May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Last November, there was a shooting in downtown Seattle. It was five feet in front of me. Afterward, I became more anxious than usual, with every waking moment and many sleeping ones filled with fear. I went to the doctor: PTSD. Aha.

The majority of my experience with mental health issues stem from childhood years of coping with adults and their untreated or unacknowledged issues. My father would always encourage empathy, emphasizing how difficult it could be to live with a mind that didn’t “mind” you, and that mantra has permeated my life. I found some understanding in books like An Unquiet Mind and I Hate You… Don’t Leave Me, and by attending lectures such as the In Our Own Voice presentations by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) (#IntoMentalHealth). I’ve also started following some great resources online like End the Stigma, The Mighty and the People of Color & Mental Illness Photo Project. And vocal celebrity mental health advocates like Carrie Fisher, Princes William and Harry, and these guys speak out and start conversations surrounding mental health and healing. Continue reading “May is Mental Health Awareness Month”

Spring into Pacific Northwest Food

Never have I ever been so excited for spring! Each sliver of sun has me beaming as blooms burst forth from their winter burrows. And with spring sprung, all I can think about is our delicious PNW food.

Image courtesy of Gemma Billings via Flickr

Now, let’s be clear: I don’t actually enjoy cooking… My husband is the chef in our house. I do the dishes, so it’s perfect. But I just can’t stop drooling over our abundant CSAs and citywide farmers markets, our butcher shops and charcuterie masters, and all of the upcoming amazing food events. Most recently, I’ve been tempted to eat out even more at women-owned, POC-owned, and immigrant-supporting restaurants. Every time I turn around, there’s a delectable new way to taste the beauty of our region. Continue reading “Spring into Pacific Northwest Food”

Lady Power!

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Today, in honor of those fierce and fabulous ladies over at The FBomb Breakfast Club, I want to talk about the power of women helping women succeed. There’s a special feeling when you know a lady (or a crew of them) has your back, encouraging you and reminding you how strong a worker and teammate you truly are. (Thanks, Team! You know who you are!!) Continue reading “Lady Power!”

How to be an Amazing Grown-up in Ten Easy Books

By Meadow P.

Sometimes it seems as if everyone else is walking around with everything figured out: job, house, marriage, kids… and I’m over here thinking “Don’t you hate pants?”

cover image for AdultingI heart a good self-help book, especially the funny ones. So when Adulting crossed my desk, I pounced. It. Was. Hilarious. And helpful! I devoured it in one sitting and even took a few notes. Full of fun tidbits, this book prompted me to make some small yet powerful changes. If you know someone who is just starting out with this whole grownup thing (or want to brush up on it yourself), I totally think this silly/serious book will encourage one to at least be able to fake “adult” well. Continue reading “How to be an Amazing Grown-up in Ten Easy Books”