How are you doing?

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Good morning! Happy Tuesday! Look at that, it’s not Monday anymore. We’re gonna make it through this week, through this year, I promise you.

I’m sure most everyone can relate, but looking on Facebook or Twitter, you feel like you’re seeing the slow deterioration of society. There’s horrific deadly explosions in the middle east, there’s a sitting United States president who would’ve turned our government into a dictatorship if he were only smart enough, there’s the revelation that pretty much every woman you know has at some time experienced sexual harassment or assault. We might be on the cusp of a nuclear war, and climate change is not stopping. And Puerto Rico is still largely without power or clean drinking water. What a bummer. We’re living in bummer times.

If you’re like me, you’ve been feeling the weight of the world’s problems on your shoulders. I feel like I need to care about everything equally, because I’m terrified of becoming complacent. We’re living in a time where we get a first hand look, daily, of the magnitude of human suffering. That’s a terrible realization, isn’t it?

I just try to remember that I can’t solve all of the world’s problems. I can do what I can. I can donate to Puerto Rico hurricane relief. 

So please, make sure you’re practicing some self care. For me I practice in little ways like getting myself a Starbucks everyday. Bigger things might be a pedicure during the week or occasionally a massage. I also love when the weather gets cooler and I put on some lovely old Renaissance music (Spotify has a great playlist even). It’s peaceful and cozy.

But most importantly: Get away from the computer and go somewhere to be around regular people. You’ll be surprised at how normal things can be when you’re not saturated in death and hatred and bigotry.

 

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Hi! I'm a graphic designer, photographer and female person. I live in Minneapolis with my husband Alan and our baby son Alexander and baby cat Arya.

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