Nothing Ordinary

Plant A Seed And Watch It Grow

I would not consider myself an activist. I would say I am socially aware and I’m not opposed to donating my time and money to various nonprofits. I didn’t feel the need to protest after the election of Trump, as a response to the overwhelming amounts of emotion that transpired in the days following November 8th.

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When I found out there was to be a Women’s March on Washington and subsequent satellite marches, I knew this is something that I wanted to participate in. I felt really strongly about attending, and I felt like everyone that I knew should attend too. And looking at social media post of my friends across the country, so many people participated in what was truly a positive and reaffirming day. It was the first time in a couple of months that I felt like we really are all in this together. I marched in Los Angeles, as soon as I was amongst the large throng of people, I started to well up. I still can’t believe the impact that being there had on me. I have never been in such a large group of positive and polite people. It made me so proud to be there, and it made me so proud to be a resident of Los Angeles. One of the reasons why I have always loved LA is that it is diverse in so many ways, and that diversity was evident on Saturday as well. It’s a day that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about and has sparked conversations between friends and even strangers. Discussions that would not have even occurred two months ago. Did you attend a march?

I recently just discovered the song Nothing Ordinary, by the band Lucius. I know I’m three years behind. I’m not quite sure why the female leads look like twins, but this song is really great. In a time that is not ordinary, this song is appropriate. For an amazing action that surpassed attendance estimations across the country, it’s not an ordinary event. Listen as you go about your Wednesday today and think about what you can do on this day, that’s ordinary or not.

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The New Year

“There’d be no distance that could hold us back”

I was once told by a stranger “Oh, you’re a January person.” as if I were to be categorized with people who describe themselves as a morning person. I didn’t know it was a thing but yes, I am a January person.

I love the beginning of the year. I like taking the month of January to purge my room of stuff and donate items taking up space. I don’t make resolutions for my year, I make goals. I sit down and write them out, reflecting on what I want, whether they are big goals or just little ones, like reading more. I like saying “Happy New Year” because it’s a phrase that you can say to everyone depending on if you see them at 12:01 am on January 1st or on the 14th.

“The New Year” by Death Cab For Cutie is a song about the new year, although I think they’re really talking about New Year’s Eve and the moment’s after.

What are your goals this year? Whatever they may be I wish you a Happy New Year!