Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, a time to not only celebrate the strength and accomplishments of women all over the world but to also open one’s eyes to all that they have fought against to get where they are today, where they want to be in the future.

According to the Library of Congress, “The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society.”

Their website is flooded with stories of these amazing women in history from Amelia Earhart to Clara Barton. There is content for educators from stories to videos to audio. There are even a list of exhibits and events being featured each day of the month at all of these institutes.

In addition to the stories offered by the Library of Congress, there are more recent women with stories like the one in the Thoughtful Catalog blog. “What I Learned In The Back Of The Class” by Diana Kirk is her eye opening account of her experience being ordered by her professor to sit silently in the back of her Literature by US Women of Color class all semester.

No matter what you choose, I hope it opens your mind just a little more.

Is Texting Killing Language?

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True or false: the addition of texting into our society is leading to the destruction of language as we know it. The answer? According to linguist John McWhorter, this is hardly the case. In fact, according to him, it’s a “miraculous” vehicle of communication. 

In this TED Talk, McWhorter opens our eyes to a different view on texting, and how it’s not “writing at all.” Definitely check out the TED talk to learn more about what he means by this, as well as to learn what a great addition texting can be in our lives. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Making The Most of Your Goals

School, no LIFE is all about setting and achieving your goals. However, setting goals can be hard and discouraging. Sometimes I get so caught up in making a list of what I want to achieve that I get overwhelmed and have to set it aside.

Thorin Klosowski’s article “Focus Your Ambitions with the Lifehacker Hierarchy of Goals” offers a new way to plan out one’s goals.

“Setting goals is easy, but prioritizing them is hard. Humans suck at properly weighing what we need to achieve our goals. We take on too much, skip steps, and often, as a result, we give up. Once you commit to a framework to prioritize your goals and cut the junk, achieving your goals gets a lot more realistic. Here’s one way to do it.”

For more details on Klosowski’s plan, check out his Lifehacker article.

Writing Exercises That Can Help Redirect Your Life

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As a writer, I’m well aware of the power of the written word, but did you know that there are writing exercises that exist that are scientifically proven to help people redirect their lives?

This article from Fast Company provides a number of writing exercises to help redirect one’s life. One I thought was super interesting was an exercise that asks you to think about one of the most rewarding parts of your life-a job, a significant other-and then write about the ways it may not have happened. Definitely check out the rest of the article for more writing exercises if you’re finding yourself in a rut.