061920 Catching My Eye
Catching My Eye,  Personal

Catching My Eye | 06.19.20

Can I be honest with you guys? I am not doing so hot. Between Black Lives Matter, COVID-19, and every other tragedy going on in the world that we don’t even know about, I feel like I’ve woken up to a lot this week. Don’t get me wrong — this is a very good thing — but it also leaves me feeling very overwhelmed because how am I supposed to help everyone?

The answer is, I can’t. Duh. But, I can keep focusing on educating myself and others. And donating when I can. I’ve also learned, that you have to pick your causes. I think I’m going to spend the next week looking into two causes I can help continuously, one locally and one internationally. I have help to give, it’s time I concentrate that power and really dedicate it to what I am passionate about. Every cause is worthy, but if I help every cause, my impact will be minimal, if I pick a cause I am super passionate about, I can hopefully move the meter just a little bit.

Let’s get into what’s been catching my eye this week!

Catching My Eye 06.19.20

1// This selection of books to read during Pride Month
Happy Pride Month! I shared my selection of reads earlier this week, but I’ve also added Life as a Unicorn by Amrou Al-Kadhi and In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado to my list.

2// This compilation of influencers of color to follow
I’ve already followed a few new influencers of color that have caught my eye, so I wanted to share this list. I’ve been loving following Venita Aspen, Hayet Rida, and Ayana Gabrielle Lage (not on the list, but still an amazing follow).

3// This adorable, smocked maxi-dress
I’m typically not the biggest fan of maxi-dresses, but I’ve been stepping outside my comfort zone when it comes to my fashion choices lately. This style would be totally new for me, but I’m always drawn to florals and muted colors.

4// This directory of Black-owned business in Nashville
Ever since COVID-19 forced us to mostly stay at home, I’ve been on a big shop and eat local kick. I’ll be honest, I’m much better about eating local than I am about shopping, but I thought I could start with this list of Black-owned businesses in Nashville.

5// This book wrapping up a well-respected dystopian series
I started the Scythe series earlier in the year, and I am finally wrapping up the series with The Toll. This series is set in a dystopian future where people never die unless they are chosen to. It’s a really interesting take on mortality and the purpose of life.

Happy adventuring,

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