HALLOWEEK: Some Halloweeny Tunes

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Encouragement for the Non-Mainstream

My mom shared with me this excerpt from a speech given by Meredith Jung-En Woo, Dean of UVA’s Arts & Sciences, and now I shall share it with you! I love her candid yet composed style, perfect for conveying the ideas of sharing individualism and cultures:


When I was your age, I felt like I had just stepped off a spaceship, flying from my home planet of Seoul, Korea to a planet called Brunswick, Maine, with its Bowdoin College. I did not understand the country I landed in, let alone understand the zeitgeist, how it came to be, where it was going. I was an alien in a country where for people my age, popularity seemed more important than anything. When I wasn’t invited to join one of the ten fraternity houses on campus then, I spent most of my time in college shooting pool in the student union—or with the friends I found at the Afro-Am Center, listening to Marvin Gaye and Jimi Hendrix. I didn’t really know who they were; I just knew they were cool.
Throughout my studies at Bowdoin and later at Columbia, I never thought of myself as part of the “mainstream.” But it never bothered me that I was on the outside looking in. By training and temperament I am a scholar—and by definition, a scholar is not a participant in the events as they occur—they are observers. There is a little-noticed advantage in not being in the mainstream—standing there, your nose pressed against the window, on the outside looking in. From that vantage point you can observe many things that active participants and mainstreamers do not see.
Eric Hobsbawm, in his autobiography, A Twentieth Century Life, spoke of the contributions that the Jewish people have made to the modern world, a contribution so disproportionate to their numbers. Part of the genius that they brought to Europe and later to the United States was that they were outsiders—essential outsiders—seeing things that insiders often cannot. Over the course of American history, outsiders have brought so much talent to this country.

great articles on how to be healthy

We all want to do it. Here are some informative articles on transitioning to a healthier life.

Minimalism is Health: How I Lost 70 Pounds | The Minimalists

  • Joshua Fields Millburn makes the distinction between “should” and “must.” I took his advice yesterday morning and made running at 8am a “must.” I’ve only just started, but following this “must” empowers my day.

How I Changed My Life, In Four Simple Lines | Zen Habits

  • It seems to be impossible to read anything by Leo Babauta that isn’t life-changing. This is no exception. It’s not just about health, but provides some tips on how to get started with running and eating healthier.

Road to Health Series | Oh She Glows

  • These posts are old, but I continue to return to them for health inspiration. Angela Liddon is a nutritionist health blogger who struggled with the very things she teaches us to do. Her story is a real example of how it’s possible to rebuild your health habits and glow.

Why I Train | Eliz Climbs

  • In this brief article one of my favorite climbing bloggers gives her simple reasons for staying fit. Clear away the distracting ideals and focus on the important reasons to be healthy.

Some meditative links and other fun stuff

Some Cool Links: Beautiful Table Edition

autumn, cuteness, and the oxford comma

Moth and Bay Leaf

links i like this week

  • Lady Gaga, simple, elegant, fashionable.

What do you suggest for those of us who don’t have a tiger mom, but…based on the apparent outcome..want a tiger parent? How can I get more disciplined without a tiger mother?
The key word there is “apparent.” But okay, here’s my somewhat weird advice: go running every day. Even when it’s humid or raining or you are really busy. I’m not naturally fast or strong; running is by far my biggest source of self-discipline, and it helps in other aspects of my life. I ran a half-marathon this spring – it was really stupid of me, actually, I did it spontaneously between my morning and afternoon physics classes with no training – and since then, whenever I’m tempted to quit something, I tell myself, “Stop whining. You’ve done something infinitely more painful.”

  • Superstar Style Rookie Tavi started Rookie, an online publication for teens. This post is so retro cool and in particular I want this outfit. Rock on, Drew.

Can’t get enough of this chilled version of “Single Ladies” by Sara Bareilles. Thanks to my awesome music guru sister for sharing :)

  • Plinky. Answer interesting questions. Read other people’s answers to interesting questions. Think about stuff. This is my profile, but with daily posts here I’m not sure how often I’ll be writing :)
  • If you live in the UK and like tasty healthy snacks that are FREE sign up for Graze.com! They’ll send your first box free and customize it to your taste and provide you with a range of nutrients in each box. Then you can get boxes as often as you like, customizable on the site. Super tasty! I might have a snack now. And if you want to help me gain credit, use the code GGZZ8DB when you request your free box :)
  • My new blogger obsession is Gala Darling. A fluffy + edgy goddess with amazing advice, such as How To Live a Beautiful Life.
  • Best Procrastination Tip Ever from Zen Habits. It works.
  • Jane from Sea of Shoes always looks fabulous, but last week she was rocking my fave, Miu Miu. Check out these shoes:

    Old School School Supplies from College Candy. So. Much. Nostalgia. I want some gel pens and Lisa Frank and I want them now.

    What links did you like this week? :)