Issue #13: Let's Taco Bout It



let's taco bout it

Say it with me: YES YOU CAN. If you haven't heard it at all this week (or hey, this year), HERE YOU GO. You can do it. You can do all the things. You can do the hard things. Repeat it to yourself over and over again until you believe it. Wash, rinse, repeat. We are all rooting for you, amiga!

My husband informed me that apparently National Taco Day is A. a thing and B. happened this week. I missed it, but if you needed to be justified in your Friday night taco and guac binge, know that you are fully supported. You're celebrating. Or whatever.

Donuts + Down Dog is a community space for conversation. You've probably noticed that we like to talk about the sticky, messy, hard, uncomfortable stuff over here. Also there is a lot of swearing. This week we are talking about mental health, anxiety, drinking, and bears, oh my! It's the goal that, by just mentioning these things, maybe we can all get a little more comfortable having these conversations more. And then you will make somebody else more comfortable. And then one day we won't feel so bad talking about these things and owning our own experiences, you know? That, and we will eat tacos. Or something like that.

Guac is just as extra as you are,



pretty rad things

That feeling when you check off an item that's been living on your to-do list for years. Humans of the internet, I am proud to announce that I fucking FINALLY launched my YouTube channel (subscribe here!) and released my first yoga video! Going to yoga can be expensive, stressful, and intimidating  Why not do it in the comfort of your own home in your nasty old sweatpants? It's my goal to give you alllll the free fitness content. If there's anything special you'd like to see, let me know!

*Hates networking with a passion*. Pitching yourself, being "on", and closing those deals is hard work. It can be even harder by yourself. I've recently joined the F Bomb Breakfast Club and I am kicking myself for not joining sooner. Think: a gathering of Seattle women who like to get shit done, run their own businesses, and also swear like sailors. My people. Every month they get together and it was REALLY FUCKING FUN. Let's go. I'll go with you if you need a buddy. Promise.

Current mood: anxiety. I'm allllll about normalizing the conversation around mental health. I am obsessed with this video from The Financial Diet about the cost of anxiety. It's a great reminder of how many different corners of the world are impacted by our mental state. Also, the Financial Diet recently launched a new series called The Lifestyle Fix that is FULL of pro-tips for days.

My  closet is going to eat me alive. Sound like you? Having a lot of stuff can be fun, until it's slowly starting to eat you alive and you die buried under a pile of questionable cardigans from 2014. Sound like you? I get it. I used to be just like you, my dude. I embraced a minimalist lifestyle at the beginning of 2018 and now I am FUCKING OBSESSED. Read my tips on small ways to become a minimalist ASAP. I won't say they're easy - no lifestyle change is - but they aren't things that will cost you an arm OR a leg OR even any doll-hairs at all. Weeee!

For all the women that have been called "crazy". I just finished re-reading Girl, Interrupted and I SWEAR it's better the second time! Especially with alllll the things happening in the world right now, it was an interesting perspective on treating women like they're looney tunes. Also an incredible look at the evolution of how we think about mental health. What are you reading right meow?

This is disgusting. You are either going to love it or hate it. There is no in-between.

Sorry, but you're not sorry. Have you noticed the trend among, oh I don't know, HUMANS WITH VAGINAS of apologizing for all of the things all of the time? STOP APOLOGIZING GIRLFRIEND. I love this blog post about what you can replace the word sorry with. My current favorite? Thank you.

"You don't have to be a person with alcoholism to be a problem drinker." WHOA. I really love this post stemming from the Brett Kavanaugh trials about problematic drinking. I apprecoate a good glass of wine every now and then, but I also think that as humans who are jazzed on wellness it's our job to examine our relationships with things like food, exercise, and alcohol. Politics aside, I hope that you know you are always welcome here. *internet hug*

Speaking of women interested in wellness... I recently interviewed rad naturopath Ayla Hopkins all about her business, women's health, and the things she does every day for herself. She was a delight, and I leanred SO much from her about vitamins! Read the full interview here

A teenagers nightmare: spending an afternoon suck in the middle of a body of water with your parent. But now? Pretty awesome. I recently had the opportunity to go hang out with REI for a day and I brought my dear old dad. REI runs outdoor excursion classes that include basic training, equipment rental, and guidance. It's a RAD way to feel like a mountain queen without owning a pair of hiking boots. Read my post here. Book your own ~outdoor adventure~ here!

I wet my plants. I am a plant murderer (my green thumb is black and full of spikes or something) but Swanson's Nursery in Ballard has been one of my favorite places in the whole world since pretty much... forever. This video on Swanson's tells the story of the company so perfectly and made me feel *emotions*. Also, this shirt literally says I WET MY PLANTS. We need it. 

picks of the week

quote of the moment

"What if I told you one hallmark trait of an advanced yoga practice isn't measured by your ability to do a handstand but instead is measured by your ability to intake and handle the discomfort of criticism."

on deck: next week

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Q:  What podcasts or books (or fuck, BOTH) are you loving on lately?

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