Hi, I'm Angi
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Week In Review: 11.1.20

My week involved a lot of rooting down in anticipation of things ahead. I think we can all agree that no matter who wins the election, we're in for a bumpy ride. We're also staring down winter and the holidays with a pandemic swirling around us. While this is a season of challenges both expected and not, it's also a great time to figure out what makes you feel safe, happy and connected. For me that means family, friends, music, meditation and a cozy home environment.

So I've been making different choices. Starting new patterns and see where they lead. Having a cup of tea right when I walk in the door, then taking out my violin for at least 15 minutes a day to practice has been one new pattern, and I've really enjoyed it. There's something really special about being able to connect with something that's been there for me since I was 8 years old, and music has always helped me in times when I've felt the most afraid and vulnerable.

This is all to say that I hope you're also taking time to discover what makes you feel happy and grounded, and that you're able to tap into that often in the months ahead. 

Here are some interesting links I stumbled across this week:

I'm loving Jess the Beautician's inspired vegan bento boxes.

"We tend not to be so interested in the hard work of realizing something as much as we are interested in who we become after we’ve realized it. Those reckoning with their ignorance of and complicity in racial injustice have been eager to enter sort of a boot camp phase of growth: an intensive period of reading, listening, and donating after which they will achieve the vaunted title of Anti-Racist. It’s no different than any other desire to be seen as good — not necessarily to be good oneself, but for others to approve of our goodness. Acting the right ways, saying the right things, being correct rather than truly understanding, and being approved of rather than truly virtuous." Amen!

If you're feeling election stress, here are some tips. I also recommend meditation and breathwork!

Sevdaliza caught my attention awhile back by offering some of the most interesting music videos I've ever seen, and the one she released this week is, like WHOA. Don't fuck with feminine energy, ya hear?! I'm going to start asking myself "What would Sevdaliza do?"

I watched Perfect Blue recently and y'all...I was not ready!!