I created this blog in 2011 as a coping mechanism for the frazzled, anxious and exhausted state I found myself in. I was working part-time, volunteering, and earning my Master’s degree. But that isn’t where my cloud of stress formed.
I graduated from college the year of the market crash in 2008. I had dutifully followed what my parents and grandparents did to secure a good job: graduated high school, went to college, got good grades in hopes of a great job with benefits. All to no avail. The liberal arts degree I thought would give me access to many professions, was no longer an asset.
The economy has long ago tilted in favor of stingy employers. People aren’t paid well, they lack benefits and are burdened by excessive responsibilities. People new to many industries have to start out with unpaid internships, student debt, and jobs that can’t pay for it all. I won’t even address how this new economy disproportionally hurts people of color, or the most recent government shut-down left 800k people without pay for more than a month.
The prescription for life dictated to us by our society is no longer viable.
The United States landscape is dominated by a capitalist, consumerist and materialistic narrative. Engaging with it: working, spending, mindlessly existing like a record on repeat, rarely leads to happiness.
I needed a change. The people around me needed a change. And this blog was a way to document the steps I took to institute those changes.
I’ve taken significant time away from the slow-paced blog. And for that I apologize. Life is messy. I prioritized other writing projects. However, that’s the lesson. Without intentionally creating a mindful existence I have slipped back into a mindless one.
I have returned with a new perspective. The biggest change I’m making to this blog since it’s inception will be the inclusion of a slow-paced parenting model. I am now the mother to an incredibly bright and active toddler.
I hope you enjoy reading and accompanying me on this journey.`