You see, unless you are a very intelligent person, and have never ventured into the world of Facebook and/or Twitter, you no doubt were inundated with Stop Kony posts this week on your feeds. My perspective on the situation is an interesting one, since I interned for Invisible Children, the group behind the Kony2012 campaign, early on in my undergraduate work. Working for them was really rewarding, as is any opportunity that allows you to extend yourself beyond your own small problems. I learned so much during that time, and think that the message of spreading awareness about the complex and dire humanitarian crisis in Uganda is important and something EVERYONE should know about. So, to that end, I think it's great that people are watching the videos and becoming more informed on the issues.
However, what I'm not onboard with is the sensationalist tactics the company uses to gain funds for their cause, and then, how little of that money actually goes toward real charity work in the region concerned. There have also been major questions raised about the legitimacy of their actions when they do actually spend money in Uganda. So, what I hope you very smart readers will consider after watching these videos and before you retweet them, post them to your Facebook, or give Invisible Children any of your money, is to go a step further and become informed about all sides of the issue, both IC's as well as others, and then, if you feel compelled to spend your time, brains, or money helping a cause, be sure that you are giving your money to a true non-profit organization who will use your money responsibly and effectively to help those who so desperately need it.
If you haven't seen the video, by all means watch, and become aware.
Then read here, here, and here, to learn more.
Thanks for reading, folks. I've posted it on this blog before, and I'll post it again: "Life's most persistent and urgent questions is, 'What are you doing for others?" I believe that, and there are so many out there who need real help, and being informed, and acting intelligently as a result, is the first step toward true change.
2. Now, maybe all of the problems in the world are getting you down this week. It happens. There's a lot out there to think about. So, do you need a break? Well, it just so happens that the second book in the Delirium series came out this week! It's called Pandemonium, and I read the whole thing in about 5 seconds because it was soooooo GOOD. I die.
Haven't heard about the Delirium series? S and I are both obsessed. You can find them both here. You're welcome.
3. Yesterday I went to Kohls. And then Vera Wang smacked me in the face with her fantastic spring collection. I'm still reeling from the blow. Take a look:
SO gorg, right? Also, the prices in store are SIGNIFICANTLY lower than are shown on the website. So go, and get yourself somethin pretty.
4. Tomorrow is my FIRST baby shower and I am quite excited because I LOVE being around the people I love. I am also excited because S has worked tirelessly for WEEKS on every detail and I could not feel more loved because of that. And lastly, I am excited because my Momma is making my favorite treat evvvver for the occasion. We call it Tropical Island Cake, but the internets also tells me that people call it Pig Cake. Either way, it is fantastic.
Find the Pioneer Woman's recipe for it here.
You will be in a tropical coma of deliciousness. YUM.
5. And last, but not least, did ya'll watch The Bachelor this week? DRAMA. I eat that stuff up like Tropical Island Cake. That's why I couldn't have been more pleased when I saw this video. Ellen Degeneres, I love you more everyday. Watch:
Happiest of Friday's to each and every one of you!
Hope you have a FAB weekend!
PS. Don't forget to enter this week's giveaway here! It's just darling.