A scientist breaks down some useful resources to stay engaged and stay sane

I am a scientist and an Extension educator, and therefore I spend a lot of time helping people find the resources they need, and translating complex and technical information into a form that is useful to a key audience.

Here are the resources I rounded up for my mom and my friends, plus some useful things I have learned in the last few weeks. Pick and choose the resources and action items that agree with your values, and get involved.

Use soap to save money and escape the Cleaning Industrial Complex!

You know how you go into the cleaning aisle at the supermarket and there are about a thousand different products? You have products for your dishes, products for your floors, different products for the kitchen and bathroom, because of course, there are different kinds of dirt there…

These products might be very good at getting rid of dirt, but what they are truly excellent at is cleaning out your wallet.

So how can we do clean our homes without giving huge corporations money in exchange for chemicals and brainwashing? Well I'm writing this because I think I've found the answer…

How I got over my fear of losing myself in a relationship

As someone who spent years struggling between wanting to be in a relationship AND be super independent, I can relate to the fear of losing myself in a relationship.

But now that I've been in a relationship for seven years, I couldn't be happier! Part of what helped me get through my fear was asking myself these questions…

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My gender identity is confused and I'm okay with it

I should probably start by identifying my gender, but that is… complicated. I am a female, physically. What I identify as is where it gets blurry.

As a teenager, in the early nineties, I had no internet to help me figure it out. And, as a broke young adult in the new millenia, I still didn't have the amazing resources and web connection of, "Hey, my specific gender identity has a name and I'm not alone!"