• 7.31.20 Catching My Eye
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    Catching My Eye | 7.31.20

    Happy Friday! I know lots of people who make jokes about the weekend being just the same as the rest of the week, but I still look forward to those two little days of zero expectations every week. This week was quite the rollercoaster between work and personal stuff, so I’m hoping to get some much-needed downtime and practice a little self-care this weekend. What’s on your agenda? Let’s see what’s been catching my eye… 1// This list of books about voter-suppression… Early voting ends tomorrow in Nashville. I am lucky enough to have not experienced any issues during my time as a voting adult in the United States, but…

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    An Update on My Antiracist Behavior

    It’s been almost two months since the revitalization of the Black Lives Matter movement that was invigorated by the wrongful deaths of individuals like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. During this time, I’ve experienced a myriad of feelings surrounding the movement from anger to inspiration to burnout. The most important thing I’ve practiced since the beginning of my antiracist education is reminding myself that this is a marathon, not a sprint. Racism, unfortunately, is not going away overnight. Hate will always find a place in some people’s hearts, and all I can do is speak out against it and educate myself as best I can on minority groups like Black-Americans,…

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    Catching My Eye | 07.10.20

    Who’s ready for weekend? I know I am. This week has been insane, and I’m ready for a quiet few days before heading to the beach (safely) with my mom next weekend. I’m excited for some downtime. I know we have all been looking at these last few months as downtime, but even while working from home, I’ve been busier than ever. Let’s get into what’s been catching my eye this week! My roommate drew me! How amazing is she? Check out her other work on Instagram @sarahstonecreative. 1// These helpful tips for keeping your cool during tough times… If you haven’t had at least one freak-out during the last…

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    July 2020 Goals (& An Update on June’s Goals)

    Life is slowly, slowly starting to return back to normal. Not fully, but the pace is definitely picking up as more and more people are venturing out of their homes. I’m still mostly keeping to myself, but more calls are being scheduled for activities outside of work and more friends are wanting to socially-distance hang, so my calendar is quickly filling up again. I secretly love that life is getting back to “normal” because I love keeping busy and crossing things off my list. Since coronavirus isn’t going away any time soon (please, just wear a mask), we are all having to adapt to a new normal. Here are my…

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    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…

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    Catching My Eye | 6.12.20

    What a week. I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted. From listening and learning about the Black Lives Matter movement impacting the nation (world) to trying to survive during a pandemic, I am beat. I don’t know if I have anything poignant to share this week as I am truly just trying to keep my head above water at this point. I hope this is a pivotal moment in history. I hope this is a year we look back on and say, “That’s when everything changed.” Until then, I promise to put in the work. I promise to keep fighting the good fight even when I’m tired. I promise…

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    June 2020 Goals

    We’re almost halfway through June, but it’s never too late to share a little goal setting, is it? I have to admit, I haven’t been nearly as goal-oriented as I usually am since the coronavirus forced us all indoors for the past three months, but I’m trying to get back in the swing of things as the world starts going again. These are some overarching goals for the month, and I hope to knock them off my to-do list, but I obviously have 8 million other things I’d like to accomplish. I’ve got to start somewhere though. Let’s get started! 1// Develop my plan for continuing to educate myself on…

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    #BlackLivesMatter

    I’ve stayed mostly quiet about everything going on in our country right now for a myriad of reasons — which I admit, are excuses. I don’t have anything of value to add to the conversation. I don’t want to offend anyone. I don’t want to seem uneducated. I don’t have all the information. I don’t want to detract from what other, more important voices have to say.  I’ve seen a lot of Instagram stories and had a few conversations in the last couple of days that have encouraged me to use my voice — that my voice matters more than I can imagine — that every voice speaking out against…

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    Habits I’m Carrying Into My Post-Quarantine Life

    I’m looking at at least three more weeks of working from home, likely longer, but I’m still trying to prepare myself for life on the other side of all of this. I know things won’t go completely back to normal even when I’m back at work, but my social life is already picking back up with park hangouts and socially-distanced walks with friends. Staying at home for the better part of two months with only my roommate and my boyfriend to hang out with was quite the eye-opener. While I kept mostly a normal schedule (waking up and working out at 6 a.m. and working from 9-5), I didn’t have any of…

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    Catching My Eye | 05.22.20

    Another week, come and gone. This week felt like it flew by. I started watching Hannah Montana while I worked, and before you laugh at me, it has been the perfect companion. It’s pure background noise, and it makes the day go by so much faster since it’s essentially broken up into 30-minute chunks. I also realized how important working out is to my mental health. I usually start my day with a workout because if I put it off until the afternoon there is a 1% chance I actually commit to doing it. I think rest days are super important, but I can’t lie. I felt really off Thursday morning (the…