Happy end of the first full week of 2015! I have to say, I’ve sort of been crushin’ it in this new year. I’ve been making mostly really solid decisions, getting more and more sleep, getting tons of fresh turmeric root (a resolution, if you recall), making lovely connections with people, and being generally more mindful. That’s not to say some of the major challenges I’ve been enduring for the past year have been magically solved, but rather that I’m finding joy and presence in spite of them.
I set a really good tone for 2015 by attending a 10:30-midnight yoga class on New Year’s Eve. I honestly think that’s inspired a lot of the good over this past week. I’m excited to keep it going. : )
And now, the Friday Five!
I love this Autostraddle piece because the author, Rachel, puts so much emphasis on list-making. I kid you not, the days I make a list for myself are more productive than the days I don’t, 100% of the time. Rachel gives some great specifics for effective lists and also provides more great tips for getting shit done. I’m going to bookmark it for days I’m feeling a little stuck.
I have some cauliflower in my fridge (after making Lacy’s incredibly delicious hummus), and now I’m obsessed with the idea of turning it into an oatmeal-like dish. I found this recipe on To Her Core, and plan to make it for breakfast today! Sounds great to me!
I plan to do a big post on decluttering, but in the mean time, this article from Bon Appetit provides an excellent guide to declutter your kitchen. I just did this in my kitchen a few days ago and I felt instantly awesomer. (TW: they also use the language of “purging,” which rubs me the wrong way, but if you can get past that, it’s a really good read!)
Surely by now you’ve heard of the tragic death of transgender teenager Leelah Alcorn. Unfortunately, this is not a unique isolated incident, and as trans and allied communities know, traumatic incidents of violence occur regularly. This article offers ideas on taking care of yourself and other people during hard times like this. The goal, of course, is to put an end to the cis-hetero-patriarchal white supremacist culture that makes violences like these so commonplace—-to “fix society,” as Leelah implored—-but in the meantime, we could all use more tools to get us through these kinds of experiences.
Stuff from the Week That Made Me Happy
turmeric root; taking yoga; teaching sculpt; working on my syllabus for the Communication and Social Change class I’m teaching and getting so excited to talk to young people about social movements (and just feeling generally inspired because I’m immersed in all this literature about incredible organizing for change); Grrrl Prty; finally making friends with that regular at the coffee shop who I see everyday; pretty snow; out-nights; in-nights; getting awesomely positive feedback on my student evals back from last semester; tea; kitten; Pema Chodron; reading this book for book club; doing stuff for other people.
What made you happy this week? Have a great weekend! xoxo