Friday Five

Friday Five

One of my new year’s resolutions is to do these more often. So, let’s see if that happens. 1. The Year in Pictures 2016. [Warning: Graphic images.] I always appreciate these because they help me remember the triumphs and the trials of the world around me, help me to be compassionate, and help me to be informed. 2. Now for a pick-me-up. A Selection of the 30 Most Disappointing Under 30. 3. I love this about the work of the editor: You Want to Be an Editor, You Can’t Be a Rule Follower. “Achieving clarity means balancing what the writer is attempting to say against what the reader is most likely to understand.” 4. Is Blogging Dead? 5. Have y’all seen La La Land? Oh so perfect for the dreamers. The soundtrack has been on repeat for...
Friday Five

Friday Five

1. GUYS. SOOKIE. JESS. EMILY IN A TSHIRT. 2. The Intimidating Single Woman: A Parable. Related: May You Not Be Weird and 30 Other Prayers for My Future Husband. 3. Sponsor a Millennial. I would probably change this to “hipster,” but whatevs. 4. This is heartbreakingly beautiful writing on the loss of a daughter and the birth of a son. 5. Because here we are. A simple way to figure out who you should vote for. A post about the scandal of this heated election. A speech about religion and the election (An hour long, but completely worth it, especially for those of us who grew up in the church. Pro Tip: change your phone auto-lock to “Never” then pull up the video on your phone. You can listen to it like a podcast while you clean, cook, drive, etc. Visuals aren’t necessary, so it works great just listening.) And a call to love our neighbors in this wild world. BONUS Podcast Recommendation: Home Row with Jen Wilkin. Great for anyone trying to write something that means something. Favorite quotes: “Everything on the internet wants to present itself as thought provoking. … Sometimes it’s just clutter.” “The job of the Bible teacher is not to say new things. … My job is not to write what’s new but to write what’s old for the sake of new ears.” BONUS BONUS Podcast Recommendation: Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey: Tara Leigh...
Friday Five

Friday Five

We’re back! 1. I’ve had so many discussions already about this article. A lot to think about as a reader, writer, and editor. 2. I just thought this was funny. 3. This is so, so good. Thought-provoking for single women and for those who love them. 4. Jen Wilkin made me laugh and challenged me in this piece on the Instagram Bible. 5. Also funny. BONUS PODCAST RECOMMENDATION: This interview with Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of...
Friday Five

Friday Five

1. When to Use an Exclamation Point. Agreed. And, let me just add, they go even further in print than on a screen. 2. I just love this. 3. An interesting insight into the process of being vulnerable with your writing. 4. This article says what I want to say to so many women struggling with identity. “Our primary problem as Christian women is not that we lack self-worth, not that we lack a sense of significance or purpose. It’s that we lack awe.” 5. You may have heard, NEEDTOBREATHE has a new album out. You know the drill. Download, listen, dance, repeat. And if you want to see some fun, check out the #hardlove hashtag on twitter. They had a dance off that is a joyful respite to the rest of Twitter this week. BONUS PODCAST RECOMMENDATION: Invisibilia has been fantastic in season two. I have loved every episode so far, but The Problem With The Solution was...
Friday Five

Friday Five

1. 13, Right Now. A look at life in Generation Z. This is interesting and reminded me a lot of the piece from This American Life on Instagram and middle school kids in the prologue of this episode (I highly recommend a listen to that, too). 2. Foster Families and You. My friend Laura wrote a helpful post on how you can help out foster parents. 3. Reasons Why I’m Single. This is not necessarily me 100%, but I did agree with a lot of this post and thought it was a helpful perspective for those among us who are not single. 4. Corporate America Chases the Mythical Millennial. Here is a truth I encountered just last week: people like to stereotype. It’s how we organize the world around us, in a way. Another truth I’ve realized: I hate being on the receiving end of a stereotype. Perhaps this is, in part, because I am a millennial and—to stereotype—we were raised to be unique and independent and “special.” Or perhaps no one likes to be put in a box of any kind. Even when that box is labeled with their name. All that to say, I appreciated this article because it debunks the myth that millennials are all terrible people. 5. My friends made a legit music video based on possibly my favorite of their songs. New Friday Five Bonus Feature: A Podcast I Love. If you know me at all, you know I listen to approximately 50 podcasts a week (this number has no mathematical basis). So, I thought it would be fun if I included one each week* that...
Friday Five

Friday Five

1. Have You Ever Traveled Alone? I have. It’s not my favorite, if I’m being honest, but there is a freedom about it. I would rather travel with someone, but when no one else can go, I head out on my own. 2. I just love the surprise guests at the end. 3. Why We Want to Return to Stars Hollow. So true. 4. I love this from Lore. She’s been through the ringer this year, but it’s been encouraging to read her words on God’s faithfulness throughout. 5. I realize we’ve all seen this by now. I know it’s the new “Happy.” But I loved “Happy,” too. (Before the 1 millionth listen.) I just CAN’T STOP THE FEELING,...

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