Good morning, everyone! Since mi madre is visiting, I’m going to keep things short and sweet so I can spend time with her. With that, here’s a brief compilation of things I’m diggin’ this week:
This ad that my mom saw in the NY Times last week — she cut it out and brought it with her, and she correctly assumed that it’d be refrigerator-grade hilarity for Brandon and me:
The fact that I have a new article up with Girls Gone Sporty — hooray!
Getting back into my workout routine after weeks of being thrown out of whack by the Breaking Bad marathon. I’ve been cardio-ing my little heart out (pun intended), and although I hate to admit that those weeks without my daily trip to the gym left me woefully out of shape, I’m glad that I’m back at it. I think it’s safe to say that exercise is kind of addictive for me; I love the way I feel after a good workout, and it was driving me nuts that I didn’t have time to get to the gym when Walt and that evil mofo Gus were taking over our lives.
My routine this week is heavily reliant on the elliptical and the bike, since the insanely high pollen count has kicked my asthma into high gear. When my asthma acts up like this, I have to forgo running — even with my inhaler as my trusty sidekick, the wheezing started after .75 miles yesterday. In the interest of not dying (y’know, a minor detail), I decided to call it quits after a measly one mile and stick with the sort of cardio that makes me sweat like mad without being quite as taxing on my lungs. I’m adding weights back into the mix today (which I’m pretty effing stoked about), with a mix of upper body and lower body strength training. Have I mentioned that I looooooooove strength training? SO. EXCITED.
Half the Sky Movement Awesomeness: As y’all might know, it’s taken me a lot of soul-searching to figure out, well, what I want to do with my life. After the spectacularly painful realization that the line of work that I’d spent 10 years preparing for — and starting a career in — actually leaves me feeling unhappy and unsatisfied, I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what sort of work I’d find meaningful, enjoyable, and edifying. I eventually realized that some of my long-buried passions — writing, health, and international women’s issues — are what really drive me.
Through that ambassadorship, I found out that Half the Sky rolled out two awesome initiatives yesterday: the first, Rise4Women, will help raise resources and recognition for non-profits focusing on issues that affect women around the world — issues such as human trafficking and sex slavery, access to good prenatal and obstetric care, access to education, the ability to earn income, and a ton of other things we take for granted.
Through the Crowdrise challenge, the organization that earns the most money between April 24 and June 6 will receive a portion of the campaign’s $75,000 in prize money. I hiiiiiiiiighly encourage you to look through the list of organizations and see if there are any that resonate with you. Are you appalled by the fact that human trafficking and sex slavery even exist, let alone affect hundreds of thousands of girls and women? Check out the Polaris Project. Are you a mom or mom-to-be who can’t fathom giving birth without a skilled attendant on hand? Check out the Friends of Edna.
The second Half the Sky initiative that I’m really excited about is a Thunderclap campaign — started by the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) — to ensure that women and girls remain a priority for U.S. foreign policy. Under Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State, issues affecting women and girls around the world were a key element of her policy planning. Now that John Kerry is at the helm of the State Department, the IWHC and Half the Sky want to make sure that women and girls are a priority for foreign policy. Imma blow up Twitter with these hashtags, y’all.
With all that being said, the last thing I’m srsly excited about is the legit arrival of spring. Yeah, the pollen count might kill me, but it’s totally worth it for stuff like this:
Hope everyone has an awesome Thursday — so tell me, what random yet awesome things are inspiring you or making you happy today?