Photography Lauren Mazzotta
Fall might not technically be upon us yet, but it sure is starting to feel like summer has ended here in Burlington. Sweaters and boots are making their way back into rotation, and warm, comfort foods like soup and curry are popping up on our menu. While I still plan to squeeze in some “summery” activities before it gets too cold, I’ve been compiling a list to make the most of the fall season. Below are some ideas for fall plans to add to your September and October calendars!
It’s August?! Which means it’s almost fall?!
Every year since college, work has crowded my summer schedule and I’ve pushed “fun” to the side. And once fall rolls around, I always realize how much I missed out on and vow to do better the next year.
So here we are, in August. I don’t know about you, but I’ve only done a handful of summer activities so far this year. When I realized this, I started a list of everything I’d love to do (or to do more of) before summer is over and the colder weather starts to set in.
Need a little inspiration for this weekend, or want to start a summer to-do list of your own? Check out my suggestions below!
What to Read.
1. Bad Feminist - Roxane Gay (Book)
Roxane Gay’s New York Time’s best seller Bad Feminist has been out for a few years now, but I finally bought it a few months ago. As a collection of autobiographical essays exploring Gay’s relationships and life experiences as a black woman and a feminist in our country, you’d think the book would be pretty heavy. But Gay weaves in just enough humor and pop culture to keep you from getting too much more depressed in this very depressive era of society.
“What makes Bad Feminist such a good read isn’t only Gay’s ability to deftly weave razor-sharp pop cultural analysis and criticism with a voice that is both intimate and relatable...Despite embracing the ‘bad feminist’ label, Gay isn’t a bad feminist at all. In fact, she’s one of the best.” ~ San Francisco Chronicle
(P.S. I’ve also heard that her more recent books Hunger & Difficult Women are both awesome!)
My family has had pets for almost all of my life—at least one cat at any time. So when I searched for my first apartment after college and found a place that allowed cats, I jumped on the first flyer I saw for a cat in need of a new home.
When I met Lulu at her previous owner’s home, she rubbed up against my leg, enthusiastically welcomed my presence and affection, and rolled around on the floor, showing me her belly—I knew I had to take her home with me. In the 7 years since then, we’ve been through a lot together, including a number of things I didn’t expect from having my own pet. If you’re considering bringing a new pet into your home (now or in the future), I hope I can help prepare you for the journey ahead! Here are a few things to consider:
Now that it’s June, we’re almost halfway through 2017! We decided this month would be a good time to check in with ourselves and each other about our resolutions for the year. In January, we each outlined the resources we’d need and our action plans, but are we sticking with our plans? Have we ignored them? Do we need to make any adjustments? Read on to see our thoughts!
Ever wonder what goes into planning a wedding? If you’re like me, you’ve probably attended at least a wedding or two that inspired you to think about what your dream wedding would be like.
But I had no idea how much work went into wedding planning prior to getting engaged.
The research, the spreadsheets, the vendor inquiries and quotes, the amount of decision making—all of the logistics that go on behind the scenes of the traditional event.
After spending some time taking in our engagement, I set out to learn as much as I could about weddings before my partner and I committed to any specific plans. I dove into websites, podcasts, books, and magazines about wedding planning to see what advice was out there (hint: there’s a ton).
Here’s something I would never have considered posting online two years ago: I have social anxiety!
But two years ago, I was experiencing my worst anxiety yet, and I realized it was necessary to talk about it. Prior to that, I had never thought it was “bad enough” to seek help, and once I decided that I did need help, I found myself in a strange situation—actively having to talk about my mental health. And not just with my partner, but with a stranger.
But why didn’t I feel comfortable talking about my anxiety? I’ve experienced it for all of my adult life, and I’ve known people who deal with their mental health vocally, but starting the first conversation with my counselor was a very daunting first step in the process. However, like anything else, it got easier with practice. After a while, my counselor suggested talking about my anxiety with family and friends, if for no other reason than to let them know it existed, to show that they accepted and supported me.
I eventually built up the courage to talk about it, and I’m so glad I did.
Read on to see why it’s been important for me to talk about mental health!
by Taylor Downs
We’re just going to dive right into this, so bear with me.
A few months ago, I came home from work to find my 9 year old cat, Aiden, paralyzed in my bedroom. Upon bringing him to the vet, we learned he was having seizures. On top of that, one of his lungs was compromised, and his lung cavity was filled with an unknown substance. After removing all that they could, they were still unsuccessful in re-inflating his lung and found an additional mass in his lung cavity.
by Taylor Downs
Let me start this by saying that I am by no means an expert at talking about feminism. I’m probably barely an activist. That being said, I’ve had enough conversations about the issues to have at least a few tips to share on the topic.
Realistically, I’ve had at least as many negative interactions talking from a feminist perspective as I’ve had positive...
Did you know that around half of marriages in the US end in divorce? If you’re considering getting married in the future (or if you already are), you’ve probably wondered–what could you and your partner do to make your marriage work?
It’s difficult to study the reasons for divorce because of how complex relationships are, but it’s widely believed that poor communication is a leading factor for divorce. When we get comfortable, or when we think we know our partners, it’s easy to stop talking and stop finding ways to make the relationship new (with new questions, new ideas, and new experiences).