Introduction to the monthly Link Love column: One of my favorite blogs (and a total blogger role model of mine) is Gala Darling. Every month, Gala Darling publishes a link roundup in a narrative form of what she’s been reading. Lounging in bed on lazy Friday mornings (when I was in college) or Sunday mornings (now that I’m a working lady), I open up the links Gala posts like presents on Chanukah evenings. I want to create a similar experience for my readers…with the added bonus of documenting these reading gems so I no longer have 17 tabs open on Google Chrome. So, without further adieu, thank you Gala for the inspiration. Here is a delightful (Central Park) link carousel of my own.
* Last weekend, I saw Selma, which broke my heart in dozens of ways. Here is what Common Dreams says you should know about the historical event…that feels all too current.
* Which made me think about Solutions Journalism and the importance of all of us – especially writers – to never stop imagining political possibilities (in fact, possibilities should be inherent in the word political).
* Now that I live in Portland, I really, really want to go to the World Domination Summit!
* From my entire afternoon of devouring the NYT:
- Here is a list of 52 places to go in 2015. I was pleasantly surprised that I’ve been to a lot of them already!
- American educators are wondering if schools should start teaching personality. Some very interesting thoughts in this op-ed that definitely deserves a re-read from me!
- I ❤ mentorship. As do these fierce, powerful female icons. The NYT asks: Who Will Be America’s Next Top Mentor?
- The life and times of the first Jewish Miss America is documented here.
- This is, hands-down, the best Modern Love column I’ve read in a while. The writer poetically asserts what to do – what to ask – to fall in love with anyone. If you’re interested, here are the questions themselves. Some gems I never want to forget:
Ours was the kind of accelerated intimacy I remembered from summer camp, staying up all night with a new friend, exchanging the details of our short lives. At 13, away from home for the first time, it felt natural to get to know someone quickly. But rarely does adult life present us with such circumstances.
It’s astounding, really, to hear what someone admires in you. I don’t know why we don’t go around thoughtfully complimenting one another all the time.
Most of us think about love as something that happens to us. We fall. We get crushed.
But what I like about this study is how it assumes that love is an action. It assumes that what matters to my partner matters to me because we have at least three things in common, because we have close relationships with our mothers, and because he let me look at him.
I’ve begun to think love is a more pliable thing than we make it out to be.
We spent weeks in the intimate space we created that night, waiting to see what it could become.
Love didn’t happen to us. We’re in love because we each made the choice to be.
- In that same Styles section, 2 entrepreneurs got married and I’m including that here because I ❤ power couples.
- Hot outfits at the People’s Choice Awards!
- Check out Pitch Perfect’s Anna Kendrick’s beauty routine, complete with super awesome lipstick.
- Oh, how I wish I was at the GIRLS Season 4 premiere!
* Thank goodness Glamour recapped the Golden Globes because I was too busy watching the GIRLS premiere.
* My dear, dear friend and former roommate EmK is truly gifted at making GIFs of our most beloved president.
* Yes, January was the start of the New Year, but it was also the 15th anniversary of The Princess Diaries! And at this point, the Link Love column has got to know how much I adore Mia Thermopolis as a fabulous role model of a three-dimensional female character.
* Gala Darling’s Blogcademy went online!!! And I’ve been devouring the free videos on bettering blogs with style!
* Peppermint Mag interviewed Gala Darling on being a business babe + radical self-love.
* I really need to re-read this. Fellow Lotus Flow teacher, based in Austin, wrote this article about finding your focus as a yoga teacher.
* Speaking of Austin, they’re having a TV festival!
* My high school writing mentor and her hubby who’s also a YA author (if that wasn’t cute enough, they got married on the roof of Scholastic HQ) started a podcast: Writing in Real Life.
* This Is What A Yogi Looks Like tees!!! Can you say Wish List ten times fast?
* Right now, what a yogi looks like for me is being broken-legged and attending yoga classes anyway. That means I have to pay particular attention to my alignment and integrate physical therapy into my asana practice.
* The Guardian brilliantly does an expose on exploitation in the wellness industry. A must-read for wellness professionals.
* BUST Magazine bows down to the last-living women of the 1800s. BUST has also been busy reviewing Tina Fey’s new Netflix show starring Ellie Kemper of The Mindy Project. BUST also interviewed the GIRLS girls on life, love + that amazing show of theirs.
* In looking to revive my thesis, I’m loving HuffPo’s thesis project.
* Brene Brown was interviewed on NPR’s On Being podcast on (you guessed it!) vulnerability.
* The monthly newsletter The Balance has a list of new PDX healthy food companies.
* As an avid journaler, I am grateful to the NYT blog Well for advocating writing as a path to happiness.
* Gretchen Rubin explains happiness using the best literary example ever…Little Women!
It’s Meg’s wedding day, and she and Laurie start talking about drinking wine. Laurie explains, “I don’t care for it; but when a pretty girl offers it, one doesn’t like to refuse, you see.”
Meg answers, “But you will, for the sake of others, if not for your own. Come, Laurie, promise, and give me one more reason to call this the happiest day of my life.”