Friends. I’ve had a bit of a tough week. And I have been the opposite of yogic throughout most of it. My perspective has been out of whack and I was forgetting to breathe. You see, so many things went wrong this week: money stuff, car stuff, anxiety stuff, time stuff….
But there’s always stuff, isn’t there? When I turned in my dissertation, I thought, “Okay, now I will be free from stress.” But then the defense planning started, and it became, “Okay, after the defense, I will be free from stress.” Not so. Because there’s always going to be stuff.
In the midst of all this stuff the past week, something real happened. Something bigger than stuff. My cousin’s fiancee passed away. She had been battling leukemia for months. She was 25. I’m headed to the funeral tomorrow.
I don’t write this to bring anyone down, only to remind everyone that the cliché about not sweating the small stuff? It’s good advice. Being present and practicing gratitude are so much harder than they sound. But we’ve gotta keep trying. Life is just too short.
I did manage to collect some things from the internet to bring you a Friday Five. I hope this can bring you into your weekend with a new dedication to living fully and gratefully. <3
Julia & Libby is a beauty of a blog. These gals glow, and their recipes are always simple and nutritious. Take, for example, this recipe for Cacao Crackle. Kind of a seed-y buckwheat cacao bark. Sounds like an awesome treat!
All About “Rubbish Pirating”(aka, “dumpster diving”)
I love love love this post from the lovely Natalia at Apples and Anarchy. She provides research about food waste on our planet and also some ways to combat it–specifically through consuming the “waste” rather than creating more of it. Her pictures of dumpster dived (dove?) meals will have you wanting to get to your nearest grocery store parking lot, asap. I haven’t been dumpster diving since my undergrad days, but Natalia re-inspired me.
Turmeric Sun Dressing
Ya’ll know I love turmeric. And salads. And dressing for salads. This glowing turmeric-heavy dressing from Mind Body Green sounds incredible. Sub honey with your sweetener of choice to make vegan.
These may seem fairly obvious—especially to a group of people who are likely already involved in some kind of wellness practice—but, as I stated above, I find I often forget even the most basic ways to manage stress. I was glad to stumble upon this article (this week in particular) to remind myself that although I can’t control all of my circumstances, I can control my reaction.
This article from Huffington Post talks about the app allows you to scan the barcode of items you want to purchase to see if they have connections to the Koch brothers, Monstanto, and other deplorable corporate entities you may want to avoid supporting. Voting with your dollar only gets us so far, but it’s a decent start!
No questions today. Just love. <3