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a photo from our time in Alaska

How are you holding up, friends? We’ve been up in Alaska for the last week, trying to balance calling our senators about gun control and disconnecting enough to enjoy our vacation. It’s hard to do both.

Links for you

Do you know anyone who’s afraid to vaccinate their kids? This article might help them.
I thought I was being objective, gathering information, and weighing the options. But the more I read, the more fear corrupted my reason, until I felt there were only two possibilities before me: harming my child by commission or harming her by omission. On the one hand, if I consented to vaccination, there was a chance some ingredient in the shot could permanently injure her. On the other hand, if I declined vaccination, there was a chance she could contract a deadly disease.

If you’re struggling with the motivation to work out, this podcast is for you!

Yes! 10 ways to go screen-free and get your brain back.

Important: Gun violence in America, explained in 17 maps and charts.

Related: Coping 101.

I read this Alaska-based book this week and it is soooo good. I particularly loved the character of Ana.

You’ve probably already seen this article floating around it’s true for 99% of the women I know.
When I brush my daughter’s hair and elaborately braid it round the side of her scalp, I am doing the thing that is expected of me. When my husband brushes out tangles before bedtime, he needs his efforts noticed and congratulated—saying aloud in front of both me and her that it took him a whole 15 minutes. There are many small examples of where the work I normally do must be lauded when transferred to my husband. It seems like a small annoyance, but its significance looms larger. 

I loved these flowcharts about work/life balance.

A great reminder that we all have awkward firsts. Every single one of us!

Related: The truth about work/life balance and how to get it.

This x 1000. Stop putting off your life till you have more money/lose weight/have a partner, etc etc etc.
The point is, being a smaller size does not guarantee that you’re going to be happy. 

It just means you’re going to be… you. Wrapped in a slightly different package. And happiness has nothing to do with the packaging. We’ve been brainwashed to believe that it does, but it’s a lie.

I’m afflicted by this. Are you?

6 actually helpful interview tips from a former HR specialist.

Here’s to a better week next week. 


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  1. Anonymous

    Ha, I like the clueyness article. Here’s my story about feeling “cluey:” At my high school graduation we went through and shook all of our teacher’s hands (it was a small school) and generally smiled and said nice things to each other. When I shook my physics teacher’s hand, I smiled and said “Thanks for making me hate physics!” and he laughed and we moved on. But then I realized what a MONSTER I was for saying that (especially after going into the field of education) – telling a teacher that they literally made you hate their subject. I pictured him devastated and doubting his ability as a teacher – even though that’s probably not true at all. But regardless, it’s my biggest regret to this day!

  2. Lesley S

    CLUEY! I suffer from this terribly!

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