Trust in Humanity Tuesday #11

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Happy Tuesday! True to worst-day-of-the-week form, today has been a shocker (other than the moment when I found out Brisbane’s first cat cafe is near my work). But now I’m cuddled up on the couch with a doona, my own cat, and cheese on Ryvitas, looking forward to a sleep in and day off for the Ekka public holiday tomorrow.

Whether your day was as shitty as mine, or full of fun and rainbows, check out this week’s super lovely, faith-in-humanity-restoring moments brought to you by:

1. This sweet old man who took a good reference to the extreme, putting an ad in the local newspaper, recommending his administration officer as an outstanding employee when his business closed.

2. The legend who put a cat cafe near my office.

3. This random act of kindness from a complete stranger who paid the parking ticket they found on a car outside the hospital.

4. The people who refused to translate a racist message.

5. The fact that a marriage equality bill is being tabled very very soon in Australia. Also, this website.

6. The ALS ice bucket challenge actually did good!

What restored your trust in humanity this week?

Jessi sig

 

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Trust in Humanity Tuesday #10, now with added baby animals

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Looks innocent enough here, but it’s all an act.

This week has been one of serious ups and downs. So I don’t know about you, but despite having a pretty good day today I’m in serious need of a Tuesday pick-me-up, and reminder that not everyone is a total dick. I’ve also thrown in cute animal pictures, because cute animal pictures.

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Trust In Humanity Tuesday #9: Everyday Heros

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Another week, another Tuesday. Further adding to my theory that Monday is unfairly judged and Tuesday is actually the worst day of the week, today the internet at my office died, and all of my gym clothes are gross because I forgot to hang them out to dry.

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But to make it all better, here are 3 things I came across in the last 7 days which are sure to remind you the world isn’t entirely full of shitty people, and restore your faith in humanity – this week, it’s all about everyday people just being amazing.

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June Recap: “Reality”

There’s been a lot of talk lately on the difference between real life and blog life, and whether we portray ourselves as another person entirely.

Everyone is at least slightly different on their blog compared to the “real world,” even if that’s only because your blog lets you backspace until you’ve found the perfect witty words, or fine tune your photos. Most of us are a little less polished in reality – no one flat lays unless they’re taking a photo. But all that doesn’t mean you’re being fake.

So to break down the wall a little, I’ve decided to do my June recap by revisiting all of the photos on my personal Instagram, rather than the one attached to this blog – prepare for fewer photos but a lot more dodgy filters, and the weird realization that I’m possibly more interesting in real life than on the blog (there are reasons for this – will do a post on it soon).

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#TrustInHumanityTuesday, and The Love/Hate Tag

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This is usually the part where I’d do an entire Trust In Humanity Tuesday post, but I’ll save you the reading and just say, can we get a hells yeah for the outpouring of support for the little kid blowing up Humans of New York this week?

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Side note, how great is this show? I’ve just binge-watched the lot in the last few weeks.

That awesomeness speaks for itself, so for today’s post I’m finally getting around to the Love/Hate tag, which Joana from 100 Things I Love nominated me for. It’s a super simple concept – list 10 things you love, 10 things you hate, and 10 bloggers who you’d like to see follow suit.

These things are only fun when they’re kept light-hearted, but I’ve seen a few passive aggressive tweets about these posts being very “first world.” So let’s just assume all important bases like family, my appreciation for being born in a country like Australia, and a hatred for war etc. all go without saying, and agree not to be dicks to each other 🙂

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New shiny things: Bowerbird origami jewellery

 

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I love foxes. Love them. Mum thinks it started with The Animals of Farthing Wood (anyone remember that show?) and The Fox & The Hound, and went from there.

At some point, foxes took over from deers as the hipster spirit animal of choice. Which is great sometimes, because it means fox stuff is everywhere – hello useless but very cute paper clips – but it can be hard to find pieces I actually like as the majority are too wispy/serious/dull/hipster.

I have no intention of buying a fixie or brewing my own beer anytime soon, so this is an appreciation post for one of the special few pieces of fox jewellery I’ve found that I can pull off without a beard or soy latte.

For months now I’d been eyeing off a necklace at Co Design, a small boutique that shares a space with one of my favourite cafes. Made by Bowerbird Australia, it’s a little fox that’s made to look like origami – and today I gave in and bought it.

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Bowerbird’s jewellery is all made from sterling silver, and coated in rhodium – the super shiny but hard-to-scratch stuff. There’s absolutely no nickel used, which is great for the many people (me included) who have an allergic reaction to it (nickel is one of the leading causes of contact dermatitis – nothing serious, but sometimes painful and very annoying).

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The range includes origami animals from giraffes to cats to dinosaurs, all available in two necklace sizes (mine is the smaller – sits just below my collarbone and is the perfect length for work-appropriate necklines) and stud earrings. Bonus for the animals lovers out there: every piece of Bowerbird jewellery sold gives two weeks of food, water, shelter and any required medical assistance to a rescued factory farm animal at Edgars Mission.

Click here to check out their full range – and if anyone wants to buy me the parrot earrings I won’t object.

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Trust In Humanity Tuesday: A Bittersweet Week

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Past posts have included cute pep talks and virtual hugs, so you’d be excused for thinking the purpose of Trust in Humanity Tuesday is to convince you that the world is all sunshine, rainbows and free kittens. But sometimes, it’s just about pointing out that it doesn’t 100% suck (OK wait – there were a LOT of rainbows this week).

It’s been a week of massive ups and downs – here’s what’s been restoring my faith in humanity over the last seven days.

1. #lovewins
It would be impossible to go past this one. Even though I was born with the privilege of never having to worry about my love being legal, I loved waking up to the sea of rainbow profile pictures when same-sex marriage was passed across the USA – even friends who I believed to be very conservative were showing their colours in support. A lot of Australians are bummed that we’re one of the last “Western” countries to pass marriage equality, but hey – something like 30 million more people are now allowed to marry who they want (and the Westboro Baptist Church is upset), so that’s not anything but a good thing. I am so happy for you all.

2. The “human shield”
I didn’t know if I was going to include this or not, and I chose not to include that infamous, moving photo. What happened at Sousse was horrific, and when I found out that first name, I felt sick for the rest of the day. But I was blown away by the Tunisians who are being called a “human shield.” A group of local men realised that the gunman was only targeting those who were clearly foreigners. They could have run the other way to be safe all the same, but instead they formed a line and stood in front of the tourists. When something like this happens it’s easy to generalise, but it’s important to realise that evil people are the exception – not the rule – in any culture.

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3. My brother
My little brother is a good person. I think that’s a term that gets thrown around too often, but he deserves it. When he finished high school, he spent most of the next year volunteering at an incredible school in Cambodia called Feeding Dreams, and even though he’s back home, he’s still supporting the organisation and people he believes in so strongly. He explains their wonderful work much better, so click here to hear about it in his words, and donate to the school if you have a few spare dollars. Every $100 means 600 meals for the kids, while $160 will support one of their teachers for a month.

Did anything restore your faith in humanity this week? Share below 🙂

– Jessi xx

 

 

 

 

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Trust in Humanity Tuesday: The Nicest Place on the Internet

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This is only a super short Trust In Humanity Tuesday, because the concept of this one is gorgeously simple and I don’t want to ruin it for anyone who hasn’t come across this before!

I visit The Nicest Place On The Internet every few weeks. I probably don’t “need” it (you’ll see what I mean) but it makes me happy every time. So click through, enjoy, and smile because lovely people spend their spare time contributing to it. Also, watch for the turtle.

Click here to go to The Nicest Place On The Internet

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The 14 Day Minimalism Challenge (and how I sorta succeeded)

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STILL don’t know what a good “minimalist” image is. So here’s me on a hill being mindful

As some of you might recall, I recently attempted a 14 day minimalism challenge.

I wish I could say this is the post where I share my successfully 14 day mindfulness diary and declare I’m now a thoroughly cool, calm and collected person. But I think the fact that it has now been 25 days tells you that this is not that post.

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