What’s not to like about Freeform’s newest show, The Bold Type? (And did I type that in bold to be ironic or not?) Seriously, folks, if you’re not watching this show – you’re missing out!
The Bold Type surrounds the lives of three working women (portrayed by Katie Stevens, Meghann Fahy and Aisha Dee) in New York City, who happen to be best friends and all work at Scarlet magazine. The show’s premise is based on the lives of writers at the real-life Cosmopolitan magazine, and the show is the perfect mix of feminism, fashion, social issues, girl power, journalism, NYC life, romance and friendship.
How often do we see such authentically-portrayed friendships between women on television? These characters – Jane, Sutton and Kat – are so real that it’s easy to identify with them. And though they’re all trying to make it in the world, they’ve put their friendship as a priority, too. At the same time, each character has its own personality.
“The average American household contains more than 300,000 possessions.”
Read that sentence. Now read it again and really consider it. Astounding, isn’t it?
It’s just one of the tidbits I learned in “Essential,” a book of essays written by The Minimalists. I known I’ve written about these guys before, but wanted to touch base on their book of essays, published in 2015. I requested my library purchase a copy and finally got my hands on it!
At its core, minimalism is about making you think. Rather than mindlessly buying more “stuff,” think about WHY you’re doing it. Rather than stashing things in your closet to collect dust for months, think about WHY you’re doing it. In a world of often-mindless consumption and consumerism, it’s nice to take a step back and think about WHY we own the things we own, WHY we do the things we do, etc.
What value is this [object/person/job/relationship/experience/etc.] bringing to your life?
That’s the question we should all be asking ourselves, and it’s definitely one I need to ask more often. The Minimalists look at that question from a number of perspectives, and in respect to various subjects, in the course of their essays in this book.
Although I’ve yet to actually go see it, I’m thrilled by the hype floating around on social media regarding the new Wonder Woman movie. There’s just something about seeing a film surrounding a strong, powerful woman succeed that sends chills up and down my spine. It’s fantastic – and I wanted to feed off that energy by reminding everyone of some of the incredible women who have brought about change in society!
Hopefully you’ve already heard of these 15 powerful women and are familiar with their accomplishments, but in all honesty, you might not be. Their stories deserve recognition and acknowledgment, far more than I can give them – but I hope this is a start.
“To feel passionate about something is to feel alive.”
To anyone who’s reading this, I challenge you to spend just ten minutes of your time thinking: what are you passionate about? Are you pursuing it to the best of your abilities, right now? What’s standing in your way? How can you overcome that?
This week, clearly part of the American Thanksgiving Holiday, the wonderful folks over at Beating 50 posted this challenge:
“In light of thanksgiving, we wanted to invite you all to join us in making a list of 50 reasons why you are thankful for your husband or wife (or fiancé, boyfriend, girlfriend). Let’s thank our loved one for the little things and the big things! Thankfulness produces joy, and joy is what we want our marriages to be marked by! We hope that our lists of thanksgiving, inspire you to write and share your own with your spouse!”
This was my first Thanksgiving as a married woman, and really our first holiday as a married couple! (We got married in mid-July.) We’ve spent the last few Thanksgivings together, but there was something different about this one. Just knowing that we’re married and we’re really a family now, just made everything feel better, more connected.
So, Beating 50, I’ll take your challenge. Fifty reasons I’m thankful for my husband… here we go!