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What is Greenwashing?
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A lone kayak on the first sunrise of July last year. It’s a terrible photo, but it means a helluva lot to me. . I had arrived pretty late at a campground in North Carolina and drove down to the lake in time to catch the sunset. As the last bit of orange faded to blue, I decided that I was going to wake up early the next morning and hit the water to catch the sunrise. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I didn’t really sleep well that night because there were lots of loud families in the campground. I rolled my eyes when my 5 am alarm went off, groggy & grumpy. But something about the owl hooting above my tent made me get up— “you planned a couple months on the road to prove yourself...don’t give into bad habits & lose this moment.” It definitely didn’t say that, but it’s voice reminded me of the promise I had made to myself. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So I rolled out of my tent, jumped in my car, & drove down to the lake. No coffee & half a clif bar in my mouth. Pushed my kayak to the edge & fought the cool morning wind. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And just like that, I was wide awake: staring into the white hot morning sun, watching the once-dark water illuminate a cool blue, throwing my hands up in a blissful, silent awe. This sunrise was all mine. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I found a shoreline pointing directly East with a single lawn chair put there by someone before me, yet who will never know that they shared this vista with a stranger. As the light poured over the horizon, I took this snapshot as a reminder of my promise. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “I will no longer give into self-pity or sadness. I will be brave & I will make my own joy.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And I did.
Reminder: staying home saves lives. I’m hanging out with my plant friends Arya, Simon, Phil, Beverly, Edgar, Golden Boy & Snakey Boy. (Yes, I name all my plants 😜) What creatures are you hanging out with in lieu of other humans?
Seems like this virus is forcing all of us to slow down. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It’s hard. I get it. I went through a couple years of isolation. It started when got a remote office job, all my girl friends moved away, & I was living paycheck to paycheck. I ended up self-isolating for days at a time. It immediately sparked nearly a year of depression. If you’re feeling this way now, I 1000% understand. It’s okay that you don’t feel okay. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As someone who has been there, here’s a word of advice: the moments of pause are the moments we grow the most. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Yes, that year was hard for me. But it was valuable. Having a moment to take a long, deep breath & consider everything going on in your life is a rare chance. It gave me time to build a foundation—to figure out how I want to be an activist, how I like to balance my time, & learn to be okay alone. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So for everyone adjusting to mental & emotional strain of quarantine, of working from home, of alone time...as someone who has been there... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I promise it gets easier. 💛
Oh by the way, we named our van Nelly. 💛 Can’t wait until we can take her out for an adventure again.
This is a thank you to all the food banks out there making sure school children who would go hungry without school lunches can eat. I remember, very well, when my dad would wait in line at the Second Harvest food pick up location near us every Tuesday for months on end. For a while, that’s how we had food to put on the table. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ve been bouncing around ideas of how I can help. So I donated $50 to Second Harvest of the Big Bend. If your job is not at risk during this time, I ask that you join me in donating to your local food bank. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you do decide to donate, I will match up to $25. That’s $75 total from me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ These are hard times, y’all. Hope you’re taking care of yourselves.
WE BOUGHT A VAN! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ve been holding onto this secret for 9 long weeks—but I’m so bad at secrets lots of y’all already know 😅 The van has finally made the trek from Miami & is here IN ALL HER GLORY! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We’re building it out to live & travel out of...#vanlife here we come 🚐 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you’ve talked to me in the last two years, you probably know that we’ve been longing for this life for a while. Hell, I went for a solo road trip in my compact car last summer just to get a taste of it. Except this is going to be much roomier ✨ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Remi & I haven’t settled on a name, so I’m taking suggestions!
Dear womxn around the world & in my life...never stop being rad. May y’all enjoy this slice of girls-only paddlin’ ASMR ✨ #happyinternationalwomensday
Please, I’m begging you, vote for Bernie Sanders. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ve never been vocal about my candidates on social media cause election politics via these platforms are inhuman, but I’m breaking that digital silence now because I am desperate. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I am desperate for policies that protect human rights like clean air, clean water, and a safe place to call home. I am desperate for some semblance of human dignity. I am desperate for a livable future. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I have broken down into a mess of tears too many times the past month panicking over the climate crisis. My throat feels tight and my eyes water as I write this now. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There is so much at stake in this election. Under Biden, a livable future evaporates like water on the hood of a car in 2030—instantly. His “climate plan” is barely even lip service. And all this talk about electability is bullshit. It is okay to want more than mediocre and to vote along those lines. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I don’t want to go back to “normal.” Normal in a world 2°C warmer looks like the wildfires in Australia. I want to move forward. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We have 10 years left to respond to the climate crisis before natural disasters get much, much worse. That’s not a “we can wait 10 years to do something” that’s a “we have 10 years to completely overhaul our energy system.” And we can do that with a Green New Deal—walking on the moon was far crazier and that took just 8 years. But we cannot afford to wait until someone else hands it to us. We have to want it and take it and vote for it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The lives of billions of people...plants...animals...are at stake. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Please. Vote Bernie.
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