Links I Love (+ an 8tracks Mix): August 24th

So here we are for my third installment of Links I Love (I promise I’ll stop counting soon), and here you’ll find the usual: a new 8tracks mix, and a video, podcast, and article that all impacted the last two weeks of my life in some way big or small. Enjoy!

Here’s a mix that came about pretty randomly. I was actually planning on making a mix filled with indie-folk songs for the upcoming Fall, but then I heard the song ‘Sedona’ by Houndmouth and just knew that I had to create something that was summery and more upbeat than I had intended. As I approach the beginning of Law School and find myself scared/excited/eager/terrified, these songs make me smile and feel empowered with the knowledge that I’ll adjust to this new chapter in due time. For now, all I can do is take it one step at a time and keep smiling along to these songs.

  1. Video: The Power of Following Your Fear by Marie Forleo
    • So this is the second Marie Forleo video that I’m including in a Links post and I have absolutely zero shame in that. While the first one I posted was about an hour long, this one is about 5 minutes, and everyone has 5 minutes to spare for something this good. The title says it all, but it’s a theme that I’ve written about several times and remind myself of regularly (and lately that means every day, and sometimes every moment). There is something beautiful and brave about doing the things that scare us instead of doing the easier thing: running away and avoiding our fear, which ultimately gives it more and more power over us. I wrote about this a bit in the description of my 8tracks mix (the one that’s on the actual website, not what’s written above). Right now, my phone wallpaper is a quote that states, “you are braver than you believe” – a.a. milne. I need this reminder because we so often equate bravery with an absence of fear when in fact it’s just the opposite. This George R.R. Martin quote says it all: “Can a man still be brave if he is afraid? That is the only time a man can be brave.” There are so many beautiful quotes that talk about these feelings and while I’m tempted to keep writing them out, I’ll stop now (but there are similarly empowering quotes by Joseph Campbell and Georgia O’Keeffe that follow along this same theme). I’m rambling, but the point is this: I found this YouTube video to be essential for life in general, but particularly timely for me as I embark upon a new chapter that has exposed both old and new fears within me. What this video helped reinforce for me is that, often when we are afraid of something, it is exactly what is needed in our lives, and this has been the underlying current that has carried me all the way to Boston. I pinned one of the quotes she included in the video that sums it all up here.
  2. Podcast: Dear Sugar – An Update From ‘Head Or The Heart’
    • I can still vividly remember listening to this original podcast episode in my old apartment, standing in my tiny kitchen and falling in love with the story that was being told. A lot of the episodes of this podcast effect me, but I really connected with this topic on a deeper level, so much so that I have actively wished that Cheryl and Steve would in fact do a follow up with the letter writer months later – and they finally did! I don’t want to give anything away, but the question was coming from a woman who fell in love with a man who had a checkered past with regard to his upbringing. Even though he had grown a lot and transcended various obstacles through therapy, she was still having trouble not judging him and allowing herself to fully fall in love with him. Suffice it to say that the follow-up did not disappoint in the slightest. I have recommended this podcast to virtually everyone I know, and this episode is a great way to dive in if you haven’t listened to it yet!
  3. Article: Men in Blue Jumpsuits by Hannah Brencher
    • I started following Hannah Brencher a few months ago on Instagram and Twitter, and she is just overflowing with truth-bombs of inspiration. She tweeted out this article, and even though the title made zero sense to me, on some level I knew I should read it, and I’m so glad that I did. Hannah writes about her relationship with God and how it has transformed throughout the years, especially recently as she has written more and more openly about her faith. She describes the change like this, “I went from being a young woman who folded God into cautiously written sentences to posting boldly about my relationship with Him on the regular. God went from being this distant uncle who occasionally sent postcards from off the coast of Maine to someone knit into my most inner of circles.” I loved that line so much. She also makes a beautiful analogy to God being like a custodian (hence the title) who sees the beauty in us regardless of our bruises and brokenness. Definitely read her piece in its entirety to get a better idea of just how profound this analogy is.

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for another round up in two weeks when September will finally be upon us 🙂

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