I’m not sure how widespread the incredible work of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr is known across the world, but if you don’t know who he is, allow me to give you an extremely abridged history lesson. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a southern Baptist minister from Alabama who worked tirelessly to help end segregation and racial injustice toward black Americans during the 1950s and 60s. He worked with President Lyndon B. Johnson to pass the Civil Rights Act in 1964, led the March on Washington where he gave his historic “I Have a Dream” speech (which you can listen to here), and was working on ending segregation in housing when he was assassinated outside of his hotel room in Memphis, Tennessee by James Earl Ray in April of 1968. You can find out so much more about his work and his life by searching his name on Google or checking out his Wikipedia page.
I’ve got a running theme about being alone and getting out of the house, lately, and this post will be no different. When I was explaining to Shane my ideas for the last post, he reminded me of this video where the guy stayed in his apartment with absolutely zero human contact. It’s called The Loneliness Project, and it’s actually a “campaign to end loneliness” about giving older people friendship and helping them to not feel isolated. If you haven’t seen it, you should. It’s very eye-opening and a bit shocking, and honestly, it feels a bit extreme. I mean, who honestly stays in their house with no contact with the outside world; not even a cell phone?
Truthfully, a lot of people. Whether they don’t have a phone, or are just not looking at theirs, it can get so so easy to let yourself start hiding, and then not want to come out of it. Especially for those who suffer from anxiety and depression. It’s not that you want to feel isolated; you just can’t physically make yourself get out of bed, much less out of the house. Continue reading “The Problem with Winter Isolation”
Sometimes that word can bring in a sense of hope and change; a new beginning.
Sometimes that word can be so loaded and heavy.
Some people make them, and some people don’t.
I have always been one of those who do, but this year I am going to turn the typical sense that the word “resolutions” gives you, on its head.
Whether you have a big family, kids, parents and in-laws, or none of that, the holidays are a great time to start or continue traditions.
Traditions help us feel connected to the holiday and give us a sense of comfort when things get overwhelming. Here are a few of my favorite Christmas Eve traditions, past and present, that I love and plan to carry with me for as long as I can. Continue reading “Christmas Eve Traditions”
When my sister asked me the other day for my wish list, I took a quick scroll through my Amazon wishlist (which has more or less become a list of things I want/need to buy for myself) and realized how many things I wanted were under $20, but that I just hadn’t taken the time or money to order them. Luckily, it made for an inexpensive and easy list. Continue reading “My $20 and Under Wish List”