Happy Friday everyone! Today is a very special Friday Five because I finally get to share my big secret with all of you. You regulars may remember some cryptic posts about “big news” a while back, and now that all the i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed, I can finally come clean:
I got a job as a Visiting Assistant Professor at a college just north of Boston! Mike and I will be moving to the city in August!
majorly wicked exciting news. You may also remember me feeling really low and discouraged about the job search, and so getting a sweet gig was absolutely thrilling and I’m very grateful.
That’s not to say deciding whether or not I was going to take the job wasn’t an extremely hard decision to make. Mike and I talked and talked (and talked) about all the pros and cons. The biggest con, of course, being that he would have to leave his (super awesome, important, fulfilling) job. It was not a decision we made lightly, but at the end of the day, the pros–(including but not limited to: finally living in a big city again! the joys of the east coast! a new adventure! a train trip away from NYC! the ocean! the great job waiting for raechel! etcetra!)—outweighed the cons. I feel genuinely lucky to have a partner who is so generous and open (and feministy—way to let the lady take the career reigns, amirite?).
It’s a year long position guaranteed with the possibility for tenure-renewal in 2014. This means that next year I will either be staying put, applying for different jobs in Boston, or applying for jobs in Chicago again (where my heart, I’m afraid, may forever belong). Embracing this precarity has forced me to practice yoga-outside-the-yoga-room more intensely than any other obstacle I’ve come across. We are taking a giant leap of faith, and the only way to cope with giant leaps of faith, I’ve found, is to practice being fully present. Acknowledging that this move may be awesome or may not be awesome—but that those are temporary results that will change in each moment—-is pretty liberating.
So, dear readers, I am dying to know about your experiences taking leaps of faith, moving across the country, moving a partner away from a job, and/or general insight about Boston (srsly, we need an apartment, and the rental market appears to be awful out there, so if yr in the area, please hook a sister up). Tell me all your stories. In moments of big change, connecting with other people who have gone through similar things has proven to be wildly nourishing to anxious hearts and minds.
With that, here are four neat-o things from the internet, and a few things that made my week pretty rad. <3
More Reasons to Avoid Processed Food
This article from BuzzFeed reveals 8 foods that are US store shelves, but are banned in other countries. Why are things artificial dies, oils, and synthetic growth hormones banned in other countries you ask? Oh, you know, just small things like birth defects, cancer, and kidney failure. Nbd. UGH. Go vegan and skip the processed junk and you won’t have to worry about it for yourself—(but do continue to rage productively for the millions of people who have to consume it because of structural reasons).
Spicy Apple Radish Slaw
Love the sound of this crisp and refreshing slaw from The Lemon Bowl. Sub agave for honey to make vegan.
MAMA KITTY ADOPTS BABY PIT BULL!
For real! Read more about this mama catty who took in a 1-day old pit bull who was abandoned by it’s bio mom. This is THE CUTEST! (And they all reside in Cleveland, my home town, woop woop!)
Almond Pulp Freezer Fudge
After my wildly successful first attempt at making homemade almond milk (see below), I was on a quest to find an awesome recipe for my leftover almond pulp. This freezer fudge from Nature’s Nurture totally caught my eye. Sounds easy and delicious, and I bet you could skip the honey altogether to make vegan.
Stuff From My Week That Made Me Happy
Minneapolis bucket list planning!
(more) Patios! (more) Happy Hours! (more) Happy Hours on Patios!
Seeing this movie and having rad friends with whom to discuss/critique it.
Emails from long-lost pen pals.
Making my own almond milk for the first time!
A particularly wonderful yoga class at the jail.
The babycat waking me up with cuddles and kisses at 5am.
…lots more. <3
How about you? What made you happy this week? Are you in love with that kitty/pit bull story? What’s your favorite thing to make with almond pulp? Do you have any Boston advice for me?!