All posts tagged: front

“Queer Eye” Makes Me Believe Again

The most positive, encouraging, and uplifting thing in this shit storm right now is the reboot of “Queer Eye.”  Chalk full of acceptance and personal growth, these five gay men guide a straight man in each episode to leveling up his grooming, style, culinary, home, and self-confidence game. This season all takes place in Georgia and I curious to see how they dealt with different worldviews from more traditionally-minded folk.  I was pleasantly surprised to see wonderful exchanges on perspectives and respectful discourse on issues such as police brutality, gender norms in gay relationships, and religious intolerance of gay folks. While I might not agree with the perspectives shared, what I found most insightful was how they modeled engaging in a difficult dialogue.  So often (especially in the traditional South) people shy away from engaging in conversation on controversial topics such as the ones mentioned above.  The problem avoidance creates is ignorance.  While experiential learning feels gross, it is one of the best ways to transform the dysfunctional ways we see the world. Challenge: think …

Fast Fashion: Cladwell’s Shift

Now, truth is I find myself wanting to buy more clothes when I feel like my life and my body are out of control.  Between expenses piling up and binge eating it’s clear I’m  running away from the ick I feel.  In fact I caught myself last week cruising cheap clothes online to get my quick endorphin fix. And then, I remember Cladwell.  Cladwell’s mission is to reduce the number of clothes we have and beat perpetual fast fashion consuming our lives.  The encourage folks to have fewer, higher quality clothes.  They have this amazing app I use to get dressed. Yes, the app is $7.99/month but well worth it if it keeps you from buying more clothes.  They also have a blog offering styling help to get us thinking more creatively with what we already own. Listen here to founder Blake Smith’s vision on how to break our consumerism and feeding into the lie that we’re somehow incomplete.

33 Random Acts of Kindness

Why 33?  Because I turn 33 next month!  To honor the years I’ve been on this planet I want to complete the following random acts of kindness: For Work Send an encouraging email Write a positive sticky note Take a day of no complaining Online Share a favorite recipe Write 5 positive comments on social media To Connect With Old Friends Send a postcard Send an inspirational book Ship a care package Call an old friend once a week and chat For My Community Run/walk a 5K Donate used towels and blankets to a shelter Gift cookies to neighbors By lemonade from one of the kids’ stands in our neighborhood Hold a teddy bear drive Clean gym equipment Thank someone every week Let someone go in front of me in line Return shopping carts for others at the grocery store Purchase extra dog/cat food and/or litter for an animal shelter Leave a box of goodies for the mail carrier Donate 10” of my hair For Self Drink more water! Have a judgment free day Focus …

Weekly Meal Prep: List and Review

Every Sunday I make enough food to (hopefully) last the entire week.  The goal is to have healthy and nutritious food ready and available whenever I get hungry because finding quick vegan food for low blood sugar isn’t always easy. So I give you this week’s meal prep!  From top left to right: Crowd-pleasing vegan Caesar salad  Cut up pineapple Pra Ram Tofu Tangelos Vegan jack fruit ‘pulled pork’ tacos with pineapple Cacao energy bites Vegan buffalo ‘chicken’ salad Week’s Review: Best meal: the vegan jack fruit ‘pulled pork’ tacos were AMAZING!  Super easy to reheat, well-balanced sauce, the jack fruit does a great job of mimicking pork, and it kept all week! Worst meal: Pra Ram Tofu but only because the peanut butter sauce was a bit too sweet for me.