Friday Favorites, vol. 32

Friday Favorites

// Amy Poehler’s book Yes Please. I started reading this on Monday, and while I’m not too far into it yet (helllooo winter and its demotivating effects on..well..everything), I’m loving it! I’ve never been a huge fan of Parks and Rec and to be honest, I rarely watch shows like SNL, but Poehler is hilarious.

// Let’s be honest: writing an about page is one of the hardest things we have to do as bloggers and/or online business owners. At least personally, talking about myself feels really awkward and I’m not sure how to make my life sound interesting. Lucky for us though, Kate has some great tips on how to fix the four most common about page mistakes.

// I absolutely love this J. K. Rowling quote, and the gorgeous image from here.

Friday Favorites

//Social media can be hard, especially with so many different platforms to choose from and figure out. It seems like as soon as you figure one out, three new ones pop up and in blogging it can be easy to feel like you need to be on all the sites. But as she always does, Regina has 33 tips on what to do about your social media presence when you want to get serious about your social media presence.

6 Things to Check When Editing Your Archives

Over the last couple of months, I’ve started working on editing old blog posts in order to liven up my archives. I want to be able to share old posts in order to bring them back to life and in order to do that, I need to make sure they meet the same standards I have for my more recent posts. It’s not a tried and true method and it’s definitely more time consuming than this particular blogger would like, but having a list of things I want to get done on each post makes the process go a lot more quickly.

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Death to the Stock Photo


One of the most noticeable changes I’ve been making to my old posts is the fonts – both the body font, and the font I used on my photos. When I switched from Blogger to WordPress in the fall, the fonts didn’t convert because I wasn’t using the default one in Blogger. And as far as photos went, there was a while where I switched up the font on each blog post’s photo – and it was always something cursive and vaguely difficult to read.

Looking back through my archives now, I want these things to be streamlined – and in the last several months especially, I’ve worked on making sure all of my blog photos use one of two fonts: Ariel or Modern No. 20 (I love Modern No. 20, but it doesn’t have a bold or italic and for certain posts, I need those features). So the first thing I do when I edit a blog post is to highlight the post, and clear formatting (if you use WordPress, this is the eraser on your toolbar).


It would be an understatement to say that when I first started blogging I didn’t realize how important photography was to the whole thing. That was five years ago, and even just last year when I started this blog I wasn’t paying that much attention to it.

Going back through my archives now, I have a checklist I go through for all of my blog photos:

  • Quality To be honest, this means that most of my photos come from a free stock source like Unsplash. I love photography, but I’m not that great at it and I’d rather use a free stock photo that’s higher quality than one of my own.
  • Size The first thing I do when I open up a photo in PicMonkey is resize it to match the width of my paragraphs. It’s something I never would have thought of on my own, but a while back when I worked with Kenzie on a blog consult, she mentioned that it looks a lot more pleasing to the eyes to have the photos match your text in width.
  • Formatting With any photo that I put text on, I use a transparent overlay to make the text more visible. When I first started doing this, I varied the sizes and shapes a lot, trying to figure out which I liked better. So now, going back through my archives, I try to make sure they all match with the box shape I use now.
  • Text I mentioned above that I like to make sure the text on all my photos is either Modern No. 2 or Ariel, so when I’m editing old graphics or creating new ones now, this is one of the things I make sure to do.


Another thing I’ve noticed has changed with the switch from Blogger to WordPress is the format on some of my older posts. For whatever reason (probably because I was always messing with fonts and sizes) the spacing on some posts is a little off.

I don’t know about Blogger (I can’t remember the formatting features they have), but on WordPress this is another thing that the Clear Formatting tool seems to fix. Although I did spend a lot of time retyping entire posts because I didn’t realize this was an option…Oops.


One of my favorite things about WordPress is the ability to use plugins for so many different things, and one of those plugins that I love is Yoast. I’m learning more about SEO now, but having a checklist of things to run through helps a lot in making sure that my posts are search engine friendly.

If you don’t know what Yoast is, it’s a plugin available with WordPress that allows you to enter a focus keyword or phrase and then tells you what steps to take to better your SEO on that post. A few things are making sure the keyword pops up in your title, page URL, throughout the post, and on your photos’ alt tag, and making sure to include photos and links in your post.

Tags and Categories

I’ll be honest: for a long time I paid absolutely no attention to the tags on my posts. Once again though, when I switched to WordPress I started paying attention and trying to keep my posts organized. Tags and categories are how I’m able to list a categories tab on my blog, and how I can direct people to posts they might enjoy based on other posts they’ve enjoyed.

Going back through my archives, I try to fit older posts into categories and tags I’ve started using in the last few months in a way that streamlines my content.


I’ll be the first to admit that I can be pretty bad about this. I love editing other people’s writing and picking out grammar mistakes I find there. With my own writing though, I’m really terrible about finding my own mistakes. For whatever reason, I can read through something three times and still miss the same misplaced comma I did the first two times.

Sometimes the best thing for this though is time and distance. Going through old posts, I’m more likely to see the mistakes I might have made a few months ago that I couldn’t see then, and correcting these makes my blog look a lot more professional.

So what about you? Do you edit old posts and if you do, do you have anything specific you look for to update? 

On #WomensLives and Why I’m Getting Involved

About a month ago, I received an email from BlogHer asking me if I’d be interested in participating in a project called #WomensLives with She Knows Media and Public Radio International. I remember being so excited because the project seemed absolutely perfect for me and my blog, as it was described as being a journalistic venture relating specifically to women and feminist issues. I’ve mentioned the project briefly before, and have been sharing it on Twitter and Facebook, but I’ve yet to introduce it in a specific blog post. I couldn’t think of a good way to introduce the project, since I already write about feminism so much in this space. What I realized though is that a lot of people might not understand the project or why I’m getting involved, and since there are so many reasons, that’s what I want to share today.


Global Feminism

It’s not secret that I’m a feminist or that the movement is one I enjoy talking about here. What is also clear though is that the posts I write are ones about issues that effect me personally. That only makes sense, because this is a lifestyle blog and the issues I’d know most intimately would of course be the ones I’m impacted by.

Something I love about #WomensLives though is that it opens my eyes to the need for feminism all over the world, and in every woman’s life. Mary recently wrote an amazing post on why, despite believing in feminism, she doesn’t identify as a feminist: it often fails to recognize or even listen to women of color. I love that in the short time I’ve been participating in this project so far, I’ve already been introduced to so many issues that I knew about but never paid much attention to, or that I simply didn’t realize existed.

Feminist Community

I’ve written before about how much I love the community aspect of blogging, and Kelly and I started The F Word Link-Up in order to foster a community for feminist bloggers to share with and support one another. So it stands to reason that I’d believe one of the best parts of #WomensLives is the opportunity it provides to meet and interact with other feminist bloggers.

Aside from the obvious community built through the hashtag on social media, BlogHer has also fostered an amazing community through this project by building a private Facebook group for all participating members. Each day, I’m able to connect with women all over the world sharing their posts and other articles they’ve found about feminism in our world.

Together We Are Stronger

As much as I love (and will continue) writing about feminism on She is Fierce, it stands to reason that our voices are much louder as a group than they are as individuals. I write about feminism and the impact it stands to make because I want to make that impact. I want things to change, and for children 50 years from now to be shocked by the inequality impacting the world today.

As a group, as hundreds of women working together with She Knows Media, BlogHer, and Public Radio International, our voices are far more likely to be heard and listened to. That’s why, above any other reason, I am proud to be a part of this community and this movement.

The Bookshelf: The Singer’s Gun

The Singer's Gun

A couple of weeks ago, as I was sitting on the bus furiously reading the last 50 or so pages of The Singer’s Gun, by Emily St. John Mandel, the woman sitting next to me asked whether I was reading a romance. I told her no, and for a little while that was the end of it. About 20 minutes later though, she asked what kind of book it was. “I’m curious,” she explained, and I loved that. The power a book has to start a conversation (even if my introversion meant that, at the time, I’d have rathered she left me alone). The problem was, I had no idea how to answer her. I knew what the book was about, but I had no idea how to categorize it, and I still don’t.

The Singer’s Gun is about a lot of things. There is love, but only as a quiet background to the longing, the tension, the fear, the mystery that seems to lay the framework for every one of Mandel’s books. This book was about the longing all of us feel for a different kind of life, for the grass that we are so sure is greener on the other side.

Anton Waker grew up in a criminal family. His parents owned an antique shop stocked with stolen furniture, and his cousin Aria spent a large portion of their childhood looking down on him for not stealing from his best friend’s family store. As young adults, Aria and Anton go into business together selling fake social security numbers and passports to illegal aliens. Despite all of this though, all Anton ever wanted was a normal desk job. A 9 to 5 he could come home from with a check on Fridays, that would require him to pay taxes every April. And for a while, Anton has that. He has the job with the respect, the wife who (might) love him, the best friend, the home. He even has a cat. But then his company performs a background check, and Aria blackmails him into doing one last job for her, and everything starts to unravel.

I loved every minute of this book: the oh-so-real desire for the exact thing we can’t have, the beautiful prose that could easily be poetry, the characters and backstories you’d never have expected but who, on second thought, seem so obvious they could be sitting across from you on the subway.

Of Mandel’s four books, I’ve finished three: Station Eleven, The Lola Quartetand now The Singer’s Gun. I loved all of them, but I think that the climax and the ending to The Singer’s Gun may have made it my favorite (very close ahead of Station Eleven).

Looking for ideas on what to read next? Check out all my book reviews to see what’s worth checking out and what’s worth skipping over; or follow along on Goodreads for regular updates on what I’m reading now.  

4 Reasons War Isn’t Solving Anything You Think It Is

It’s easy to say you’re against war, and I have a couple of times. I think, for the most part, we can agree that war is inherently wrong and that we’d like to avoid it. The problem though is with seeing it as a necessity in certain situations; as something that can’t be avoided. So today, I want to be more specific about why I don’t understand war and am against it, no matter what the circumstances, because it is a difficult subject to take a stance on. Pieces of our history, like the Holocaust, make it pretty clear that war isn’t always as black and white as we wish it were, and can make it easier to say that in certain situations, it’s understandable or even good. But for these four reasons, I don’t think it’s okay even in those situations.

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Human Worth

The whole concept of war assumes that some human lives are less valuable or worth living than are other human lives; that certain people, whether they like it or have agreed to it or not, are worth sacrificing to settle your argument. I know that simplifies things – that situations like 9/11 and the Holocaust are far beyond an “argument,” but the fact remains that war is based on the premise of sacrificing certain people’s existence to make a point.

If any one human live is valuable, so is every other human life. If any one person is worth fighting for, so are the other seven billion. To suggest that the best way to settle something is to kill thousands – if not millions – of people completely negates that belief, and I simply can’t get behind anyone who honestly believes that is okay.

An Eye for an Eye

Gandhi has said it before, but “an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind” and that couldn’t be more true. Killing thousands of people because thousands of people have already been killed only results in more death. It doesn’t fix the problem, or give you the moral high ground, or prove your point. It just extends the problem.

As absolutely awful as 9/11 was – and I will never say a defensive word about the people who committed those crimes – throwing our country into war with two other countries only resulted in nearly 7,000 American deaths, and that doesn’t include the Middle Eastern and civilian casualties, which I can’t find consistent statistics for.


I struggled with what to title this particular section – inconsistency or greed – because ultimately, war is not about fixing problems. It is not about being morally “in the right” or helping people who need it, as much as we’d like to think it is. War is not about any of those things, or we’d be at war with North Korea, who is suffering the exact same thing that Germany was during the Holocaust (although I’d also point out that we didn’t get involved in World War II for years. We didn’t join that fight because we were morally against the atrocities Hitler was committing).

My point is this: we don’t throw America into war for any kind of moral or helpful reason. We do it because there is money available, as in the Middle East where there is oil. If this were simply about bringing democracy to a country that needs it, or “fighting the good fight,” or even getting back at someone who wronged us, we’d have been in North Korea for a long time now, but instead we have (arguably) done nothing.

Violence Doesn’t Work

The concept of war suggests that violence accomplishes something, which to quote everyone’s mother: it doesn’t. Punching Suzy because she pushed Alex does not make Suzy less likely to kick Joan. It just makes her more likely to give you a black eye and leaves everyone fighting. Your mother could have told you that when you were five and a girl in your class stole the doll you were playing with, so I can’t understand why it’s something that our government needs to be told now.

If violence worked, this war would have ended years ago; but instead, it has left terror groups in the Middle East pushing back harder. I’m not suggesting that America is in any way at fault for what groups like ISIS are doing, or that their actions are in any way understandable. What I am suggesting though is that clearly, war has not prevented groups like ISIS from perpetrating unspeakable crimes against humanity.

For all those reasons, while I can understand the thought process behind “sometimes war is unavoidable,” I just don’t agree. There are other options and I can guarantee that if we put half the man power and funding into coming up with those ideas as we do into developing new weapons and building armies (America spends more on our defense budget than the next highest eight countries combined), we’d be living in a war-free country at the very least. That’s not delusional and I’m not imagining utopia. I’m just trying to suggest a world that does not bare a horrifying resemblance to popular dystopian novels.

Friday Favorites, vol. 31

Friday Favorites

// This satire Brita wrote for the F Work Link-Up this month (which is still open for submissions until Thursday by the way) is a hilarious take on women changing their names when they get married. If that’s something you want to do, then that’s wonderful. But I also seen nothing wrong with keeping your name – my mom did, and in fact she gave it to me as a middle name, and I’m fairly certain that I’ll keep my last name if and when I get married.

// This week, I partnered with BlogHer in a several-months long project with PRI. Throughout the rest of the year, you’ll see me sharing #womenslives posts on Twitter and Facebook, and writing about those same issues here on this blog. The project is designed to highlight the contributions women make to our society and the difficulties that we face every day as a result of sexism. This is, without a doubt, the feminist journalistic experience I never knew I was searching for, and I’m so excited to be a part of it!

// Want to grow your social media presence in 2015? Make sure you’re making the strongest impact at the right times with this great post from Lauren.

// We all know what Google Analytics is, and most of us probably have it installed and check it (fairly) regularly. I know I do. But with these great tools introduced to us by Elsie and Emma you can track more than just your daily page views.

3 Reasons Why I Need Feminism (And Why You Do Too)

Last week, I wrote about why you should thank a feminist. I wrote about a few of the incredible things that feminism has accomplished that, more than likely, you and I don’t even think about on a regular basis; things like our right to vote and to an education. What I didn’t write about though are the things feminism still has to change, and why it’s still so important today even with everything we’ve already accomplished.

I Need Feminism

Rape Culture

One in six American women has been sexually assaulted in her lifetime. That’s a statistic that probably doesn’t surprise much of anyone and we can all agree that rape is an absolutely disgusting crime. And yet, of the rapes which are reported and taken to court, only two percent of rapists will ever spend a day in prison for the crime they committed. And that’s just of those rapes which are reported. An average of 32 percent of sexual assaults are never even reported.

No other crime in America has that low of a conviction rate, and that fact alone is alarming for a crime that destroys so many lives. Largely, this is because of the way our country treats rape victims – immediately asking what they were wearing and whether they’d been drinking rather than how we can help. Even if the victim manages to make a report, the defendant’s counsel will ask her the same questions the police officers did when she reported it; and while that’s understandable – it’s the attorney’s job – the fact that jury members and the media will also ask those questions is not.

Equal Pay

I mentioned in my post on what feminism has accomplished that the gender pay gap has decreased dramatically in recent years. While this is a fantastic accomplishment though, it’s not enough. While the gap varies based on age and state, the average American woman can expect to make $.77 on the $1.00 that their male counterparts make – for the same jobs, with the same level of experience and education, and the same number of hours worked. In case you need a recognizable example of this, Angelina Jolie is the highest paid actress in Hollywood. She makes the same amount of money as the two lowest paid actors. That means that every single actress can expect to be making less than their male counterparts.

Not only that (as though it’s not enough), but when you bring up the gender pay gap an alarming number of people will tell you that it’s a myth, no longer a problem in modern America. In fact, when I turned to Google for statistics the first suggestion that came up, even before the search term I was actually looking for, was “gender pay gap myth.” The fact that we have this gap is enough of a problem, but the fact that nobody believes the problem exists makes it that much more difficult to do anything about it.


In 2013, of the 535 total members of congress only about 18 percent were female. In news media such as journalism and television news, the number of female employees is dwarfed by the number of (old) white men. Of the 71 countries throughout the world that have been lead by a woman, America is not one. As recent as 2011, only 11 percent of lead characters in movies were female. When you discuss a male politician, you discuss his political views; when you discuss his female counterparts, you discuss how great her arms are or how out of style her suit is. Last week I asked my Facebook friends whether they’d vote for Hilary Clinton as president. Of the seven people who responded, five said absolutely not; and none of them had a single political reason. Instead, they all said she was “crazy” or “terrifying,” with no explanation as to how or why. And finally, the rampant sexism portrayed during the Superbowl – arguably the most popular day for advertising throughout America – has become so well-known that it’s joked about on shows like SNL. Without even watching the Superbowl the other night, I saw four commercials and three of them were centered around naked or half-naked women (as in Carl Jr.’s ad where we’re not even pretending that women are seen as anything but something for men to consume).

For all these reasons and so many more, I need feminism. Because without feminism, we never would have made it this far; and without feminism we won’t move any further. Because I even need to write this post to counteract all the MRAs trolling the Internet talking about men not being allowed to wear dresses. I need feminism because denying that need is like sitting in a pitch dark room trying to read and swearing you don’t need to turn a light on to do it.

But even after all that, I’m sure plenty of men are looking on and thinking well okay, but what do need feminism for? It’s not doing anything for me. But the fact is that without equality, we can never move forward together. Without equal representation and acceptance for both sides, we can never succeed as one great country because we’ll always be engaged in a silent war with one another. You need feminism because every day, feminists fight to break down the gender roles requiring men to never cry or show emotion. Because the LGBTQA community of which feminists are a large part is fighting not only for women but for men as well.

You need feminism because if women are in the dark so are you.

I need feminism

What I Read: January, 2015

Last month I introduced a new series (ish) for the books I’ve been working on reading lately. I’m still working on figuring out exactly how I want to go forward with this – whether I want to use it as a way to list the books I’m planning on reading, the books I’m currently reading, or the books I’ve read recently. Whatever I end up doing though, I do know I want to focus more blog posts on reading in 2015 so it’s a series that’s going to stick around in some form or another.

Trial and error tells me that listing the books I plan on reading doesn’t work because I usually end up reading entirely different books. And the same holds true for listing the books I’m currently working on (ex. of the books on last month’s list, I finished one and made some progress in one other). So this month, I’m going to try out sharing the books I’ve finished lately with short synopses (hopefully to be followed later by longer reviews) of each. Let me know which version you prefer and, as always, follow along on Goodreads for updates and short reviews (and so I can stalk your reading list for ideas).

Full disclosure: Looking back, I’m realizing that, without intending to, I became pretty preoccupied with the war and, in particular, the Holocaust this month. 

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The End of War, by John Horgan

I finished this book at the beginning of the month and actually already posted a review of it last week. Even though this was a research-based book, I found it incredibly easy to get through. I think this was partially because the subject was one I was really interested in, but also because Horgan writes in a way that’s easy to understand and punctuated straight research with quotes and personal anecdotes. Definitely a must-read if you’re interested in human nature and what seems like our predisposition towards fighting wars.

In The Garden of Beasts, by Erik Larson

I bought this book at the same time I bought The End of War and if I’m being honest, I didn’t have much hope that I’d actually finish it. I have what my roommate calls a sick fascination with the Holocaust (mainly because I just cannot fathom what made entire countries go along with Hitler), so I gravitated towards this book immediately, but as I was sitting on the bus heading home, reading the back and realizing that this was a non-fiction piece about the American Ambassador and his family living in Germany in 1933, based solely on research taken from diaries, recordings, and old photographs, I got worried that this book was more up my dad’s alley. As it turned out though, I loved this book and finished it in a few days. And actually, I learned a couple things about the Holocaust that I had never learned in school (and that, full disclosure, left me in absolute shock and slightly sick-feeling).

Sarah’s Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay

This is another book about the Holocaust, but this one took place in France and the atrocities committed by the French police in 1942 during the Vel d’Hiv. If you don’t know what that is don’t worry – neither did I and, from the sound of the book, neither do most people. Although this book was fiction, it was based on very real events and left me crying on the bus into work more than once. Based simultaneously in July 1942 and 60 years later in the spring of 2002, Sarah’s Key tells the heartbreaking story of Sarah Starzynski, a 10-year-old girl who was taken with her parents as part of the Vel D’Hiv roundup and who, thinking she’d be back in time to save him, locked her younger brother in a secret closet to protect him.

Have you read any of these books and, if not, what have you been reading lately? Let me know in the comments!

4 Tips for Stealing Inspiration Without Stealing Content

I’ve written before that one of my favorite forms of inspiration is the kind I get from other bloggers and articles I read online or in print. My notebook is filled with ideas prompted by things I’ve read online, and I’m sure that yours is too, which is great because that’s exactly why we’re all here and what makes this such a great community: to inspire one another.

Stealing inspiration from other bloggers can get tricky though when you’re not sure how to go about it, or when you don’t give credit where credit is due, and a lot of times, that uncertainty leaves us not wanting to hit the publish button on what might be a really great post. So today, here are my four tips to keep in mind when stealing inspiration from your favorite bloggers or articles.

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Ask Yourself Why

Why do you like this post – specifically, what about it? Is it the writing, the subject matter, the photos, the way they approach the topic? What specifically is inspiring you to write your own post and, if you were to comment, what part of the post would you respond to?

Once you know what it is that you like about the post or article you’re reading, you can start to narrow down what it is that you want to write about – and it may not be what this person wrote about at all. You may find that what you really like and were inspired by is their openness in discussing a certain topic, or that you think their photos are absolutely stunning. Whatever it is, figure it out and move from there.

Expand on That

Now that you know what it is you like about the post or article you’re stealing inspiration from, figure out what else you can say that the author hasn’t already said. How can you expand on their ideas in a way that they haven’t, and that you find interesting?

This step is so important because, once you know what you like about a post, it can be easy (and tempting) to just write about that exact same thing. Even if you’re saying it in your own words though, using someone else’s exact idea without making it your own is theft. It isn’t doing you or your blog any favors and would probably upset the original author if they ever saw it.

Don’t Steal

I keep saying that this is a post on stealing inspiration, but what I mean is that you should be using blogs, videos, books, and articles that you love as inspiration for your own ideas, not that you should actually steal.

That said, if you find that what you want to say would be really helped by a direct quote or a photo from the post that inspired you, ask permission first. Especially with bloggers, it’s crazy easy to shoot someone an email explaining how much you loved their post, and what your own idea is. Chances are, that author spent a lot of time writing their post or article and would be really upset if they saw their own words typed up elsewhere – even if you did give them credit. Beyond that though, having large portions of an article published in various places kills SEO because Google interprets it as plagiarism, and nobody wants that.

Give Credit

Finally – and most importantly – give credit where credit is due. If you got a great idea because of a post you really loved, then let your readers know that’s where you got the idea. Link back to the post that you’re stealing inspiration from so that if they want t0 (and they probably will once they see how great your post is), they can head on over and check out what that blogger had to say.

It may not make sense to start off your post with something like “this post idea came from so-and-so,” but it can be super easy to add something in like “after reading so-and-so’s post, I started thinking…” And most importantly, don’t just say you got the idea from someone and give their name or blog name – link back so that readers can share the love.

So what about you? What are your must-follow rules for stealing inspiration from favorite bloggers or articles? Let me know in the comments!

February Goals

February Goals

Reflecting on January: Blogging

I admittedly slacked off quite a bit in January, going an entire week without blogging at all, and others where I only posted two or three times. Something about the cold and dark of winter strips me of inspiration and creativity, leaving me with absolutely no idea (and no motivation) to write. That said, I have spent this month working on my social media approach, primarily by putting more time and effort into Facebook and Goodreads. I haven’t seen too much in the way of results yet, but I’m hoping that they’re coming!

Reflecting on January: Life

I’m going to go ahead and be the millionth person to say this, but I can’t believe how quickly January went. The winter months tend to drag by for me, despite my amazing oil rig I got here, a way-too-long ellipses between fall and spring; so it goes without saying that I’m pretty happy about how quickly this month went, even if it does mean that I can’t think of any recognizable changes I’ve made in my life or big events that have happened.

Favorites From January

5 Tips to Nail the Job Interview

On Charlie Hebdo and Freedom of the Press

On Depression: An Important Confession

4 Reasons to Thank a Feminist Today

February Goals

Focus on Reading One Book at a Time I have a ridiculous habit of reading four and five books at a time. I picked it up years ago, as a kid because I get bored quickly at the beginning of books and never quite got over it. Unfortunately, it ensures that it takes me three times as long to finish a book because instead of finishing one book, I get about halfway through three or four books (ex: in January, I finished three books and got halfway through two more).

Go One Week Without Meat Remember that time back in December when I said I was going to go a week without meat? Well, I completely forgot about it and so it never happened. I really want to do this in February though.

Spend More Time Away From the Computer After reading Alicia’s post on counteracting the effects of sitting in a cubicle all day, I started to realize that work isn’t the only place I spend the majority of my time in front of a screen. As a blogger, I spend a lot of time sitting in front of the laptop at home as well. This month, I want to focus on unplugging once in a while.