Links I Love (+ an 8tracks Mix): July 27th

So in an effort to post more regularly (and to start bringing in some more varied content other than just book reviews and personal essays), I had the idea of doing bi-monthly posts every other Wednesday on this here blog to share some links of things I’ve read, watched, or absorbed online in some form or another that have interested and/or inspired me in ways both big and small. My goal is to include one YouTube Video, one Podcast, and one or two actual articles. There’s a lot of negative energy and hate online, but there are so many inspiring and interesting things to be learned – and I want to showcase a few things each week that brought me joy or wonder.

Also, I’ll be including a new 8tracks playlist toward the top of each post with some music I’m currently loving. I use 8tracks as my main source for finding new music, and I often have a mix on when I’m reading, blogging, folding laundry, and doing anything really. This one was inspired by a book I’m currently reading titled The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George – need I say more?

And, without further ado…here are a few things I saw online this week that I loved:

  1. YouTube: Marie Forleo’s Interview with Tony Robbins
    • I’m a huge fan of Marie Forleo and I watch her quick and uplifting Q+A Tuesday YouTube videos on the regular. Luckily, when I’m in the mood for something a bit longer and deeper, it’s always easy to find an interview that she has done with someone who is extremely innovative (Arianna Huffington and Elizabeth Gilbert to name a few). This week, it was Tony Robbins, and I couldn’t be more excited. The interview runs about an hour in length (and also mentions his new Netflix Documentary I Am Not Your Guruwhich I’m looking forward to checking out this week), but it’s easy to play on your phone while working out or doing laundry, or just relaxing after dinner with a notebook and pen to jot down some pearls of wisdom.
  2. Podcast: On Being Episode with Thich Nhat Hanh, Cheri Maples, and Larry Ward – Being Peace in a World of Trauma
    • I recently started taking actual baths as a way to destress (I literally had not taken one since the 90’s) and I wanted something relaxing to listen to as I soaked in epsom salts and diffused some essential oils (seriously, try this if you haven’t because it is heaven). Since Krista Tippett’s voice is the actual definition of tranquil, I put this episode on. It’s extremely timely with the seemingly endless violence that we have been seeing both in the US and abroad, and the idea of bringing mindfulness practices into the way that the justice system, namely the police force, operates is something that everyone should be paying mind to. This episode also gave me food for thought for Law School, but more than that it made me reflect on the healing that must take place in this world  – and it offered mindfulness as a key component for that reconciliation, which I have not heard from mainstream media.
  3. Article: After Kim Kardashian’s Exposé, Taylor Swift’s Girl Squad Can’t Stop Making Everything Worse by Amy Zimmerman
    • Okay so admittedly, this article isn’t on trend in terms of the spiritual and personal development themes of the YouTube Video and Podcast above, but these articles truly bring me joy, and I have zero shame in that. I literally laugh out loud every time something like this comes out because they are just too clever. I’m also glad to be including this in my first weekly links post because balance is my word of 2016 and while I love a good Marie Forleo interview and a thought-provoking On Being episode, sometimes a good laugh from something pop-culture related is just as therapeutic and essential to our day as something more ‘profound.’ Balance is key, people – let’s not take ourselves too seriously! ☺️

Thanks for reading. I’m trying to keep throwing things at the wall to see what sticks when it comes to this blog, but I’m hoping that this is something I’ll continue to curate every other week as a means of spreading some of the goodness that the internet has to offer. I’m always interested in writing book reviews and reflections on life, but this feels like a good way to both share and catalogue the things that I enjoy in a short and sweet way (and it keeps me inclined to make 8tracks mixes, which I’m way too sporadic about). Stay tuned for more!

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