Five Things I’m Grateful for this Giving Tuesday

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Five Things I’m Grateful for this Giving Tuesday

May 5, 2020
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Today is #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day to share gratitude and celebrate generosity, and I’ve been thinking a lot about all the things I’m grateful for during these strange and difficult times. Here are five things that are bringing me a little bit of joy these days:

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1. Rekindling old passions

I grew up playing the piano, but after I graduated college, frequent moves and small living spaces meant I couldn’t really keep it up. And an added silver lining to rediscovering music? Thanks to social distancing, no one’s around to hear me stumble through the notes.  

A still from the movie Juno where Juno is talking on her burger phone

2. Phone calls

I’ve always preferred calls to texting, but since social distancing began, I’ve noticed that a lot of my friends have gone back to the good old-fashioned phone, too.

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3. Kitchen experiments

Successes: brownies made with Guinness beer in the batter, pizza from scratch, and carrot cake cupcakes.

Failures: not important. We’re focusing on the positive.

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4. Access to birth control

Knowing I have access to birth control during this time gives me huge peace of mind. And I don’t just speak for myself when I say birth control is a game-changer. Access to contraception buys valuable time for young people to finish their education, get a head start in their careers, and most importantly, decide if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant and have a child.  

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5. An incredible community of support

Our community of donors is the engine behind everything we do at Power to Decide, from working to protect and expand contraceptive access to empowering young people with accurate sexual health information. In these challenging times, I’m especially grateful for the supporters of our Contraceptive Access Fund, who are helping young people across the US access the birth control they need and deserve, regardless of their location or insurance status.

Have your own list of things you’re grateful for? Join the #GivingTuesdayNow conversation on social media and tag us @powertodecide