How we already stepping into September is beyond me but one thing's for sure, I'm just loving it. I adore this time of year, and of course, I also love that we are inching closer + closer to Christmas. August sure was a busy month, if you weren't having water poured over your head then you were probably prepping to get yourself or the kids back to school or perhaps planning the last of those summer BBQs. In this third edition of monthly headlines I will be discussing a chosen few of the major headlines in a given month and adding a dash of my personal touch + opinions.
ONE // Kindness still prevails. There were a few examples at the beginning of the month which validate that random acts of kindness are still evident in our world today. Many of the media outlets paint pictures of negativity, constant crimes and war zones, while that is all very important and true, the balance of positivity can sometimes be lost.
In Australia a swarm of people ran to rescue a passenger whose leg got wedged between the train and the platform. The group of people joined together to push the train on it's side to free the trapped man. It's a beautiful example of your everyday superheros. Then you have the pay it forward gesture that started at a Starbucks in Florida, my home state, so proud. The effect of one person buying a coffee for the person behind them rippled and ended up reaching nearly 400 free cups of coffee. It might seem small but that little gesture could have made the world of a difference to someone. I can vouch for that, I would be beaming at the thought of a free cup o' joe to begin a hectic day.
TWO // This month brought some sadness as we were all stunned by the death of Robin Williams. It just reiterates that mental illness is real. It's a reminder to us all that there are those silently suffering everyday, we need to be alert and supportive and let those hurting know that there's a way out.
THREE // We celebrated International Lefthanders Day! Who knew there was such a thing? I do now. Apparently we make up only 10 percent of the population yet, five out of the last seven presidents were lefties. It's safe to say that although we're lefties we use the right (correct) part of our brain.
FOUR // Ice Bucket challenge. Unless you've been hiding under a brick with headphones on it's unlikely you haven't heard about the IBC. What started in America has made it to the UK and across the globe. From celebrities to grandmas, hardly anyone has escaped the challenge. There has been some debate on where the funds go exactly and are people actually donating but the ASL charity has raised 60 million pounds or $100 million dollars. Whatever your stance might be it's hard to fault the fact that it's created more awareness and raised a lot of funds for research and medication. You can watch Stephen embarrass himself below.
FIVE // The start of college football. Yes, even abroad, I keep up with all things orange + blue and I was more than ready to root on the team until the typical Florida thunderstorms got in the way. So here's to coming back with a bang again next week. I'll be watching! Will you?
Here's to September and all things fall!