Getaway: Poconos

I’m a city girl through and through, but with summer around the corner, I’ve been craving some time away. A weekend in the mountains with some friends and my pups sounds kind of perfect. Here are some of the Airbnbs I’ve been eyeing around the Poconos (and yes, these are all pet friendly!).

Lake Harmony Lakefront – $300

El Sol, Stroudsburg – $200

Cabin in the Trees, Jim Thorpe – $129

Lakefront Chalet, Mount Pocono – $190

~ Sarah

P.S. If you’re using Airbnb for the first time, you can use my referral link to get $40 in travel credit!

Women’s March, Philadelphia

Women's March, Philadelphia - January 21, 2017

2017 is going to be different. It has to be different because what Americans are seeing from the executive branch is unprecedented — in a dangerous, slippery slope way.

Women's March, Philadelphia - January 21, 2017

So last Saturday, millions and I marched. The why I march is simple: women’s rights are human rights. Equality cannot exist without freedom of choice: to be with who you love, to do what you love. I will not stand for an administration that stands against equality for women, for people of color, for the LGBTQ community, for non-Christians. And I’m certainly not okay with a person who has admitted and bragged about sexual assault as our Commander-in-chief.

Women's March, Philadelphia - January 21, 2017

Women's March, Philadelphia - January 21, 2017

I’m not a marcher. In college, I didn’t participate in any on-campus demonstrations because I was on the newspaper staff, so this was new territory for me. I didn’t even bring a sign with me, partly because I couldn’t think of anything to write, but mostly because I didn’t know what to expect. (There were some great ones though.) There were so many different viewpoints expressed, and that was beautiful. Even people on the same side can have differences in priorities and passions and experiences, and that’s okay.

Women's March, Philadelphia - January 21, 2017
Women's March, Philadelphia - January 21, 2017

There is nothing wrong with America that can’t be cured with what is right in America.”

President Bill Clinton said that in his first inaugural address, and it rings very true today. I’m grateful to be an American because it affords me the right to say what I want and protest what I want. Protests have always been part of American history, but social media is a game changer for organizers. (It’s a double-edged sword, of course, since fake news — propaganda — spreads easier than ever.) In terms of the protests that have been springing up since November, and this last week in our cities and our airports — I have never seen anything like it before.

Women's March, Philadelphia - January 21, 2017

Women's March, Philadelphia - January 21, 2017Women's March, Philadelphia - January 21, 2017

So what now? March. Write. Donate. Volunteer. If you don’t know where or how to get started, ask. There are a lot of resources available! I found a great local organization through Volunteer Match, and I’m excited to get more involved. You can filter by location, causes you’re passionate about, etc. I definitely recommend it as a starting point.

Women's March, Philadelphia - January 21, 2017

There’s a lot of work to do. Let’s get to it, and let us not forget to take care of ourselves and each other.

~ Sarah

The Bright Side

Spruce Street, Philadelphia

I’ll be completely honest: almost nothing I had hoped for this past week went as planned. Quality time with friends and lots of girl talk and comfort food has been a big help. And since my vote can’t do all the talking, I’m letting my wallet do the talking too. Some great organizations that I’ve been donating to:

City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, because I believe in a free press. (More on why you should invest in journalism here.)

Planned Parenthood, because I believe in affordable access to quality healthcare.

Human Rights Campaign, because I believe in LGBTQ equality.

International Rescue Committee, because I believe in an America that is a beacon of hope across the world.

RAINN, because I believe in the survivors of sexual violence.

If anything, this week has taught me two things: we need more compassion, and we need to fight for what we believe in. What do you believe in?

~ Sarah

P.S. Back to more light-hearted posting tomorrow.