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.
If there is anything I've learned more about myself in the last year, it is that I have an insatiable appetite for the word 'yes.' Sometimes, this appetite can get in the way of self-care, loving my spouse, or recognizing my weaknesses. Other times, it has served me well as a vehicle to learn new things, meet new people, and get out of my comfort zone.
A year ago this month, I transitioned from my relatively short stint as a full-time consultant into a full-time gig at the Arizona Educational Foundation. This decision was based on many longterm goals, well thought out plans, and a desire to make a difference. But don't let that responsible answer fool you-- I also chose to say yes.
I believe-- whole heartedly-- that saying yes is the root to the tree of great fruit. I believe that saying yes and then figuring out how to do what you said yes to is a gift to yourself. It's another way of telling yourself, "(Insert name), you've freaking got this. Say yes!"
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