the weeks end

The Week’s End // All Sorts of Interesting Stuff

Happy Saturday everyone! If you’re looking for some interesting reads to check out while you kick back and relax, look no further, I’ve got you covered! Every weekend I like to share with you the most interesting things I found across the great, wide web. Enjoy!

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Fear and loathing at a Trump rally // Vox

Islamophobia in America goes much deeper than Donald Trump.

Honestly, these racists coming out of the woodwork to support Trump and in turn be emboldened be him are truly terrifying to me. Please do not let this man become our next president!

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Dear Black Body // Black and Wordy

I never expressed this outwardly (or inwardly), but I have been fearful of your destruction my entire life. I also have neglected to tell you how much I love you.

You might not be your body, but your body certainly shapes the kind of person you are. Do not forget what your body has been through and what it has done for you. Love your body, whether the rest of the world does or not.

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How to find your voice // Austin Kleon

Young artists are always being told to “find your voice.”

Whatever that means!

Finding your voice is not some mysterious or magical thing. There is no need to agonize or stress over finding it. It’s out there, in experimentation and imitation. Go forth and find it.

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Do Numbers Really Matter? // Jenny in Neverland

Stats, page views, followers, Twitter followers, Facebook likes, whether you like them or not, in the blogging world, numbers are everywhere.

How much do you care about stats and followers? I think bloggers who say the don’t care at all are lying. There is a thrill and a satisfaction when those numbers go up, and when they go down you can help taking it personally. We all care a little and that’s ok.

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The Best Science Books of 2015 // SciFri

Was there a science, technology, or environmental book from 2015 that made you think, laugh, or gape in amazement? Now’s the time to celebrate it.

I failed my reading challenge this year but the most disappointing part is I didn’t read anything science-y. Next year I will definitely be including some of these titles. If you just want the list you can find it here.

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Made // Girl in the Hat

A woman is not born, she’s made.

I don’t have kids but one day I might and I’ve often wondered and worried about how I would protect my daughter from the little hurts and shames that come with being female, and the bigger ones that wait around every dark corner and deceptive smile.

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30-day minimalism challenge // Into Mind

I’ve compiled 30 one-day assignments to help you dip your toes into minimalist living, discover lots of new things about yourself and get a big head start. If you want to live a simpler, more intentional life with less stuff but more time and energy for the people and things you love, make January your month of change!

I came across this on Tumblr this past week and even though it was made for last January I think it can be used going into 2016 as well.

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Ten minutes from a phone // Butterfly Mind

Krista Stevens has written before that the best camera is the one you have with you. We are moving into an era where I think we can say the same thing about blogging tools.

A couple of weeks ago I shared another post from Andrea Badgley on publishing posts to your blog in just 10 minutes a day. I like to think I’m doing ok here posting nearly daily but I do stress and scramble everyday to accomplish it. Maybe I should give posting from my phone another shot?

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The Three R’s: Religion, Racism, and Republicans // Sky Dancing

What can we do to break the stranglehold of right wing religious extremism and intolerance on the Republican Party?

It’s not so much that the Republican party is bad, it’s just that they have been taken over by people who are hell bent on making this country into their own image.

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Transference // The School of Life

Transference is a very useful word from psychoanalysis which describes the process whereby we react to situations in the present according to a pattern laid down in the past, usually in childhood. Getting to know our own particular transferences is part of becoming a sane adult.

What if I told you that a lot of the difficulty you might be having in your personal relationships as an adult can probably be traced back to you childhood and your family?

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And that’s it for this week. Have you read, watched, heard, or written an interesting thing this week? Has something made you think or feel strongly? If so drop a link in the comments :)

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Hello! My name is Lisa. I find the human condition fascinating and I often write stuff about that. I blog at zenandpi.com but you can also find me on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram, and if you like what I do, consider signing up for my newsletter. Thanks :)

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