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October Happy Links: What Happened

Photo by Tammy Strobel; Taken in The Netherlands
Photo by Tammy Strobel; Taken in The Netherlands

{This month: What Happened,The Year of Less, Vagabonding, Paris, and more.}

Hi all,

Below are ten happy links that inspired me this month. I hope you enjoy them, too!

1. No matter what side of the political spectrum you fall on, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s new book—What Happenedis worth reading. Surprisingly, Clinton’s book was the perfect follow up to Brené Brown’s book—Braving the Wilderness. For example, both authors address topics like avoiding dehumanizing rhetoric in politics, civility, and empathy (both online and in day to day life).

For example, in reference to trolls, bots, and fake news, Clinton said:

“. . . It’s up to each one of us to say informed and make good decisions with rigorous and real deliberation. This is especially important when it comes to voting. Choose wisely and don’t fall for scams. The same way you try to be careful about where you put your money or the car you buy, be careful and informed with your vote. And we all have the ability to break out of our echo chambers and engage with people who don’t agree with us politically. We can keep an open mind an be willing to change our minds from time to time. Even if our outreach is rebuffed, it’s worth it to keep trying. We’re all going to share our American future together—better to do so with open hearts and outstretched hands than closed minds and clenched fists.”

Cheers to that sentiment!

2. My friend and blogging buddy Cait Flanders is an awesome writer! At the beginning of October, I read a galley copy of her new book—The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store.

Cait’s book is beautiful, vulnerable, and it inspired me to be a braver in my writing and life. You can pre-order Cait’s book on Amazon or ask your local library to stock it on the shelves.

3. I read Vagabonding by Rolf Potts in 2010, and I’m reading it again. If you’re interested in living simply and traveling, I highly recommend this book.

4. A Paris All Your Own—edited by Eleanor Brown—is a delightful collection of essays.

5. Are you using social media or being used by it?

6. Honest essays about Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Where’s the Pretty Ribbon for “Shit Happens”?Skipping Over the Hard Parts | Pinkwashing.

7. Tragic and beautiful: I Have a Message for You.

8. Thanks to a new tourism video, you can see why Siskiyou County is so gorgeous!

9. Funny: That Time #Ramona Made Everyone Smile For A Few Minutes.

10. The INSPIRIT Collection by Amanda Sandlin is beautiful. Amanda describes the collection as “a product of remembering all I am capable of, finding courage again, and feeling alive. My deepest hope is that these works can bring all of this uplifting energy into your home and remind that you, too, deserve to feel inspirited, alive, and free.” Check it out.

PSA Simple Year begins on January 2nd. Join my colleague Courtney Carver on November 2, 2017 for a Q & A webinar and program overview. Details here.

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