Speak Up With Your Wallet!


So, if you haven’t heard, our new president got a little snippy with one of my favorite retailers for dropping his daughter Ivanka’s brand. (Seriously, how is this man still tweeting?!) I can’t possibly refrain from excessive eye-rolling at this point…they actually might get stuck at the back of my head.

This got me thinking, though. I’ve been doing a fair amount of activist work since I returned from the Women’s March on Washington…writing letters to senators, researching local activist groups to help out, spreading the word amongst my social media channels, etc.

But. BUT. Looking at the past 10 years or so at this blog, what have we been pretty good at accomplishing here at Whoorl? Well, spending. Buying things. (Mindfully, of course. Um, well, most of the time.)

So let’s start talking about companies we should be putting our dollars behind (like Patagonia!) and the ones we should not (ahem, UNDER ARMOUR).

This week? It’s all about Nordstrom. Still one of my favorite retailers, despite Mr. Trump’s rants.

Here are some of my current favorites.


Pain and Patience


I visited my yoga studio for the first time in three weeks yesterday. Upon arriving, my teacher asked how my injury was, and I told her I was very much improved and ready to dive back in. She looked and me and said, “Sarah, you need to be patient with your body. Please take it easy.” I thought to myself, “of course!” I thought I was ready.

The class was so frustrating. My body was frustrating. The pain was there. The grace in which I flow through postures was most definitely not. Even dialing back my effort by half, it was hard not to grimace.

Leaving the class, I felt so defeated. When would I be able to enjoy something I love so much again? When would the pain leave? “I’ve done ALL the stuff I’m supposed to do to heal!,” I thought.

Oh, Sarah. Patience.

Practicing patience is so incredibly difficult. Harder than any asana. No one wants to be in pain, whether physical or emotional, but we simply must give ourselves the proper time to heal. Because with every day that passes, those muscle fibers, bones, and ligaments will heal. Even the heart will heal…it’s a muscle too, after all. Maybe not exactly the way it was before, but in a way that allows you to experience life from a new perspective. However, until that time comes, you must give yourself grace. You must soften into the pain, not fight it. Be gentle with yourself, as you would with any of your loved ones.

Because the pain will subside. It always does.


Odds and Ends


Okay. Um, it’s proving really difficult for me to post links that aren’t about the current state of our nation, but I hope these ones prove helpful to you!

1. If you only click on one link today, please check out the website 5 Calls. This website is INCREDIBLE. All you need to do is enter your zip code, and it tells you exactly who you need to call regarding current issues AND what you need to say. (It even gives you a script to follow if need be.) It could not be easier (takes less than 5 minutes), and you guys, THIS is how you make change. Let do this! #resist

2. The simplest and most perfect explanation of privilege.

3. How to stay outraged, but NOT lose your mind.

4. Things without you really suck. This made me laugh so hard. (And kind of cry a little bit.)

5. Dan Rather just launched a newsgroup to counter “alternative facts.” Love him.

6. Powerful. So Powerful. Love is A FORCE.

7. If you care about the environment at all, follow this Twitter account.

8. We’re going to need a thesaurus for him soon, and it’s been less than a week.

9. In times like this, these types of things make me chuckle. Follow!

10. Okay. I have ONE cute link for you. Cute zoo animal tweet off!

Friends. I just returned from the Women’s March on Washington. It was something that I can’t quite describe with words, yet. If you are unhappy/worried/angry/FREAKING THE EFF OUT, please know that you can do something. Yes, you. It is going to take all of our voices to be heard. Also, take care of yourselves!

image credit: cleo wade