Hey! What’s up! How are you! Why am I using so many exclamation marks! I don’t know! There’s just something in the air!
I don’t want to keep you from your own celebrations, but if you’re looking for even more uplifting stories while you wait to pop the bubbly, I thought it’d be fun to share some of the REALLY cool stuff I’ve seen lately.
(I’ve cried enough while watching the news this month. I figured you might be feeling the same.)
If You’re Looking for #WomanPower or #Entrepreneur Inspiration…
Check out Axiology’s story.
My friend, Ericka, launched this cruelty-free beauty company right here in Bend, OR, and their waste-free, multi-use balmies landed on OPRAH’S FAVORITE THINGS LIST! I’m excited to interview Ericka in the future, but in the meantime, I can’t recommend her products enough.
If You’re Looking for a Feel-Good Movie*…
Check out “The Grizzlies” on Netflix, based on the true story of a group of Inuit high school students who live in a small Arctic town struggling with the highest suicide rate in North America. Cue: preppy, young history teacher from the city who takes the only job he can find and decides to teach them how to play lacrosse. I especially loved how they included an update on the actual students and teachers at the end of the film.
*I hesitate to post this for fear of promoting the simplification of solutions to systemic problems…but watching this movie made me want to BE AND DO BETTER, so I’m including it here**.
**I really hate having to qualify things that make me want to be a better human***.
***But unfortunately it’s important to do so because watching a movie isn’t going to help unless you take action afterwards****.
****I promise the rest of this post is free of footnotes.
If You’re Looking to Take a Trip Without Leaving the Couch
My French Chronicles just pulled together a wonderful two-minute video, “Bloggers with a View,” featuring quick clips from around the world (including Bend!). She’s got more collaborative projects in the works, so if you’re interested in participating, head over and say hi!
If You’re Looking for a Healthy Living Jump-Start Before You’re Seen in Public Again…
What are you looking at me for? I kid! Actually, over at Plant-Based Point, Robin and I have oodles on this topic. Including this fun, fact-filled video, “Why Your Energy Tank is on E,” and this blog post, 21 Foods for 2021.
And whether you’re rockin’ your quarantine bod or better, why not clothe it in our new merch?
If You’re Looking for a Really Great Podcast Episode
I love Rich Roll. He’s smart, eloquent, sensitive, vegan, badass, and driven. In episode #567, he interviews Joe De Sena, founder of Spartan and a bunch of other crazy endurance events. Maybe it’s the Jersey girl in me, but I laughed out loud (along with Roll) listening to this Queens native tell his fascinating story.
If You’re Looking for…YOU
Okay I know I just insinuated that I was about to shut up, but real quick, I just want to give an insufficient, yet utterly heartfelt, thanks to YOU. If you made it to this point in my post, I’m going to assume you choose hope over all else. And even if you don’t? I love you anyway. So there.
What/who else should be on this list?