Editor's Letter: I was almost a virologist at the CDC

Editor’s Letter: I was almost a virologist at the CDC

Things are stressful and overwhelming right now, to say the least. I truly believe that community is how we're going to endure - emotionally and otherwise, which is why I have some thoughts about the role of digital creators to share with you. ♥

I began college as a microbiology major, determined to become a virologist at the CDC. Imagine how different my life would be right now if I had followed through? Whoa.

During my first semester, I began to realize that laboratory environments aren’t creative, and I couldn’t fathom a life without creativity. After much discussion & negotiation with my mom, I became an apparel studies (and communications, her requirement) major. I followed my heart & intuition, and it paid off.

In the darkest times, I’ve turned to humor & style as a way of coping with my own mortality. I’ll use these same tools to navigate my way through social isolation and the presumed inevitability that both myself & someone I love will become sick. I haven’t shared this widely, but I spent half of 2017 sitting bedside in hospital rooms, surrounded by green walls with paint that flaked off in large chips. My makeup bag and Twitter timeline were often my only amusement.

What’s Ahead

As we move through the next few weeks, Rascal Honey will be focusing on creating helpful & comforting content. This is a great time to learn a new language, listen to audiobooks, take up meditation, and expand our horizons. It’s also the perfect excuse to paint your nails, apply face masks superfluously, and learn to repair your clothes by hand.

We’ll also be keeping a close eye on how brands treat their employees as they bombard our inboxes. Paid leave for hourly employees is a necessity, not a luxury, and an indication of a company’s priorities. Let’s hold corporations accountable (we’re looking at you, Ulta). Although non-essential purchases may be the furthest thing from our minds, when given an opportunity to vote with our wallets, we’ll remember.

Don’t allow the joy that self-expression brings and the escapism that style provides to be lost in the shadow of this pandemic. Wear red lipstick in the hospital bed (I always do) and get dressed in a way that maintains the connection to your most authentic self. We won’t stop celebrating the bright spots in our daily routine and neither should you.

Ultimately, we hope this digital community we’ve created together will continue to provide inspiration, engage you in new ideas, and lift your spirits. If you have a suggestion, are feeling stressed, or just need a friend to listen, let’s chat. Use the button to reply to this email below.

In the meantime,

Take a deep breath.

Drink some water.

Stay home.

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