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Hello! I’m looking for someone to join me in my 1899 Olde Towne East home.
A 1,552 sq foot, two bedroom, 1.5 bath home w/ yard, around S 21st and Bryden.
$600/month for rent and utilities
internet, maintenance incl. yard and liaison w city as needed
– parking (street parking and a little lot adjacent to the house which always has spots open),
– laundry (machines are in the bathroom upstairs–a dream!)
terms of lease:
i’m flexible but thinking 6 month lease and then month to month with a 30 day notice requirement for both parties.
My cat, Binja, is very friendly and well behaved. He’s happiest flying solo, but if you have one kitty of your own we could consider whether they might happily cohabitate. We’re not the right fit for a dog owner, however–sorry!
About me: 30 year old she/her/hers, I work in reproductive health care & repro rights advocacy, I love riding bikes, yoga, nature shit, and spending quality time with my friends. Hopefully you’ve come here because someone you know sent you here! And hopefully they’d concur that I have a pretty laid back personality and like to take good care of myself/my spaces/my people. I stay in some evenings but am on the go more often than not.
About you: Someone who would be a perfect fit to share a home with me would be a person with progressive values, strong communication skills, and a mindful approach to caring for communal spaces/things. A non-smoker who has, like me, outgrown their regular partying phase would be a great match! Steady income and strong recommendation from someone I know and trust (if we aren’t acquainted yet!) are also required.
If so, I’d like to hear from you! Reach out and tell me about yourself: firstname.lastname@example.org
Since we can’t take progress for granted, civic engagement is a never ending obligation. Considering this fact could overwhelm you, or it could open up a window of compassion for yourself. For your humanity and the other critical roles you play besides that of Engaged Citizen. This responsibility isn’t going anywhere, it will be here when you can get back to it.
When life knocks you on your ass, throw yourself a pity party, replace the rug that was destroyed by said party and Begin Again.
I wasn’t successful in posting a Sustainable Step a week but I loved this process, I learned a lot and I think the ideas I shared still hold value for folks wondering what tf to do about the dangerously polarized space we live in. I’ll keep sharing my list of sustainable steps for you to revisit or to share with anyone who shares a sentiment along the lines of:
“I feel like I should get involved but I don’t know where to start”
I’d love to refine my suggested calls to action, so feedback is still welcome. Civic engagement is a practice we get to keep improving. We’re doing our best and I’m proud of you for whatever steps you’re able to take to engage in the larger issues that impact our world.
- Think of a group who is marginalized, remember the helpers who are doing right by them, and send your money there.
Do your research, of course–don’t fall for a scam. A reputable org should be able to tell you what will be done with your donation–and the org should be purpose-built to do it efficiently. For most groups monetary donations are the best way to make the biggest impact.
- Then, reflect on the propriety of this solution being addressed by individuals sharing their hard working incomes instead of a real, systemic answer to a critical need.
3. If it pisses you off that you are contributing to a cause that should never be at the mercy of private donors like you in the first place, tell your reps.
Not everyone has the capacity to give. But for some, skipping your matcha habit for a week and sending $25 to a charity is more realistic than signing up for a volunteer shift. Figure out what’s sustainable for you, and whether it involves charitable giving with a side of “Dear elected official: WTF.” If you’re reading this, it probably does!
You’ve done your research and know where you stand on the issues and the candidates. As you make your game plan, be sure you have all of the details you need. You’ve come too far to get turned away on election day!
For the most part, the laws that determine voting procedure are determined by state. I’ll give example info for the state of Ohio.
Here are four easy-to-make election mistakes, and how to avoid them (spoiler–it’s doing your research):
1. Getting an absentee-by-mail ballot and showing up at your polling place.
In Ohio, if you request an absentee ballot in the mail and then arrive to vote in person, you’ll have to cast a provisional ballot. (and yes, if it’s your only option, you should cast a provisional ballot)
Let’s say you got an absentee ballot but you forgot to buy stamps or for whatever reason you didn’t get your ballot sent in in time. You can still deliver your ballot to your county board of elections on election day.
2. Missing a Valid ID
Requirements vary by state and can change over time. Ohio voter ID requirements can be found here.
If the address on your driver’s license is old, no problem. If your expiration date has passed, however, you need another form of identification. If you have a govt-issued photo ID that is not a driver’s license, the address must be current.
When in doubt–bring a back up form of ID to be sure you are able to cast your ballot.
3. Missing the Poll Closing Time
Even if you think you know when the polls are open, double check! Here is the Voting Schedule for Ohio. In the final days leading up to Ohio elections, the early in-person voting hours get shorter.
And for election day voters, here is a map of poll hours by state.
Ohio polls are open 6:30 am – 7:30 pm. If you’re in line by 7:30 you get to cast your ballot.
4. Heading to your Usual Polling Place sans Research
Double check your polling place at Gettothepolls.com. You might need to head to a different place than last time!
feature photo: Alicia Steels
Have you made goals, plans or broader intentions but are struggling to follow through? Share those ambitions with someone in your life.
I believe that sharing your intentions–just putting them out into the universe–sets you up for success. That things are more likely to go your way if you just make your ambitions known. But if you’re not the crystal-charging, sage burning, karmic energy believing type, here are some practical reasons to share, too:
- intrapersonal – you’ll feel like an ass if you told someone you were going to do something, and then didn’t.
- interpersonal – you’ll look like an ass if you don’t follow through.
Okay real talk you should always exercise self compassion. No one is perfect. But we know having a workout buddy is the only way some of us actually get our butts to the gym, and there’s no shame in that.
- Once you’ve shared your intention, it’s easier to ask for help making it come true. Maybe you need a reminder, a check in, some encouragement, a proof read, a practice venue… Remember when I said to ask for help? Here’s a nice warm up for that.
- Create your tribe. We talked about finding your tribe. But if you can’t join one, you can build one. Perhaps the person you talk to wants to be a part of it.
- And when you do the thing you set out to do, you’ll have someone to celebrate with.
- ConnectionsIt’s all about who you know, right? If your friend/neighbor/colleague knows what you’re up to, maybe they also know someone who can amplify your efforts, send some resources your way, or mentor you.
Okay. You’re ready to socialize your game plan. Now, who to share it with? Someone who supports you. Someone you speak to often. Someone who tells you the truth.
I took a Women’s Health in Global Perspective Anthropology class a couple of years ago, and some of the content was brutal. We read books on female genital mutilation, female infanticide as a product of son preference, how the response to the AIDS crisis often ignored women, particularly women of color… Heavy, systemic stuff. To soothe our resulting intrapersonal crises, our professor integrated a section at the end of each class to cover a grassroots organization that worked to address the issue we were discussing.
As bad as things get, there is always someone to look to for hope and inspiration. Hope that there are people like you who are standing for the same thing you believe in, and inspiration to get off the sidelines and become a mover and shaker yourself.
It’s too easy to find media coverage of the scary people, events and systems that keep you up at night. It takes a little more intention to get enough of the good stuff. We’ve talked about a balanced media diet before, and this is another dimension of finding the right mix.
Fill your tank with inspirational stories–not just the infuriating ones. If you can find local groups to follow (and later engage with!) that’s even better. You might just watch a documentary or scan some articles, and social media gets you access to some pretty impressive people, but connecting with someone you relate with IRL is more powerful.
On that note–what are you putting out into the world? I can admit I’m more likely to use my platforms to vent rather than share the good stuff. The same intention we apply to our content consumption can have a role in what we decide to share, too.
No matter what you are feeling, you are not alone.
What kind of helpers and good news resources are you going to look for? Let me know and I’ll point you to any I’m aware of.
Feature Photo by Jon Tyson