Affirmation Cookies

My freshman year of college was…difficult. I had a roommate situation that sitcoms are created out of, my long distance boyfriend turned out to be more long distance than boyfriend, our family dog died, my grandfather died, and my parents divorced. And all this happened while trying to navigate a university setting that I knew was wrong an hour into my indoctrination. At 19 I didn’t know what I was doing, what I wanted to do, or where I wanted to be – I just knew I needed to change something. I made some life-altering decisions, and in looking for affirmation that the road I was choosing was the correct one, I latched onto a fortune from a cheap Chinese food restaurant that read “Your present plan is going to succeed”.

10 years later I still have that fortune, and I’m still holding out hope for that success.

via Daily Prompt: Fortune

Water, Water Everywhere….

Today is World Water Day. I wanted to take this opportunity to write about a cause that is incredibly important to me…and should be to you too. Currently more that 663 million people around the world do not have access to clean water. What does this mean? Well, it means that there are men, women, and children who are drinking, bathing, and using filthy, disease ridden, disgusting water on a daily basis for basic human functions. What’s worse, is that many women and children spend up to 8 hours a day, walking thousands of miles a day, to obtain this water. This takes time away from working, going to school, and just generally enjoying their life.

The saddest part of the water crisis, is that it is so easily preventable. It costs roughly $30 to give someone clean water, and $10,000 to build a well in a community that can provide an entire community with access for years.

I learned about the water crisis while listening to a podcast (I highly recommend hearing Scott’s story) and it’s been a part of my life ever since. This past year, I donated my 30th birthday to charity.water and raised $1210…it’s just a drop in the bucket, but it will provide 40 people with clean water, which is far better than anything else I could have asked for.

For more information about the water crisis you can watch charity:water’s video (below) about their quest to end the water crisis, and you can donate here.

 

When people think about water charities, they typically think of charity:water, so if you would rather show some love to a different organization, here’s a list of a few great ones:

Water Boys

Thirst Project

Water.org

The Water Project

And if you’re asking yourself, “Sure other people don’t have access to water around the world, but what about Flint?”, here are a few ways to secure our own oxygen mask, before we assist someone else:

The Flint Water Fund

Flint Children Health and Development Fund

Do something nice for someone else today…it’ll make you feel better!

 

Puppy Love

My dog has a girlfriend. Her name is Rosie and she’s some type of small white Shitzhu mix, but it’s hard to tell because she’s constantly the color of dust. She’s very sweet and comes over from time to time because her parents, my neighbors, aren’t exactly winning Pet Owners of Year. Last night she pulled the ultimate teenager move and snuck out at 10pm to see him. 

I like Rosie a lot – she’s very sweet. I can tell that Watson really cares about her, or as much as his post-fixed male doggy brain can. He gets excited when she’s outside, loves to chase her around our backyard, and they go on short exploratory outings throughout our neighborhood together. They seem very happy, but it’s too early to tell if it’s meant for the long run. 

My dog has a girlfriend, and I’m jealous…of my dog. 

Jobs in the City

Today I had an interview for an entry level sales position (I’m neither entry level or in sales) with a gourmet candy company that I don’t even remember applying for. Actually, that’s a lie…I do remember. I did it in a manic moment of searching LinkedIn and sending in an application to anything that didn’t require a cover letter and had the “Quick Apply” option. Similar to the rebound stage after the end of a relationship, I was looking for quick and easy, and the fleeting good feeling that comes in the moment of the hook-up to make you forget the pain from the rejection. None of the jobs I applied for are going to be “the one”, I knew that when I hit submit, but I wanted to have something out there that could maybe turn into something….that hit of endorphins that the fantasy of being together gives you.

Yesterday I watched The Bachelor season finale, and I found myself relating to Raven’s heartbreak not because of my failed relationships, but because of my failed job applications. At 30, I have been rejected by more potential employers, than men….

As a cathartic exercise, I decided to relive the most ridiculous moments in hunting for a new job: