Today, I am taking a break from fashion to talk about something serious—your soul! Dum, dum, dum! But seriously, I’m starting this (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly?) series to share some of the things that make me feel hopeful about our shared humanity, give me joy or just plain make me laugh. As we fight against injustice in our world, we can simultaneously find inspiration by immersing ourselves in the things that we are trying to protect. Here are a few things I’m following, reading, watching or doing…
Areeba Siddique’s Instagram feed featuring her amazing art journaling (among other things) is endlessly inspiring.
Taking simple actions
I have been making a concerted effort to compost my food scraps. It’s easier than you think and ridiculously satisfying. I like thinking about my scraps becoming soil that will nourish new plants. Just collect your food scraps and drop off at one of the many sites around the city. Click here for details on where to compost and what to include. Since I work in Union Square, I can compost on the way to work on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at the Union Square Green Market. This has been a composting game-changer for me as I used to wait until Sunday to drop-off scraps in my neighborhood and it never seemed to get done.
Laughing (but also thinking)
This comic about deeply-held beliefs…
…had me laughing while digesting some uncomfortable truths.
Laughing (but also feeling thankful)
Summer chub-rub set to music (mildly NSFW)
This video from Miss Eave is on point! Made me feel less alone in my summer chub-rub struggle. It’s a real thing! The interview is interesting too.
Crying (but the good kind)
The Handmaid’s Tale
This series, currently airing on Hulu, has been around long enough that you have probably heard about it or are watching it. I read the book years ago and liked it, but I don’t think I appreciated the story it in the same way as I do now. This dark tale of a woman caught in a dystopian, misogynistic (to put it mildly) America, has brought up all sorts of feels for me. I’m only up to Epidsode 4, but the tears haven’t stopped flowing, I think because some of the themes feel so relevant to current struggles. It can be difficult to watch (I recently had to take a short break) but somehow feels important.
What are you immersing yourself in these days?