Every morning I️ start my day with a strong cup of coffee, a piece of peanut butter toast, and the morning news.
I️ noticed that I️ kept saving story names and URLs in my phone to reference “one day” or maybe share on social “at some point”, but never did. And then I️ thought, ‘why not make a running blog post for them?’
So, without further ado, here are some (mostly news, but also podcast, documentary, or YouTube) segments that I️ have found inspirational, informative, funny, or – in some other way – worth sharing.
- a big fat post-grad existential crisis | bestdressed
- I️ related to every single point Ashley (aka @bestdressed) makes in this refreshingly honest, candid and open video. I didn’t realize how badly I needed someone else to articulate what I’ve been feeling, thinking and journaling about recently. Thoughts and feelings that I’ve been trying to nail down and understand. Of course there is no correct answer to these big questions in life, but sometimes it’s just comforting to hear that we’re not alone and we’re not the only ones feeling a certain way. Anyways, if you are also facing a post-grad existential crisis, give this a watch and you might feel better too. ❤️
- Life Kit Podcast | NPR
- I’ve recently started beginning my days with a short walk around my neighborhood, just in an effort to center myself for the day and get some steps in while I’m at it. I️ like to listen to podcasts during this time and have found NPR’s Life Kit provides the perfect little 15-20 minute episodes that help me understand all kinds of different facets of this “adulting” thing. Their Spotify description notes, “Everyone needs a little help being a human… Life Kit is here to help you get it together.”
- Women Who Travel Podcast | Condé Nast Traveler
- I’ve long loved Condé Nast Traveler. I️ read their daily newsletters and story sends regularly. When I️ found their Women Who Travel Podcast I️ fell in love. Hosted by MEREDITH CAREY and LALE ARIKOGLU, WWT celebrates female freedom and exploration while discussing the realities of traveling as a woman today. Inspiring, light-hearted, informational and fun – if you are a women who travels, I️ definitely recommend you take a listen.
- How to Use Google Sheets Budget Template | Michael $aves
- I’ve recently reevaluated my finances and moved some things around/pivoted for post-grad life. In doing so I️ switched my tracking tool to the Google Sheets Budget Template. This article was a great resources in best utilizing this tool. Because I have very savings conscious, I️ additionally fill in the Income sections but only for paychecks. This way the algorithm will automatically compare net only for the month (because I still put $0 as starting balance) and I️ can easily see what I’ve saved in the summation graphics.
- Continue Learning and Growing when Internships aren’t Available | Turner PR
- I️ can never seem to quench my #ThirstForLearning. This is a great quick read, specifically for us new grads trying to break into PR and agency careers, that shares specific tips on how we can continue to grow our resumes even amidst a pandemic. Let’s get to #WERK!
- My cousin sent me to this site after I️ told her about the ups and downs of my post-grad job hunt. The interview process is long and tiring – especially during an unprecedented global pandemic when companies are struggling just to avoid furloughs. But, I️ found some helpful and humorous advice in these columns none the less and thought I️ would share with you here.
- Netflix’s Black Lives Matter Catagory
- I’m working my way through these stories in an effort to educate myself as a white female around the Black experience. I will never truly understand what it means to face obstacles based solely on my skin color, but it is my responsibility to educate myself and empathize to the best of my ability so that I️ can stand with Black and Brown Americans. Change starts with education. My whiteness is not an excuse for ignorance. This curated list includes films and series that celebrate Black lives, highlight injustice, make you laugh, make you cry, but above all, tell complex and powerful narratives to remind us that this is more than a moment.
- 10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation | TEDx
- “There is no reason to learn how to show you’re paying attention… if you are in fact… paying attention.”
- The Official Girlboss Guide to Now
- It’s not just for girls. Find great resources to rally around in these uncertain times. #COVID-19
- America Punished Elizabeth Warren for Her Competence
- How does America today perceive feminine ambition and success? Can a woman ever truly be confident, assertive, and self-assured? Or only condescending, abrasive and unlikeable? This article really struck a chord with me not only because I️ would so badly like to someday soon see a woman sit in the most powerful office in America, but also because I️ see so many of these qualities in myself and I️ also see how they are taken differently coming out of my mouth, or from my body, then from that of my male counterparts. I️ want an America where every woman can be an intelligent, out-spoken, ambitious, compassionate, confident, and BOSS without having her likeability or motives called into question.
- “Alternative Facts”: Special Edition of Meet the Press
- What are alternative facts? How are they created? What do they mean for our government? Our society? This discussion with top journalists highlights the weaponization, tactics, and strategies of disinformation campaigns that target you not only algorithmically, but emotionally.
- Net Neutrality II: Last Week Tonight
- My Media Law professor at UNC shared this with the class during our discussion of net neutrality. It’s a sort of “net neutrality for dummies” with a side of humor. It includes important commentary on current political decisions being made and then disguised as something they’re not.
Unnatural Selection | Netflix Series
- “From eradicating disease to selecting a child’s traits, gene editing gives humans the chance to hack biology. Meet the real people behind the science.” My boyfriend and I️ just started this series and are both fascinated and terrified. A man is working out of his basement to try to genetically modify his dog to glow… However, there is also a little boy who dreams of going to the moon but can’t because he is almost completely blind due to a genetic defect. This series makes you think about real ethical questions around technology like CRISPR that are not far off, but already here.
- Unsung Hero | Thai Life Insurance 2014
- I️ love this commercial not only from a human perspective but from an Ad/PR perspective. Brilliant work that shows the value in emotional appeals. A lovely piece of storytelling with a beautiful message.
- Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things
- I️ CAN’T recommend this doc enough. So well said and explained. Minimalism means different things to different people. I️ guarantee you that by the end of this documentary you will think differently about the things you own, why you own them, and what should really hold attention, resources, and value in your life.
- Why No One is “Self-Made”|THINK AGAIN.
- This NBC segment questions what it really means to be “self-made” as well as analyzes the pros and cons of the modern “American dream”.
- Looks Aren’t Everything, Believe Me I’m a Model
- This one I️ actually saw in my public speaking seminar. We were discussing the use of ethos in the claim, “believe me I’m a model”. However, I️ share it with you here because of its important critique of privilege and message to young girls that they can be so much more.
- The Great Hack
- Ummm, if you haven’t seen this already stop what you’re doing right away and turn it on. This documentary asks important questions about the ethics of big data and the threat it presents to our democratic freedoms.