The Best Advice I Ever Got Was Questions with Sarah Archibald

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EVERYDAY COURAGE: Sarah Archibald cares about food. She cares about hunger. And she wants to be a part of creating a food system that is just for both farmers and the low income who sometimes can’t access it.

She works for the Meal Exchange, an organization that engages students to think about and transform their local food systems. And she has been thinking about and working towards better food systems since she was a teenager.

Sarah came over to my apartment for dinner last week. We ate frittata and roasted sweet potatoes and our conversation wove from privilege to self care to music. In our chat I was most interested in how Sarah had known for so long that a just food system was what she wanted to spend her life working towards.

It was so fun and inspiring for both of us, we decided to post the conversation as a podcast. Click here to listen into the first episode of the Everyday Courage podcast!

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What if you were kinder to yourself?

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I am behind on project reporting at work. And I know this doesn’t sound like a big deal but I’ve been behind for awhile and I keep getting more and more behind.

I keep thinking that things will slow down and I’ll have time to catch up, but it hasn’t happened. And it has really started to weigh me down. I feel like I’m not getting the work I need to get down. I don’t feel productive. I feel like I’m failing at my job. Something needs to change.

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What I learned from Gwyneth Paltrow, Stephen Colbert and Amy Schumer

When I was in my early twenties I despised celebrities. I couldn’t understand other people’s obsessions. Shallow people with no lives of their own are the ones who get obsessed with famous people, I thought. I was bigger, better and more intellectual than that. Other than Julia Roberts – I barely knew any celebrities names and I wore that as a badge of honour.

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Speak Up.

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A friend is 40 minutes late for our coffee date but I give him a hug and act as if he is on time. A colleague doesn’t show up for a meeting we’ve had planned for a long time, but I shrug it off and reschedule. The internet install guy drags out a simple procedure that should take 20 minutes so that it takes over 3 hours, but I smile, make polite conversation and laugh at his jokes.

I have gotten good at acting as if everything is fine. I have gotten good at hiding my anger. I have gotten good at avoiding conflict at all costs.

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The Memories that hold us back

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Last fall, in the middle of the night, I woke up to my neighbours. A female voice said, “Stop attacking me.” Then a male voice said, “I’m not attacking you, just walk with me.” I sat up suddenly in bed and started to think, What do I do? What do I do? What do I do?

Do I call the police? Will calling the police lead to more harm than good? At my job where I run workshops for youth about the justice system, I hear a lot of stories of police brutality. I was hesitant to call.

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What stands between you and the life you want?

 

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I sat on my bed. Could I really do this? Was I really qualified? I didn’t have the proper credentials. Who did I think I was?

What were people going to think of me? My friends were probably going to lose respect for me. What a stupid idea.

My chest and throat felt tight. My breath was shallow. I lay back and covered my eyes. What could I do?

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