Welcome to the end of April, a month when spring truly began to take hold, when COVID vaccinations continued to become more widely available, when a world watched as a verdict was announced in the Derek Chauvin trial.
Today we’re sharing our monthly roundup of worthwhile links we found on the Internet over the course of the past few weeks. I hope you find them insightful, and I hope you have a good weekend too. Take care of yourselves folks.
1. We as a nation, and a world, witnessed a verdict being delivered in the Derek Chauvin trial that went as follows: Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. As we’ve been told and have repeated, over and over again, this is not justice; this is accountability. This is the beginning of more progress and police accountability that must come. This Cup of Jo article shares some insights on what we can continue to do now, after the verdict.
2. In this New York Times article that explores the topic of “languishing,” author Adam Grant writes, “Languishing is a sense of stagnation and emptiness. It feels as if you’re muddling through your days, looking at your life through a foggy windshield. And it might be the dominant emotion of 2021.” Feel relatable? Then the article may be worth a read.
3. Are you a newly minted plant parent who strays away from repotting your plants for fear you will bring ruin upon them almost instantaneously? Join the club. I came upon this video from plant parent extraordinaire, Christopher Griffin, and it made the process SO much less intimidating. Watch and learn, folks. Watch and learn.
4. Thirty-five moving photos of vaccination efforts from around the world, via The Atlantic.
5. This article from The Cut shares some ways to help amid a devastating COVID surge in India, one of the places that’s been most impacted by the spread of the virus of late.
6. For anyone who’s gained weight during the pandemic and has some feelings about it (raises hand), this article from Kim Rhodes on making peace with your quarantine body may be worth a read.
7. A beauuutiful home tour featuring bold, vibrant decor and plenty of vintage finds.
8. I made this recipe from Pinch of Yum for my boyfriend and I this week, and oh WOW is that spicy peanut sauce tasty. I swapped out the chicken for more veggies and served it hot (there’s the option of serving it cold too!). This recipe doesn’t involve a lot of multitasking or timing gymnastics either, which is a big win in my amateur cooking book.
9. An article in TIME, inspired by Justine Bateman’s book, Face: One Square Foot of Skin, that explores the pressures women face around appearance and aging. In it, author Susanna Schrobsdorff writes, “What struck me in reading these stories was how much time we spend fretting about whether we should do something about our faces or hold out. We are still stuck in the crack between empowerment feminism and reality.”
10. A soothing video from @biablooms to give you a moment of calm as you head into the weekend (and into a new month).
BY Jackie Saffert - April 30, 2021
Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.