happy Thanksgiving week my friends and loves! if you know me, or have followed me this year, you know it’s been a doozy. lot of changes, many surprises, (one too many Ricks) but so many wonderful great moments as well. i looked around the table last night and got a bit teary eyed with how much i love my people. when my mom, sister and i are together, all we do is laugh hysterically – seriously, put us in a padded room and we’ll have a blast for HOURS. i feel so lucky and overwhelmingly thankful for our ability to always stay positive and to make the most of the little time we get to spend together.
generally, our lives are golden. we have our basic needs met, we are healthy, we have each other, and we’re able to see each other whenever we like, thanks to modern technology and facetime (although i’m sure my mom would like me to stop facetiming her after a night out while she tries to sleep)(i’m a menace)(i think i realize why i’m single)(anyway)
normally, the tradition for many is to enjoy thanksgiving then go HAM on some Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals – whether it be on clothing, electronics, etc. i’ve never really been someone to partake in the Black Friday thing – it’s just not my jam for some reason. maybe instead of Cyber Monday, we can opt out of a couple of those key item purchases and put a few bucks to people who might need our help – people who don’t have the opportunity to sit around a table with loved ones and have tears in their eyes because they feel so loved and so thankful and that life is *generally* pretty good.
ASHLI’S LIST OF NON PROFITS THAT ARE TOTALLY RAD AND DESERVING OF YOUR TIME AND ATTENTION AND OF COURSE YOUR DOLLARS OKAY I THINK WE GET THE PICTURE
click the name of the charity to donate <3
- ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union): the ACLU is a nonprofit organization who works to make sure all people in the US are given the rights and liberties they deserve. you’d think it would be of utmost importance to… oh i dont know… the President? to ensure these rights and liberties are respected, but since it is not, please consider donating to this amazing group so they can continue doing wonderful rewarding work.
- The people of Puerto Rico: did you know PR is experiencing the worst power outage in US history? did you know people still dont have water, food, etc? i can’t imagine having a dead phone for more than 3 hours without losing my MIND and i need at least 5 full meals per day or i’m not a happy camper – can you imagine how these people feel? these are fellow citizens – citizens who DON’T have the right to vote in our elections, mind you. lets, oh i don’t know, not forget about them. the rebuild is going to be exhausting and challenging – i can’t imagine if that was my home.
- St Jude Children’s Research Hospital: St Judes has been important to me for years when i fell madly in love with the kids in their hospital, which is used to treat children with cancer as well as work to find a cure/alternative treatments. in college, i worked with a small team of people to orchestrate a campus wide event to raise money for this cancer research hospital and through that year, learned all about the inner workings of this place and to say it’s incredible is the largest understatement.
- Planned Parenthood: hi i’m a woman and a lot of men sit around tables and make decisions about bodies they don’t understand because they “know better” even though i bet they each have 90% fake orgasm rates with their partners i mean what? no but really people depend on these services, so give a little and help a lot.
’tis the season, as they say! now that October is over and we’ve had Thanksgiving i can LEGALLY SAY CHRISTMAS THINGS like “spread joy and love” and “the holidays are about giving” because i think we all agree it should be illegal to start anything Christmas before Thanksgiving but that’s neither here nor there.
if life is as good for you as it has been for me, pitfalls and bumps in the road and all, let’s take care of some other people. i spend 90% of my money on having an overly abundant social life. maybe i’ll cut out some things i like to do and spend that money instead on a family who needs food or people who are concerned about their rights. hope you all had a wonderful holiday with family and the small pies filled with fresh berries you deserve <3
LoVe YaAaAaA ~*~*~ !!! ew. k bye. xx Ashli