March 17. 2021

The Newsette

THING TO DO TODAY

 
Help stop hate. In the wake of yesterday’s vile anti-Asian shootings in Atlanta, it’s easy to be overwhelmed and scared—but silence is never an option when others are in danger. Click here to get informed about anti-Asian hate in our country, and learn actionable steps to raise your voice, and your vote, for the safety and visibility that every American deserves.

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It’s sweep week

MENTAL HEALTH: Clear your floor; clear your head? A new Harris poll says 86% of Americans feel calmer and think faster when their work-from-home space is tidy. (Is that why we’re staring at a sliding pile of old Vogues on our kitchen table, unable to focus on writing one easy email? 😬) The news comes on the heels of an Italian study that found “clutter may contribute to depression… and heightened anxiety in women.” Crammed drawers and closets could also be holding us back from more cash, at least according to eBay. The site where you still search for Marissa Cooper’s legendary O.C. dress (right here, guys…) revealed “the average American has $3675 worth of value sitting around,” so if your Nintendo Switch no longer sparks joy, it might spark a payoff (and free up some couch space) instead. Spring cleaning could also get you free beer. But before you grab your Swiffer, get informed about the (totally predictable) gender gap between chores, along with the mental health benefits that men and boys receive when they do their fair share of domestic labor. (Translation: Tell the dudes in your life to pick up the Dyson while you watch March Madness—it’s good for them.)

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LEADERSHIP: She’s on the inside. Deb Haaland is America’s new Secretary of the Interior, and the first-ever Cabinet leader of Native American descent. The New Mexico native is a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe; she opposes fracking and supports the Green New Deal. And Secretary Haaland isn’t the only one with a new office: Yesterday, Isabel Guzman was tapped to head the Small Business Administration, where she’ll help millions of independent companies—including the 51% owned by women—recover from the pandemic’s economic effects.
 
TELEVISION: Killing Eve is getting killed… kind of. The show created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge will end after season 4, but like other critically acclaimed series (Breaking Bad, anyone?) it will remain “open to spinoffs.” Motion to have Sandra Oh return to Grey Sloan Memorial and reveal Cristina Yang was actually a spy this whole time.
 
IRELAND: If you’ve never heard of “the female St. Patrick,” you’re not alone. That’s why Maureen O’Hare is telling the story of Sheelah, the Celtic goddess and “folk manifestation of female cosmic energy” who’s been worshipped for centuries (and even carved into mountains) across the Emerald Isle. Also worth revering: Green donuts from Krispy Kreme, available today.

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What She Does:
Jessica Nabongo

Travel Blogger, The Catch Me If You Can
Jessica Nabongo
“Gotta catch ‘em all!”—Jessica Nabongo to every possible passport stamp. The travel blogger is currently the only Black woman to have visited every... single... country. (There’s 195, BTW.)

Reporting from Miami (for now, at least), the Detroit native shares why she started this journey, how to stay safe while traveling alone, and why overcoming fear is the first step to living the sky life.
 
What made you decide, “I have to go everywhere?”
My parents are from Uganda and they love to travel. We always took a [summer] vacation, whether it was to Jamaica or just Minneapolis… In 2008, I moved to Japan. It was my first time living outside the US, and I was like, “This is really amazing.” I decided to stay abroad for 3 years, and [then] I traveled for 8 months. I knew in 2010 that I wanted to visit every country in the world. I decided that I wanted to do it by my 35th birthday, and in 2 1/2 years, I visited 135 new countries.
 
A lot of women are afraid to travel alone. What would you tell them?
I've done 89 countries by myself across 6 continents, and I always ask people to ask themselves, “What are you afraid of?” I think if people really question themselves as to why they have that fear, that can help. I also tell people to stop getting advice from those who've never been to the places you want to go. Listen to someone who actually lives in the country... whether that's a tour guide or a hotel concierge. They're always going to lead you in the right direction.
 
What don’t people know about your job?
I think [before COVID,] people couldn't see the exhaustion... In 2019, I flew 240,000 miles and spent almost a month on a plane. Flying does things to your body physically. I was having pain in my shoulders and my body was just stiff [and] deteriorating. I also think people don't see how disconnected you become from your friends. Of course we have WhatsApp and FaceTime, but I was missing birthdays and holidays. I started feeling very left out of everybody else's life. So I actually was happy for 2020, because it allowed my life to slow down.
 
What was your experience like in North Korea?
I spent 6 days in North Korea, and the most interesting thing about it was how normal it felt [to me]. You would see people walking into work and kids on field trips… The worst experiences that I've had have been actually in Miami—several years ago, a cop pulled a gun on me—Paris, and Rome. These are places that people go without thinking twice about, but those have been the most dangerous situations for me, not Iraq or Sudan or Somalia. You have to go into these places respectfully and with an open mind.
 
How do you try and offset your carbon footprint?
I try to reduce my use of single-use plastic. I don't even use plastic cups on planes; I bring my own cup. I also try to encourage people to do the same, [like] when I go to hotels, I'm able to talk to general managers about them reducing their use of plastic.
 
Do you have a favorite place you’ve visited?
I have so many favorites! I've lived in 5 countries, I've been to 30 countries more than 5 times, and I would say 70% of the places I visited had a really profound effect on me. I've made so many friends and learned so much about these places that it's literally impossible [to choose].
 
When people ask you, “How do I start traveling?” what do you tell them?
I say, “Just go.” Buy a bus ticket or rent a car. “Travel” means to just leave your home; it doesn't always have to be going to some far flung place. During the pandemic, I explored the United States and drove 12,000 miles in 3 months. Just leave your home! You can go to a city a couple towns over or the next state. That's the easiest way to get started. Then think about leaving your country if you feel comfortable doing it.

TODAY I WILL...

 
Get up off of that thing and dance ‘til I feel better.

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