Feel Good Fridays

Feel Good Friday: Teddy Bear Toast

Feel Good Friday: Teddy Bear Toast

Feel Good Friday is a regular series to give you a smile, a chuckle, or a nugget of wisdom to get your weekend off on the right foot!

Teddy Bear Toast!

Watch out, folks. I saved up about a month’s worth of creativity to make my son Teddy Bear Toast. This is about as impressive as it gets for me! (The Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party notwithstanding.)

Sure, all I did was toast some bread, spread on some peanut butter, and carefully position some banana slices and blueberries.

But you know what? My toddler wouldn’t know the difference between this and a culinary, crafty masterpiece. All that matters is that it made him giggle all the way through breakfast. Tweet this! 

Mission accomplished!

Teddy Bear Toast

The happy customer!

Teddy Bear Toast

What was the last creative thing you did for your kids? 

Feel Good Friday: Every Woman Has a Story

Feel Good Friday: Every Woman Has a Story

Shebooks Equal Writes Campaign“Women writers are not getting published—or paid—at nearly the same rate as men. We’re going to change that this year.”

That’s the mission of the Equal Writes Campaign by the team of people at Shebooks, a digital publishing company for short e-books for women, by women. The kickstarter campaign is looking to raise at least $50,000 in order to publish a minimum of 100 e-books written by women this year.

From their campaign page:

Not enough women are able to get their work published today—even the best women writers. Almost three-quarters of the bylines in leading print and digital publications belong to men. What’s up with that? Amazingly, that gender disparity is nearly the same as it was 100 years ago. What’s up with that

We don’t have anything against male writers. But if women don’t have the same opportunities to tell their stories, get them published, get paid fairly, and share them with readers, then…Wow. (Fill in your own depressing conclusion here.) 

Every dollar we raise will go to pay women writers—journalists, memoirists, and fiction and nonfiction writers. Our goal is to raise $50K—but we’d love to raise much more. The more our Equal Writes Campaign budget grows, the more writers we can publish this year. 

If you love reading and care about women’s voices and stories—stories that make you laugh, think, question, get up and do something!—please join our campaign and help us support women writers. 

As a woman trying to navigate the world of freelance writing—through an interesting mix of grant writing, magazine writing, and blogging—I am thrilled when I see genuine efforts to increase the space for quality women’s writing.

Far too often the stories and experiences of men are elevated while those of women are buried; the words men write are acclaimed and read by many, while those of women are overlooked or under appreciated. I see the philosophy behind Shebooks and the momentum of the Equal Writes Campaign as an opportunity not only to see more women’s words in print, but also to create a mainstream dialogue about the gender bias in publishing.

Every woman has a story. Let’s make sure they all get told. Tweet this!

*I’m not affiliated with Shebooks or the Equal Writes Campaign in any way—I’m just a personal supporter of what I believe is a worthwhile endeavor. As of the writing of this post, the campaign has raised over $42,000. Here’s hoping it shatters its $50,000 goal!

Do you have book-writing aspirations? 

Have you ever supported a Kickstarter campaign before? 

photo via Pedro Ribeiro Simoes

Feel Good Friday: Beware the Busy Life

Feel Good Friday: Beware the Busy Life

Beware the barrenness of a  busy life. “Beware the barrenness of a busy life.”

Most people interpret this Socrates quote to mean something along the lines of “stop and smell the roses.” Which is a nice idea and an important reminder for those of us who haven’t slowed down since leaving labor and delivery.

And yet I think it’s more than that. I keep finding myself returning to the word “barrenness” over and over.

With that word, the warning becomes directed at those of us who create—whether we be creators of blogs, books, paintings, dinners, spreadsheets, goodie bags, or all of the above.

The overcrowded calendar and the overflowing to do list don’t just inhibit our ability to appreciate life; they also stifle our creativity. More →

Feel Good Friday: Yep, My Son Ate Cat Food

Feel Good Friday: Yep, My Son Ate Cat Food

Feel Good Friday is a regular series to give you a smile, a chuckle, or a nugget of wisdom to get your weekend off on the right foot!

My Son Ate Cat Food

Well, it happened.

I even saw the stray piece of Meox Mix on the floor, but purposefully didn’t pick it up because I saw my cat headed toward it. I assumed it would be gone in a second…and it was.

When I turned around, I saw my toddler chewing, with a look of pure revulsion on his face. More →

Feel Good Friday: Phenomenal Woman

Feel Good Friday: Phenomenal Woman

Feel Good Friday is a regular series to give you a smile, a chuckle, or a nugget of wisdom to get your weekend off on the right foot!

Phenomenal Woman

This week marked the passing of one of the world’s most powerful literary voices: Maya Angelou.

The first time I read her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, I learned how your strength of spirit and character can help you overcome even the darkest trauma and deepest injustice. The first time I read her poem “Phenomenal Woman,” I felt like I could conquer the world.

Read this poem today in her honor and memory, and let her words remind you of just how phenomenal you truly are. More →

Feel Good Friday: Put Down the Map

Feel Good Friday: Put Down the Map

Feel Good Friday is a new series I’m starting to give you a smile, a chuckle, or a nugget of wisdom to get your weekend off on the right foot!

Put down the map and get wonderfully lost

Sometimes I wonder: If life came with a map, would I take it?

Sure, I’d be aware of all the twists and turns up ahead, of every detour and dead end I would face.

I’d probably clutch that map with such an iron grip that I’d never veer off the path. I’d never have to fear the unknown.

But in exchange, I’d never have the opportunity to explore, to discover, to take a side trail just to see the sights.

I’d never have the chance to get wonderfully lostTweet this!

This weekend, let’s not be afraid to put down the map.

Have you ever gotten lost—literally or metaphorically? How did you find your way?

image via Randi Hausken