Worthy of the Week

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Hey all! Thanks so much for stopping by, here is this Friday’s Worthy of the Week, a weekly breakdown of things worth sharing. If you like what you see, feel free to join in! Just post your link in the comments, and I’ll stop by 🙂 Check out the others here

Inspiration

These four are from a series by Russian photographer Katerina Plotnikova. I think each one has so much whimsy and story in it, and had to share.

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Issues

Despite the positive body image movements, I think it is still something we struggle with as a nation, and all around the world. Thankfully, leaders in our culture (celebrities, popular brands, etc.) have started to join in this push against impossible perfection. Two awesome music videos I found this week, Try by Colbie Caillat, and You & I by John Legend, are fantastic (and emotional) illustrations of that. Definitely worth checking out. 

Words of Wisdom

As writers, we are naturally in tune with our imagination. But I think these words go further than creativity or imagination–don’t forget to be curious, to be amazed by the world around you, or even the craft you love. Don’t get so caught up in writing as a business that you forget why you loved it in the first place.

♥ Something I always said to her.....I hope you dance!!

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Worthy of the Week

Hey all, it’s Friday, so here’s another Worthy of the Week, a weekly breakdown of things worth sharing. If you like what you see, feel free to join in! Just post your link in the comments, and I’ll stop by 🙂 Check out the first two here

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Inspiration: 

So if you follow me on twitter you might have noticed I’ve been working on a brand new untitled WIP! Since you’re all so great, I thought I would share a sneak peek of some of my inspiration for it, and maybe you can even take some guesses 🙂

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Issues:

You may have heard of the recent Slate article bashing YA, which in the very title says “you should feel embarrassed when what you’re reading was written for children” and goes on to compare YA to the “kiddie pool” and says (more or less) that any self-respecting adult is too sophisticated and complex for juvenile level reading. The Bawdy Book Blog wrote a great post which summed up my feelings on the subject brilliantly.

YA is not the “kiddie pool” it is a bridge between age, generation, and gender. It is just as beautiful and powerful as adult or any literature, sometimes even more so. YA tackles the hardest subjects unapologetically, it is raw and honest. It has taught me so much about myself, and has helped shape who I am. It has given me characters to admire and love, characters that have stayed with me. To this day, I still remember reading Alanna, the fire-headed heroine who becomes a knight in Tamora Pierce’s first novel. She was fictional, but she was a role model who inspired me to be fearless, strong, and courageous, but also myself.

More than anything, this little incident has just shown me yet again how amazing the book community is. The #promoteYAinstead #IreadYA and #noshameinYA tags today were great. So, if you love YA, and aren’t ashamed of it, go spread some love, and wear the button proud 🙂

Words of Wisdom:

As I am jumping into this craziness all over again with a brand new story, I find myself fighting all my old demons and fears. Mainly, the struggle between the ideas in my head and the words on the page. It’s hard to start from ground zero. But as I told a friend this week on twitter, you can’t force a story. You also can’t finish a book, any book, if you never start, or never write 🙂 So, this quote by James Thurber felt especially relevant this week.

 

Worthy of the Week

Last week was the very first Worthy of the Week (check it out here) and I am going to try it again. I am going to keep doing it, until it becomes a thing (it will become a thing, dang it) Feel free to join in, and if you leave a link in the comments, I’ll be sure to stop by! 🙂

Inspiration

As I said in this week’s What’s Up Wednesday, boyfriend and I are looking into mission trips, especially to Nepal or India. I have my heart set on India. I think it is such a beautiful, vibrant place with a rich history, culture, and people. And, elephants! Here are three India-inspired art pieces that caught my eye this week.

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Issues

If you haven’t heard of the #YesAllWomen hashtag by now, I don’t even know what to say to you. You need to go look at it right now, especially if you are a man, and spend some time reading through the posts. Though it has received some criticism, I think it is powerful, and beautiful. It has allowed women all over the world to unite, to find the courage to speak up, and to share their stories. It has started a conversation that is long overdue, and I hope all the attention it has gotten will mean some real changes ahead. The recent response tag, #AllMenCan, is also worth checking out. The genders need to work together if change is going to happen.

Words of Wisdom

Maya Angelou was a woman larger than life. She was an inspiration, a role model, and a world changer. The world would be a better place if we could all try to be a little more like her. Out of all her beautiful, wise words, these are some of my favorites:

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

Maya Angelou

RIP Maya Angelou 1928 – 2014

Worthy of the Week

Hey all, so I have been playing around with this idea for some time, but haven’t figured out quite how to execute it. So, this may fail miserably, but I thought I’d try it out 🙂 I didn’t want this blog to be just about writing, but also life and inspiration, and I wanted to be able to share some of the things that matter.

I decided I’d try sharing a quick breakdown of some things I found during the week, in three categories: Inspiration, Issues, and Words of Wisdom. With so much plain crap on the internet these days, I’d like to take a moment to share some things that are worthy of sharing. And if you like this idea, feel free to join in! Just post your link in the comments, and I’ll stop by 🙂 So here it is, the very first Worthy of the Week!

Inspiration: I am constantly inspired by art, whether for writing or art of my own. I could easily post a hundred different photos for this, but here are three beautifully haunting pieces that stood out to me this week.

collage by Carme Magem,Saatchi Online Artist: Jaeyeol Han; Mixed Media, 2012, Painting "Hidden Violence, Notting hill, London 2011" #artundercover guru.....by M.A. Wakeley ......mixed media on canvas

Issues: You will find that I am mostly passionate about women’s issues (which arguably, are not issues for any gender, but humans as a whole). I will try to switch things up, but I wanted to start with something that really matters to me.

There is undeniable a gender gap in our own country (the US) but it is shocking to realize just how horribly women and girls are treated around the world. They are garbage–less than garbage, less than animals, less than dirt. I had always been aware of this, but it was on the edges of my awareness, distant and far away and it didn’t really affect me. Then I watched the documentary Half the Sky, based on the book of the same name, which highlights major women’s issues around the world, intelligently using celebrities to raise attention. If you haven’t seen it, it is free on Netflix, and you should go watch it. Right now. Seriously, it will change your life, whether you are a woman or not.

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Words of Wisdom: These words really struck me, as I have been trying to live more intentionally, and make the most of my good health. I find myself using my health as an excuse pretty often, instead of challenging and putting myself to go out there and do more. In addition to the Summer Bucket List I mentioned last week (which we’ve already crossed off four things, and had a blast!) I am planning trips this summer (camping in Hill Country, then Huntington Beach to visit cousins) as well as possible mission trips for next year (my heart is set on India).

So I leave you with these two nuggets, from none other than Rumi.

“Run from what’s comfortable. Forget Safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious.”

Rumi Said...

“Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.”