Conscious Consumerism: 3 Ways to Make a Positive Impact with Your Purchases

People want to do something. When discussing social issues, what I’m struck with is the desire people have to contribute and make an impact on their community and beyond. They want to give, help, advocate for change…but they oftentimes don’t know how. The methods for advocacy are as voluminous as there are problems, and such overwhelm can lead to paralysis. However making a difference does not require charging up Capitol Hill. Rather, being an advocate can start with being a conscious consumer. In other words, one can effect change by simply making routine purchases of goods and services more thoughtfully, so that one’s ideals are reflected in those choices.

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Training Week: Feb 19-Feb 25

To sum up the week: “What did I do?” Here are the highlights.

Started the week with an active recovery day. I did an easy 2 miles (9:28) and then had a full body conditioning session with Trainer that included 1000 jump ropes (7:12 sec!) and core work. Pro tip: Do not reveal your weakness. I told Trainer about my penchant for late night snacks. I LOVE my late night snacks. Last night after dinner and after my post-dinner snack, I then had a Lara bar, nuts, vegan cheese, and dried fruit. I don’t know how I don’t weigh a gajillion pounds. Anyway the core work felt extra hard today. Ugh.

 

I didn’t do nearly as much recovery this week, and had a difficult track workout with Trainer. Hill sprints, 120s and 80s, then some footwork on some tired legs. Sheesh. Anyway, I paid for it on my long run. It was a struggle run. Mentally wasn’t feeling it at all; physically legs were dead. Oh well, I figured it out. Highest mileage week and longest run in a minute. Just being patient and knowing that this is the time to build my endurance and trusting the speed will show up later.

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So I was feeling so good after last week’s long run of 10 miles that I went ahead and made the commitment. On my long run, I was seriously questioning my life choices.

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Total Weekly Mileage: 28
Long Run: 12

Training Week: Feb 12-Feb 18

This was a breakthrough week for me. Here are the highlights.

Short run and then a conditioning test and prehab with Trainer. Lord, I wasn’t ready for it. In the middle of the test I demanded that Trainer trade me! Sheesh. I ended up doing two sets of 13 exercises in an hour — not including a dynamic warm-up and stretching 😩. Train hard race easy right?

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Training Week: Feb 5-Feb 11

Here are the highlights from this week’s training.

The thee words the best describe me lately: sore, exhausted, and hungry. It’s all fun and games when you’re just kicking it during the holidays/vacation with some light running and regular conditioning, but then you come back and…I dunno it feels like it got real, real fast lol. More speedwork, increased mileage, and the addition of a new leg strengthening routine that Trainer has me doing that seems cruel 😩 It’s not right! Anyway, I am walking weird, napping, and eating anything that isn’t nailed down. Feels like training has finally begun!

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The Crazy Rich Asians Effect

Last year was a momentous year for Asians in Hollywood. “Crazy Rich Asians” not only won the box office several weeks in a row, it broke the misconception that there would not be an audience for an all-Asian film — especially one not centered on martial arts. Most importantly, it has sustained momentum, so that it would ensure that more Asian films – displaying all types of Asianness (ahem, you know Asia is pretty big, right?)– would be developed. And Boom, the biggest sale out of Sundance so far is “Late Night”, directed by Nisha Ganatra, and produced, written by and starring Mindy Kaling. In addition, Awkwafina who stole CRA is the star of two projects at Sundance, including “The Farewell” which is written and directed by Asian American filmmaker Lulu Wang. This type of follow-up was sorely missing 26 years ago when “Joy Luck Club” hit it big. Let’s hope it continues.

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Best Race of 2018

It was a bad running year due to the wonky foot and inconsistent training, so I skipped out on doing a review of my racing year. I just wanted to put it behind me and start fresh. But I came across a photo that reminded me of a race that I didn’t mention to anyone (except Trainer) that I was going to run. It ended up in a DNF – my second of the year — and was my best race memory of 2018.

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