Happy day-after Earth Day! Did you do anything to celebrate this lovely planet? I remember when we were in elementary school they gave us small trees to plant in the backyard. In medical school they don't really do that, so I baked a little cake and bought strawberries instead. It was a cloudy weather day with spotty rain showers which is definitely not my favorite, but instead of being grumpy I thanked the skies because I know it'll bring out some beautiful blooms in the next couple of weeks.
It's amazing what nature can do for one's mood. Some of my favorite photos from the past year are not actually ones of food or cake, but ones of outside, whether it be out on the west coast or here in Indianapolis. Photos of sunlight creeping through a thicket of trees, still water over a lake, or a pop of color from the tulips on the ground - they all make me smile and instantly relax. Small bursts of joy in a somewhat stressful life, but powerful ones that remind you we live in a special place.
A special place that deserves more care. Just a few days ago, my friend Aida shot me a text about some amazing resources we can all check out to learn more about recycling and making our planet a little greener. Need a beginner's guide? I would start with Earth911 - it will help you understand the basics like what you can and cannot recycle in your area of the world. Want to start up a recycling program in your area? There's an amazing site called Terracycle that will help you set up smart, easy programs for virtually anything - soda bottles to chip bags to snack bar wrappers. They also can send you a zero-waste box for you to set up in your school for items you don't even think to recycle, like coffee bags and water filters. I even think bakers can set up a waste box for frosting tips and bags, which is kind of insanely awesome.
Recycling is a small action but it can be a powerful one. One that gives back to us by way of greener scenery and cleaner air and ultimately a more beautiful Earth.
Andrew and I went up north a few miles to the SoBro area last week as a way to switch up the study grind, and also to say hello to the bright sunshine that's been visiting this city lately. After a few hours in the coffee shop, we wandered over to the Monon trail and then found ourselves at Locally Grown Gardens for lunch. I love this little gem with its open windows and fresh produce. The sunshine made the shop all the more beautiful as it was surrounded by customers who had just finished their bike ride or walking their dog. It's the perfect place to stop by and enjoy just a slice of pie but also amazing for lunch or dinner. It's quickly become one of our little spots in Indy when we just want to marinate in our Hoosier feels and love where Indianapolis is going.
Wherever you are, I hope that you have a chance to go outside today and breathe in the fresh air. Have a beautiful weekend!