Turn on the news or scroll through your Facebook feed, and you’re bombarded daily by negativity. Maybe you roll your eyes, sigh or shake your head. Maybe you think, “man, people really need to start being nicer to one another.”
I can tell you firsthand, you’re not alone.
Between devastating news headlines around the world and vitriolic social media posts, I feel physically and emotionally overwhelmed. Sometimes the amount of negativity makes me feel small and powerless. I’ve spent a lot of time wondering, what can I do? I’m just one person. But it’s time to change that thinking, and it’s time to stop thinking someone else will change our world for us. This is our world. It’s time for all of us to be the change.
“Early to rise, early to bed, makes a man healthy but socially dead.”
Who knew a line in an Animaniacs episode from the 90’s would resonate so deeply with me decades later?
As my friend and fellow early riser Emily Sutton said the other day, no one understands the struggle of being a shift worker, unless you are a shift worker.
“We are eternally tired.” Amen.
However, the more I hear from you all, the more I believe the feeling is mutual. We are a nation of sleep-deprived zombie-people.
In fact, I had such a great response on Sleep Lizdom, Part 1, I decided to collect the best sleep tips I’ve gotten from all of you, along with a few more of my own. I’ve heard from early risers, new moms, insomniacs and shift workers, in our quest for a decent nights sleep.
Maybe it was after our trip to Italy, but at some point recently I vowed to stop drinking crappy wine.
And by “crappy,” (excuse my third grade verbiage) I mean wine that I’m just kind of meh about.
Problem is, when it comes to purchasing wine, I have no idea what I’m doing, or how to escape meh. For years I’ve simply wandered the aisles of stores, picking anything that catches my eye with a cutesy label or a funny name, praying to the wine gods my $6.99 bottle tastes close to decent.
Life is too short to waste it on bad wine.
In search of help, I sought out an expert friend of mine to shed some light on what I consider a delicious yet overwhelming topic. My friend and Zumba buddy Tracey LaPierre is an enologist and owner of Seattle Wine Lab, a quality control consulting firm for winemakers. With over 16 years in the wine biz, who knew my key to drinking better wine has been two-stepping next to me this entire time in Zumba class?