an untitled note on right vs. wrong
happy friday! the weekend is finally here… sometimes i worry that i spend tooooo much time during the week looking forward to the weekend… but more on that another time.
i originally had another post planned for this week, but given the current “state of affairs” in this country, i just couldn’t bring myself to pull it together. so, bear with me.
i’ve been feeling pretty effing shitty this week. the events in charlottesville… and the lack of a real response from the “president” have had me seriously doubting pretty much everything… my faith in humanity. where the country is going. where the world is going. life in general. i just can’t seem to escape this overwhelming feeling of dread/doom/hopelessness.
now, i’d be lying if i said i hadn’t felt like this before… i spent a solid 3-4 hours sobbing uncontrollably when trump won the election… and some people told me i was “being ridiculous” and “needed to get a grip” because “everything was going to be okay”… well… things aren’t okay, they haven’t been okay, and i feel like they might never be okay ever again. [and i don’t think i’m alone here.]
but, i’m not writing this post to talk about trump. i don’t want to talk politics right now. i don’t want to discuss republican vs. democrat, right vs. left, conservative vs. liberal bullsh*t because right now, none of that f*cking matters.
what i do what to talk about is right vs. wrong. a pretty simple concept that we’re taught from… oh i don’t know… pre-school?!
we all know what is right. we all know what is wrong. this isn’t a matter of opinion. regardless of what side you stand on politically or who you voted for, you know that it’s wrong to murder someone. to intentionally run your car into a group of people protesting – something we have the right to do as american citizens.
additionally, it’s wrong to be racist. it’s wrong to hate someone because of their religion. and it’s certainly wrong to be a neo-nazi, a member of ISIS or a f*cking terrorist. there is no way around any of that, so hold your arguments because they don’t. f*cking. matter.
at this stage of the game, i’m exhausted from trying to understand how so many people can care so little for other people. can have so much hatred and violence inside of them. can be so un-american in the name of “taking back america”… excuse me… what? this country was founded [see also: taken away from the native americans] by refugees fleeing oppression and tyranny. i can’t even wrap my head around the level of hypocrisy we’re dealing with right now. it blows my mind.
so, WTF are we supposed to do? these are the cards we’ve been dealt. this is the world we’re living in. this is real life. the roller coaster over emotions i’ve been on this week has taken me from sadness to anger to fear to confusion to hatred to apathy and back again…
and i’ve realized something: that by hating the people on the other side, i’m no better than they are, even if my hatred is coming from a place of wanting a world where hate, bigotry, and violence don’t exist.
so on that note, i’m going to make an effort to remove hate of any kind from my heart. to be f*cking nice even when i don’t want to be or i don’t think someone deserves it. to live my life from a place of love. to smile when i pass a stranger on the sidewalk or at the grocery store. to let that person merge into the lane in front of me, even if they aren’t using their f*cking turn signal. why? because the world needs more love, kindness, and acceptance more than ever.
yes, i know that i’m only one person and that “being nice” isn’t going to solve the world’s problems. but what other option do i have? i obviously wish there was more i could do to make this world a better place. i really, really do. but at this point, this simple step is it.
i don’t really know where i was going with this, or what point i wanted to make… it really was just more of a therapeutic thing i wanted to do for myself that i’m sharing with the hope that maybe it will inspire someone else to be nicer… or take action in their own way. we’re all in this together.
please, please, pleeeaaasssseeeee feel free to share how you’re handling all of this in the comments below! i think we could all use some inspiration right now.
p.s. shout out to maya angelou for her wisdom. i often come back to her words in times like these. #bosslady
power up with pinole
happy friday, everyone! i don’t know about you… but this week has seriously draaaggggggedddddd. i am so ready for the weekend, and plan to sleep in, hang out with some friends, and have some fun in the sun on a booze cruise saturday afternoon!
i’m also heading to the propel co:labs fitness festival saturday and sunday, and will be pretty gogogo all weekend long, so i know i’m going to need to be fueling up the right way in the mornings. luckily, i’ve recently discovered purely pinole, which is absolutely perfect for powering up before a workout or a marathon drinking session [pick your poison, #balance ya know].
pinole is an ancient aztec recipe that’s served as a hot porridge… i like to describe it as a hybrid of grits and oatmeal… but with more health benefits! it’s full of vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, protein, and fiber… and now, native state foods has rediscovered the recipe coveted by the aztecs and made it their own! [you can read more about the health benefits and history of pinole here.]
it’s super easy to make [you can buy a large pack or smaller single serving “grab + go” cups] and by adding your own toppings or boosters, you can create something that perfectly suits your taste buds! here is how i’ve been preparing mine [and loving it!]:
- 1 serving of purely pinole original [prepared on the stovetop]
- 1/4 cup frozen blueberries, thawed
- 2 tbsp. sunburst organic maca powder [lots of added health benefits here, too, including stress reduction!]
- 1 tbsp. slivered almonds
- 1 tbsp. raw pepitas
- 1 tbsp. unsweetened coconut flakes
- optional: 1 tbsp. raw honey to taste
all you have to do is prepare the pinole according to the instructions on the package [it takes literally 5 minutes] and then add the toppings/boosters! you can obviously mix and match with whatever you like… add any fruit/nuts/seeds/powders… the combinations are endless… and enjoy!
have you tried pinole yet? what are you favorite ways to power up?! tell me in the comments below!
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