Happy Friday everyone! It’s been kind of a week. When I finished grading, I was inundated with all the life-stuff I had been shelving for a while. I think I had been using being really busy at work as a way to justify ignoring certain things, and when I didn’t have non-stop grading as an excuse, I got hit with all of it pretty hard. But the cool thing is that I’ve been really aware of all the things I’m doing that make me feel taken care of and all the things I’m doing that exacerbate the stress. I feel very in tune with all my actions and I think that in itself is a victory.
To kick off the Friday Five, here’s a picture of a gal with some good advice!
And now, four things from the internet and a list of things that made me happy this week!
This article from MindBodyGreen really hit home for me. The author starts off talking about the boundaries she needed to set during her divorce, and I definitely related to the need to set boundaries at the end of relationships (as hard as it may be). She provides a useful worksheet to help people set boundaries in a variety of settings. She frames boundary-setting as a form of self-love. I highly recommend bookmarking this article for a time you might need it in your work life or your personal life.
This is such a simple recipe, but this post inspires me to keep a jar of this magical elixir handy as a form of preventative medicine. I also love that she offers a PDF print-out of these cute Ginger Tea labels! Knuckle Salad was a new blog discovery for me, and I’ll definitely be returning!
So a friend (and former student!) of mine is part of this amazing collective called KLIT: A Queer Feminist Community Safe Space in Budapest. They do amazing work, including screen films, conduct workshops, run an infoshop, a free shop, share knowledge and skills on DIY activities, hold assemblies, host activists in need, organize and participate in demonstrations. Unfortunately, the current climate isn’t great for radical organizing, and they are having trouble staying afloat. Any small donation toward their projects would be greatly appreciated! Read more here (then click the Donate button on the right side of the page!).
My handsome bearded mountain-man friend, Todd Boera, is the co-owner and brewer of Fonta Flora Brewery in Morganton, NC. Todd is an amazing person with a heart of gold and, as this article explains, a firm commitment to staying local. I really appreciate the local ethic Todd espouses–staying local supports the community of which the brewery is a part, cuts down on his carbon footprint, and inspires innovation (check out the part about kiwis!). Yay Todd!
Stuff From the Week That Made Me Happy
the Mr. Little Jeans show
finishing grading and all touching emails from students
rituals & observations
LC, DS, MH, LD, M
this comic (cute, and actually pretty poignant)
walking, biking, and taking the train
this delightful video of an EMT voguing
What made you happy this week? xoox