I know I have been on a bit of a hiatus lately, but get excited for all of the awesome guides and content I have coming in 2016!
See you on the other side!
I know I have been on a bit of a hiatus lately, but get excited for all of the awesome guides and content I have coming in 2016!
See you on the other side!
Today is a guest post by one of my good friends, Emily. She runs (in addition to her other full-time job and general awesomeness) a professional organizing service called “Breathing Room.” (You can learn more about her and book her services by going here.)
With it FINALLY starting to feel like fall down south, I asked her to write a post on the 10 ways we could all do a makeover for our closet. Check out her awesomeness below!
One of my favorite things about fall is the shift that we experience as the seasons start to change. While our climates are cooling (unless you live in the deep south as I do presently), our foliage is trying out new colors, and Starbucks starts promoting all things pumpkin and spice, we also get to partake in a new seasonal opportunity as well: overhauling our spring and summer closet space to prepare for fall and winter.
Now, hear me out: this does not have to be a tiresome/bothersome/burdensome chore to undertake as you slump into your closet and proceed to cry in front of the overstuffed hangers before you. If you don’t believe me yet, let’s just make a pinky promise to trust me for now, and then get started.
Go get yourself a cup of some tasty treat or beverage (no judgments here), and sit down in a space that you enjoy in your home. So far so good, right?
Next, either with the help of some smart object, a paper calendar, or your Beautiful Mind-capable brain, quickly scan through the next few weeks/months of your life. As you do this, ask yourself the following questions:
1. What will my daily routine look like for the most part?
2. What special occasions do I have coming up that may require wardrobe items that I wouldn’t normally have readily available?
3. How do I want to represent myself in this coming season?
Some of us have multiple drawers and dressers, while others rely fully on hanging items, and others choose to select items from various piles around their homes.
[If you’re one of the latter, I would highly suggest assessing our first question to also include bettering your daily routine if certain aspects of it are causing you undue stress, such as doing a sniff-test through piles before determining which items pass your test for wear on a particular day. Those around you will appreciate it, and I also pinky promise that saving yourself from a morning ritual such as this one will better your overall approach to the day. Promise.]
Okay, now, as you survey your spaces:
1. Is this setup/layout really working for me?
2. Does this space make me feel calm and collected/inspired/other positive attributes when I look at it?
If you can’t ever remember where something is, if you have to walk back and forth from multiple spaces to get dressed in the morning, or if simply looking through your closet and drawers overwhelms or stresses you in any way, then this might be a good time to reconsider where you choose to store and showcase certain items.
Okay, now that you’ve set your priorities and plan for the seasons and have evaluated your space options, it is now time to start pulling. You might need to take a day to mentally prepare yourself for this if your “Look, shiny things!” personality is often stronger than your “buckle down and push through it” mentality. However, once you’re ready, make sure that you have some clear floor space available and start pulling. Pull out the items that are distinctly spring or summer, or pull out everything if you want; tidying guru Marie Kondo votes for this approach over a slower tidying method, so give it a try if the mood sparks you. Either way, physically remove everything that you absolutely will not wear during these upcoming seasons from your storage spaces.
As you do this, ask yourself:
1. Do I have any items in here that I haven’t worn in a long time and will honestly never wear again?
2. Do I have any pieces that need repair, dry cleaning, or special storage to preserve them during the next few months?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then adopt the tried-and-true multiple pile approach.
I like to advise folks to make three or four piles:
(2) sell, donate, or repurpose in some other way
(3) repair/special care
(4) I have no idea what to do with these items right now
These piles should also include jewelry, handbags, accessories, and shoes.
Okay, now–go ahead and take action on piles #2 and #3.
Bag up donation, sale, or repair/special items and put them in the back of your car, or set them beside your front door so that you can grab them on the way to the bus/train tomorrow and get them to their intended locations.
Then, move pile #1 over a bit and shove pile #4 into a corner JUST FOR NOW. DO NOT KEEP THAT PILE THERE FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS. We’ll get to it later, I promise.
You’ve guessed it–go find all of your fall and winter items and pull them all out as well.
Repeat the two questions under Step 3.
Then go through questions #1 through #3 under Step 1.
Next, remember what you thought about the two questions under Step 2.
(NOTE: You are allowed to take a bathroom/beverage/treat break during this part of the process–don’t get overwhelmed if you can help it!)
After this, (we’re almost done!), start arranging your new season’s wardrobe accordingly. Make things easy to see. Make them have at least a semblance of order that makes sense to you (i.e. all of your dresses are in the same place, and your outerwear items are within an easy grabbing/coordinating distance from each other).
Overall, make sure to highlight and use items that give you good feelings. You’ve thought long and hard about your lifestyle and routine, how you want to represent yourself, and have taken the effort to select a wardrobe that fits and exemplifies you.
Get it, Sister/Brother! Congratulations on getting yourself ready for the caramel apple latte’ and hot chocolate seasons, and for allowing yourself to trust the pinky promise of a stranger!
Remember that pile in the corner that I told you not to leave for several months? Well now it is time to tackle it!
1. Am I sure that I don’t want sell/donate/repurpose any of this stuff?
2. Seriously–if my immediate impulse wasn’t to keep this, then am I likely to ever wear it again?
Pull out the items that scream “Please don’t hold onto me for another 6 months/year/5 years when someone else could be wearing/using me!” and add them to your to-go bags.
IF there happen to be a few stragglers that you’re really not sure about, place them in a small bag somewhere in your closet; peek back into that bag a few weeks/months later and act accordingly if your opinions are more solidified.
And finally, ask yourself:
Is there anything better than listening to Harrison Ford recite his favorite lines from the phone book?
Or whatever else you want to think about, because hey, all of the free time that you’ve saved yourself over the next few months can now be spent on important ponderings such as this, right?
They are all on my list of the six things I either loved or hated about September! Luckily, it’s almost all good. However, I am going to start with the bad, so we can focus on the good the rest of the post!
I am often told that hate is a strong word and it shouldn’t be used on the regular. However, I legitimately HATE the vitriol I have seen coming from some of the candidates in this election. I make my affiliations no secret and will be doing more political posts as the election grows closer. But no matter what side of the political aisle you stand on – can we at least try to be civil? It just amazes me how awful people can be and can claim that it is ok because they believe it to be true. I may disagree with someone on a political issue, but I don’t need to resort to name-calling or insults to get the job done. (Unless you claim that the job of the Supreme Court isn’t to decide the laws . . . because that is kind of EXACTLY THEIR JOB . . . le sigh.)
I notice that some of the candidates have been getting flack for being willing to compromise and reach across the aisle to get things done. WHY?!? Seriously, why is that a bad thing? We should always want to be able to reach out and find middle ground that will be the best path for the country. It terrifies me that people are becoming so entrenched in their beliefs that they don’t want to even try and work together to get things done. How are we going to accomplish anything for the good of this country with that attitude?
So yeah, political spite, name-calling, and insults are my number one hatred for the month of September.
Ok, on to happier topics! Here’s the best of September for me!
First, let me preface by saying I am not Catholic. Nor am I especially religious. If asked to classify, I would call myself agnostic. But despite all of this, I have been undeniably moved by seeing this Pope in action. Yes, I know there are still issues with the Catholic church, including (but not limited to), their views on gay marriage, abortions, women in the priesthood, etc. I am not disavowing those things. However, this Pope seems to embody what I see as what the Church (or at least Christ) should truly symbolize – humility and caring for the weakest among us.
The fact that he is humble has been touted in hundreds of news stories – from his wearing sneakers instead of the ridiculous red, leather fancy shoes specially made for the Popes, to his changing in a Burger King, to him living in modesty instead of the grand Papal apartments. There are a plethora of these stories out there and that is what convinces me that this is truly coming from him and not some publicity ploy. A handful of these stories repeated over and over could just be for show. His consistent humbleness shows me that he is coming from the heart.
I am also touched by his compassion and caring. How he will stop his car to kiss a wheelchair bound child, to taking time to take selfie, after selfie, after selfie, with countless people. He also spends time with those that others would love to overlook, such as prisoners and the homeless. I hate to admit it (I would rather be seen as a tough cookie than a sap), but there have been numerous times during his visit to America where I have teared up watching and listening to the things he has done.
So suffice it to say, this Pope is definitely one of my favorite things about September.
Yes, I talked about Digit on Monday. So if you read that post, you could probably skip this section. But this app (which I discovered thanks to Amanda over at Who Asked Her Anyways) has been absolutely amazing from Day One.
First, it tells you your balance every day via a text message. Many financial advisors say that knowing your balance and keeping tabs on it is the best way to maintain your hold on your funds. And while I COULD do this by checking my balance on my computer every day, let’s be honest, that never happens. I love that Digit makes it so simple and just texts me to tell me what it is.
The best part is – it monitors your spending activity and takes what you can afford to put into savings. I was worried at first that it may overdraw my account, but that has yet to happen. It has stealthily been socking money away for me. Since I started using it two weeks ago, it has put almost $60 into savings. That is MUCH better than me trying to move money over myself, which would happen regularly around the never day of not a single month.
So yeah, finding a way to save money and keep tabs on what I’ve got? Definitely a fave of September.
In one of my magazines recently, it talked about making friends as an adult. It went over how hard it can be and then answered some questions regarding how to make friends. One of the things it said is that you can’t make friends over social media.
Welllllll, I am going to have to disagree there. And before anyone thinks – ok, that is too creepy – it isn’t. I promise. All of my friendships I have made over social media have blossomed organically out of just enjoying some of the same things. Three of my bestest and closest friends are women I met in a group dedicated to Target Collaborations. We even met up in person again this past summer (with all of our husbands as well), for a seriously epic weekend of hilarity and sassiness.
I’ve met friends through Instagram (shoutout to BitchesWithBinders and WithGreatHeart – who awesomely designed my website). I’ve also made friends through blogging classes and groups (shoutout to OmNomHerbivore and Apt5Interiors!). And this month, I can officially say I’ve made a friend through Twitter. Kelsey McEvoy, of IISGROWNUP and I started bonding slowly by realizing each others snarkiness in our tweets. It then exploded when I discovered she didn’t drink coffee (the HORROR) and she introduced me to Twitter Chats (my new favorite thing – look for an upcoming post on these!). What tipped the balance though is when we ended up exchanging numbers to text because direct messaging on Twitter wasn’t fast enough for our sassiness. Now, we chat basically every day and have a seriously brilliant plan in the works that will help others around the country.
So sorry magazine writer that says you can’t make friends on the internet. I disagree. And I am so glad I do. Therefore, IISGROWNUP (a.k.a. Kelsey) is one of my favorite things from September.
I have to give a shoutout to Heather over at My Little HEA for introducing me to this awesomeness. I was just casually perusing her fabulous blog over the summer, when I stumbled upon her roundup of the last weekend in June. Slipped in there with her other weekend activities was the gem called Blogging for Books. Yes, it is exactly what you think it is. They give out advance reader copies of books in exchange for honest reviews. Of course, I had to jump on this right away and requested a book that I had been eying on Amazon – I Take You by Eliza Kennedy.
The book starts with the premise that Lily, who is a whip smart attorney, has no business getting married because she can’t be faithful. As someone who is happily married and faithful, I was somewhat intrigued. Additionally, having been to law school, I kind of enjoy reading about attorneys (at least on the periphery). What starts off as almost a summer jaunt (i.e. carefree and the living is easy), quickly peels back layers to hint at WHY Lily might act this way. Between her father’s multiple marriages and a childhood event that forever marked her, you start to almost sympathize with her hilariously out-of-control character.
I will say, this book is definitely for adults. There are sex scenes (though not over the top and not that many) and if that kind of thing makes you squeamish, then this book may not be for you. However, one of the things I LOVED about it was that just when I thought I had the ending figured out – it would veer off on a random left turn. Think Shonda Rimes’ level twists. And that kept happening. After I would recover from one left hand turn and think, oh – ok – this is how it ends, the author would take me on another sharp turn and throw me off. I love an author that can keep me guessing and on my toes. It keeps the writing fresh and exciting and was one of the best parts of this book.
So if you are in the mood for a fairly light read, that still has a deeper story, combined with excellent writing and hilarious characters (think almost Bridesmaid level caricatures at times), then this is the book for you.
Finally, for the coffee lovers out there – let me introduce you to your new favorite thing. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am obsessed with coffee. I would absolutely call myself an addict, with absolutely zero shame. If I don’t have a cup of coffee (or two) within a few hours of waking up, I start to get withdrawal symptoms. Luckily, many articles and studies have put forth potential health benefits to coffee, so I don’t feel guilty. (see here on coffee’s effect in lowering endometrial cancer rates, here on how it lowers the risk of colon cancer and here for info from the Mayo Clinic)
Long story short though, I also like to be conscious of where my coffee is coming from. I like it to be organic, sustainably grown and fair trade farmed and sold. This combination can be expensive and sometimes frustrating to find. Enter Grounds for Change. I was going down the Google rabbit hole trying to find some great coffee and came to their website. All of their coffee is fair trade grown, it meets the standards for the USDA Organic label and they have a variety of sustainable business practices in place for their entire business. But the most important of all – it tastes great! I prefer a medium roast, so I enjoy the Seabrook Blend. If you enjoy a darker roast or want your purchase to go to a specific cause, there are plenty of options for you as well.
Being able to enjoy my coffee, knowing that on its journey to me, it followed ethical and environmental standards that are important to me, PLUS is affordable, makes each cup taste even better and is my last favorite thing from September.
I hope you all enjoyed my September round-up and are fully immersing yourself in being basic and partaking in #PSL & cute fall gear for me (since I can’t do either where I live *sob*).
Until next time my loves!
Sorry ya’ll for the delay in posting. My real world job got ahold of all my time and wouldn’t let go.
I wanted to post today about saving money. It is literally one of my least favorite topics and something I basically despise. However, since the hubby and I are hoping to buy a home sometime soon, it is a topic I have had on my mind.
As I talked to friends of mine, I realized everyone has their own version of buying a home. Maybe it’s paying off their student loans, or buying a new car, or even something smaller like getting a new, fancy TV. Whatever it is, saving money is on many people’s minds and everyone wants to figure out an easier way to do it.
Recently, I wrote about Getting Your Finances on Fleek. That is a great post for your overall finances – but today’s post is going to focus JUST on saving money.
The two most popular apps that I have found are Digit and Acorns. They work slightly differently, and I only have personal experience with Digit, but I am officially obsessed now.
This Wall Street Journal article and accompanying infographic go into great detail to explain the differences between the two apps. If you really want to research it up, feel free to read that article for a more in depth review. However, here are the basic differences:
Acorns – rounds up your purchase and puts the difference into savings. So say you purchase something that is $10.25 – Acorn will round that up to $11 and transfer $0.75 into savings automatically.
Digit – tracks your funds and follows your spending to transfer over what it thinks you can afford into a savings account. It has yet to cause me any problems or lead me to overdraft, so I think it’s worth it.
Personally, the reason I love Digit is because it also texts me every day to say, “Oh hey there, your current balance is $XXX.XX.” My biggest problem (I am somewhat ashamed to admit) is knowing exactly how much I have to spend in my checking account. Yes, I could check it every day and that would help. However, knowing that and actually DOING it are two different things. With this app, it tells me how much I have without me even trying, so it keeps me on track with how much money I have spent. My favorite description of the app is from that Wall Street Journal article where the other says, “[i]t operates like a benevolent pickpocket, yanking money out of your hands before you can spend it, then keeping it safe on your behalf.”
Download either or both – but definitely do at least one of them! They cannot make saving much easier. Also, if you download Digit through my link above, you get a bonus $5 to start your savings account.
I know, I know. I shouldn’t shop at Wal-Mart because of how they treat their employees and skimp on taking care of them. (And technically I don’t shop there, my husband does – but close enough). Even though I know this, there are still times when we are required to purchase from there. One of the (only) good things to come out of Wally World is the Wal-Mart Savings Catcher.
You download the app on your phone and then scan the barcode on your receipts every time you make a purchase there. If Wal-Mart finds a lower advertised price anywhere around you (it checks 54 stores where we live, and we live in a pretty small town), you get the difference. We just cashed it out (they give you a giftcard to use) to get my hubby a new bike seat, but before that, we were up to $24.16 and we only began doing it this past spring.
Since all you have to do is scan your receipt – it is fairly painless and a great way to save money and not worry that you are getting gypped on prices.
We are VERY lucky to live in a state where the gas is almost always one of the cheapest in the country. Currently, the gas is $1.79. However, we have to travel to visit our families and I often have to travel for work. A fabulous tool to use when we are on those road trips is GasBuddy. This app will tell you which gas stations around you have the lowest gas prices. That way, you never pay more than you have to.
First on the list is RetailMeNot. Always, always, always, always check them before making an online purchase. Even if you think it’s something that may not have a coupon (say, online printing from FedEx/Kinkos), just try a search. I was shocked to find out that there was a 30% off coupon for printing and used it for my job. You can also google whatever it is that you are looking for or the store and include the terms “coupon code” behind it. However, I have found that RetailMeNot has the most reliable discount codes and always search there first.
Second is Ebates. Seriously, Ebates was one of the best things that someone ever told me about. I started using it in October of 2010, and I have earned almost $800 back over these past 5 years.
How it works (image copyright of Ebates):
I know you’re probably reading that and thinking – there’s no way this can be true. This has to be a scam.
That’s what I thought when I first read it as well. However, I saw that it had been featured on CNN, USA Today, The Business Insider, Today Show, and Good Morning America, as well as the fact that it has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. Not to mention, almost every store you can think of is on there. Examples include: JCPenney, Bloomingdales, Old Navy, Sephora, Amazon, Nordstrom, Wal-Mart, Macy’s, Levi’s, and on and on and on. All of these things convinced me to give it a try – and I am SO glad I did!
One of the best ways to use it (and something I will highlight in my Holiday Shopping post later in October) is when they do the “Double Cash Back” promotions. One of my favorites is around the holidays, Magazines.com will run a 50% cash back promo. My mom LOVES People Magazine, and it can be expensive for a year-long subscription ($126, I believe). BUT – if you order it when they are doing 50% cash back, you will only end up paying $63 for a year (which is around $1.15 an issue). These kinds of deals are available for a wide variety of stores, and they usually go all out to promote them closer to Black Friday and Holiday Shopping time.
A final Ebates hack is also to use the Google Chrome extension:
Since you have to click through to the Ebates website to get the cash back, there were times I would forget to do that and would miss out on the money. Once I got the extension though, it pops down to remind me to activate it before purchasing. Since then, I haven’t missed a cash back opportunity!
There is also a similar company called ShopAtHome. While they are good – I have found Ebates to be better. They work almost the same way, so you can do your own investigation and decide which one you like better.
So now that I have shared MY ways to save – here are links to a variety of other apps and ideas on where you can cut expenses and save money:
– 27 Free Apps That Will Save You So Much Money (Buzzfeed)
– How to Trick Yourself Into Saving More Money (IISGROWNUP)
– How to Save Money: 100 Great Tips to Get You Started (The Simple Dollar)
– 94 Creative Ways to Save Money Today (The Greatist)
– 54 Ways to Save Money (America Saves)
– 8 Simple Ways to Save Money (Bank of America)
– 55 Painless Money Saving Tips (Dough Roller)
– The 7 Best Money Saving Tips for Millennials (Forbes)
Also, following couponing sites can end up saving you a TON. Here are a few of my favorites:
I hope these tips help you get your savings on! Let me know if they work or if you have any other tips to share in the comments below!
Until next time, my loves!
So, I will admit – I was late to the LinkedIn game. At first, I thought it was kind of creepy to have all of your work and personal info out there. (For reference, I don’t put any of that on my personal Facebook account). But once I realized that friends were getting jobs and making connections off of LinkedIn, I decided to give it a try.
Like a typical Type-A person though – I didn’t want to just throw some shit up there and hope it worked. I wanted to make sure my profile was on point. Since I am basically obsessed with The Muse as my career guru, I turned to them to find out what I should be doing. From there, I found articles on Business Insider, Forbes, Career Horizons and more. (And no, this isn’t a paid or promotional post – I just really do love The Muse.)
To save you all the time and searching I had to do, I’ve compiled all of their best tips, templates and information into the list below. PLUS, I put together a quick hits worksheet of tricks that I have learned myself along the way.
Obviously, it is never a good idea to plagiarize someone. Let’s just put that one out there. BUT, it IS a good idea to look at people in the industry you’re either in or want to be in and see how they write their summaries. What information do they include? What do they not include? Is it written in first person or third person? Look for those key details and see how you can craft your own story using those standards.
Depending on what your field is – you can show a lot or at least a little personality in your LinkedIn profile. Though I don’t have scientific proof (bonus points if anyone can find some for me!), I feel like the millennial generation is a lot less concerned about being super formal when it comes to the job world. We seem more concerned with seeing whether we like someone or we like what they have to offer. So showcase who you are! Share your strengths in the best way possible. Make a self-deprecating crack at yourself (keep it appropriate, of course), while highlighting your amazing attributes.
The tip above depends upon what industry you work in. If you are still in one of the more traditional fields (medicine, law, etc), you will definitely need to tone it down. Unfortunately, there is still an aversion for anyone too “out there” in some of the more formal fields. However, if you are searching for a more creative job or if you are someone who knows you don’t want a more traditional field – then really let your personality shine! It will allow you to attract the type of views and companies and recruiters that you would want to work with.
This is speaking metaphorically of course – but dress your profile for the job that you are interested in having. If your current industry is not where you want to continue, emulate those that are in the area you want to move towards.
Be sure to connect with friends (key word – FRIENDS) who are in a wide variety of fields. Don’t just stick with people in your own current area. You don’t know who someone else may have a connection with. Just because they are in a science field and you are in law, doesn’t mean that they might not be able to connect you to your possible dream legal job. So make sure you are tapping into every friend link you can.
Here’s a worksheet to help you add these ideas to your own LinkedIn profile!
And if you feel so inclined to share the love:Getting my @LinkedIn profile on fleek thanks to @colorcodedlife! Click To Tweet 5 tips, 20 links + a worksheet? Gotta love upping my @linkedin game via @colorcodedlife Click To Tweet
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
Here are even MORE amazing LinkedIn Tips, Templates & Info to make sure your career game is on point.
The 31 Best LinkedIn Profile Tips for Job Seekers via The Muse
LinkedIn Tip: 5 Small Tricks & Quirks via Career Horizons
Does Your LinkedIn Headline Suck? via The Muse
17 New Ways To Make Your LinkedIn Profile Irresistible To Employers via Business Insider
How to Use the Relationship Tab to Improve Your Networking via Social Media Examiner
5 Ways to Get The Most Out of LinkedIn Groups via The Muse
22 LinkedIn Secrets LinkedIn Won’t Tell You via Forbes
5 Things to Do Once You Join a LinkedIn Group via JobJenny
24 LinkedIn Rules You Might Be Breaking via The Muse
The 10 Most Overused LinkedIn Buzzwords of the Year via The Muse
8 Mistakes Not to Make on LinkedIn via LearnVest
Know of any other good sources I forgot or have an ideas to share? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time, my loves!
Hello again, my loves! I apologize for the brief hiatus. Sometimes, life just gets the better of me!
But we are back in business this week, with a fabulous interview with one of my ride-or-die chicas – Cat Booher!
Her and I were on separate but parallel clean eating tracks and we didn’t even realize it at first. Once we did though, we were each others cheerleaders to stay on track (but indulge every so often – at least, I do! hahaha). It’s helped me lose close to 20lbs since last fall, and Cat has lost 25!
First, let’s let ya’ll get as well-acquainted with Cat as I am
The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
Despicable Me 1&2
[further proof why we are friends – I can LITERALLY quote Legally Blonde word for word. And The Blindside is just epic]
Flavored popcorns, especially Chicago Mix
Pacific Northwest or Europe
Fight Song, it’s awesome to do elliptical sprints
[Also obsessed with this song right now. It’s my ringtone!]
My big brother, Eric
First, last, and only—I get to cover all the bases because I’m adopted
How my dog, Buddi, followed my mom home on a walk 13 years ago
How half my genes come from an 2-time Olympic medalist, but that doesn’t mean getting in shape is easy for me
How my grandma taught me how to cook and bake
Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left you.
Well behaved women seldom make history
Don’t compare yourself to others. Compare yourself to the person you were yesterday
I’m more about equal rights for everyone, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or ethnicity—we are all people and I believe we all have a purpose
[That IS a feminist – but her and I can talk more about that later 😛 ]
So now that we’re all on Cat’s level, let’s find out some of her best tips to help you eat clean too!
Stay on the perimeter of the store to stock up on foods—fruits,veggies, fresh meats. Always choose wheat breads or sprouted grain breads. And aim to cook dinner for yourself and take the leftovers to work. Food is fuel, not a crutch!
Eat foods like you love yourself and eat as many colors found in nature as possible. You’ve seen the produce section at the store? Make it your best friend.
[I loved this quote so much, I made it a tweetable link below!]
Goal digging, people helping, badass, financial gaining, life changer… AKA Coach
[Goal digging! I am now officially obsessed with that phrase. You see why I love her so much?]
I was overweight and miserable… I would go to the gym and I wouldn’t see the weight coming off…
Why? Because 80% of weight loss happens in the kitchen. I needed help and I needed accountability. I didn’t realize at the time that I needed Shakeology, but I was willing to try. I didn’t gain a single pound between Thanksgiving and New Years.
I’ve lost 25 pounds and working on the last 25.
It’s a really moving experience to know you’ve put in the work and had people support you along the way.
Every day, I eat
– 4 servings of veggies
– 3 servings of fruit
– 3 servings of starches
– 4 servings of protein
– 1 serving of a healthy fat
and 1 serving of dressings/seeds
So, my menu changes every day—there are tons of tasty meals to eat every day, so I try not to limit myself.
I eat 4-5 meals every day, aiming for each meal to average around 300 calories.
I know, I totally sound like I’m starving myself, but I’ve never been so full on a regular basis and losing weight.
Your body is meant to run at an optimum level. If you drive a car that requires high-test gas, you can’t put in regular, or you’ll clog the engine.
Your body is meant to run on quality foods and fueling your body with the cheap and quick option will only clog your body. Like you car, you won’t work properly.
Challenging yourself to eat clean for a week seems like a daunting task, but doing it for that week and sticking with it—my friends and clients have told me how amazing they are feeling, they have more energy during the day, sleeping better at night, and the feel and look better in their clothes.
Not to mention, if you have a rather large bucket list of things to do with your life before you die, don’t cut it short by taking short cuts with your food. You can work out for 30-45 minutes every day and lose weight—you just have to eat right and eat like you love yourself
Here’s a 4 step plan to do that:
EVEN EASIER: contact me, and I’ll coach you through it. I will not allow you to fail if clean eating is truly something you want!
Try my clean eating challenge group! It’s 6 days long, you try Shakeology for those 6 days and all your meals are planned for you. You get a grocery list and the meal plans released to you day by day. It requires you to really plan your days, cook food to change your relationship with food, and getting in the habit of taking food to work and eating every 2-3 hours.
You also get coaching and accountability throughout the entire process, my clients have my number, so if they don’t want to check in via the private Facebook group, I’m available via phone throughout the day
[I turned these into downloadable recipe cards so you can print them out and take them with you!]
I hope you all have enjoyed Cat’s clean eating tips!
Now, on to the giveaway! Check out the Rafflecopter below on how you can win six Shakeology samples from Cat and get a kickstart on your clean eating goals.
Until next time, my loves!
As I sat down this past weekend to enjoy some down time, I got a double dose of anti-sorority sentiment. First was the outcry over the video put out by the Alpha Phi chapter at the University of Alabama. The second was when I was reading my latest issue of Marie Claire magazine. I came across an article titled, “Secrets of the Sisterhood” – which not only seemed out of character for the normally pro-women magazine, but also annoyed me for its stereotypical sorority bashing by someone who has never been in one. So instead of my normal How-To post that I have been doing all month, I decided instead to write a feminist top 10 list.
The Marie Claire piece I mentioned above was written by the author of the book Pledged. Which, if you haven’t read or heard of it, is basically an entire book bashing sororities and the women in them. So, clearly, this article was from an unbiased viewpoint . . . [note the sarcasm].
What frustrates me the most, and still often surprises me, is how much I am asked about how I could have been in a sorority when I am such a proud feminist. What so many people fail to realize is that I am a proud feminist BECAUSE I was in a sorority. The two are not, and never have been, mutually exclusive.I'm a sorority member AND a proud #feminist! If you can't understand how, come read thecolorcodedlife.com Click To Tweet
I am not going to sit here and say that all sororities are perfect or that hazing never happens. Nor, will I say that there are not sororities that place a premium on having a certain “look” and only picking girls based on that. But I will say that I, personally, would NEVER have joined a house if that had been the case. And there are hundreds of other chapters like mine where the women are athletes, artists, student body government leaders, and so much more.
I also want to make clear that I can only speak to the sorority side of things. I (obviously) was never in a male fraternity as a member, so I cannot speak for them. I will say that many of the men I knew in Greek Life were amazing guys. But I do not speak for them in this piece.
Further, I AM including the sororities that make up the “Divine Nine” of the historically Black Greek letter organizations. I have friends in many of these sororities, who are also strong and amazing women, and they do not deserve to be tarnished with the same brush.
To paint sorority women with such a broad stroke, and say that all sororities fit the cliched stereotype, is the equivalent of saying that all police officers are racist or that all African-Americans are troublemakers. Clearly, those statements are completely false and MASSIVE generalizations and no one would (at least, I hope not) believe them.
So why is it so easy to see one sorority misbehaving and assume that all Greek Life is that way?
In the Marie Claire article, the author cites two studies which indicated that sorority women were victims of sexual assault at a higher rate than other women on campus. Both of these studies were specific ONLY to the school from which they came from. The author continues throughout the piece to claim that sorority women are at a higher risk for assault, while conveniently only mentioning once, and then glossing over the fact, that these studies were only at two schools and are not representative of all schools or sororities. While the information that these studies reveal is horrible and I hope that the schools studied address this issue, this does not imply, as the author would have you believe, that EVERY SINGLE campus has the exact same problem.
Another way the author of the article attempts to trash sororities is based on the fact that the alumnae board of a chapter discourages women from speaking to the media about incidents involving their houses. The author implies that this is because sororities are attempting to hide information. This is not only ridiculous, but patently false.
First, the media is always looking for a soundbite. They want that one outlandish statement that they can then run with at the top of the hour. It is reasonable to assume that if something happened involving your sorority, you would be highly emotional and/or upset, and may not be in the best place to give a response to the media with a cool head.
Secondly, the media will conflate the one house with that entire sorority. My sorority alone has 130 college chapters, 200 alumnae chapters and groups and more than 250,000 total initiated members. Of course the legal team and media experts that work for the sorority would want to make sure that they fully understand a situation before speaking out on it. To try and say that the sororities are “hiding” something, just because they want to make sure that their statement is clear and consistent, is a very big leap of the imagination.
The author states that all sorority sisters join their house for the friendship and networking, but they are then “forced” to go to mixers “almost every week” with their sisters. Again, that is making such a large assumption about every Greek system at every school, I can barely wrap my head around it.
The only time I went out consistently during the week was when I was a senior in college. And I only did it then because I knew I could do it and still manage to make good grades (I graduated with a 3.73 GPA). Plus, I went out with a variety of friends, not just my sorority sisters. And never to a fraternity event.
I can’t speak for all schools, but all of the events we had with fraternities were always on the weekends, never during the week. Additionally, I can tell you that girls never felt pressured to go to events at fraternity houses that they didn’t want to attend. I was closer to one fraternity over the others, so I would go to the events at that house and not the ones at others. No one made me feel bad for it or like I didn’t belong. Other sisters did the same. It was really not a big deal.
The critics of the Alpha Phi video and the author of the Marie Claire article both claim that all sororities are only interested in recruiting good-looking women. . . If we seriously based every recruitment decision on looks, we would have been without any new sisters a long time ago. I mean what would even be the point of going through recruitment then? Why wouldn’t we just use pictures of all of the girls and just make the selection based on that? If it’s all about looks – why bother to actually meet the girls?
Clearly, it is about far more than looks. I joined my house because I laughed so hard while I was there that I had tears pouring down my face. I also bonded with a number of the sisters about where I had grown up. The women in our house were a mix of athletes and theater nerds and scholars and artists. We all looked different and had different views on a variety of things, but we all came together when it mattered.
What really shocked me is that the Marie Claire article basically laid it at the feet of the sorority and the sisters for the sexual assaults that occurred. The author continued to imply that the women purposely put their fellow sisters into this situation. This thought process by the author is the exact same type of victim blaming that seems to continue to go on whenever a woman is sexually assaulted. Sadly, many people still think that a woman must have been “asking for it” based on her clothing or that she was somehow at fault for getting herself into that situation.
Secondly, all of the sororities that I interacted with on my campus, including my own, would absolutely NEVER have put one of their sisters into a situation where they thought they may get hurt. In fact, there were numerous times that if one of us thought a sister had had too much to drink, we would make sure she got home and was taken care of. We wouldn’t have left her alone to have something horrible happen to her. To assume otherwise is to paint the majority of us as some kind of cold-hearted evil bunch of women.
Instead of victim blaming, why not instead write an indictment of the “rape culture” that so many parts of our society feed into? Why not blame the perpetrators for assaulting the women instead of the women themselves?
Knowing how much being in a sorority shaped me to be a strong woman and a leader, I was curious as to whether others felt this way. I am a Skimmbassador for The Skimm (which, if you don’t read, you are insane), and I posted this question in our group to see if there were other sorority women who felt the same. I expected maybe a handful of responses. Instead I got a plethora of comments from women who felt the same as I did and were tired of people thinking that they cannot be feminists and sorority women at the same time.
I decided to reach out to many of these women and absolutely loved their responses to the questions I asked. The thing that stuck with me through all of their answers though was how every single one of them readily identified as both a feminist AND a proud sorority member.
Anna Roesler, a recent graduate from the University of Minnesota and a sorority member, said that from her experience, “sororities are an inherently feminist organization; created for the betterment and effort of strengthening women.”
Ariana Valderrama, a sorority member and a senior at the University of Rochester, said becoming a sorority member gave her the push to publicly identify as a feminist. “I didn’t go to a feminist meeting until I joined my sorority since one of the girls in my pledge class was a big feminist and inspired me to go.“
Molly Beck, who graduated from Missouri State University in 2011, summed up how I felt about my own sorority experience when she said, “My sorority experience positively impacted my self-esteem. I found a sisterhood full of women who believed in me and taught me to believe in myself. I also found a place in which all of me was accepted – my strengths, my flaws, my quirks, my challenges, and my successes. I found my voice in my sorority and I found a group of women who inspired me to be a better person as we strove for a higher ideal.”
Margaret Abrams, a graduate of Tulane University in 2012, said “I became more outgoing because I had a support system that taught me it was good to speak your mind. I held leadership positions which made me more confident. I learned how to talk to people and network during recruitment.“
Katie Bean, a Michigan State graduate in 2014, was proud to tell me that there “were many progressively minded women in my chapter while I was an active member. Many of them were ‘out and proud’ feminists, which is a point of pride! We were a diverse group of women and I am proud of that.”
Kelsey Bryant, who graduated from the University of Florida in 2012 felt that, for her, “the positive effects of being in a sorority outweighed any negative ones. I learned how to lead, and even non-chapter leaders were supported in campus involvement, and strongly supported academically . . . I’m a better feminist, and leader from the experience.“
One question I thought it important to ask all of these women was – what does the word “feminist” mean to you? Of the forty responses I received back from my initial post, all of the women “correctly” provided the definition. But what I loved was that the responses ranged from the traditional definition of feminism (which is: the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities) to the awesome:
The word feminist to me means owning your feminine. For so long, “feminine” has meant weak or quiet or emotional and while some feminists may be quiet and sometimes we are emotional, that certainly does not take away from me as a woman. Femininity and being a feminist means trusting my gut when making decisions, it means speaking with integrity and standing up for myself, while also being kind. It means that love and my emotions are not a sign of weakness but a sign of empathy.
Believing in your power as a woman.
It means taking control of my surroundings. Not letting anyone tell me that I can’t do something just because I’m a woman. It means fighting to maintain control over my own reproductive rights and for equal pay for equal work. It means lending my voice as a white woman to other minorities to fight for equal rights. Being a feminist asks for equal treatment for all across the board. It also means that as a white feminist, I acknowledge my privilege and try to use it to shed light on issues for those who aren’t heard.
A woman who knows that she can choose to do whatever she wants — and supports other women doing whatever they want.
[I especially loved this next one from my name twin and the fabulous blogger at Who Asked Her Anyway – feel free to tweet it out below]
A feminist is any man or woman who advocates for equality of the sexes/genders and believes in empowerment as a means of change. It means not accepting the status quo, and for speaking out in defense of all women, including those who may be less secure in themselves or in the notion of being a “feminist.” You can be a feminist in large, obvious ways, or in implicit, subtle ways–however you believe in it, it’s valid and important.
Now tell me, does that sound like a bunch of airheaded, “only here to get my MRS” type of women to you?
One of the biggest charges I always see, and one that was leveled against the University of Alabama sorority, is that sororities are too homogeneous. Namely, that they are all white. And while that may be true of some of the Greek organizations, that completely ignores the historically African-American Greek letter organizations and their importance in the Greek system. Further, it ignores the racial makeup of many universities.
I am not going to sit here and try to deny white privilege or say that there is no racism in any sorority, anywhere in the United States. I am not an idiot. I am sure there is. However, the majority of sororities are very inclusive and happily welcome women, no matter their race, sexual orientation, or background.
And if you don’t know about them, you need to learn about the amazing impact of the sororities in the Divine Nine. These sororities are flourishing on campuses across the country and are a part of the greater Greek community. They deserve the respect that they have earned.
Even in my own sorority, just from the few years of girls that I know personally, I know of at least 10 lawyers and 4 doctors. Not to mention, countless other company managers, government officials and others who lead amazing and powerful lives. I know that there are many others who can say the same for their sorority sisters.
So, instead of assuming that all sorority women are the same, or falling prey to the stereotype that we are just having pillow fights in our negligees, maybe try to realize that we are so much stronger and better than some caricature.
I think Paige Hebble, a Senior at the University of Florida and a sorority member, said it best during my interview with her: “I don’t know where I would be without my chapter. My sisters lift me higher every single day and I don’t go an hour without feeling loved and supported. If that is something that people want to judge, go ahead. But just know, you can take away socials and date functions and our houses, but letters and sisters, are forever.“
Something I have been working on for the past year is being healthier and incorporating more veggies into my diet. It’s been a bit of a struggle for me since I would rather have chips and dip than carrots and hummus. But luckily, I have awesome friends like KJ from OmNomHerbivore who can help
push inspire me to eat healthier!
I managed to snag this busy woman in between her own blog launch, her day job and her adventures in veganism to share some of her tips and tricks. But first, I thought you might like to get to know her with a few of my crazy questions:
I am a product design engineer. I’m the only female engineer in a department of about 40 – Represent!
I’m a mountain bum. I love snowboarding and camping. Show me the woods and let me adventure something about solitude feeds my soul!!
I nerd out for those young adult books. Yes. I’m aware that I’m nearly 26. Based on what I’ve read the most, I’d have to say the Harry Potter Series.
I love the Transformers movies. I mean big morphing robots – soo cool!! I also love the movie “Whip It” I always feel so inspired after watching that movie.
Just one?! Sorry you get three!
What the hell is a Gigawatt” by Four Year Strong
“In Between” by Beartooth
“In My Arms” by Jon Foreman [for my Acoustic days]
Although doing well is important… so is having fun! I was too uptight and worried about the perfect grades in college. I wish I would have let my grades slide to B’s (and maybe some C’s) and allowed myself to go out and socialize more.
My mom! She can do absolutely anything she sets her mind to. She takes care of things that need to be done, she pushes herself to be the best person she can be, she volunteers all the time, and she’s always got a level head. The older I get the more I can realize how awesome she is. Love you Mom!
I’m the youngest. I have a brother who is 4 years older than me.
When I was about 10 my friend and I were racing to the bigger bathroom at my house and I caught my toe on a footstool in the hallway. Totally wiped out and started screaming. I broke like 3 toes in the worst way and my foot was so horribly purple. I seriously stub/drop things on my toes way too much!
Like every day. I have a good job that pays well, but I never know if I’m really happy with it. Being in an office for 8 hour days, 5 days a week kills me [keyword – office]. I always feel like I just need to throw my papers in the air and run out of the building and go wander the world!
How I met my best friends. When I met them I thought no way that girl is freakin’ weird – can’t stand her [they thought the same thing]. Turns out they just bugged me at first because we were SOO similar!
When I knew after 3 months of dating that I would marry my boyfriend [now husband]. We’ve been together for 8.5 years now, married for 3.5 years.
My time spent hanging out with my closet friends in high school/early college when we had band practice, crazy shenanigans, and late night call of duty hangouts. Love those guys!
“Sometimes to have a good day, you have to decide to have a good day.” – no idea where it came from its just something I tell myself on a bad day.
I would still work – I can’t sit still, but I’d do a personal business venture and if possible like 30hrs or less a week. I certainly wouldn’t be working a regular day job. Buh-Bye Office!
So now that we’re all besties, let’s get down to the veggie business and find out more about KJ’s own journey as well as how we can all learn a little about going vegan.
I’ve always loved experimenting with recipes/cooking and I really needed a creative outlet to work on this passion! Being an engineer can be so black and white at times. My creative side needed somewhere to shine!
Vegan food blog with recipes, food info/tips, and advice for those wanting to try the vegan lifestyle. Oh and bright hair, because, awesome!
When I get home from my daily grind, I take some time to cook, workout, hang with my hubby and play with my pups, then at night I will work on my blog for about 1-2 hours a night while my hubby works on his hobbies.
I’ve always been interested in it, but never really had a solid enough personal reason to fully commit. Then after the new year I decided to give up all dairy products since I’d always suspected I was lactose intolerant [haven’t had milk in about 10 years] but I still ate cheese. Man, yup, lactose intolerant for sure. After that test I was like I’ll go 6 weeks being vegan. After those six weeks and an accidental run in with milk, I’m not sure I could go back to that kind of digestional pain. To cut my long winded answer – I did it to feel better!!
Sometimes, and usually the most awful/bad-for-you variety. Like Salami, Pepperoni, hot dogs, and venison. I could never commit fork to mouth on this, because I know it just doesn’t react well with my body. If I crave these things I’ll just have something salty since I think that’s why my body is craving them.
Cut meat and dairy out of at least two of your meals [this alone can make a huge impact on the meat market]
Replace milk in your cereal/coffee/sauces with alternative milk
Google map “vegan restaurants” by you, try one a week/once a month – whatever your budget allows – and revisit to try something else from time to time.
On top of these three awesome tips, KJ also has a quick hit list that you can download below! Plus, since she’s launching her blog today and all, you should go check it out and find even more recipes and information.
I can’t promise that I could ever truly commit to the vegan lifestyle myself, but I definitely see myself adding a little bit more veggies and organic food in my life!
Do you have any other tips or ideas for going vegan? Let me know in the comments! Until next time, my loves!
Today’s post is a little more personal and a little more serious than many of my other postings. However, it covers a topic that I think is extremely important and rarely discussed. So many people act as though mental illness is just something to be whispered about or swept under the rug. So many people think – “Oh, it won’t happen to anyone I know” or “It’s not that big of a deal, I have a little depression and anxiety sometimes.” And while it is true that everyone probably experiences some form of depression and anxiety in their lives, severe mental illness is different and it is far more common than you think.
How do I know this? Because this past spring, my husband, who was known to everyone as the most chill, laidback, easygoing guy, suffered a complete mental breakdown and was hospitalized for three weeks.
Because of this, I learned that sometimes people don’t know what to say or do, either to you or the person with the illness. Sometimes, it can be awkward for them, because they don’t want to say the wrong thing or hurt someone’s feelings.
Thankfully, we have some of the most amazing friends and family who supported us through this and my husband is on the road to recovery. But even if you experience mental illness in a close friend or family member to a lesser degree than I did, it helps to know what to do and how to handle the tough situation.
One of my best friends, Jennifer Wood, has a masters in community counseling and was a HUGE support for me during all of it. She agreed to sit down and share with me and all of you the best way to handle loving and being there for someone who is suffering from a mental illness.
I wanted to first pose some getting to know you style questions so that you can realize how awesome Jennifer is.
I have many favorites, so this is hard to answer – but I have to go with The Night Circus. It was a toss up between that and the All Souls Trilogy, which is, of course, a trilogy.
Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark.
DOUGHNUTS. (emphasis – hers)
Say Hey (I Love You).
Anyone who is trying to grow and develop.
Community counseling is about the person in context. Change the person and you will change the context – and vice versa.
I’m the youngest!
Being bullied in elementary school by my “friends;” meeting my husband at an audition for community theater; visiting a career counselor in grad school and realizing I have more options than I thought.
“I am only one, but still, I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.” — Helen Keller
Now that we’ve gotten to know Jennifer a little bit more, time to get serious and talk with her about how best to handle loving someone with a mental illness. Here are the 7 best methods for how to handle mental illness in those you love:
Find resources for support, educate yourself, and remember – this disease is not the sum total of who your loved one is.
When the mental illness affects the person’s daily life in a way that they perceive as negative, they should seek help. This perception can include negative impact to basic life activities (feeding, hygiene, personal care), or work activities, or interpersonal activities.
The best way for a friend or family member to broach their concerns is as observations.
“I notice that you are not responding to stress in the same ways as you used to. You used to be able to blow it off, but now you drink a six pack of beer every night. I’m concerned.”
“It seems like this breakup has really hit you hard. You have been sleeping more and more, and cancelling on your plans to meet up with friends. I miss you. Can we talk about this?”
Always, the best response is: “How can I help?” Let each person guide you, because everyone is different and may need a different approach.
If someone needs help thinking of coping skills, you can do some research with legitimate sites (try NAMI) to help them brainstorm and try new things.
It is CRUCIAL. You absolutely need your own coping, self-care practices, and separate support – both for the mental illness, and for yourself to escape your role as “friend/family member of someone with mental illness,” if only for a little while.
You must eat well, get plenty of sleep, and take care of your emotions. You must separate your self from your loved one: by which I mean, understand that you are not them.
Their needs, and their responses, may be different than yours.
Do not impose your self on them; and, do not allow them to be codependent on you.
Find a good counselor to help you sort out your motivations, emotions, and responses.
That it exists; that it has multiple etiologies; that it doesn’t make anyone a bad person. Sorry, that’s three things.
Be curious, and seek out information from multiple credible sources.
Take care of yourself.
Give yourself permission to grieve your old life, but know that people with mental illness are part of the diversity of humanity.
I am so very thankful that Jennifer took the time to let me interview her and to help me discuss the best ways to love and live with someone dealing with a mental illness. We are all fighting our own battles, but we are never truly alone. Be sure to share this post with anyone you think may benefit from it and don’t be afraid to reach out to those you love who are in need.
Until next time, my loves.
How often have you felt like you wanted to do something to help someone, but you didn’t want to just clean our your closet and take your clothes to Goodwill? (Not that Goodwill isn’t wonderful and all). I’ve read that the millennial generation is the most philanthropic generation. We love to give back, even though many of us aren’t exactly rolling in money so we instead give of our time and energy to help others.
With that in mind, I wanted to give you the information of some great charities doing amazing work that you may never have heard of.
I plan on calling this my “Philanthropic Friday” and posting the charities every Friday. Some will be their own post while others will be an addendum to my Friday posts.
I am always so inspired by those that give back and I want to give you the tools to do so too!
Each week, I will highlight one charity in each of the following categories:
What They Do: Their mission, beginning in 2005, is “to develop national networks of volunteers capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions that arise within our society.” They currently work to meet the mental health needs of our troops and their families, as well as those affected by 9/11. They provide everything from individual counseling to couples therapy and counseling for children and teens.
Where I First Learned of Them: Glamour Magazine, December 2011
What They Do: Work to challenge illiteracy around the world. By utilizing technology and grassroots efforts, their team works to provide children around the world with the ability to read. They have said that by 2020, they “hope to have reached 100 million users with a system that can guide them through the journey of learning to read and understand words in ever more complex texts – a system that grows with the user until she can read at the level her educational needs require.”
How You Can Support Them: You can apply to do things such as be a deployment partner, help develop content, help fundraise or help with research. You can also donate your funds to support their mission.
What They Do: Work to help grow and provide healthy foods (and therefore healthier communities) in traditionally under-served neighborhoods. They do this by, “[p]roviding direct access to fresh, affordable food, [e]ducating and engaging residents to adopt healthy eating habits [and a]dvocating for the right of every person to have real food security.”
Where I First Learned of Them: People Magazine – Aug. 6, 2012
What They Do: This one is pretty simple – they recieve donations that go specifically to fund mammograms for those who need them!
How You Can Support Them: By donating funds via their website.
Where I First Learned of Them: Glamour Magazine – December 2011 issue
What They Do: Work to empower communities (mostly the women within the communities) to both help save the environment AND improve their own livelihoods. The organization came into being in order to “respond to the needs of rural Kenyan women who reported that their streams were drying up, their food supply was less secure, and [that] they had to walk further and further to get firewood for fuel and fencing.” The Green Belt Movement was able to encourage “the women to work together to grow seedlings and plant trees to bind the soil, store rainwater, provide food and firewood, and receive a small monetary token for their work.”
How You Can Support Them: There are a wide variety of ways to get involved. You can work on the Wangari Muta Maathai House (a legacy project), you can be a “hummingbird” by sharing materials by The Green Belt Movement and planting trees in your community, and you are always welcome to donate to them as well.
Where I First Heard About Them: Glamour, December 2011
What They Do: Work to provide for education for girls in low-income countries, with the ultimate goal of creating the “next generation of global leaders”
How You Can Help Them: It’s an understatement to say there are a few options to support She’s The First. You can:
Where I First Learned Of Them: Marie Claire – September 2014 issue
What They Do: Provide support during the moments someone needs it the most. Since texting is one of the main methods of communication in today’s world, this crisis line was founded to follow that trend. They are a free, 24/7 lifeline to those in need via their crisis counselors. They are growing rapidly and have processed 7,760,756 messages to date.
Where I First Learned of Them: Glamour Magazine – June 2015 issue
So there you have it! The first seven charities on this “Philanthropic Friday” to help you give back to your communities and those around you.
Know of a charity I should highlight? Let me know in the comments!
Until Monday, you awesome nerds!