Pieces, No. 9: Summer 2018 – Videos

“What it *Actually* Means to Love Your Body”| Empowered Sustenance

Lauren Geertsen’s insights in this video post are important to understand, especially in a time when people throw out unhelpful fluff about what it means to love one’s body in a world of distorted and harmful perceptions, and she provides a valuable perspective that allows for true self-love.


Lauren Geertsen’s poetry

Her spoken word poetry is powerful and encouraging.


The Mixtapes | The Jubilee Project

I recently found Jubilee on Youtube and was intrigued by the way this company uses filmmaking and Youtube to build human connection and inspire positive change. Now a digital media startup, Jubilee Media started as an organization called Jubilee Project. This is one of the short films from the Jubilee Project days that particularly resonated with me and serves as a touching and humbling reminder.


Taco Math |SNL

This could have been a reenactment of a real life conversation and is an example of one reason I am concerned about society.


Pieces, No. 8: Summer 2018 – Blogs and Internet articles

“Admitting that I can’t do it all…or even half of it” by Jennifer Fulwiler

I have been that overplanning time-maximizer. This year, I have been realizing that I will always feel behind when I try to keep up with too much. Jen’s reflection on what she learned from the nun’s schedule in this post supports and clarifies the insights that I have gained and am trying to apply to my life.


“The courage to rest” by Jennifer Fulwiler

This is a later post on the same topic that I also find worth sharing.


“A meditation on the shocking idea that maybe we’re actually not just lazy whiners” by Jennifer Fulwiler

The story that Jennifer shares in this post resonates with a topic that I have been thinking about this past year and the conclusion that I have been coming to. I previously thought, first world problems aren’t real problems, so how hard can my privileged life really be? But beating myself up for feeling like I was struggling is counterproductive and forcing myself to be grateful doesn’t work. As I found this past school year, recognizing the problems and hardships that I experience as real struggles rather than things-to-ignore-because-at-least-I-have-food-and-college made these challenges easier to deal with and freed my mental space and energy so that I could genuinely appreciate the blessings in my life.


“Evidence-based advice on how to be successful in any job” by 80000 Hours

Much of this advice sounds a lot like how to be a better individual and community member. We should see personal wellbeing and performance, kindness and achievement, self-improvement and helping others as complementary rather than mutually exclusive.

Pieces, No. 7: Summer 2018 – Books

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

This is one of those books that I have thoroughly enjoyed and that I will have to read again. It has what I like in a novel: richly developed stories and characters and layers, a world I can immerse myself in. I will have to read more of Margaret Atwood’s books.


One Beautiful Dream by Jennifer Fulwiler

This memoir was entertaining, insightful, and relevant to my life. I may not be a Catholic mother with six children, but this is a good book not only for people interested in how to balance modern motherhood with personal passions, but also for people, like me, who are trying to figure out what to do with their lives, what their gifts are, and how their lives might fit into a bigger picture. Jennifer Fulwiler’s stories from this book and from her Facebook posts are one of the sources of wisdom and experience this summer that has been informing my changing perspective on how to approach life.