Week in Review {Pics + Links}

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Week in Review

It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act. There are two aspects to action. One is to overcome the distortions and afflictions of your own mind . . . The other is more social, more public. When something needs to be done in the world to rectify the wrongs, if one is really concerned with benefiting others, one needs to be engaged, involved.—The Dalai Lama

I came across this quote tonight and it felt like the perfect complement to this week’s Week in Review. As many try to make sense of what’s going on around us, His Holiness offers great wisdom. Start within on the micro level by attuning to the mind. Serve on the macro level by engaging in the world.

In Thursday’s post I shared an example of tuning within and paying attention to the mind. It’s a full-time job!

And, it’s also our duty to be of service—to be engaged and involved. Love your family. Tend to a community garden. Volunteer. Tutor. Pick up trash. Listen. Bake treats for your office. Say “thank you.” Visit a senior center. Hold a clothing drive.

Columnist Nicole Black listed a few ways she’s engaging post-election. Writer Matthew Vanatta shares ideas for protecting the environment. Humane Society of the United States offers 55 ways to help the animals.

This week I spent an evening at Politics & Prose bookstore, went down to the White House for a candlelight vigil, released a podcast, penned snail mail love notes, saw Garth Brooks in Richmond, turned in my social work licensing paperwork, got approved to sit for the exam, signed up for the exam {eek!}, saw rapper Riz Ahmed in concert {the cutie from HBO’s The Night Of}, worked on my new chapter HTC10, collaborated with clients, coordinated Tranquil Space’s team holiday party at The Darlington House {so cute!}, edited a piece I wrote for Unstuck.com, met with a friend over tea, ordered mini champagne bottles for the December 4 HTC 10 event, got a mani/pedi, celebrated Thanksgiving for the Turkeys at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary, and met Wee Wee!

Wishing you a weekend filled with time to nurture your inner self AND be of service to others. Bisous. x

Pics in Review

  1. En route to Garth Brooks concert with Belle Starr
  2. Garth Brooks concert #13
  3. Mookie + Belle
  4. Calabash Tea House
  5. Journal and tea time
  6. Pig at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary
  7. Pumpkins for the pigs
  8. Met Wee Wee the celebrity pig {+ ran into friend Heather—she said she knew to find me with the pigs}
  9. Feeding the turkeys

Savvy Sources

A Guide to Internet-Like Holidays
How Expressive Writing Can Improve Your Health
Dreamy the Piglet Thinks She’s a Dog
When To Go Out and When To Stay In
Healing Through Writing
How To Be Mindful With a Cup of Tea
15 Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas
How To Free Yourself From Your Personal Stories
The Disease of Being Busy
Resilience Is About How You Recharge, Not How You Endure
Natural Remedies For When You Aren’t Feeling Your Best
How To Style the Perfect Thanksgiving Table
Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas
Can Reading Make You Happier?

Weekend Wish List

Yoga {done!}
Attend Thanksgiving for the Turkeys at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary {done!}
Dinner with friends
Send HTC10 to reviewers
Record video
Tea with friend
Family time