ART BY @thebloominglightbulb. While we continue to mute our own content to amplify Black voices, share useful information, and fund raise, we are extending the Course & Coaching Raffle for Black Lives Matter to Monday to give you more opportunities to donate! So far you’ve given over $2000...keep it coming. We are offering a free spot in all our courses and a free one hour video call about the topic of your choosing for donating to the organization of your choice. I have provided a list below, but we are by no means limiting entries to those charities. Also, during Pride month and every month, giving to organizations that specifically fight for and protect Black Trans lives is vital. There are a couple in the list below, and please share in the comments if you know of more. The minimum donation to enter is $10 for one ticket. $20 gets you two. $50 gets you 5. And so on. Simply email proof of your donation to the organization of your choice below to email@example.com by MIDNIGHT on Wednesday, EDT. The winners will be chosen MONDAY morning. Keep going. I’d also like to invite you to use the link in my profile to demand justice for Breonna Taylor, an award winning EMT gunned down by police in her own home. Her assailants have not been charged. The link will take you to a template, and all you need to do is fill in your name and hit send. It takes less than a minute. DM me once you’ve sent it! Our collective voice is loud. Use it. Places You Can Donate to Qualify: @blackvisionscollective @reclaimtheblock @aclu_nationwide @naacp_ldf @bailproject @blklivesmatter @btfacollective @forthegworls @campaignzero @colorofchange @eji_org George Floyd Memorial Fund Ahmaud Arbery Memorial Fund Breonna Taylor Memorial Fund Or other! Please specify in your email to firstname.lastname@example.org. PS. I just shared some of my favorite Black authors, creatives, makers, cooks, and small businesses in my stories. Check them out, follow, and support!
AMPLIFY BLACK VOICES. We have decided to not participate in Black Out Tuesday after listening to feedback from the Black community. We will continue to not share our OWN content or voice BUT we will also continue to share resources and Black voices in support of Black Lives Matter. Muted doesn’t mean off the hook or silence. Feedback I’ve seen from Black leaders & community so far. It was @tyalexander’s stories that convicted me. So go listen to those and follow her now before reading on for the feedback we are getting. If you are using the BlackLivesMatter or BLM hashtag to share a black square or another non-essential post you are silencing Black voices and burying valuable protest information, news, and resources. Those hashtags are best used for vital information about protests, bail, news on the ground, and BLACK voices. @monicagreatgal. Two, we have been admonished to stop saying “POC” and “BIPOC”. And start saying “Black people” in the on-going fight against police brutality and racism towards Black people in the US. Capitalize the B. @accordingtoweeze. Do NOT DM, email, or otherwise impose upon Black people to educate you. Buy their books. Use the resources they’ve created. Ask yourself if your question can be googled. It is on US to do the work. Not ask them to do it for us. @amandaseales. If you are of able body (this includes mental health) and can protest, show up. Protect black bodies. During a pandemic when the Black population has been hit hard, able mind & bodied non Blacks should be showing up for them. To donate, click on my post that reads “Silence is Not an Option” for a list of organizations & a raffle for those that step up. For a starting place for black voices & creators to fill your feed, see my previous post. More in stories. Feedback and other messages that need to be amplified welcome in the comments. Art by @baileyelderberry.
As part of #mutethewhitenoise to #amplifymelanatedvoices founded by @blackandembodied and @jessicawilson.msrd we have put a pause on our own content on Instagram this week and instead are using this platform to help generate funding for Black Lives Matter and amplify BIPOC voices and businesses. Illustration by @sacree_frangine. Here are some BIPOC artists, cooks, authors, dancers, activists, and more (along with the three tagged above!) to get you started filling your feed: @rachel.cargle @theconsciouskid @ijeomaoluo @thegreatunlearn @laylafsaad @ckyourprivilege @austinchanning @tactilematter @tthomasarts (maker of my prized pizza mug! 🍕) @mkoby_ @lnycoleart @munroebergdorf @donte.colley @chocolateforbasil @thesaltedtable @plantkween @klur.co @greengirlleah @letsplayrideandseek @theslumflower @moemotivate @tyalexander @wipmia @golde @sincerelytommy_ @brothervellies @goodnightdarlingco . Please share your favorite BIPOC authors, makers, cooks, creatives, performers, businesses, artists, and influencers for people to follow in the comments. The list above is just a small collection of accounts I’ve both recently discovered and ones I’ve loved for a long time to give you a place to start. Please see my previous post for a list of places you can donate (and more great accounts to follow) along with a raffle you can enter if you do donate to one of the organizations of your choice. We are also continually sharing resources from reading lists to lists of Black owned restaurants in stories as we discover others sharing them, so you can explore those too. #nojusticenopeace #silenceisnotanoption
BLACK LIVES MATTER. Is this message flooding your feed? Your streets? I hope so. Keep listening. In solidarity with the BIPOC communities, especially the black community which disproportionately suffers police brutality & death for the color of their skin, and inspired by the actions of others, I want to do what I can to use this platform and privilege to generate funds and to amplify black voices. Our content will be postponed this week on Instagram, and instead we will be raffling off a free spot to ALL of our online courses AND a free one-to-one one hour video call for whatever you want to discuss—cooking, business, photography, life, it’s up to you. To win the raffle, all you have to do is DONATE. And if you have no interest in this raffle? Donate anyway if you have the means. The minimum donation to enter is $10 for one ticket. $20 gets you two. $50 gets you 5. $100 gets you 10, so on. Simply email proof of your donation to the organization of your choice below to email@example.com by MIDNIGHT on Wednesday, EDT. The winners will be chosen Thursday morning. Let’s DO this. Places You Can Donate to Qualify: @blackvisionscollective @reclaimtheblock @aclu_nationwide @naacp_ldf @bailproject @blklivesmatter @mnfreedomfund @campaignzero @colorofchange @eji_org George Floyd Memorial Fund Ahmaud Arbery Memorial Fund Or other! Please specify in your email. I hope the comment section will not be filled with white fragility. Understand that you will never understand. If you are white it is time to listen, donate, protest, and educate yourself about what it means to be an ally and what it means to be anti-racist not merely non-racist. We will make mistakes. Do not get defensive when you do. Apologize and ask how you can do better. We will be participating in #mutethewhitenoise founded by @blackandembodied and @jessicawilson.msrd and only sharing BIPOC voices, resources, and fund raising efforts throughout the week instead of our own content. #blacklivesmatter #justiceforgeorgefloyd #justiceforahmaud #silenceisnotanoption #amplifymelanatedvoices #blm #antiracism #structuralracism | artwork by @meghannstephenson
Silence isn’t an option. Text “FLOYD” to 55156 to sign the petition to demand that #GeorgeFloyd’s killers are continued to be held accountable. The petition is currently at 94% of its goal of 2.5 million signatures. If you are white and privileged such as myself, I urge you to check out the link in profile for 75 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice. It is not enough to hashtag and post on social media. It is something, but it isn’t enough. Call, donate, have the hard conversations with your white friends & family and listen to the stories of POC. It isn’t a time to talk, it’s a time to listen. Scroll through the gallery for some really incisive thoughts I found on @mindbyfood’s page to get you started. We have pushed our class release until Monday. Right now this is more important. I spent a LOT of time thinking about what to say, because as a white person, we need to think long and hard about our words before they come out of our mouths right now. This. Isn’t. About. You. If you are shocked, don’t be. If you are surprised, you haven’t been paying attention. Overt and covert racism are alive and well and may be alive in you. That is the pill you must swallow for change. This isn’t about your brand. Use your voice, however big or small, to keep the outrage alive. Be on the right side of history and speak up for those that can no longer. He couldn’t breath. His name was George. His name was Ahmaud. Her name was Breonna. And countless, countless others. Say their names. #justiceforgeorgefloyd #justiceforahmaud #justiceforbreonnataylor #blacklivesmatter IMAGE BY @stuffgracemade
LUNCH. Sirloin, avo, and a riff on Italian salsa verde with a Japanese twist. Tomorrow I’m releasing a completely FREE mini-workshop on how you can take 10 minutes to turn daily moments into content using the tool in your hands right now: your phone. Link in bio to register for the free class! (The recipe is coming soon in a little quarantine compilation!) This wasn’t a photo shoot (obviously), it was just lunch. But with my iPhone and about 60 seconds in @lightroom Mobile (a free app, not sponsored, just what I use), I was able to turn my lunch into content. You do not need fancy equipment. You do not need hours upon hours of time. You need a phone, a window, a subject, and a couple of free apps. That’s it. I’ve spent most of my career teaching DSLR photography and over the top styling. And if you want to take your content to the next level, those are still amazing tools. But you do not need them to start. Click the link in my profile, sign up, and I’ll show you how I do it amidst days filled with everything from motherhood to running a business to existential dread. The class does not require you to wear pants (trousers for my English audience! But I mean you don’t technically need to wear pants either depending on the company you keep ...) or get out of bed. All you have to do is show up and let me show you how to use these tools to share your content whether it’s cooking, lifestyle, your products, travel (well, one day again soon), or just YOU and your services. Whatever it is you want to get out there, learning how to use your phone to it’s utmost potential and do so *quickly* is going to make your life easier. It certainly has mine. And yeah, you know what? 2020 *has* been the dumpster fire to end all dumpster fires. But you know what else? Whoever said a Phoenix couldn’t rise out of a trash fire? No one. That’s who. So. Don’t give up. Make some lunch. Or arrange some flowers. Or take a walk. Or do your make up and get dressed up with no where to go. Dance. Do yoga. Get creative. And document it with your phone. And share it with your story, your voice. And keep growing that dream. Link in profile! Don’t miss it! #livemoremagic
Have you ever dreamed of building a business on floral crowns and baking cakes? Long table gatherings and far flung retreats? Telling stories? Curating the everyday? Well, I did. And the way I—an entirely eccentric college drop out from TN that had never touched a camera—made it reality was this app, this community—through the simple medium of words and images. No fancy videos. No complicated technology. Just a camera, a keyboard, and Lightroom. And these days? It’s even simpler. Here’s the deal: while back in the day I used to take forever shooting and editing with a DSLR (and don’t get me wrong I still do!), now technology has gotten to the point where I can create and edit beautiful content using only my phone and 10 minutes of my time. And I want to teach you how to do the same for FREE. On Friday I’ll be releasing my first ever free “The Art of Iphoneography for Instagram Masterclass”! Get on our mailing list via the link in profile to not miss the invite. I have thought long and hard about how I can best serve this community during these challenging times, and I think the best I can do is empower you with the skills to tell your own story, grow your own community, and build your own business so you can actually make a living doing something you love. That might not be cookery, storytelling, and online education like me, but whatever your passion and niche is, you need to be able to create content to reach your potential followers and customers. And you are probably holding the most valuable tool to do that in your hands right now. In the free class I’ll be showing you how I turn an everyday lunch into content, my tricks for getting the best shot with my phone, and how I edit in Lightroom Mobile in 60 seconds or less. I’ll also be sharing some VERY exciting news, namely how you will have the opportunity to start ANY of my online courses for under $50! Yep. Click the link in profile to join our list and not miss it! I’ll also be going LIVE on Saturday as 12 PM EDT to do a Q&A answering ALL of your editing questions and going LIVE again on Sunday at 12 PM EDT for a cook & shoot along! Stay tuned for the recipe & ingredient list! #livemoremagic
It’s Fresh Milk Friday on the Local Milk Blog! Emily here! Today on the weekly round-up of links from around the web, we are sharing 10 low waste activities and crafts to do with little ones. If you’re burnt out on how to pass the quarantine days with small children, this list is meant for you! Few of these ideas require anything more than a trip to your recycle bin, or a short (much needed) walk outside to collect leaves, sticks, or flowers. Head on over to the blog to get the list! Special thanks to so many creative, resourceful mamas and parents below for the wonderful linked ideas. If you are needing even MORE inspiration for fun activities with little ones, follow the tagged accounts! #livemoremagic @facade.apt @fannyandalexander @jesuisunefilledoctobre @blog.estefi.machado @littlevoyageurs @homeschool_daily_apple @thomasalm3ida @twiglet_tinyideas @mer_mag
Apparently it’s #mentalhealthweek / month, and I feel like it’s more important now than ever to talk about it, because I think we have more than one pandemic on our hands. I was talking to a doctor friend and she expressed concern (as have many others) that this pandemic is causing a pandemic of depression. Clinical depression can happen to anyone, but if you already suffer from mental illness, you may be at higher risk. As someone who suffers from Bipolar I, I know this intimately. If it gets bad, that is not the time to try to just do yoga and mindset work to get out of it. That’s when it’s time to call the doctor. Medication and therapy are the frontline defenses against these illnesses. Because they are physical illnesses, not character defects. They are chronic illnesses. Making your bed and stretching in the morning (while wonderful habits) will not cure it. Bipolar sufferers have 10-30 times the risk of suicide than the general population. Globally approx 800,000 people die from suicide annually. It is a major global health issue. Up to 20% of bipolar patients end their life. And up to 60% will attempt it at some point. These numbers are staggering. If you or someone else you know is suffering, the suicide prevention hotline 1-800-273-8255 is a wonderful resource as are the @samaritanshope 877-870-4673. Both are 24/7. If you are suffering from any sort of mental health issues, you may struggle to forgive yourself. You aren’t alone. You aren’t malformed. You belong here. You deserve love. It isn’t your fault. And you CAN accomplish great things. There is HOPE. There is no shame in needing medical help. If you had cancer, you’d get treatment. This is no different. If you love someone with mental illness, extend patience, love, and understanding. They aren’t choosing this. Aid them in getting help. Do not threaten, insult, or blame them. Ask them if they are thinking about suicide. Ask them what they need, and educate yourself about their illness. If you have a story about living with mental illness or loving someone with it that you are willing to share in the comments, please do. Let’s lift the stigma. And show each other we aren’t alone.
NEW ON THE LOCAL MILK BLOG! Easy Vegan Pancakes with Roasted Rhubarb from @thelittleplantation ! Get it on LocalMilkBlog.Com 🥞 @kemilythompson here, giving you the latest on the Local Milk Blog from guest blogger Kimberly of @thelittleplantation! She shares what cooking and living has been like for her and her family during quarantine in London, England. I’m sure many of us can relate to finally digging into the dark, dusty corners of our pantries, relying more and more on what we have during this strange season of life. Carbs are an obvi go-to for times of stress and quests for comfort. Pancakes are no stranger to carbs or comfort. Kimberly puts her own spin on her basic vegan pancake recipe, adding more tummy-filling fiber and some roasted rhubarb from her CSA box. The whole idea here is to not fuss over these. Embrace the wonky first pancake, say yes to oddly shaped ones, and forego the fancy accoutrements. Take it easy, enjoy the process, and focus on simple joys, because we could all use a little more of that right now. My question is, how many pancakes make the perfect stack? I vote three and I eat a piece from all three layers in each bite. Tell us how you pancake! #eatmoremagic #livemoremagic