What a week! I feel as though every day since Election Day has been an exercise in just pushing through but since Inauguration Day…woof.
Coffee intake: up. Cortisol levels: probably up. The sky is falling and only reason that I’m not rage-eating everything in sight is because wedding season is coming up and I’ve got a few very slinky dresses that I need to fit into.
So. I’ve been working and working out and helping out on some really wonderful causes and projects that I hope and believe will make a difference in people’s lives. I’ve also been laying the groundwork for a podcast (!), course series (!!), and loaded up on photography equipment so that I can get back to one of my favorite hobbies (!!!). Throwing yourself into joy and purpose really is a form of self-care, isn’t it?
I’m going to get to the links so that I can get to my pile of work so that I can get to the weekend. See you on the other side!
Business and Blogging
- Kate’s reading lists are always fantastic, but I really loved her last one. Check it out!
- Bridget shared a wonderful post about why she marched against the refugee ban.
- Alex Byer shares some important words on politics and blogging: “Do not stay silent. I think bloggers have a duty to their readers and to themselves to use their platforms to educate. It’s nice to have an escape and look at pretty pictures and light life updates, but the current state of our country is impossible to ignore.”
- 5 signs you’re sabotaging your success via Betty Means Business.
- If you like This & That make sure that you aren’t missing Sarah’s Web Time Wasters posts (which are NOT a waste of time in the least).
- Reading stuff like this is so inspirational.
- The difference between a font and a typeface.
- Here’s a great couple hack: swap money habits with your partner to help you identify with how they relate to money and whether you have negative spending habits.
- I am Not Your Negro opens today and I’m so jealous of all of you in the States who can see it ASAP. (We have to wait until April here in the UK.)
- I got so upset when I read this. Could not be more disappointed with the behavior (and outlook, really) of Shirley MacLaine and Salma Hayek. They both owe Jessica Williams an apology.
- Carolyn Bryant admits that she lied in her testimony against Emmet Till.
- Not every author has the power to take such a bold stand. I’m glad that Roxane Gay not only has the power but the will to do so.
- I was chatting to my friend Charisma about how, being a black woman, I’ve had to advocate for myself with doctors in really frustrating ways over the years to overcome treatment bias. Well, here’s one reason why.
- Love this.
- The difference between narcissism and high self-esteem.
The Best of the Rest
- My heart!
- I didn’t care for Season 2 of Serial but I’m going to let myself get excited about this.
- I will definitely be using Moovn over Uber when I’m in Boston later this year.
- NBC announced their NBCBLK28 list which is great. BUT THEN they followed that up by treating Tamron Hall and Al Roker like trash so I’m not saying another nice thing about the network.
- I tried to get into Jane the Virgin and couldn’t but I’m SO thrilled for Gina Rodriguez.
- I’m fascinated by these rogue government Twitter accounts (of which this is one.) I’m taking it all with a HEALTHY grain of salt, of course, but man. Don’t mess with the national parks services, right?
- When are people going to realize that dads are parents, too?
- How God created animals.
- 27 healthier versions of your favorite comfort foods. I feel as though they use the term “healthier” very loosely, here, but…bygones.
- Why reading makes you a better person. (LOOKING AT YOU, TRUMP. MENUS AND P/L STATEMENTS DON’T COUNT.)
Make a Difference
- See that gorgeous mug up there? It’s part of an absolutely amazing partnership between the Human Rights Campaign and West Elm, Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn (and designed by a classmate). Per the HRC site, “Half of the proceeds from the sale of the mug…will benefit HRC’s work protecting the historic gains the LGBTQ community has made in recent years, fighting discriminatory laws and practices, and mobilizing members and supporters to advance equality.” You can order a set here, here, here, or here. Mine arrived yesterday and they are not only gorgeous and great quality, but, well, they’re a little slice of good in the world, no?
- Alternatively, you can just make a straight donation to your favorite good cause.
Okay, that’s it!
Happy Friday, Happy February, and Happy Black History Month! I’ll leave you with this quote that I saw via a friend’s wall on Facebook that I LOVE and is perfect as we move through this month:
“You don’t know American history if you don’t know Black History.”
How incredibly true is that?