Joanne the Skimmer

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

We all have a million things to do. Between grad school and/or work (along with trying to stick to your workout routine) who has time to keep up with the news? The next time you are out with coworkers or sipping your mimosa at brunch, you don’t want to be clueless about world events or appear that way. I get it. You aren’t careless, you’re just busy. I’m going to give you the tips on how to get in the know with the little time you already have!

You can be Caught up in 5 Minutes

Confession time: My guilty pleasure is TMZ.
I know, but I love watching the show! It’s funny and it catches me up on celebrity news. Now imagine knowing what is going on with Drake and Rihanna, but not in the world. That describes so many people, and honestly it’s embarrassing. Don’t be that guy.

 Incorporate Bite Sized News into your Busy Schedule

I use several tactics to integrate news into my daily routine. I subscribe to the Skimm and read that each morning. I also follow news accounts on twitter like Al Jazeera, The New York Times (who have their own daily skim), the CDC and WHO to name a few. Another thing that you can do is listen to news on the radio or a podcast about specific topics during your ride to work some days. If you like your news with some comedy and eye candy, you can always check out shows like The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

All of these tools are great, but don’t let your schedule suck the life out of you. There are things that you need to know… like who you are voting for and why. Take time to keep up with some important issues on a deeper level and those causes that you are passionate about.

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Your Color Decoded: Menstruation & Health

Thursday, September 8, 2016

I stumbled across this article through Facebook (it’s not all annoying videos and people you haven’t seen since high school)! This quick infographic summarizes the article and it suggests how to get back to that healthy red. With that being said, normal is not created equal. If you have any specific concerns, speak with your doctor about it.

Minority Mental Health Month

Thursday, July 28, 2016

July is Minority Mental Health Month. The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) wants to bring awareness to the increased barriers that arise when trying to address mental health in minority communities. Some of these are access and within the African American community, I know that there is a cultural stigma.


In May of 2008, July was announced at Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. The goals set for the campaign were to improve access to treatment and enhance public awareness of mental illness.

Bebe Moore Campbell was an author and co-founder of NAMI in Urban Los Angeles. She was also a national spokesperson who eventually fell ill and lost her battle to cancer.
  • Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the US experience mental illness in a given year
  • 16 million adults in the US had at least one major depressive episode in the past year
As an African American, this is especially a difficult time for minorities who are being inundated with violent images of their own people being killed along with the frustrating cycle of police brutality and retaliation from that. It is heartbreaking to watch and depressing to know that you are in danger because of something you have no control over. We all know at least five people, so that gives you an idea of how many may be struggling with mental illness in silence. If you know anyone who may be suffering with a mental illness be open to listening to them (judgment free) and supporting them by assisting them with getting help. Also, make your own mental health a priority because the rest of your well being will flow from it.


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