The Skim: 7 April 2014

Glad tidings to you, good people who read this blog! (That means you, Mama. Thanks for upping the reader count to a solid 1. Woo hoo.) This week is so busy with sorority stuff, work stuff, neglected writing stuff, and travel stuff. (Not to mention cleaning stuff like dishes, clothes, closets, bathrooms, and the like. My house looks like my dorm room when I was online…except I know have several rooms, a dog, and all the consumerist tendencies of the middle class professoriat.) This Friday, when the eagle flies, I will be up in the air to the West Coast and will have a chance to hang out with my cool nerd friends. Good times in store. Thank goodness. 

As if normal, The Skim is a curated weekly round-up of links, podcasts, videos, and/or books. Check them out. Read them. Like them. Hate them. Pass them along. 

Now watching this web series. “An African City” is like Sex and the City but on the continent, set in Accra. I found it on Twitter and sent it to my baby ISM, who fell in love with it. I watched all the episodes in one sitting and am waiting for more.  

Thought Catalog tells us why Carole King is better than Kesha. I didn’t need a blog post to validate that opinion, but any excuse to listen to this song, that songthis song, and of course one of the GOAT songs on my Spotify list works for me. 

As always Buzzfeed knows how to put together a solid list. This week, I found 25 quotes that will inspire you to become a better writer. My personal favorites are #1, #7, #10 (bell hooks rocks my socks off anyway), #12 and #21. What are your favorites? 

Arianna Huffington talks about the key to finding success without burning out. The best quotable from the article is this tidbit: “…we are so much more conscious about how charged our phones are versus how charged we are. It’s too bad we don’t have the same kind of indicator to show how depleted we are. We have a million ways to recharge our phones, portable chargers, cables, extra battery packs, but look at how we treat ourselves. Our own energy has to be below 5% before we figure out that we need to sleep, to recharge, to take a break. That has to change.”
Side benefit: Marie Forleo interviewed the HuffPo founder and editor-in-chief; check it out here

Harvard Business Review published the heretic’s guide to getting more done. The post advocates daydreaming more, less time spent preparing for meetings, and shortening the weekday. Yes, I’m all about this. 

When Rosetta Thurman at Happy Black Woman posts something, I listen and read. Her newest video focuses on finding the time to commit to your business even if you have a full-time job. I took notes. So should you. 

This new documentary on Anita Hill is on my to-see list. I remember at the time being confused about what was happening and seeing people pick sides. After learning more and actually working at a university where she once worked, I know now what was at stake and what Anita Hill meant for Black women. 
I stumbled across this blog post via Facebook. What caught me was the following quotation by Tracee Ellis Ross: May the space between where I am and where I want to be inspire me and not terrify me. 

As the blogger said, “sometimes you have to remind yourself of your capabilities and triumphs because when you are aware of your solution it becomes easier to realize that you aren’t whole yet instead of noticing that new peace that has appeared. Self-deprecation is a fine art. One that is mastered by few, over a long period of time. It’s not an art I want to master. ” Ashe. Namaste. Right on. 

Published by tianajohnson90

I am an oil-and-water combination of humor, ambition, laziness, insecurity, certainty, procrastination, and drive. I am an aspiring romance novelist who writes by the seat of her pants. Waging and sometimes winning a daily battle with procrastination, plots, characters, and the day job.

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