17 Motivational Quotes To Kick Off Your Week

Ah, Mondays. The glory of a new week. Mondays can definitely be rough — but look at it this way. It’s the start of a new week! Whatever happened last week doesn’t matter; it’s in the past. You have  the opportunity of a fresh start. Anything can happen this week. Take it one day at a time. You’ve got this.

I’m a sucker for inspirational/motivational quotes, so I wanted to kick off this week by pulling out some of my favorites for you guys. What’s your favorite?

  • “There is strength inside you that you have yet to discover.”
  • “Instead of saying “I don’t have time” try saying “it’s not a priority,” and see how that feels. Often, that’s a perfectly adequate explanation. I have time to iron my sheets, I just don’t want to. But other things are harder. Try it: “I’m not going to edit your résumé, sweetie, because it’s not a priority.” “I don’t go to the doctor because my health is not a priority.” If these phrases don’t sit well, that’s the point. Changing our language reminds us that time is a choice. If we don’t like how we’re spending an hour, we can choose differently.” – The Wall Street Journal
  • “The world only exists in your eyes. You can make it as big or as small as you want.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • “You are enough. You are so enough, it’s amazing how enough you are.”
  • “If nothing else, one day you can look someone straight in the eyes and say
    ‘But I lived through it. And it made me who I am today.’ ” – Iain Thomas, I Wrote This For You

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Book Review: Wonder Women – 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History

cugxqh4wiaanevh-jpg-largeWant to learn about some truly badass women throughout history that you may not have heard of before? Well, I’ve got the book for you – Sam Maggs’ 2016 title “Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors and Trailblazers Who Changed History.” Whether you want to get inspired or are just interested in learning a little bit more about some of the incredible women who have come before us, this is an excellent read.

I actually requested for my library system to purchase this book prior to its release. They did, and I got to be the first one to get my hands on a copy! (Thank you, request system.) IN terms of reading, this book is short (under 240 pages) but covers a lot of ground. It dedicates between 2-4 pages to each woman that it highlights, while also including a bit in each chapter to cover several other women who fall into that category, be it medicine, spy, or inventor.

Honestly, I learned a lot from reading this book, and I walked away feeling absolutely…. recharged, inspired and energized. It’s incredible to read about these women who, throughout history, have defied the odds (and often, the laws), done their own thing, and made significant changes in the world and the lives of many others. Sadly, many of these women were never formally credited with their inventions or discoveries; instead, a man came in and took credit instead. (Ugh!)

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I Guess It’s Time to Get Political

The original FB post.Well, I wasn’t planning on getting political over here, but I want to share this. And hey, this *is* my website after all!

Okay, I’ve tried to not post anything political, but I can’t be quiet anymore. I saw a post shared on my Facebook feed last night and it absolutely infuriated me, so it’s time to unpack everything that’s wrong with this, and with Trump as a candidate. (See a screenshot of the post I wrote this in response to, to the left.)

You don’t care that he called a woman fat? Cool. How about the fact that he LITERALLY said it is okay to sexually assault a woman? One in every six American women has been sexually assaulted at one point in her life. Trump’s comments, and people who think like he does, are not okay by any means! That line of thinking is why we have people like Brock Turner in our world. So hey, if you’re not okay with Brock Turner (which please, tell me you aren’t) and you’re not okay with things like rape, you should definitely not be excusing Trump’s comments.

While we’re on the topic – a woman (or man!) embracing their sexuality, or having CONSENSUAL sex, is not equivalent to sexual assault!!!! A woman should be free to make the CHOICE of modeling for Victoria’s Secret if she wants to. If you’re not comfortable with it, it’s your decision not to watch, just as it’s her decision to participate. Sexual assault – what Trump was talking about – is NON-CONSENSUAL AND IS NEVER OKAY BY ANY MEANS. And no, it doesn’t matter if he spoke those words privately. Not one bit. (Keep in mind that he has also been accused of rape multiple times, including at least one underage case, and was reported as ‘walking unannounced into dressing rooms at Miss Teen USA’ — walking in on undressed contestants AS YOUNG AS 15.)

In addition, the sexualization (which is not necessarily the same as degradation & those things need to be discussed separately) of women in rap music/etc. IS NOT EQUIVALENT TO SEXUAL ASSAULT EITHER. Earlier this week, someone shared a meme that basically equated the reading of Fifty Shades of Gray, a fictional piece of fantasy literature, to sexual assault in real life, in an attempt to say that it’s okay. THOSE ARE NOT THE SAME THINGS!!! That’d be like me stealing your car and then saying “Well, you play Grand Theft Auto, dude. Same thing.” IT’S. NOT. (Of course, the people who think Trump’s words were okay, but are against things like Victoria’s Secret etc. are the same people who think a woman who is raped was ‘asking for it.’) UGH.

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Book Review: “Sorry, Not Sorry”

Lately, this site has turned into “book review” central. But what can I say? I’ve been reading a lot of gems recently and have enjoyed writing about them, in the hopes that others will be inspired to pick them up themselves. Sorry – not sorry.

Funnily enough, that’s the title of the book I’m sitting down to review today; actress, singer, celebrity Naya Rivera’s autobiography: “Sorry Not Sorry.”

Before I delve into my review, I have to point out: I picked up this book largely because I followed Rivera during her time on the hit TV show Glee. I was a “Gleek,” as they called us, watched the show devotedly when it aired (and even after) and saw the in-concert show twice.

Seeing her book ready to hit the shelves absolutely intrigued me, and I knew I had to pick it up. I put in a request at my local library, and shortly after the book was released, it came into my eager hands.

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Book Review: Qualifying Times – Points of Change in U.S. Women’s Sport

9780252079740_lgTo follow up on reading Sarah Shephard’s book about women in sport, I decided I wanted to keep going on the topic, so I went ahead and picked up Jaime Schultz’s 2014 title, “Qualifying Times: Points of Change in U.S. Women’s Sport.”

Having read both, I can’t help but be happy that I picked both of them up. While the topic seems the same, and certainly both books do touch on some of the same issues and both historic and current situations, they’re from two different perspectives. Shephard’s book focuses largely (but not exclusively) on women in sport in the UK. She does make reference to several points of US women’s sports, but by and large, a lot of what she’s focused on is overseas. Thus, in comes Schultz’s book, which focuses almost exclusively on the American side of things. Read one after the other, they seem to nicely fit together, fill in some gaps and have given me a better overarching perspective on women’s sports.

Alright – back to Schultz’s book.

I was hooked from the introduction of this book, which is literally titled: The Politics of the Ponytail. Have I ever thought of the ponytail in terms of sports? Not particularly, at least until now. Showcasing how this hairstyle ties into discussions about gender, age, sexuality, sexualization and femininity, Schultz does a phenomenal job of capturing the reader’s attention from the get-go. Boom. Let’s go.

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