5 articles for Feminists

Behind every Feminist, there is a Chauvinist – I thought this article was light hearted and on point. It is about a relationship between a man and a woman and how to recognise a chauvinist man. Funnily enough, I recognised several relationships in both categories.

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Seeing My Body With Fresh Eyes – Empowering article showing how the people around you can make you see yourself differently. It makes you believe that people are not always attracted by the media impressed image of a perfect human body, that there is more to a person. It was so wonderful to read about this experience!

The Power of Language To Cage or Free Us – Accompanied by a video of Mayim Bialik where she explains with authority about the power of language this article does explain simply how we can empower each other with language. A must read and a must watch!

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Female Confessions of a Recovering Apologist – Questioning why women should be apologetic about their existence and why we only take the space we feel is left for us in this world, accompanied by a poem.

Why we see Women as Weak – A man explaining from a man’s perspective why women are seen weak, but also explaining how those qualities are what make a woman strong and men weak instead.

 

Share with me any other feminist articles in the comment box below!

With love,

Lii

9 Free courses for Sustainability

Many of us wish we knew more about sustainability, ethics and how to protect our planet, but with contradictory information, it can be difficult to know what we should do. I compiled here a number of free online courses, as you know how much I love them, which you can take to learn more about sustainability. Choose the one you like!

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  • Sustainability, Society and You – Join us for an introduction to the major global issue of sustainability and discover how you can have a real impact on our future.
  • Introduction to Sustainability – This course introduces the academic approach of Sustainability and explores how today’s human societies can endure in the face of global change, ecosystem degradation and resource limitations.
  • Making Sense of Climate Science Denial – Climate change is real, so why the controversy and debate? Learn to make sense of the science and to respond to climate change denial.
  • The Science and Practice of Sustainable Development – Learn the science and policies that drive sustainable development and how leaders can work to achieve UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Food Security and Sustainability – Learn how to apply systems thinking to improve the environmental sustainability of food production systems.
  • Circular Economy: An Introduction – Learn how to contribute to a sustainable economic system by implementing novel business and design approaches. Concentrated on design.
  • Becoming a changemaker: Introduction to Social Innovation – We will debunk common assumptions around what resources are needed to begin acting as a social innovator.
  • The Age of Sustainable Development – Gives students an understanding of the key challenges and pathways to sustainable development – that is, economic development that is also socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable.
  • The Meat We Eat – The Meat We Eat is a course designed to create a more informed consumer about the quality, safety, healthfulness and sustainability of muscle foods and address current issues in animal agriculture in developed and developing countries.

 

Do you like takin free online courses?

With love,

Lii

 

5 articles for Self-Development

I Have 15 Ideas To Change Your Life – Very motivational and to the point. You will want to start instantly!

How To Understand Fake News and Media Bias – Great explanation of what the media can be like and tips to pick the news that you can trust.

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This Technique Can Help You Remember Anything – … and fight depression. Supported by research this technique sounds so helpful!

Why Learning Is a New Procrastination – This article hits the spot and provides you with motivation and drive to go and do what you are dreaming of doing. Definitely opened my eyes!

Forget About Setting Goals. Focus On This Instead. – Although, I do not agree with everything said in this article e.g. I think setting goals is helpful, partly to understand what you are striving for and focuses you on what you are working towards. However, this still had good points and something that I think will support your goals.

 

And additionally here is a Ted Talk – Inside the mind of a Master Procrastinator, which made me laugh and also a bit scared of my procrastinating abilities..

 

Have you read recently any interesting articles on self-improvement that you would like to share with me and other readers?

With love,

Lii

I Am Thankful

For this year I set myself a goal to read 24 books, 2 per month. Somehow, in February, I managed to read 5 most of which have made me really thankful for being me and being in the position and culture that I am living in. I don’t know about the rest of you but I often take for granted the life I have, and the privileges I have (eating what I want, walking out alone without being harassed, the internet and reading books) without understanding how it is that I got these privileges. It shocks me when I read that some people do not have these privileges or are not allowed to have them. And yes, I find them privileges to us if it is not available to every person on the planet.

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I am so used to these things that when I finally found zucchinis after a month of craving them when they were unavailable in shops due to the ‘vegetable crisis’, I was so happy to have them and couldn’t believe that they had been unavailable for so long. I got surprised and ashamed at my thoughts. How did I dare to think that way when for some people this is a reality?

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When we are used to getting something it becomes a norm for us, and we get mad/annoyed/frustrated when we don’t get it anymore rather than thankful that we do get it. So in light of this, I want to share what I am thankful for and hope that you share your thankfulness in the comment section.

  • I am thankful to have a healthy enough body to be able to do sports, to be able to take care of myself and others, to be able to be independent in my daily life and to be able to do my crafts.
  • I am thankful for all the feminists who fought for women’s and equal rights so that now I have the possibility to be educated, choose my career, be independent of men and earn my own living.
  • I am thankful to live in a country where I can buy and make almost whatever food I like, whatever clothes and other items I like, where healthcare is important and free for all people, where education is free and where I am free to be of any religion I want.
  • I am thankful for my friends and family who have supported me and brought joy and sanity into my life.
  • I am thankful for this planet for providing us oxygen that we breathe, beauty in plants, animals and scenery and offering us resources for living.

I hope I will enjoy all of this, many years to come!

 

What are you thankful for?

With love,

Lii

Happy Favourites of the Week – learning experience

Posies In Protest – This interview with Bread and Roses about their social enterprise to help asylum seekers and refugees is definitely worth the read!

Why clothes don’t have Fair trade labels – Interesting read for those who are interested in Fair trade and labels on apparel.

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Why I don’t eat healthy to be skinny – This youtube video had some excellent points which are good to voice out. She said it better than I could have!

Palm Trees In The Snow – This movie touched on the topic, which I hadn’t seen or read before; Spanish colonies in Africa. A very touching romantic story with a touch of history was beautiful and emotional. It was spoken in Spanish so I required subtitles, but I enjoyed the movie, which is based on a best-selling novel of the same name.

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Spring light – It was just the last week that I said I was dreaming about spring light and warm days and this week I finally got the first glimpse of it. Now awaiting for more!

The Buried Giant – Even though it is only the end of February I already know that this book is one of my favourites this whole year. It is hypnotic, magical, aerie, transforming, engaging and an absolute treasure. Although, it is a fantasy book I didn’t find it to be that much of a fantasy as it concentrated so much more on the people and their relationships. I would definitely recommend this book a read!

 

What have been your favourites of the week?

With love,

Lii

5 Easy Sustainable Fashion Changes

Following from the 5 easy sustainable changes I wrote previously I thought of sharing some advice relating to fashion items, which are much more of the interest to me.

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1. Only wash your clothes when you really need to wash them. Clothes do not require to be washed often and especially if you have them from natural fibres (cotton, wool, silk, linen) they are good for much longer than synthetic fibres, which often make people sweat more. Air your clothes well after wear instead and they may last you longer and in better condition.

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2. Investigate what clothes you really like to wear. Look into your closet and check which clothes you wear often, what style and colour they are and, which ones you rarely or not at all. Knowing the style of clothing you are comfortable with will help you when you shop, as it can reduce impulse buys of trendy fashion that you might not actually wear in the end. So really dig into why you like and don’t like particular clothing. Good examples for this are this anti-haul post and this spring wardrobe post.

3. Take care of your garments. Repair the rips, sew back buttons, take them to the seamstress to fix bigger problems or fit it to your shape and clean as instructed. Did you know that many people would rather through the garment away rather than sew back a button, which is easy and pretty quick to do as well? Caring for our garments will make sure they last longer and will not end up filling our landfills.

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4. Invest in pieces that you know you will be wearing a long time. I would say do this after the number 2, once you actually know what you like and feel comfortable wearing. I find that when I invest in clothing I take much better care of them, I spend money on things that I really want and can see myself wearing a long time. Not always, but often when you spend more on a garment it is made with good materials and craftsmanship, unlike the high street garments on the market which are designed to fall apart after few wears. Check this post out.

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5. Donate and sell the garments you are no longer wearing. There are so many charity shops which will take all your donations and either resell them or recycle them into a new use. Many of the garments we are not wearing can be also sold to new owners who will love them. You get rid of an item you don’t like without it landing on the landfill and get money for it! Ebay and Depop are good places to check where you can sell your items.

 

Do you have any additional sustainable fashion changes to my list?

With love,

Lii

2016 Favourite Books

As I mentioned in my goals post I managed to finish 21 books in the year 2016. Although, there were a couple which I found a drag to read in general the books were interesting and they brought enjoyment into my daily life. I thought, I should mention my favourite ones to you if any of them would inspire you to read as well.

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I know Why The Caged Birds Fly – Maya Angelou

The first autobiography by Maya Angelou, where she tells the story of her childhood from a southern American state. How she was raised by her grandmother, how she missed and adored her mother, her relationship with her brother and how she found the world around her. Although, depressing at times, mostly I found the book intriguing and easy to read. It definitely made me want to read more of her books.

#Girlboss – Sophia Amoruso

I am sure everybody knows what this book is about. Half-motivation half autobiography I loved reading about Sophia’s life and how she came about creating such a successful fashion company. I was so motivated to do and work for my goals that I had problems sleeping. I am sure this won’t happen to many people, so those of you who are looking to be inspired with their goals I recommend this book.

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Silkworm – Robert Galbraith

Is the second book in the Cormoran Strike crime novels by J.K. Rowling pseudonym Robert Galbraith. I loved the first book, mainly because I love a good crime novel and because I love the way J.K. Rowling writes. She can really hold the reader in suspense and make a great twist in the end. Cormoran Strike novels are long, but they don’t feel that way. I read it in just a couple of days. Gruesome murder and a mystery to solve. So if you like J.K. Rowlings writing and crime novels I definitely recommend this one!

How To Make Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie

This book was recommended by one of my favourite bloggers so I decided to try it out. It is a self-help book, but the reason I liked it was the stories behind every ‘lesson’. Where Dale writes about what rules you should follow when conducting yourself with new people who you would like to make a good impression on, he writes with examples set by real people, mostly great previous leaders. While reading you think how each rule is kind of obvious, but it is he examples and the stories that really make you remember how you should conduct yourself in public. Definitely a good read!  I think this book would be of assistance to everybody. It is not a book about making close friendships, but really about how you should be thinking when communicating with other people so that they will want to hear more from you.

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Overdressed – Elizabeth L. Cline

I’ve told you about this book. It tells about the problems of fast-fashion to this world and especially to the people. If you want to read more of my thoughts on it, check out this post. Again, I think everybody should read this book. Not, because it is enjoyable, I mean it really is not, but because you will understand more about what you are buying.

Schoking Life Of Elsa Schiaparelli

This I have told you about as well. The autobiography of Elsa Schiaparelli is not for fashion lovers only, but for those who want to read about a strong woman, who made a business success, who lived through the war and who seems to be in her own world. She has a unique view on how to do business and really, she is quite an inspiration to read as well!

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The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

I do not understand how it took me such a long time to read this book. It could be that I wouldn’t have understood the message before, or maybe it would have opened my eyes much earlier. I don’t know. However, I think this was my favourite book of the year. It seemed absolutely surreal, it kept me guessing and wanting to read more and in the end, I was completely surprised. If I only remember one book from the year 2016, it is this. And it has inspired me to read more of Atwood’s books! Now I can’t wait until the tv-show will come out!

 

What books where your favourite last year?

With love,

Lii