I don’t know that I’ve ever written much about my anxiety on here, but I think now is the time to start. Honestly, living with anxiety is not easy. Sometimes it can manifest itself in ways that make it nearly impossible to get out of bed in the morning or to finish a simple task.
Other times, like some of the things I wanted to write about today, it manifests itself in small ways that are *just* enough to inconvenience you or make your day more complicated. Sometimes you don’t even realize how ridiculous these things can be, and sometimes you do, but you have to do them anyways. Because if you don’t, who knows what could happen?
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?