Once you combine Black Friday and Buy Nothing Day, however, you get one single idea: a conscious shopper. One of the biggest issues people have with Black Friday is that people tend to go out and spend more money than necessary on too many things. When the alternative of Buy Nothing Day came around, some people decided to then buy nothing at all.
Thanksgiving has become all about gratitude, right? They say one of the best ways to become more grateful for what you’ve got is by volunteering to support those around you. So if you’re willing, what can you do?
Well, if you decide to forgo in-person holiday festivities or can’t make traveling happen this year, I get it. So to mediate the circumstances, here are five option to preserve that quality time feel with others while also keeping distant and safe too:
A lot of us have been tuned in all week and well, maybe you need a break. Even if you don't feel like you need one, I’m here to provide some reprieve anyway.
For those of you who may need it, I’ve collected a bit of information on options and the different ways to get your votes in. Not all options are created equal, especially at this point in the voting process, so stick around if you’re looking for some important info to know before you take action. This will be quick— you’ve got things to do after all.
There’s still a possibility to find comfort in so much that is unknown around us because we know that most people are probably in a similar spot too. If you need a reminder of that, check out this article in the New York Times by Melissa Klein about that awkward in-between state many people are finding themselves in right now. I say lean into it; can’t get out, so why not lean in, right?
Have you ever wanted to learn something from a really large company, maybe attend one of their cool conferences or see someone speak, but it just wasn’t going to work out for you? There could have been countless barriers in the way, from bad timing to ticket prices. In a lot of cases, there are incredible events happening around the world and for one reason or another, people cannot access them.
It’s hard to re-adjust to the end goal without knowing exactly what that end looks like; it’s also difficult to rearrange expectations when the status quo suddenly begins to change. All of it involves a bit of extra... flexibility. Here’s what I mean.
With work, politics, and even stress a whole lot harder to escape from these days, it seems like we need to build our own. In a time that people are searching for change and looking to make space for a bit more relaxation, now seems like a good time. I’ve personally been getting caught in a rut with both my work and my personal creativity lately— I’m hoping for something to shake things up even a little bit. ‘Tis the season as they say.
In the same way that the US has seen major changes in the way we think or are impacted by the political, health, and social spheres of our lives, I think we also need to pay more attention to the groups that should be centered in the conversations about these issues. If we aren't active in who we center in these conversations, we contribute to the erasure of more people and more cultures simply because we aren’t willing to listen to anyone beyond ourselves.