Hey friends! First of all I want to say thank you for all the messages about yesterday’s post – I was pretty nervous about putting all that out there, but the support I’ve gotten has helped me keep everything in perspective. You guys are so great 😭
In other news, I’m actually writing this from San Francisco! After a hungover flight this morning (don’t book an early flight the day after your birthday, folks) and sleeping for most of the way, I feel like an actual human again and am just waiting for my friend Megan’s flight to get in. Then we’re off for a week of adventures with our longtime bestie, Haley! I totally think a girls’ weekend will do a world of good – plus, I’ve never really vacationed with friends before and I think it’ll be a blast! I’ll be updating my Instagram regularly, if you’re interested.
Here are a few things that have been on my mind this week…
I’ve been following the Repeal the 8th campaign in Ireland pretty closely (it’s the campaign to legalize abortion in Ireland) so I was psyched to see the Don’t Stop Repealin’ podcast, which gives regular updates on the campaign and interview key people involved. It’s also a great resource if you’re looking for ways to get involved!
I’m embarrassingly excited to read this book about The Bachelor lol. Keeping my eyes peeled at the airport bookstores to pick up a copy.
Have never felt more proud of the younger generation than I did on #NationalWalkoutDay. It was both powerful and so disheartening to see literal children have to protest to protect their lives. This protest sign really hit me.
Also, this article from Teen Vogue is an important reminder that Black teens have been demanding gun reform for years with little public empathy. It’s amazing to see this new movement gain momentum, but it comes on the back of so much unrecognized work by Black teenagers.
All of this really hit home when I went to see a friend at Northwestern on Wednesday just hours after their terrifying swatting incident. No one was hurt because it luckily ended up being a hoax, but the fear is still so real. I never again want to get a text from a friend saying we might have to cancel drinks because of an active shooter. This country…
On a lighter note, we did a little celebrating last night at Demera, an awesome Ethiopian restaurant, and then headed across the street to The Green Mill jazz club for my birthday. Big thanks to my brother for putting it all together – it was so fun and low key, while still feeling really special! Definitely recommend both spots for a friends dinner or a date night.
And that’s all for me this week – now I’m off to grab a big glass of wine and kick off this weekend! If you have any San Fran recommendations send them my way. Have a good one, friends!