1. The weight of this week came down pretty heavy on me Wednesday night. I may or may not be completely and utterly drowning, but I’m keeping my cool as much as possible because that’s what you do. I don’t have time to rest. I don’t have time to connect with old and new friends. There are messages left unread, texts that have no response and all sorts of things that are just lingering. If you saw my Facebook post, I don’t need sympathy, I just need people to understand that I’m not capable of doing it all. I don’t dislike you if I don’t respond to you, I am just trying to grasp the craziness of my job, grad school and a current life of being a lot of people’s crutch. We are all trying our best in life, right?
2. On a positive note, my cat got to play in the snow on my deck and it was the cutest thing ever. See her on Instagram.
3. I held a handstand for five seconds during the blizzard on Sunday, so that was fun. I was inside, not in the blizzard. For clarity.
4. On Saturday, we hosted a breakfast for residents who live in the three neighborhoods we are revitalizing. Here’s an important point I want to make: relationship building is a) essential and b) very hard. To build credibility and create partnerships with people who live in the neighborhoods, we have to gain trust. This. Takes. Tiiiime. Right? We really reached a point on Saturday where people are excited to take this “teamwork” approach by combining neighborhood efforts. There’s a heck of a long ways to go, but all in all, I left that breakfast feeling the joy.
5. Made it into our city’s newspaper for a program I have helped get up and running! I’m pretty much always trying to get public recognition for anything we do in the neighborhoods because I want people to see things happening, get excited, plug in and maybe someday we’ll see some killer investments and other projects that make the East Bank unbeatable. This is what one kid wants to see on the east side. Cutie.