Friday Five!

Hello, dear ones. It’s already Friday again! This week has been somewhat better than the last, and for that I am grateful. Things are still a little rocky on my end, but I am focusing on all the awesomeness that exists amidst it. Here are four things from the internet, plus a list of stuff that made me happy this week!

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Swirly Butternut Squash and Kale Soup

This soup from Yes More, Please! looks and sounds absolutely delicious, and perfect for fall. I love how much a little swirl of color can enhance an already beautiful and nutritious dish. To be honest, the majority of the time, I don’t put time into making things look aesthetically pleasing—that’s why I love making food for people so much, because it gives me an excuse! But I do think there is so much value in expressing how much we love the food we eat through mindful and beautifying presentation, you know?

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Should You Really Practice Asana #EveryDamnDay? 

Loooved this article from Kathryn Heagberg about the ubiquitous #YogaEveryDamnDay hashtag that I see all over my Instagram feed. Now, I do practice yoga, in some form, everyday, but the idea that yoga is just fancy looking Instagram-worthy poses totally misses the point. Sometimes, yoga means meditating, or focusing on your breath, or doing some diligent svadhyaya. Heagberg has some excellent insight in here, including this: “And that’s the thing, asana can be such a gift—a tool to move through life more skillfully, a refuge from life’s proverbial storms, and a support for the more subtle practices of yoga, like pranayama and meditation. But if, instead, you find your asana practice is a major source of guilt, shame, or stress in your life, it’s probably time to re-think your practice.”

Thug Kitchen & Race

So, it was recently revealed that the creators of everyone’s favorite explitive-heavy healthy vegan food porn memes are white people. I admit to having gotten a laugh out of the juxtaposition of things like “kale” and “motherfucker,” but we should always be skeptical of anything that is perpetuating the racially loaded term “thug”—even if the creators were black, this term is interpreted by people in the context of a society that conflates thugs with blackness/deviance/criminality. But, more than that, we need to pay attention to the ways that white people profit off of racism. There were several really good responses to this that I read this week, including this awesome rallying cry from Josey Ross and this nuanced piece from Maya K. Francis.

GET IT? It's funny because it's like something Gwyneth Paltrow would drink, but it's next to things "black people would say"! #smh

GET IT? It’s funny because it’s, like, something Gwyneth Paltrow would drink, but it’s next to things “black people would say”! #smh

 No, You Can’t Have It All

Really appreciate the message of this Mark Manson piece. The short version is that we keep striving for having it all and still maintaining balance, but, Mark wonders, “What if the solution is simply accepting our bounded potential, our unfortunate tendency as humans to inhabit only one place in space and time. What if we recognize our life’s inevitable limitations and then prioritize what we care about based on those limitations?” It’s a good read for anyone who struggles with balance and moments of feeling unfulfilled.

Stuff from the Week that Made Me Happy

the crisp fall weather, and beautiful burst of color in the trees; yoga; co-planning an upcoming co-taught Sculpt class that is going to kick everyone’s butt; group texts (never underestimate the power of a group text for a good laugh and/or warm fuzzies); the feeling of getting cozy under blankets in a chilly apartment; my students and the excellent work they are doing and connections they are making; teacher clothes and finding heels that are not so bad to walk in; the mini-pumpkins I bought; the sweet admin assistant in the math department who gets me the remote for the projector in my classroom and makes the most adorable small talk in her charming New England accent; kitten cuddles; seeing a final proof of an upcoming academic journal article I have coming out; watching and thinking about this show; ritual and routine; broccoli and ginger; & hope.

What made you happy this week? xo

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