Not long ago, Bloomberg ran a video piece* that made me angry. It purported to address concern for the environment, but really it was an example of narrow-minded, classist and defeatist nonsense. Think I'm being harsh? Let's take a look:
Bloomberg’s video maintains that most Americans can’t afford to make eco-conscious choices. As proof of this, they cite:
a $95 water bottle with a UVC light in it to kill germs, “so you don't have to wash it as much”;
a collapsible metal straw costing nearly $25, as an alternative to banned plastic straws;
a $150 comforter (which they erroneously call a “duvet cover”) made from recycled plastic bottles with a eucalyptus shell.
Really? If these are the products Bloomberg considers the best options to save the planet, no wonder climate change is kicking our collective butts. Meanwhile, they’ve completed ignored the small daily choices we can make — ones that don’t require plunking down large amounts of money and are kind to both consumers and the environment.
(I promise, once you get through the disturbing section — necessary for context — there’s good stuff: Easy alternatives and some of my favorite Healthy-Hacks!)
HOLIDAYS CAN BE GREAT FUN. THEY CAN ALSO BE HELL. Expectations and obligations can turn what’s supposed to be a season of celebration into a nightmare. To help sustain you, here are some things I’ve learned the hard way. Apply as needed:
Long before I was a journalist or a wellness coach, I was a sexual assault survivor. I wrote the post below after the Kavanaugh hearings — for survivors and those who care about making the world better.
In light of Kavanaugh’s confirmation, this subject is even more crucial. And painful. I hope you personally don’t resonate with it, but it’s almost certain that someone you care about does. Please read. Share. Remember. VOTE.
And if, by some quirk of fate, you are a Republican, I urge you to think deeply about your values.
How to drink a glass of wine without feeling guilty? First, don’t drink the entire bottle! Unless you have a few friends sharing it with you.
Seriously though, the world seems especially hard and unforgiving right now. Self-care is crucial if we’re going to get through this. So in between standing up for what is right, we need to refresh ourselves. Wine is an excellent place to start. (Unless you have a drinking problem, in which case <narrows eyes; makes Alec Guinness hand motion> This is not the blog you’re looking for.)