I want to start you off with some dosage of Body Positive. This CrossFit athlete gets all the sparklepoints.
I keep forgetting to post this, but I really appreciate Zosia Mamet’s take on the Lean In campaign.
We are so obsessed with “making it” these days we’ve lost sight of what it means to be successful on our own terms. As women we have internalized the idea that every morning we wake up, we have to go for the f–king gold. You can’t just jog; you have to run a triathlon.
Related, Sarah did a great job of talking about truly orienting herself to a personally fulfilling and nourishing self-care routine.
But know, that if you’d really rather not write things on your mirror in lipstick, your methods of self-love and self-care are perfectly valid.
Loved this interview with the oldest National Park Ranger.
Funny story: My mom did a really great job of teaching us all to cook (I have 3 brothers) and she really wanted us to learn to make our own salad dressing. So she taught that lesson 4 different times. The only issue was she didn’t switch children for each lesson. So I have learned at least 4 times how to make a vinaigrette, and my brothers claim absolute ignorance. Don’t worry, Mom, I won’t soon forget 🙂 But in case your mom didn’t teach you, here’s a primer. Semi-related, I really appreciate that they have an entire category of their website dedicated to “Not Recipes.” Let’s all be real about how most of us cook, ok?
Friends, especially my friends not in the USA, there is a show on Fox called “I Wanna Marry Harry” where women compete in a Bachelor-style setting over a man they think is Prince Harry. I can’t believe this show is real, I can’t believe anyone would think the Royal Family would call Fox TV for a wife for one of their own, but whatever. It’s important because the Fug Girls have recapped it and the recap is hilarious. My favorite is when they dress down the show for getting all of Harry’s title information wrong. But the font I use for blockquotes doesn’t really do ALL CAPS justice.
Thank you, Gala, for these quotations about writing. My favorite remains,
I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, ‘Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.’ So finally I would write one true sentence, and then go on from there. It was easy then because there was always one true sentence that I knew or had seen or had heard someone say.
I love this meditation on funerals from Susannah. I still remember going to my maternal grandmother’s funeral, and my mother wore a cream-colored suit. I asked her if she wasn’t supposed to wear black, and she said that it was her mother’s funeral and she could wear whatever she wants. Friends, when I go, I want you to wear your absolute favorite clothes, jewelry, shoes, hats, sunglasses, and whatever else you choose. Don’t play games with shoulds at my funeral.