme of 2015 and although this is a never-ending practice, I have a really good handle on it. (#iheartmytherapist)

7. More music. It’s always been a big part of my life, but it’s taken different forms. I’d like to devote some dollars to seeing more shows, I’d like to make more mixes for myself and others, I’d like to go dancing more. And maybe, just maybe, playing some music again, too.

I did indeed get to more shows this year, and it ruled! Still haven’t played any more music, but I’ll always be open to being in a band again someday! (I’m ready universe, assemble me a gang of musical riot grrrrls!).

8. Start a podcast (already in the works with one of my fave ladies!).

So my dear friend Melody and I actually did start and record a podcast. We got our theme, a website, and one epsiode on the books. But then we realized we needed a lot more technological savvy and decided to put it on hold until we bought some better equipment and learned some audio editing stuff. And we’re still in that stage now. :/ But the dream is not dead! We are still gonna make it happen. Be ready: 2016 will see the official launch of Feminist Killjoys, PhD!

9. Finding a way to honor my priorities so that the academy doesn’t run/ruin my life and so I don’t start to resent a job I love. Maybe this means turning down opportunities that seem best for my career. Maybe it doesn’t, but I am committed this year to making decisions that serve me best, and if moving halfway across the country again doesn’t serve me, I won’t do it. (Whoo, that’s a really scary thing to write!)

Still in process. I stayed at the school I’m at now for another one-year contract and am currently in the process of trying to figure out next steps. I feel like I’m ready to practice this, but stay tuned….

10.  More laughing. More tattoos. More turmeric root.

CHECK, CHECK, CHECK. I laughed a ton (miraculously; it was a really dark year, but thankfully the laughs still came). I got sweet new ink. And I ate raw turmeric probably at least 300 days of last year. I will continue to crush all three of these in 2016. :)

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As for 2016, I will continue the above, and I’ll do some other things too: I will stop holding on to the past in ways that foreclose the future (this is maybe the biggest challenge of my life). I will continue to forgive myself. I will stay present. I will not only say, but actually believe, “Body, you are beautiful!” I will take risks for the love that is in my life, and I will trust it. I will drink more water and more champagne, and less of everything else. I will say yes to new adventures and believe in the process. I will practice acceptance. I will write a poem (or several). I will paint my nails a color I’ve never worn before. I will regularly and gently remind others of their value and worth. I will keep trying to land a handstand. I will snuggle my kitten and place kisses on the noses of any dogs who will let me. I will maintain good bangs and treat myself to a massage. I will blog more and read more and talk to friends more and feel stuck less. I will plant some seeds and make some magic. I will love and care for myself and others, with every inch of me, with every chance I get. I will be happy sometimes and sad sometimes and angry sometimes and full of uncompromising joy sometimes…and I will be grateful for every bit of it. <3

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love you guys. what are your intentions for the new year? xoxoxo

Friday Five!

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Hello and belated happy new year! After a month of being in the Midwest for the holidays, I am back in Boston and back into a somewhat normal routine. Although things are still very busy (mostly with work, but also with some fun things), I really do plan to post more on here again. (Blogging more is actually one of my New Year Goals, a topic which I hope will be a post in itself before January’s end.)

So, anyway, hi. My travels were really wonderful and really stressful. I tried hard, (with inconsistent success), to focus on the wonderful parts. And I’m definitely focusing on the wonderful parts now. (Presence is always such a practice.)

I have a lot of really exciting things happening in the upcoming months, and I’m eager to share many of them with you. But today is not the day for much more than our trusty friend, the Friday Five. So let’s get to it, shall we?

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Wellness Can Be Stupidly Expensive. Here are 15 Things I Do to Stay Healthy (Under $10) 

I turn to Mindbodygreen when I need standard, basic wellness inspiration, and don’t usually expect that there will be people writing from a particularly critical consciousness. So it was a pleasant surprise to discover this working class-centric post written by an activist who believes that self-care is something everyone deserves, not just the very rich. Lots of good tips in here!

Technology for Your New Year’s Resolutions

The queers at Autostraddle have compiled a handy guide of the best of apps to help you stay healthy (mentally/emotionally/physically), be productive, manage money, and get organized. Bonus points because it includes many I hadn’t yet heard of! I’m excited to try some out.

Trans People Do Not Endanger Society 

My friend Nico Lang wrote this excellent, well-researched piece about the absolute absurdity of “trans people are dangerous” rhetoric, especially in a society that violences and endangers trans people at wildly disproportionate rates. It’s a good Trans 101 for anyone in your life who still doesn’t get it.

Sweet Potato Fries w/ Spicy Turmeric Drizzle

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Do you want to know something really sad? During my strict food rules- era, I went almost three years without eating a single fry. Fries were not a part of my life. FRIES! They are so good! And I had none of them in my belly! (Lesson: “clean eating” can be a real bummer). So you better believe that when I got out of that restrictive mindset that I wanted to make up for lost time, especially with fries that didn’t make me feel crappy after eating them. And fortunately making fries at home yourself allows you to have delicious fries with a lot less of the oil that tends to make my tummy ache. So, long story short, I’m stoked about sweet potato fries recipes, and I am especially stoked about a sweet potato fries recipe that includes TURMERIC DRIZZLE. I love turmeric. I love fries. I know I’m gonna love this recipe from Sprouts & Chocolate!

Stuff from the Week that Made Me Happy

being an accomplice in a friend’s marriage proposal; quality time with my boo; watching the Golden Globes, because I love award shows even if they make bad decisions; surviving, amidst two blizzards, the 12+ hour drive from Cleveland to Boston. (it sucked but it made me really happy that i got through it!); podcasts! so many good podcasts got me through the aforementioned drive!; snuggles with the most perfect boycat in all the land; the flowing of creative juices; getting back to my yoga studio;  making headway on the upcoming semester’s syllabi and getting excited to teach Sex & Gender and Intro to Social Justice Studies!; crisp winter air; warm cozy tea; making good decisions about social media; being there for a friend in need; Shamir; & sincere acceptance

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What made you happy this week? xoxo