Whoa! I can’t believe it’s been two+ months since my last post! So much has happened since then: many of the candidates I voted for ended up winning the Philadelphia primaries; I taught my first workshop on service learning, Spring bloomed (kinda) then gave way to summer, and most importantly: The Black Panther teaser dropped (ahhhhhhhh!!!). I blame work-life balance (and admittedly not taking the time to write). Although I’ve taken up some new initiatives, work has been pretty steady, which I’m grateful for. In a surprising twist on all conventional experience, It’s actually LIFE that’s been kicking my ass. I even have the nerve to be trying to read for 45 min – 1 hour a day! Who has that kinda time?……
Life has been consumed with a lot of service and civic commitments, as I try to keep up and even ramp up some of my volunteer engagements. I had to seriously reassess my commitments, making sure I am using my time to serve on issues that are most important to me AND that I can sustain for a long time. There are several areas that really float my fancy: Education and Mentorship; Health & Fitness for a Cause; Politics (new for 2017) and Advocacy. I’m trying really hard not to overextend myself and sign up for a bunch of things are not related to that of those categories, or sign up for too much stuff in general, thus diluting my ability to effectively serve. Stay tuned for a bit more about the organizations I’m working with now.
On Healthy Eating
It’s been a roller coaster ride here! Some days, I’m eating so many veggies my intestines are telling me to back off the damn fiber. Other days, the pancreas is screaming at me to back off the damn sugar. Let’s just say my pancreas has been cussing me out more lately. I can’t help but eat the jolly ranchers by the admin desk at work. Plus Summer equals ice cream (did you guys know that Ben and Jerry’s makes ice cream cakes?!!!) and outdoor drinks! Luckily it also means the return of green smoothies and many delicious salads. I’m also trying to cutback on all the red meat and pork I consumed in copious amounts this winter and spring. So…more veggies, more fruit, more whole grains, nuts, fish, all the good stuff.
Oy vey……not good. No excuses here, just pure laziness. And I have been feeling it! Once I started seeing some weight gain in my mid-section, I knew it was a wrap. My husband and I signed up to run 10k in August….yep, hot ass 200% humidity August. I’d like to say that I’m doing my very first race ever for fun or to establish a base 10k time or whatever, but let’s be real – I’d also prefer to drop a few pounds in preparation for a beach trip later that month. We also now have a Peloton bike, fun stuff.
On A Happy Serving
Obviously I’m not doing a very good job of keeping up my writing, but I am committed to this space and to you (my 4 readers, one of whom is my husband, lol). Getting a post on here at least once a week, and updating the workout log is of paramount importance to me. There are also new features that I want to highlight, including showcasing awesome women who are serving their community in different ways while balancing work, life, and health. So stay tuned please!
In the meantime, here’s are some things I’ve been up to….
- I Can’t Keep My House Clean, What’s Wrong With Me?
- I Don’t Know How To Explain To You That You Should Care About Other People. This one hit me right in the gut as it really puts words to a sentiment I’ve been struggling with for years. The lack of sympathy that I sometime sense in others gives my such a profound sadness. It made me think of one of my favorite Bible verses (let’s be real, I only know two Bible verses, if that ): “Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless. What will you do on the day of reckoning, when disaster comes from afar? To whom will you run for help? Where will you leave your riches?— Isaiah 10:1-3”
- Being Pretty Is a Privilege, But We Refuse to Acknowledge It
- Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond and this companion piece. Read these for June book club; this one is gut wrenching y’all. It focuses on housing and definitely underscores the need to have a real conversation about poverty in this country…it seems like more and more we refuse to address this in a real way. Read this one for your next book club meeting.
- The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea. Cute little story about the value of giving and serving. I think this applies to all aspects of life.
- Black Girls Viewed As Less Innocent Than White Girls, Georgetown Law Research Finds. Sigh. So what else is new?
- Black Panther’ Costume Designer Talks Inspiration, Activism, and Black Lives Matter, and this companion piece that I’ve watched 80 billion times Lordt!!! When I say I can’t wait?!…..I CAN NOT WAIT. I will be planning for this movie premiere in grand fare; we are talking about headwraps and all out West African attire. And Marvel is releasing it during Black History Month (look at God…).
This coming week = running, lots of work stuff, preparing for Game of Thrones premiere, convincing my husband that he should have a birthday party.
How many times have you watched the Black Panther trailer? Zero is not an acceptable answer so don’t even try it.