In a Pinterest perfect world this is what my Halloween would look like today..
ML and I would be dressed up like Mary Poppins and Bert.
Or maybe the least believable Amy and Rory.
We would be noshing on some of these treats.
And possibly having a scary cocktail or two..
But instead, I think we will spend our night handing out candy to the little ghouls and goblins, watch The Nightmare Before Christmas, and then go to bed.
What do you have in store for you Halloween?
I feel like I have grown up with Emma Watson, as I’m sure many people my age do. Yes, the Harry Potter series has always held a special place in my heart, and Hermione may be the fictional girl I always wanted to be. But it is Emma Watson’s new position, that makes her this week’s WC.
As a UNWomen Ambassador, she is taking the issue of gender inequality head on. The HeForShe campaign is unique in it’s approach to equality, a “solidarity movement” as they describe it. In Emma’s speech to the United Nations, she notes that while she has been afforded unique opportunities in her life, she has still be the victim of misogyny. When I heard this line, it made me think about my life, and the moments where I was made to feel lesser. I feel like recently the discussion of feminism has been a hot topic, with people like Emma, particularly of the same age, leading the discussion. This is a global issue too, not just one for the Western 20somethings to blog about. (myself obviously included) That is why I think the HeForShe campaign has the right idea, its not about the sexes, its about humanity fighting for their own rights.
Watch Emma’s speech at the UN, and share your own thoughts and feelings.
I bet that got your attention.
ML and I are fantastic people, but we are terrible with money. This is concerning for me on various levels, including the fact that he is an accountant. Oh well.
We have decided that we would like to buy a house in the near future, though living as one big happy family with my mother has been thrilling. If I look at my Facebook feed, it seems like every week there is another happy face holding a set of house keys to their brand new house. I would be lying if I said it didn’t send pangs of jealousy from my heart to my head every time. How do people do it? I look at my situation, clearly the one I know best, and I am at a loss for how my peers are homeowners. I make an above average salary (woohoo!), I have your basic payments (rent, car, selling my first born child to school loans, cell phone), plus I buy the necessities like food and gas. And at the end of the day, I’m left with a little bit to put into savings.
Please other millenials, tell me your secret to saving $25k+ in no time to buy a house?
….And don’t even get me started on what a wedding costs…Good thing I’m not engaged..I guess
As I was very rudely told a few days ago, it is anti-feminist to apologize for things you have no control over. While I don’t necessarily agree with that statement, I will not give you a long sob story about where I have been. Maybe a few pictures, but no sob stories.
I like having my own little corner of the world that lets me vent and make pretty collages. Sometimes I do feel silly about the whole thing, afraid of what people might think. But my interwebs friends, this place is not for them. It is for those who want to share in the many pictures of Charlie, my ramblings about working in the world of nonprofits, and splitting my time between the two places I love most in the world.
Not much has changed in my world, really nothing at all. But stick with me people, things are bound to get exciting one of these days.
The Canton area of Baltimore.
Lotion plus tissues
It is no secret that I work in the world of nonprofits. I fundraise for a living for an organization that I am very proud to be a apart of. A topic that has come up over and over again throughout the few months I have been in my job is the next generation.
If you won one of those crazy jackpots what would you do with the money? Many would say buy a home and cars, travel the world, do outlandish things they could only ever dream about. If you asked me that same question I would answer similarly, but one of my dreams I would fulfill would to creat my own foundation to help those in need. The millennial generation has had everything they could ever ask for at their fingertips with the internet, and have found phenomenal ways to use social media for the betterment of mankind. But unfortunately liking a photo is not enough.
If you look at some of the world’s richest people they are giving away their wealth left and right, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are just two examples. And while they are phenomenal examples, they are of a certain age and generation. Millennialist are not as apt to giving as their parents and grandparents have been. This is a generation who is happy with instant gratification, myself very much included. This mentality is great for those organization and movements out there who thrive off of volunteer manpower. But every organization that makes a difference also needs a way to keep their lights on, and volunteerism does not pay the bills.
The purpose of this post is not to say millennialist aren’t philanthropically inclined, or that money is the answer to the issues at hand. This is to say that everyone should devote themselves to a cause, defy the “selfish millennial” stereotype. But also know that by ingesting time AND money you are not just helping others but investing in your future as well
Since I was gone for so long, I figured the best way to recount those missed occasions was through pictures, rather than words.
I bought a car 🙂
Our little family
My favorite people
Ate my first crabs of the season!
and finally…another picture of ML with the Charlie bug