This week has really tested me in a lot of ways. There are a lot of amazing things happening, but the challenges this week seemed far more prevalent. It sharpens my mind, which I love, but it sure is exhausting!
1. Sip + Shop Success
On Wednesday evening, we hosted our first ever FemCity Des Moines “Sip & Shop” event at The Iowa Taproom’s event space (you must see this space in real life, it’s amazing). We had 17 vendors set up and nearly 150 men + women come in to do shopping. Some for themselves and others for holiday (and some both!). It was amazing to be able to support a small group of women-owned small businesses.
I’ve been into mindfulness for a long time. I just never really called it that until a couple years ago when everyone else did. From being a yoga instructor to sitting on a sustainability nonprofit board, I’ve been realizing the impact mindfulness has in everyday life. Every once in a while I write posts called “Mindful Mondays” and use real life experiences. I’m considering putting these posts in people’s inboxes first thing Monday mornings. Is this something that would be refreshing to read to start the week? Let me know!
3. Trash is for Tossers
Ok, speaking of mindfulness… I got into the dark hole of YouTube and watched basically all of this gal’s videos on zero waste. I find it incredibly inspiring she has put FIVE YEARS of waste into one jar. The planet thanks you, kind soul.
4. Speaking of Trash
I have gotten some really nasty Facebook Messenger messages recently. I won’t go into detail, but I don’t understand how people are sooo negative about life’s smallest things. I’ve saved a couple so I can get a good giggle in someday (because I did not giggle when those came in). PS Can we just make Facebook Messenger go away? It has been helpful at times, but otherwise it’s a total time suck. Which leads me to…
5. Other Communications Challenges
I wrote a blog post that I have been sitting on for probably a month. It’s pretty raw and essentially gets to the point of #4 above and also how accessible I feel with Messenger, Instagram DM, email, texts and… all the things. My stance is this: Just because you email me or call me or text me does not mean I have to respond. It doesn’t mean I don’t LOVE talking to you or helping you or care about you, but it is not my responsibility or obligation to get back to you. And that my friends makes me feel reeeeal weird talking about because it brings up feelings of guilt and shame! Oh, to be human.