A ton of things happened in January while I was publishing my 31 Days Of Healthy Recipes. So many things I wanted to talk about and process, but that I knew would have to wait.
Now that the month is over, I’m finally able to take a moment to step back and reflect on things.
I try to keep politics out of this space, but to be honest, it hasn’t been easy. Sharing recipes feels like a hollow peace offering in the wake of all that’s been going on. On the inside, my heart oscillates between proud and motivated (I’m still wrapping my head around how more than two and a half million people from all around the world marched on January 21st), and despair for all the hatred and fear that seems to be driving our country forward.
My heart hurts from reeling, and I suspect many of you feel the same.
I want this space to be safe. A place people can come to find nourishment for their bodies and spirits, to gather strength with which to stand up for what they believe in. I believe this kind of self-care isn’t a distraction or a dismissal of what’s really going on in the world… it’s a necessary part of keeping ourselves sane.
So I thought I’d share. Here are a few of the things that have made me smile recently. Hopefully they will brighten your Monday, too.
- Wise words from the Dalai Lama. Also, he makes a fart joke. It’s great.
- Be kind. I find this video so inspiring. It’s easy to convince yourself that little things don’t matter, and then not do them. But when it comes to gestures of kindness, the little things can mean so much more.
- Why I love my gray hair. Anyone who puts themselves out there on the internet knows first-hand what getting negative comments is like. You become hardened to them after a while, learn to brush it off, ignore them, move on… but this blogger had a better response, and I love it.
- This video of a little girl singing with her dad made my heart melt. Someone get me a mop.
- This Instagram account is my latest fave.
- The ACLU raised more than $24 Million in one weekend. Sometimes I feel like my newsfeed is just an ocean of negativity waiting to swallow me up… but it’s not all bad.
- This hilarious account of working from home. As someone who often forgets to leave the house for days on end, I can totally relate to this.
I hope your Monday is going well, friends. Please feel free to share your thoughts and comments below. And if you’re looking for ways to make a positive difference, here’s a helpful list of organizations that could use support, beyond the ones you already know.