The Sassy Girl’s Guide To Saying “No”

The Sassy Girl’s Guide To Saying “No”

It’s no surprise (at least not to me) that coronavirus cases are on the rise. On Wednesday, multiple sources — such as The Washington Post — reported that the United States topped its previous all-time daily high for new cases.

On top of that, the US is expected to experience a historic Saharan dust plume that could cause additional respiratory health risks and problems.

Some states in the southern and western parts of the US are operating at near-max capacity in their hospitals and ICUs.

Shit is getting real. Again. In fact, shit never got “un-real.” For some reason, several political leaders in this country (we won’t name names) decided that the COVID-19 pandemic was over. I guess the virus didn’t get the message — who knew?!

Look, people. Now is the time to start saying “no.” It’s time to grow a pair (or maybe not because I swear, that “pair” I’m referencing doesn’t signify strengthen if you ask me) and stand your ground. You know the pandemic is real. You know it’s not going anywhere. You want to protect yourself, your grandparents, your parents, your family.

It’s time to say “no,” and I will give you the playbook to do just that. Why am I an authority on this? Well, I’ve been confidently canceling plans for no reason since I was old enough to make my own plans, so listen up.

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Ten things your kids won’t say to you when we look back on this time in history

Ten things your kids won’t say to you when we look back on this time in history

1. You fed me too many pre-packaged meals.

2. You let me watch too much TV and screens.

3. I wish you would have put more effort into making me do more common core math assignments.

4. Fresh fruit would have been better than packed fruit, obviously.

5. I wish you would have cooked more instead of ordering take-out meals that consisted of chicken fingers, French fries, and pizza.

6. It would have been great if you would have violated the rules and put me in danger for things like prom.

7. I’m behind in life because we didn’t finish every art or gym project my teacher assigned.

8. You unfortunately didn’t teach me a new language or skill.

9. I wish we would have done more virtual meet-ups that I probably won’t remember.

10. You should have demanded a more consistent bedtime schedule.

Take a deep breath, mama. You’re doing just fine, and when your kids look back on this time, they’ll fondly remember how courageous you were and how hard you tried.

During a pandemic, your only obligation is to make it through the day

During a pandemic, your only obligation is to make it through the day

If you’re alive right now, it’s impossible not to have seen the avalanche of free webinars, workshops, and classes that have taken over the internet. During this global pandemic, there are enough expert-created free activities that it can be a little bit overwhelming.

The shit seems to come at us from all directions: Join my free workout group! Learn to paint a landscape! Make chalk paint from scratch and decorate your sidewalk one-mile long! Learn to sew! Take up yoga! Learn a new language! Become a chef! Build a house! Run for president!

Ok; maybe the last few are a stretch. But you get the point. From the time we wake up until the time the day comes to a close and the sun slowly sets, we could be in and out of more courses, workshops, and webinars than we can count.

It’s great that these options exist, but don’t underestimate the time and energy it takes to keep ourselves and our families fed, clothed, and alive.

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A Second Wave of Grief

A Second Wave of Grief

I’ve heard a lot lately about the possibility of a second wave of coronavirus. Expert opinions vary on this, but the consensus seems to be the same: No one knows what to expect as we move forward. COVID-19 is a novel virus, and so far, it’s ravaged and shaken this country in a way that many of us haven’t seen in our lifetime.

As the lock down continues, though, there is one thing that is certain: A second wave of grief.

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Running As Reinvention

Running As Reinvention

For many of us, 2020 has not gone as planned. Some of us have jobs that haven’t changed much and some of us were already homeschooling, but it’s safe to say that the coronavirus pandemic has uprooted our daily lives in ways we could not have anticipated.

Running, you ask? It’s impossible to say running hasn’t changed for nearly all runners. Our spring races have been canceled; our parks have become too crowded for running while maintaining an appropriate distance between ourselves and others. There’s no other way to put it: Running is tough right now.

It’s inspiring to see so many runners complete virtual races, continue their planned mileage, and even set new PRs without any crowd support! For some of us, though, running is something we have struggled to do. After weeks off, I’m back — but not without some words of wisdom for the rest of the running community.

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