Throughout this education process, one of the things I have been the most surprised by is how amazing black creators and influencers there are out there that I had never been aware of before. Obviously there were already out there being amazing, I was just not seeking them out, which I am embarrassed by. Some of the creators I have found, have quickly become some of my favorites to follow. I wanted to share a list here because you can easily support these folks without necessarily spending money. Like, watch or comment on their posts. Share them to your stories, etc!
This is one of the first audiobooks I have ever listened to. I had started reading the book when I friend told me the audiobook was a great way to take in the book. I decided to download the audiobook and am so happy I did. Being able to listen to Trevor Noah tell the stories included in the book was absolutely amazing and brought so much to the stories.
Back in March I made the decision to temporarily close Parties by Catie-Marie out of an abundance of caution. The pandemic was ramping up and I felt it was irresponsible to keep a store open that essentially promotes getting together with others. We are still in a time when social gatherings really shouldn’t be happening and if they do need to occur, they should be done in a limited and regulated way.
It is finally starting to really feel like summer here in Seattle… even if we have had a couple of rainy days recently. I have been happily embracing dresses, shorts and tank tops. We have been having “cocktail hour” on our porch most days and have started grilling now that the rain has left us (for the most part). I have been thinking a lot about what makes me feel the summer is really here and thought I would share.
Leg one of our honeymoon was spent exploring the quant New England town of Kennebunkport, Maine. After a long day of traveling from Seattle to the East Coast, we were excited to make it to our final destination. Before we did I had arranged a small surprise for my new husband. Excitedly walking to the rental car kiosk, he was about to find out that I had secured us a convertible sports car for our time in Maine. We checked in, signed the paperwork and were told what stall our car was in. I was excited I had been able to do this without him finding out and ruining the surprise. We walk to the stall and a Cheeto-orange mustang is sitting in the stall. After the long day, all we could do was giggle. To both of us, who tend to like to blend in and not bother others, this was the most ostentatious car we could imagine. Riley ultimately laughed appreciated the thought, even if it had gone a bit array.
Up this week is business to support. In past weeks we have covered things to watch, read and listen to. I decided to focus on either Seattle-based on online businesses because that is what is accessible to me and what I would realistically be able to support. I have been to a number of these places, the others are one’s I have either had my eye on or thought looked scrumptious in my research. As always, this is not a comprehensive list. If you have a favorite that isn’t listed here, please leave it in the comments!
While I didn’t think that this year could get any wilder, June proved me wrong. For me, each month has brought more fear, uncertainty, confusion and thought-provoking moments. With the resurgence of the corona virus and (long overdue) civil unrest, I have had no choice but to take this month one day at a time. Trying to do the best I can to keep others safe, while educating myself on topics I have neglected in the past. As I write this post, it is interesting to look back on the past month and recognize how much different it feels that previous months this year.
Live a healthier lifestyle.
- Go for a 30 minute walk each day. Nailed it. I have been walking for 60 minutes every day, with very few exceptions. It has become one of my favorite parts of the day. Enjoying the fresh air, listening to audio books and processing my thoughts.
- Drink 96 oz. of water each day. Another nailed it. I have been religiously hauling around my tumbler and refilling it multiple times each day. I think all of the walking helps with this. I have started craving water rather than coffee or soda.
- Limit as much as I can (or cut completely) dairy from my diet. Also going really well. I have decided it may not be sure realistic to completely cut this from my diet, but I have made every effort to cut down on my consumption.
- Eliminate (again) soda from my diet. Doing good here. I did have one diet coke this month, because it sounded really good. Other than that, no soda.
Find small ways to better myself.
- No screen time 30 minutes prior to bed. This one has not been going as well this month. I was on a roll in May, but completely fell off the bandwagon in June. Here’s to July!
- Read a book a week. Going good! Between reading and listening to books, I am on track with this!
- Create & stick to a morning routine. Another win. While my routine may change a bit from day to day, the basics are there. When I start my days with this routine, I feel so much more productive by the end of the day.
- Be more open with my feelings. This is also going well. I can remember a few times that I spoke up when I probably wouldn’t have in the past. I remember thinking after that I was proud of myself and that it felt good.
Become a better global citizen.
- Use only reusable water bottles and tumblers. This is going super well! At home, it is all reusable items all the time. Because coffee shops aren’t allowing reusable cups right now, I think I ended up with single use cups 2-3 times when I stopped by a favorite local coffee shop.
- Limit consumption of meat. This is going pretty well also. I have been trying to eat more fish and beans as an alternative. There are very few times when I am really wanting meat.
- Listen to the news every morning. This has totally worked its way into my routine. I listen to it every morning while I am tidying. I love starting my day feeling like I am informed.
- ADD – Continuous Education: Ever since the murder of George Floyd and subsequent protests, I have been trying to find ways to educate myself on these topics. I want to add a goal that is to consume at least one piece of educational material a week.
While June was a crazy month in many ways, it did force me to really embrace a lot of these goals. I think they helped me feel sane when there was so much crazy all around. Until next time, friends… CML
It is crazy to think that it is already the Fourth of July weekend! This year, it feels as though holidays have come and gone with little pomp or circumstance. Hopefully this one will pass in much of the same way. I say that in the hopes that this weekend will not lead to the pandemic worsening. All of this doesn’t mean you can’t have a fun holiday, it just means it will likely be a little different that it may have been in the past. I picked out some fun things that can help the holiday feel a bit more festive.
Welcome to another week of the “Educate Yourself” series. Up this week is podcasts. Personally, I love podcasts. I love the art of storytelling and being able to hear how people explain things. When doing research, I was excited to see how many podcasts there are out there. I know that this is not a comprehensive list and will definitely add to it over time. If you have a recommendation, please leave it in the comments!
Yesterday I posted about how to throw a safe, but fun Fourth of July barbecue. As I was writing that post I realized one of the more challenging aspects would be food, both appetizers and the main meal. To me, the main meal is a bit easier because the food doesn’t really need to change, just the delivery. But the appetizers are a bit of a different story. At least at the parties that I throw, appetizers are communal. I am not a huge fan of the these days and have been looking how things could be changed up! Here are some ideas for any upcoming Fourth of July barbecues you may be having.