At the ripe age of as-long-as-I-could-remember, my dad asked big questions and talked to me about big things. My mom recounts me including war torn countries and national tragedies in my nightly prayers because current events were included in our dinner conversations before I even entered school.
Staying in-the-know has been a backdrop of my life since I was little without me even knowing it. I went to journalism school for my undergrad at Arizona State University with very little understanding of the industry I was getting into, but with a strong passion for learning and communicating. It was a no-brainer, really.
So, how does this at all relate to my new normal of work/kids/writing/family/all the things? Well, I didn't just stop being me when I got married, or had kids, or started working on my own clock. I still crave to keep up with current events.
Here's a quick and dirty list of the ways I keep up with our nation and the world's happenings.
Top Headlines from Apple - Morning Coffee
I know the mighty algorithm game is guiding what headlines pop up in my top Apple News but for the sake of at least being aware of the basics before 9a, I take a peek at the morning's top news in my phone. I took a second when I got my phone a few months ago to pick my top sources. I haven't adjusted it yet, but for now it's working just fine. Just swipe right and you're golden, friends.
BLACK BABIES COST LESS IN AMERICA: THE RACIAL REALITIES OF ADOPTION IN AMERICA, BY KATE DRIES
I'm not sharing this as a way to shock you-- or shove a more liberal-leaning publication down your throat-- but rather as an invitation for you to consider this article as a step toward better understanding the racial realities of adoption and foster care in America.
Unbeknownst to a lot of future or currently-in-the-process adoptive parents, there is a lot of history of difference in opinion of transracial adoption. This article is a good stepping stone to better understand both the sad, unfair current realities and past feelings of hurt or prejudice that affected policy.
WHY MILLENNIALS UNDERSTAND THE FUTURE OF WORK BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE, BY SARA HOROWITZ
As a millennial myself I struggle to say I agree with this out of fear that I'll get the regular "Sigh. You guys always think you know everything..." Except, here I am and I really do believe that 'we' get it.
At the end of the day, companies and organizations are looking for cheaper, more flexible labor force that will be available at the drop of the hat. With that need from the growing, technologically-backed global marketplace, comes the comeback of flexibility.
23 INCREDIBLY HELPFUL DIAGRAMS FOR MOMS-TO-BE, BY PEGGY WANG
I'll just leave this right here for you, Mamas.
DHS ISSUES SHOW HOW IMPORTANT CASA's ROLE IS - BY KARRI MIRANDE KARIN HUGHES, LISA ROMAN
CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. The people in your/our community who volunteer in this capacity are sometimes the only voice that a child hears as an advocate for him or her. This article in the Herald & News (Oregonian Paper) gives a great (quick read!) look at the benefits of this system in our courts.
SAMSUNG IS HELPING PREEMIE BABIES BY MAKING INCUBATORS FEEL MORE LIKE THE WOMB: HOW A HEARTBEAT CAN CHANGE TOUGH ODDS - BY GABRIEL BELTRONE
Samsung is back to pull at your heartstrings again, this time with a campaign about premature babies.
The campaign, titled "Voices of Life" and created by Leo Burnett Chicago, features an app that lets a mom record her heartbeat and other soothing sounds. A special speaker in her baby's hospital incubator plays back the audio, which Samsung's technology has muffled to better emulate the in-utero environment.
My sister and I were both born premature so this piece touched close to home. I can't even imagine-- now being a mom-- how much this would've meant to my parents when we were born. What a gift!
THE ONE THING THAT RICH PARENTS DO FOR THEIR KIDS THAT MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE - BY EMILY BADGER
Wealthy parents are famously pouring more and more into their children,widening the gap in who has access to piano lessons and math tutors and French language camp. The biggest investment the rich can make in their kids, though — one with equally profound consequences for the poor — has less to do with "enrichment" than real estate.
They can buy their children pricey homes in nice neighborhoods with good school districts.
A must read. So. Incredibly. True.
INSTAGRAM JUST MADE A HUGE CHANGE - BY CHRISTINA BONNINGTON
Today, you can say goodbye to the Instagram icon you know and love. That's right, Instagram is rolling out a new logo design today. While it takes some cues from its old friendly, familiar camera icon, it has a decidedly different (and much simpler) look.
Decidedly different really = ugly. The logo is ugly. And I'm right about this because even my social media-obsessed 15-year-old sister agrees.
16 THINGS ALL NEW PARENTS WANT THEIR FRIENDS WHO DON'T HAVE KIDS TO KNOW BY JESSICA BLANKENSHIP
When one of your friends (or two, if we're talking about a couple) has a kid, and you don't have kids, the whole thing can leave you both feeling marginalized in a relationship you used to feel super important in, and confused about how to be involved in a life that feels so dramatically different from yours.
I am now that friend with a kid who, previously, would do anything to meet you in time to make it to Postino's happy hour on a Friday night. Now I'm a working mom who would do anything to get Starbucks delivered to her door at all hours of the night. #momlife
WHAT MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME ABOUT BEING POOR BUT GETTING THINGS DONE BY SARAH COTTRELL
When the interview was over, she walked to the parking lot and got into the Encore. It made a terrible noise, and a puff of smoke came out of the back end. The muffler had fallen off. My mom took off her borrowed pumps, grabbed a floor mat from the back of the car, and got down on her knees in the middle of that parking lot. She reattached the muffler enough to get home.
This article put a huge smile on my face. There's nothing more attractive in a fellow human being that passion and grit. Pure grit. #justintimeformomsday