You know what feels rad? Days off. Today I took most of my day to do a whole lot of nothing and it felt fucking fabulous. In the interest of continuing with my day of revelry, I shall keep this short and sweet.
The Internet is POPPING OFF with things that make me freaking PSYCHED to be alive. There is critical discourse, there are comics, there are lectures, and their are interviews, all written by incredible women and queerfolk, and as much as the internet can annoy the ever-living crap out of me, it can energize and inspire me, too. Here are this week’s examples of inspiration in action:
Corinne Mucha wrote a book called Get Over It! It is about a messy breakup, and I love it. Click on through this link for an even longer excerpt.
There is an extremely asinine article floating around about how Vegans are just so stupid, because -OMG- almond milk doesn’t even contain that many almonds! And we just drink it to be hip! and wow, are we being fooled!
To this I respond: eye roll, facepalm, headshake, possible curse word. Ginny Messina responds much more eloquently. Some day I hope to have the patience and grace that she does!
“Fitspo” makes me feel super weird. All the bodies are shimmery and oiled, they’re often white as hell, able bodied, seriously young, and hella blond (kind of exclusive, don’t ya think?). It glamorizes pain, ignoring physical cues, and pushing your body beyond the limit of healthy. It tries to pretend it isn’t all the same body hating shit we all see all the time in magazines and on billboards, but let’s be real- it’s quite similar. I see fitspo, and I click away from it. It is either not useful or damaging for me, depending on my mood, and let’s be real- it’s also just tacky and cheesey.
Raechel did us all a solid, and gave fitspo a longer (and more critical) look. Did you know that it has become popular for fitspo to co-opt the words of Audre Lorde, Frederick Douglass, and others, stripping them of their context and meaning, without giving any credit? YEAH. That’s happening, and I didn’t even know about it. Thanks for the tip off, Raechel!
Hardcore Honeys: bell hooks Goes on the Down Low with Lil’ Kim by bell hooks Oh, hello. bell hooks (a hero) interviewed Lil’ Kim (another hero) in 1997, and I didn’t see it ’til just now. *MIND BLOWN*. There are no words to give this interview justice, just go read it immediately.
Sometimes you just need a person to offer you a little insight into your thought processes. I appreciated this immensely, and I hope you do too.
Have a wonderful week!
I am in a great mood. Why? Because social health, that’s why. My friends are great and I love when I see them.
This week was my good friend Brian’s birthday. His awesome partner pulled together a little surprise party for him and asked me to make him a vegan, gluten free, healthy-ish cake. “SURE!” I said. “Of course!”
As I have mentioned in other forms of social media (Facebook, Instagram), Brian has been working with Super Strength Health for awhile now and he has been positively CRUSHING it with his results. A year ago he regularly drank almost a fifth of whiskey in a night, smoked at least a pack a day, and didn’t care what he ate. Now he runs a 6 minute mile, is aware of what he puts in his body, and is seeing his abs come in. He is working out most days, eating green smoothies and salads and his attitude is significantly more stoked. He credits Super Strength Health with this, which is about the biggest honor I could ask for.
I wanted to mark these stellar accomplishments with the most awesome cake I could think of. Then I found this:
This recipe was positively fantastic. It was on the healthier side (beets! avocados! hand milled flours! No refined sugar!) and was moist, fudgey and decadent. A lot of the time I make things that I think taste A-mazing, and others find them to be more health flavored, but that was not the case with this cake. It was 100% party approved!
After filling my belly with both a huge slice of this cake and a giant vat of salad, I joined in on a party wide-game of basketball. I was BAD people, very bad. And it was so, so fun. I found myself saying “Night time hangouts! So fun! I’d like to do this more often!” We shall see if that proclamation comes true. Like I said in my links list last week, it takes a damn special thing to get me out of the house post 7:00PM.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRIANNNNN!
Yeah, I am including in interview with myself on my Sunday Links List, because YOLO, you know? I am a total Fit and Feminist fangirl, and I love that Caitlin took time out of her busy schedule to interview me. This interview discusses health coaching, my eating disorder recovery, veganism, weight lifting, etc. (You know-the usual!) Check it out!
When I was 13 years old I asked my mom for 75 cents to take the bus and she called me a “never ending money vacuum”. This is one of my most prominent memories of adolescence, and is a perfect metaphor for my entire relationship with money, which is to say I don’t actually want very much in the scheme of things, but I have a deep rooted belief that it is too much to ask for. HELLO! That’s a vulnerable thing to admit in a light and funny Sunday links list.
So, I have been doing some affirmation work around money (I am worth what I ask for, I am worth what I ask for) and also trying to let money flow in and out a little more freely. (My car’s breaks have squeaked for oh, I dunno, three years or so. This morning I woke up and decided I am going to pay to fix them). I have been letting those who are close to me know about the work I am doing around money and my friend Kelly sent me this article in response. DAMN, money stuff is intense. Just reading this made me tear up, made me afraid, gave me hope. Definitely worth checking out.
In case you didn’t know, when you are vegan anyone and everyone suddenly wants to know where you get your protein. It’s a part of the diet I have learned to live with (A flippant answer like “I get it from all the dirt I eat!” always works) but this article is actually an excellent, articulate, sources-sited piece that comprehensively explains why vegans are not dying from lack of Protein. An excellent resource!
This mix included some old favorite artists, some stuff I have never heard, and about 1000% fist pumping excitement. Listen and smile.
Happy Sunday, non-gender-specific dudes and dudettes!
My garden is poppin’ right now, and I want to tell you all about it. Right now I am growing celery, kale, romaine lettuce, leeks, green beans, heirloom tomatoes, and zucchini. My roommate has a big section of strawberries and blueberries, cucumbers, potatoes, artichokes, and more lettuce and kale. We also have an avocado tree and passion fruit vine that said roommate is insistent will yield some fruit, but to be real with you, I just don’t know. It’s Oakland, not Hawaii.
But I digress.
Having a garden is just about the sweetest thing ever, something I really wanted last year before I firestormed all my cute little plant starts in a blaze of over-attention turned to neglect. This year things are different (someone picks up my slack when I forget to water) and holy hell, is life good. Growing my own food makes me want to move to Southern California, where I could grow all of the produce all of the time. (but then I remember how when I used to visit Southern California all the time people in the gym would be in full makeup talking about calorie counts and grams of carbs, or wearing head to toe garbage bag suits and running on treadmills on 100 degree days. Nahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Not for me.)
ANYWAY! Here are some things I liked this week:
This post asks this question: Could body love advocates be using their energy to be more personally empowered in other ways? What does a focus on the body do to us and the people around us? Why is funneling energy toward loving our body necessary? Excellent food for thought!
So. I am 100% obsessed with the Pacific Crest Trail (a 2,660 mile trail on the West Coast that goes from Mexico all the way up to Canada). My very good friend Carrot Quinn is in the process of her second walk up the trail and for the past two years I have hung on her every word about the journey. This post is not from Carrot, but instead from a vegan woman named Anna, preparing to make that same journey. Because I know (KNOW!) I will walk that trail someday, it is super wonderful and important for me to hear about a woman doing it on a vegan diet. I can’t wait to see how it goes!
Holly is one of the incredibly fabulous women behind Definition Magazine. This article is super real, discussing the transition from training for aesthetic purposes to training to compete. She talks about eating more to lift heavier, watching her body get larger on purpose after a weight loss journey. I totally related to this post (although I do not, and probably will not ever compete) and I really appreciated the succinct nature of her candor.
Vida Vegan Con is an ALL VEGAN BLOGGER CONFERENCE (!!!) that will take place in Austin, TX in May of 2015. Their deadline for speaker applications is July 9th, which means it is soon, but you still totally have time to formulate your proposal. Today I finished an application to co-facilitate two workshops with the incredibly amazing Raechel of Rebel Grrl Kitchen and my fingers are so, so crossed. I love public speaking, and this conference is the absolute perfect outlet for my urge to talk to crowds. (ALSO, do you want me to give a speech at your college/high school/office/etc.? I CAN DO THAT. I enjoy discussing body image, self-esteem, vegan sources of protein, lifting heavy, eating for energy, feminism, etc.)
This is a romantic comedy about an abortion. First of all, rom-coms, I love ’em. Second of all, abortion is in the mainstream, and not painted as a huge life ruiner. BIG STEPS FORWARD. I literally cried the entire time I watched this movie, not because it was super sad (it was actually pretty funny) but because I think that just the fact that this movie exists is a big step forward for feminism.
Have a great end-of-weekend!