Braving

I’m reading Brene Brown’s ‘Braving the Wilderness’ which I believe is an essential read for everyone, ever, but especially in this particular time in history. Read it.

I encourage anyone who will listen to read this book and give them a small glimpse of why, any chance I get. Because it tells us we need to unify with and respect each other in order to make a change and I believe in making a good change in the world. That means I look for the best possible ways to bring about positive change and I believe Brene’s book contains some of them.

It tells you how to move bravely through the political and social climate of these times And continue friendships, And become more truly yourself than you’ve ever been. It makes clear that becoming more socially isolated and more divided based on personal beliefs is detrimental to human rights as a whole. Yes. Really. Check it out.

On Amazon

On Audible

And it’s probably at your local library for free, too.

Awesome gifts for young girls !

I started shopping for my good friend’s four-year-old’s birthday gift. Not because gift-giving is obligatory societally, but because I’ve known this little kid since she was 4 weeks old and she’s very special to me.

I was blessed as a child with generous relatives and family friends who gave a wide array of the most amazing inspiring beautiful gifts!! So to continue the legacy, here is my first attempt to move past my first thought (Oooooh, sparkly pink tutu!!!!!) and share with you some gifts with greater perceived depth. I say ‘perceived’ because as an artist and costumer, I very much so value beautiful fabric and visual aesthetics and see them as facilitating perception of the beauty of the world.

The age range for the below list is wider than just the 4-year-old crowd, and the price range is on the low side. A lot of these are from ‘amightygirl.com’, which you should definitely check out.

Tool box I had and LOVED as a kid

Book about Rachel Carson, female environmentalist

Book about Female Inventors

Raise Butterflies with this kit!!!!!

Play Camping Set! So cool

Miss Rumphius; A book based on a real woman who made the world more beautiful

And I think that will about exhaust most folks’ willingness to click links, so I’ll save some others for a future post. Keep on raising amazing, intelligent, sparkly-eyed, alive, compassionate girls. We all start little, and then get inspired.