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5 Netflix Documentaries to Watch Now

Check out one of these riveting, thought-provoking and Must-Watch films tonight
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After seeing The White Helmets take home the Oscar on Sunday night for Best Documentary Short, I was inspired to settle in for a Netflix night.  It’s easy to let great films, especially documentaries, slip through the Netflix cracks, so I knew it was due-time to share a roundup of must-watch, noteworthy features that you can stream at the the touch of a button. 

While thought-provoking, and if not a little emotional draining, these documentary films shed light on important issues that matter to each and every one of us.  I know I won’t be binge-watching these in a row, but I’m looking forward to delving into these topics this month.  Next up on my list?  The Ivory Game, directed by Leonardo DiCaprio (love my boy Leo).  What’s next on your watch list?  I’d love to know your thoughts on these films and other must-watch films in the comments below.  Happy watching and learning!  Truly, MKR

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The White Helmets

Orlando von Einsiedel

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This 40-minute documentary took home the Oscar for Best Documentary Short.  The film follows three rescue workers, part of the Syrian Civil Defense, in Turkey.  They work to give emergency assistance to those caught in the civil war in Syria.

 

The Ivory Game

Leonardo DiCaprio

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Step inside the scary world of the ivory trade, and follow the corrupt network from the Savannah to the streets of China. The creators had to go undercover for months to make this documentary, shedding light on the poachers and dealers that are driving elephants to extinction. All I can keep thinking is, the poor elephants! 

Amanda Knox

Rod Blackhurst, Brian McGinn

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Twice convicted and acquitted of murder of her roommate, Amanda Knox was an American student living abroad in Italy. The long drawn out case came to different conclusions, where details were dissected and analyzed for years. Watch this Netflix original and let us know your verdict. 

Cowspiracy

Kip Andersen

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This political documentary opens our eyes to the environmental effects of animal agriculture and the issue of sustainability. Odds are, you’ll watch this one and walk away inspired to do your part to help the planet, maybe cutting back (or eliminating) meat in your diet. 

The True Cost

Andrew Morgan

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This feature-length documentary will shed some light on the human and environmental effects of cheap clothes (or “fast fashion”).  This deep dive into the $3-trilled fashion industry has us thinking twice about where we’re buying our clothes. 

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Let’s Talk: Getting Involved

Discovering the Fulfillment that Volunteering Brings
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Let's Talk: Getting Involved with Volunteering Opportunities, @waitingonmartha

For years, my mom has urged me to volunteer.  To find a cause and give my time. To connect with others on a deeper level.  She’d tell me about how good it would make me feel, how it would maybe be the missing piece to my puzzle.  She’d tell me this whenever I was stressed, sad or feeling a bit out of sorts.  

I would shake her off, saying I didn’t have enough time.  My job was too busy.  I barely had time to see my friends during the week, let alone commit to seeing complete strangers.  I think in a way I was weary of just the thought of having one more thing that I didn’t reeeeally want to do.  I just didn’t want to have one more obligation on my calendar. 

My mom started talking to me about volunteering while I was in college.  She would mention it once in awhile in the years right after, too.  I still brushed it off, busy in my mid-twenties routine and consumed in work and my social life.  It was only in the past few months that I realized she was onto something.  It hit me one day out of the blue that I needed something…more.  I needed something to fulfill that part in me that needed to do something good.  

One night on my laptop in bed, I got the fire lit under me; I scoured Hands on Nashville, a nonprofit that organizes volunteering opportunities in our local community.  I had always assumed that finding volunteer opportunities and committing to specific projects would be a hassle to do.  But it was nothing like that; HON made it incredibly easy to search for causes that truly resonated with me personally.  I read all about these local charities’ missions and so many different ways to get involved.  I felt excited at the thought of connecting with a cause that I could grow with, and one that I could find new friends and make new memories with.  I was eager to find one that would help define the person I wanted to be.  

To say I enjoyed my first night in the garden harvesting okra and digging for potatoes with The Nashville Food Project is an understatement.  There was something about working with my hands—and no cell phone or laptop in sight—that did wonders for my mood.  I worked alongside other volunteers with totally different stories and backgrounds than me…and it felt good. 

As I near my 28th birthday this month, I can see how it gets easier and easier to just coast through day-to-day routines and almost even run on autopilot.  I can totally see how easy it is to make excuses about not having enough time, or money, or energy to give back to our communities.  I did that for years (and catch myself still feeling that sometimes).  But I’m also revived knowing that there are easy ways to help others…and it’s not as overwhelming as it sounds.  My mom was right all along; there are ways to get an even deeper fulfillment out of each day, and volunteering is one of the best ways to do it.  

Tell me, are you involved in your community through charity work?  Do you, too, struggle with finding the time to volunteer?  I urge you to see if your city has a local resource for finding the right volunteer opportunities for YOU, and if not, try a search on Volunteer Match.  I’d love to hear about your own personal journey in the comments below.  Cheers, Kat

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Let’s Talk: The Art of Snail Mail

We Revisit the lost art, and share top picks for pin-up worthy mail
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The art of snail mail, @waitingonmartha

I remember when I was little that I loved having a pen-pal.  Sure, I don’t know how long it actually lasted, and I have no idea what we actually wrote about, but sending and receiving mail was always magical to me—even from a very young age. Now, at 27, and as I’m ever connected to my email and iMessage, I’m striving to set aside time to put pen to paper and proactively send snail mail to friends and family. 

It sounds easier than it is; I’ve gone through spurts when I’ve been great about keeping in touch with a few friends that also appreciate a handwritten note in the mail.  But lately, I’m sad to admit that I’ve fallen out of doing it…it’s crazy how quickly it gets pushed down on the to-do list. 

I have found, though, that having the supplies on hand (even the stamps!) is the best way to make a successful habit of sending snail mail.  My biggest piece of advice (which I’ll remind myself too) is invest in a great set of personalized stationery.  You’ll enjoy sending mail so much more when it’s a perfect reflection of you.  There are SO many gorgeous designs out there, especially from a few WOM favorites like Parker & Thatch, Minted, Mark & Graham, Paperless Post and Rifle Paper Co.  And if you’re interested in general notecards, you’ll love this collection of beautiful note sets for any old day, and thank-you cards that’ll make anyone smile. When I’m deciding on a notecard set, I like to think of what will be prettiest tacked onto the recipient’s cork board…because no one can throw away a gorgeous hand-written note. 

So let’s talk.  Do you appreciate the art of snail mail?  Do you write regularly letters to friends and family?  Are you on top of sending your thank-you cards?  And if this account doesn’t make you want to send some snail mail right this instant, I don’t know what will.  Cheers, Kat

P.S. I’d especially love to know about your favorite stationery brands!  Please leave any recommendations in the comments below. xo

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