Favourite Insta Pics From September

I’ve noticed that as autumn is rolling on I turn more towards warm autumnal colours… or perhaps I just see more of them on Instagram and therefore think that I do. It is quite noticeable in the favourite insta pics that I’ve gathered here. In addition, I am being increasingly inspired by empowering messages. I hope you enjoy this months collection and let me know your favourites as well!

 

What kind of images are you loving during the autumn time?

With love,

Lii

Advertisements

8 videos for Feminists

Why we have too few women leaders – While Sheryl Sandberg explains why she also empowers women to go for the leader positions and to fight for their rights.

The person you really need to marry – Witty and insightful explanation of self-love and how it can help you in life and in love life.

8 videos for Feminists - byLiiL

“Locker room talk” Says who? – Alexis Jones talks about why the locker room talk, where men objectify women, is not okay. She talks about how the whole society needs to provide men with the right example of how to treat women and think for themselves, rather than learn this from very disturbing media and porn.

Everyday Sexism – Explains how women and men are really equal now, but how deep the sexism still exists. This talk inspires and empowers you to act towards the equality and fight against people who keep being sexists.

8 videos for Feminists - byLiiL

We should all be feminists – Discussed from a point of view from Nigeria by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. This is a well-rounded and at times funny discussion about the problems women and girls face in Nigeria, how we educate our children and what the word feminist means.

Sexism in Gaming – Just as the topic says this video is about sexism happening in gaming. Now you might not be into gaming, but there is a big misrepresentation of how many women and girls are. This talk is about why games should not be sexists as well as why they should be promoted and created equally for all genders.

8 videos for Feminists - byLiiL

The slut, the spinster and the perfect woman – Martha Mosse discusses how these words and depictions of women bound us and restrict us, as well as demean us.

Violence against women – it’s a men’s issue – Jackson Katz talks about the problem in leadership and how that affects the rest of us. He explains that when violence against women happens, how it is often concentrated on the victim rather than asking about the person who violated and why he did it.

 

With love,

Lii

Inspiration of the Month – free online courses

In September we are used to getting ready to put our thinking hats on and start studying. Some with pleasure and some less eagerly. Ones you graduate into the real working life with no real summer holiday this month feels odd. Like something is missing and your world has turned upside down. Well, mine has at least. I’ve already been a year in the working life and although I enjoy it I envy those who get to start their new year of studying. Of course, for me, it could also be an option if I could find a further study course which I would benefit from and not just waste a year of my life on.

screenshot-2016-09-14-12-00-39

As I do miss studying and the feeling of new knowledge running through me (doesn’t it feel invigorating and empowering?) I started looking elsewhere for small short courses that could be beneficial to me. So I found a couple of websites, from some little birds whisperings, that offer open university or short courses for people. I dived into the mysterious world of their offerings and now I have a two-page list of different courses which intrigue me. I got so excited that I could have spent the whole autumn just studying, but real life calls and I will need to find time for these studies whilst working.

If it wasn’t yet clear the inspiration for this month is the free courses available online. If you are a person who likes to educate themselves about new things or more about their career then this might be for you as well. It made me start thinking again in the old familiar way, which I had almost forgotten. And it made me excited again. I am sure not all of these courses are going to be good, but that is the beauty of it. If you don’t like the course, nobody is forcing you to finish it. You finish what you enjoy!

screenshot-2016-09-14-12-01-31

Future Learn is a website of only free courses. I’ve already finished one, which sounded interesting but was a bit too easy for my taste, but I already started another one which I find intriguing! The courses are from Universities all over the world and you get video and pdf material to study. They quiz you and you get to discuss things with other who are on the particular course. There are so many subjects from fashion and food industry to climate change, so it will be a surprise if you would not find something you like.

screenshot-2016-09-14-12-02-45

Coursera is another website, although slightly different from Future Learn. Coursera offers courses from top Universities over the world and the difference is that they offer many courses which you have to pay for, but to many of them, there are options to just go through the course without getting the certificate, for which you would pay for. I found these courses a bit more demanding, but in a good way. Again, there is such a big array of different courses that you are spoilt for options.

I am sure there are many other websites that offer free courses to study, to understand the world or your career path better, to gain new skills. The best thing is that you can study when it is convenient to you! At the moment I am doing courses on graphic design and modern cultures. Why? Because I can, I enjoy and it really inspires me! Sometimes you don’t have to study and research only your area of career if you widen your worldview you might find new ways to do things and to inspire you. Or you might find things that are relevant to you like leadership skills, management or coding!

Pics are from Future Learn and Coursera websites.

 

Who has tried a free online course? How did you like it?

With love,

Lii