Friday Finds #4

Welcome to December! Seriously, the year is almost over. Are you ready for 2018?

I am. I know that every day is a blank slate. That every second is. But something about January 1 makes it official. 

This year, I want to take the month of December to reflect on the past year. What went well, what didn't. The challenges, the opportunities. And how I contributed to it all in with my mindset, behaviors, and choices.

My word for 2017 was NOURISH. In some ways it was an amazing success. And in others, an utter failure. Rather than just moving on to another word, I want to consider how, why, and when my focus on NOURISH succeeded. And how I got in my own way of finding the nourishment I needed.

So what made me happy this week? Like the rest of geek fandom it was the Infinity Wars trailer. Almost better than the actual trailer was watching all the fan reactions on twitter

Have a great weekend.

Gun control is a major issue in the United States. But most of us don't know the history behind it. That's why I enjoyed The Gun Show episode of RadioLab's More Perfect podcast.

Tips for socializing as an introvert.

What does it say when the word of the year is complicit.

I have all kinds of feels about the term GirlBoss. First and foremost, I dislike the use of the term "girl." It's something that comes up often in my superhero class. But this essay really brings it home for me.

The difference between saying "I don't" and "I can't".

When asked to imagine a distressing situation, the brains of mothers in this study didn't show a difference when the situation was imagined happening to themselves or imagined happening to their children. That's empathy.

So many of us are waking up to discover we might be part of the problem. We may have made a joke that we thought was harmless (but wasn't), given a compliment (that was hurtful), or were complicit in someone else's horrid behavior. There's now a website that can help you through the process of making amends.

Are you looking for a creative way to reflect on 2017? There's still time to join Susannah Conway's December Reflections.

Friday FindsJacki HayesTGIF