Best of the Web.
These are just a few of the folks who are killin' it on the web this past week. As soon as I read their work, I knew I had to save and share. Enjoy!
Money's kind of a big deal these days, isn't it? It never went away from our foremost thoughts, I supposed, but it seems to be a hot-button issue as of late. More specifically, the mishandling of it and the crises that are the inevitable result. That's just one of the reasons why I adore this post by Anne Bogel. Due to a change of occupation, she and her husband found that their income had literally doubled overnight. Instead of upgrading their entire lifestyle or going on a shopping spree, they approached this blessing prayerfully and prudently. In short, they focused on increasing their giving and saving, then funneled what was left into running their household. Brilliant!
I stumbled onto this through Simple Mom and wasn't completely sure what I was in for. Before I read it, I had no idea what world-schooling was or what it entailed. Now that I do, I'm completely intrigued! To the best of my limited knowledge, world-schooling is similar to homeschooling, except that the entire world serves as the classroom, rather than a home-based education. Hannah, aka, EdventureGirl, and her family are global nomads, and it's working beautifully. Her parents do have jobs, but their positions can be done on the road, which allows them to cover the expenses of travel, food, books, etc. Hannah fulfilled her high school requirements early and is currently taking college courses. There has been a lot of talk about the shortcomings of the American educational system. Hannah, her family, and many others are showing us that there's more than one way to teach our kids.
Ugh, writer's block is the worst, isn't it? It's so demoralizing to sit in front of a blank screen with nothing to type. Christine Hutchinson is one half of the duo behind More Than Mommies, an established and thriving blog, but that doesn't mean there aren't times when she simply doesn't know what to write. Her solution? Write, anyway. Even if it's seemingly about "nothing". I so appreciated her honesty and transparency. The struggle is real for all of us in the blogging world.
I'm not going to say too, too much about this since so much has already been said about the 2013 VMAs and Miley Cyrus' performance with Robin Thicke. It was...a spectacle. Most of the vitriol seemed to be reserved for Miley, while very few folks took Thicke to task for his part. Eric Clapp did a great job of addressing the relative silence regarding Robin Thicke's culpability, revealing a much larger issue:
So what can we do? In order to change the way we view women culturally, we need to change the way we view women individually. We need to call bullsh*t on attempts to end domestic violence and misogyny towards women by only talking to our daughters. We need to talk to our sons and our brothers about respecting women and respecting themselves.
For the record, I was a fan of Robin Thicke. Truly. I even enjoyed "Blurred Lines", I'm embarrassed to say. I thought it had a great beat and a playful spirit. I was failed to listen to the lyrics and be critical about what was being said so melodically. Now? I can't even listen it. The reality is that folks in our culture--men and women--still don't fully understand the importance and gravity of consent. Just this past weekend, the Washington Post published an op-ed on the merits of decriminalizing relationships between students and teachers! (I refuse to link to it here, but you can easily find it with Google.) Rape and sexual abuse are still used as punchlines and/or topics of conjecture. We can do better than this, y'all. I know we can.
And lastly,Tara @HillHouseRock, dropped this self-preservation bomb on Twitter the other night:
You can fight, push-against, try to convince them they're wrong. Or you can release it and walk away, taking your peace with you. #TarasTips
It was exactly what my heart and soul needed to hear. I needed that confirmation that removing myself from a hostile situation is the best thing for me, even if that allows the other person to think h/she has "won".