Continuing the monthly tradition, The Speckled Palate’s The Potluck: April 2021 includes a new favorite cocktail (and a glass), clothing recs, a book and more. Come see my love list and tell me what was on yours for April.
April, like many months this year, has had super high ups and downs.
Personally, it’s been a good month for us. Nationally, there’s been shining hope and heartbreak.
I guess we could go ahead and summarize all the months are like this now, but I feel like it needs to be noted.
Let’s talk April highlights:
It was a good month for us. Not only did we get back into our routine after Daylight Savings Time and spring break, but we found our feet, once again. (I feel like this is how things are constantly when you’re a parent, haha.)
Here are some happy things that happened for us in April:
- Vaccines! I got my first shot at the end of last month, and I got my second one yesterday! Honestly, I am thrilled that I was able to receive it so soon, especially since I thought we’d have to wait until this summer, at the earliest. While I might not be feeling the best today, I’m so appreciative of science and all the people who worked on these vaccines to roll them out safely to our country. Seriously. Science is amazing.
- Reconnection. Because our family members have gotten vaccinated, too, we’ve been able to see more of them! In addition to seeing vaccinated grandparents last month, we got to see another set this month for Easter, and it was so much fun.
- A new routine. I’ve always struggled getting out of bed, but I’ve made a concerted effort to do it this month. I’ve also been trying to start my day off with exercise. I joined the PowerZonePack’s Spring Challenge, so that (and my team!) have been encouraging me to get up and moving. I really enjoy PowerZone training, too, because it reminds me of the tempo runs I lived for during marathon training so many years ago.
Let’s talk April action items:
While there’s been a lot of personal good happening for me this month, I’m aware that it hasn’t been an excellent month for many. A lot of people are in pain. Our country (and world) have a LOT of issues to face, and none of them are pretty or easily solvable.
That doesn’t mean we can’t try, though, and I, for one, want to do my part.
- Racial justice. The girls and I listened to the judge deliver the verdict of the Chauvin murder trial, and it felt like a turning point. However, this verdict doesn’t mean our work is over, even if it felt like a victory in the moment. Quite honestly, it has just begun. Just this week, we’ve learned of more Black and brown people who were killed by police, including the teenager, Ma’Khia Bryant.
- Environmental justice. Earth Day was last week. Like so many of my generation, I was led to believe that individuals recycling and reducing our carbon footprints would help lessen the climate crisis. Obviously, us doing our parts helps, but companies need to reduce their footprint, too. Because theirs is significantly larger than ours. You can get involved and find environmental organizations near you at 350.org.
- Continue learning. As always, now is a time to educate ourselves and continue educating ourselves about all the issues we’re faced with. I know what a privileged life I’ve led to get to learn about racism instead of live it. But I want to continue learning, gaining more knowledge and finding new ways to use my platform and privilege for the greater good.
What are your action items of the month?
Now Let’s Talk About This Monthly Love List…
To recap, my potluck, as defined by the folks at Merriam-Webster is:
the regular meal available to a guest for whom no special preparations have been made… a communal meal to which people bring food to share —usually used attributively ; whatever is offered and available in given circumstances or at a given time.
Now who’s ready to see what ended up on my list for April 2021?!?
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