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August Happy Links: “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.”

{This month: Gratitude, outrage, hope, and more}

Leiden, The Netherlands; photo by Tammy Strobel

Hi all,

Our trip to The Netherlands renewed my spirit and left me feeling incredibly grateful. I’ll share photos and an essay about our travel adventures soon. Also, the trip reaffirmed my theory that most people are good, despite the horrific events that dominate the headlines.

And speaking of the news, Charlottesville is still on my mind. I’m not surprised by what happened in Charlottesville because racism runs deep in the U.S., and it’s not okay. I don’t have answers, but I will donate money to organizations who are doing anti-racist work and continue to speak up.

With that, let’s move onto this month’s link roundup. The essays and books included in this roundup aren’t necessarily “happy.” However, the articles inspired me to take action. Also, I linked to a few pieces that are light-hearted.

1. Please donate and share this link.

2. “Don’t lose hope just because some people are the worst. Some people are the best, too. The rest of us are somewhere in between, but we keep striving for better. Charitable acts are one way to help us get there.” —via Sara Benincasa, What to Do About Charlottesville

3. Stating the obvious: “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.”

4. Awesome tips via Susannah Conway: Staying sane in this connected world.

5. Wise words via Sas: Five ways to be online, while the world wakes up to itself.

6. Nicole Antoinette released Season 12 of Real Talk Radio. The episodes are informative and helpful!

7. During September, I’ll be listening to Scene on Radio.

8. Last month, I linked to Weekly Action Checklist for Democrats, Independents, and Republicans of Conscience and I’m sharing it again because it’s a helpful resource.

9. So good: We can be scared together.

10. This essay—Aging Parents With Lots of Stuff, and Children Who Don’t Want It—isn’t related to activism or policy, but it’s a good read.

11. I pre-ordered Brené Brown’s new book—Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone. The topic is incredibly timely.

Bonus links/news: 

12. I’m teaching my online journaling course, Write to Flourish, in September. If you’ve been thinking about taking the class, enroll. I’m not planning on teaching this class again until 2018. Register here.

13. In October, I’m speaking at the Tiny House Jamboree in Arlington, Texas. The title of my talk is Life in 128-Square Feet and Beyond. I’ll share why I simplified my life, what it was like to live in 128-square-feet for 4 years, and offer attendees tips and tools to go small, think big, and be happy. Hope to see you there!

14. I extended my digital book sale through August because Everyday Adventures is available on the Kindle for $1.99. I’d be grateful if you bought a copy and left a review on Amazon. Grab your copy: Print | Kindle | PDF

Thanks for reading! If you enjoyed my link roundup, please share this post with a friend.

With gratitude,

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  • Solitary Diner August 29, 2017, 8:20 pm

    What a great set of links. I only wish the world wasn’t so messed up that we need them!

    • Tammy Strobel August 30, 2017, 10:11 am

      Thank you! And, I agree. 🙂

  • Karol September 1, 2017, 11:46 am

    Hi Tammy. I think this thread about aligning with adversaries for a common cause goes well with the links you posted: https://twitter.com/Noahpinion/status/897676176071827457

    I tried to get this point across to Sanders supporters who voted for a third party last year. And to be honest I’m not seeing that people thought that was a mistake. Sadly, progress through compromise just doesn’t seem to be a tenet of the left anymore which is particularly disheartening. I hope I’m mistaken. We’ll know come 2018 and 2020. Thanks for doing what you do.

    • Tammy Strobel September 1, 2017, 11:59 am

      Thanks Karol! I’ll check out the thread you shared. All the news is so horrible. I’m trying to stay positive. Sending you hugs.

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