I believe in social distancing. I believe in keeping other people safe. But I also believe in the importance of seeing your friends during this time - only if you take safety precautions. I met up with my favorite cousin last night and it was so healing. I've been experiencing anxiety and stress and we ended up talking until 11 at night, not looking at our phones, just chatting and it felt so so healing.
To start off this Creative Inspo post, here's a few quotes from an inspiring woman, Ruth Bader Ginsburg:
"Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time."
"Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn't be that women are the exception."
"Reacting in anger or annoyance will not advance one's ability to persuade."
My God - The Killers, Weyes Blood
Honey - Red Hearse
Not Ready to Wake Up - Aly & AJ
People, I've been sad - Christine and the Queens
Like I've said in the past, to me, art doesn't just include what you find on a canvas or in sculpture form. Art, to me, is beautiful cakes and embroidery and jewelry. It's artisan-made. Look at these beautiful, detailed cakes! It looks like real flowers and leaves. Exquisite.
This embroidery is literally art on what looks like a mesh-like material? It is so beautiful. It honestly reminds me of a painting but with thread.
Look at how detailed these floral watercolor pieces are! I'm in awe.
Fat Shaming Shouldn't Be Part of Our "New Normal" by Erika Thorkelson by The Walrus
"In all these cases, by shifting focus toward weight loss, we obfuscate the systemic issues that lead to the worst outcomes of the pandemic, namely poverty and poor access to health care, and put the responsibility squarely on the shoulders of the individual. We also put extra pressure on those who already experience the most violent aspects of fatphobia, turning them into targets for cultural frustration.
All this has reminded me of why I removed myself from a system that controls and punishes fat bodies like mine. The pandemic has allowed me to revisit my commitment to my body—I’ve been going on long walks, taking pictures of flowers, and listening to audiobooks. When I feel restless, I do exercise videos that are slow or silly but that never tell me I need to change. I’ve made a number of successful banana bread loaves and eaten a lot of chocolate ice cream with peanut butter swirl."
It Shouldn't Have Come Down To Her by Rebecca Traister by The Cut
"Ruth Bader Ginsburg matters, now as much as she ever has, but her survival alone couldn’t have saved us, any more than getting rid of Donald Trump will save us. We are facing something far larger: a desperate, life-or-death fight to rebuild, reimagine, reform (and in some cases raze) enormous apparatuses, including our criminal justice, electoral, health-care, and education systems, labor and capitalism, education, housing, the courts themselves, and, most urgently, the health of our planet. It will call on us to fight as fiercely and with as much determination as Ginsburg herself fought, through her life and career."
Recent photos I've taken: