(Image from PictoryMag.com)
A lot has happened in the past couple of weeks and I’d like to share them.
First, some things I’ve gathered from around the internet.
1. A touching and beautiful portrait of women at Pictory Mag. They curated a collection called “Secrets of Inspiring Women” and it is truly edifying. Brace yourself for inspiration and lessons on courage.
2. Secondly, there was a fantastic list about women science bloggers published back in September, read it here. The list includes everything from etymologists to environmentalists. And in case I don’t say it enough, science girls rock.
3. Shatterbox, a website I found that provides video interviews of Gen- er, what letter are we on now? Let’s just say, “20 somethings” who found careers that they love.
4. We are on Tumblr, although very sporadically. I “like” articles and pictures on there and reblog stuff that I often tweet out on my Twitter in case your jonseing for daily updates. (Facebook is usually weekly)
Cool things that happened to me.
1. I was chosen as Fly Girl of The Week over at Fly. This is BIG because I absolutely adore the blog and the woman who runs it. Hello to everyone who has come here because of that.
Two of my answers in the profile:
Why are you fly? Because I try. I may not always succeed but I’m either too stubborn or too naïve to not give it a shot. I am one of those people who doesn’t ask why, but does everything in my capacity to figure out, why in the heck not?
Advice: You can’t think yourself into being, there is an action component, a “doing”. Don’t wait until everything is perfect, just start. Start right now with what you love, pursue it passionately, vehemently, and produce something…even if it’s for an audience of one.
2. And finally, I was invited to speak at a local TedX Youth event titled “Be the Change”, which was nerve-wracking and scary and awesome and challenging and now I can’t wait to saddle up and do it again (and better) if the opportunity ever presents itself. I took this chance to test out my new philosophy: say “yes” first, figure the rest out later.
The thing that most people commented on was when I said, “you don’t have to have the answers before you start asking the questions”. It was in reference to people who continually ask me about where I want this blog to go or what I want this blog to “do”. And the truth is, I’m still figuring it out. But I had to start it. I’ve been a part of such a great conversation and some of the most substantial interactions of my life because of it, so it is more than “serving its purpose”. But with the new year, I think I’m going to truly try to focus on more video profiles and even re-formatting the blog to index the categories by interest (athletics, science, etc.). So, we’ll see where this crazy journey leads.