Happy Friday, Ambitious Fam! Though it was a short week, Monday feels like it was a thousand years ago. I spent the holiday at a DC Bloggers 2020 planning meeting and basically cramming in a bunch of activities that I didn’t get to while being sick last week. Now that I’m feeling a lot healthier, I spent most of this week dodging office illnesses. Does anyone else feel like this cold/flu season has been particularly brutal!?
Here are five things that gave me all the feels this week:
REDUCE, Reuse, Recycle
Though I have been vocal about my sustainability journey, I don’t think that I have touched on how discouraging it can be. I spend a lot of time researching products to swap and I get overwhelmed by all of the contradicting information. Some days I am plagued with eco-guilt when I make a decision that isn’t as sustainable as it could be. I firmly believe that doing something and increasing your knowledge to make better decisions is better than doing nothing at all, but sometimes it is hard to decipher through the noise. Reading this article from 2019 was one of those discouraging moments. The article details (anecdotally) how most plastic can not and is not actually recycled, even when you think you are doing your due diligence. While that kind of bummed me out (even though I already knew), it was also a reminder that we should be focusing on REDUCING our plastic consumption above relying on recycling initiatives. Read the article for yourself here.
Tomi’s MS Story
Recently, Tomi of GoodTomiCha shared yet another super personal health experience–how she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) at just 23 years old (which is pretty uncommon). Her story made me realize how little I understood MS and what an attack could look like. In addition, she discussed the greater social and career implications that it had on her life. If you recall, I shared in this Friday Feels post that Tomi felt that she had to remove her braids in order to avoid being discriminated against on the job hunt. Discovering that she had MS added an additional level of anxiety about being discriminated against, so much so that she held off sharing it with anyone outside of her family. Tomi’s post goes into more detail about this, but once again, I was struck by how privileged I am to not have to factor disability into my career decisions. Read Tomi’s MS Story here.
On Monday, I got an Amazon Firestick 4k. I have a smart tv, so I never thought it was super necessary until I realized that I could not watch Disney+ (it’s an “older” smart tv). Now I’m pumped because I finally get to see what all of the Disney+ hype is about! I have a couple of busy weeks ahead of me, but I’m hoping to squeeze in some Disney+ originals (like High School Musical the Musical) and nostalgically watch a few episodes of classic Disney channel shows. As far as the Firestick goes, I’ve only used it a couple of times, but so far I enjoy that I can control it with my Echo dot and that everything is a little more streamlined.
Air Fryer Obsession
Friends, do you remember how excited I was to have a pressure cooker? Well, I have found another appliance that has revolutionized the way that I cook: the air fryer! My mom got the Ninja Foode 9-in-1 that was on MY wish list this year for Christmas (only a little bit bitter), so she offered to give me her old air fryer (yay!). I’m completely obsessed and I have been throwing any and everything in there to cook. Every single dish has been a success so far! Currently, my favorite thing to cook in the air fryer is definitely cauliflower gnocchi (they turn out so crisp!) but I was also super surprised by how well my air fryer salmon turned out. If you are looking for some beginner air fryer recipes, I found this post from Mad About Food to be very helpful.
I came across this news story from Las Vegas on Facebook and I thought that it was super heartwarming. Kenneth Harrison and Courtney Haywood, two young men, came together to create a free art therapy service for children with autism. Their mission was to “create a headquarter for happiness” within its brightly colored walls. They hope to expand to every major city in the United States and they have already opened another location in Arizona. Snaps for them! See the news story here.