Deep Work + Feminist Playlist {Moon Paper .02}

Podcast

Heroine, “Creative Confidence” with Andrea Mallard

Obviously I’m biased choosing one of my own babies, but I honestly think Andrea was so generous in her details and articulate in her wisdom. She drops many wisdom bombs on us, like “don’t wait to be invited.” It was especially interesting to hear about how long it took her to resist the urge to conform and stand strongly by her opinions.

Article

How Can We Help Young Girls Stay Assertive? By Gwen Moran, Fast Company

I’m excited about the idea of teaching design thinking to middle school girls as a way to support their creative confidence – especially during this critical window of time where they tend to lose their voice.

Book

Deep Work by Cal NewPort

This book is one of the reasons I left Facebook and Instagram. Newport argues that those who do deep work will progress the furthest and make the biggest contributions to humanity. Yet, our online and work cultures are currently designed to encourage shallow work – work that doesn’t require that much sustained attention or skill. As a creative woman, I highly recommend it. General warning though: the book did have an overall masculine flavor, as in deep work felt more about “crushing it” than connecting with something more deep and beautiful.

Movie

Pride & Prejudice (2005)

I know this is a throwback, but I recently watched it again, and the final scene is worth everything. I’m still amazed at Austen’s ability to subvert patriarchy through her strong-willed character Liz Bennett. Are you team Macfadyen or Firth? If I had to choose, I’m still a filthy Firth fan.

Music

Spotify Playlist – Handmaid's Tale Mix

Friend and client Laura Lash put together a playlist for Margaret Atwood’s feminist classic the Handmaid’s Tail. We’re talking Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Bjork. Need I say more? Here’s her thinking behind it.

Tea

Green Tea: Fragrant Leaf (April 2016)

“Our Fragrant Leaf is first shade withered, then drum roasted at high fire to prevent oxidation before a final low fire roast. The resulting tea is unassumingly beautiful, with thin strands of dark green leaves that brighten and unravel when steeped.” This tea description is a poem and I love it.

Yoga

Discover Your Hamstrings & Psoas with Elena Brower

Elena Brower does such a beautiful job focusing on elongation of the spine by reminding us again and again to widen the space between the hip bones and the base of the skull. Graceful and anatomically aware. I woke up with my body aching one morning, but after this class I felt completely decompressed from head to toe.

Poem

Part Two, Sonnet XXIX

Quiet friend who has come so far,

feel how your breathing makes more space around you.

Let this darkness be a bell tower

and you the bell. As you ring,

what batters you becomes your strength.

Move back and forth into the change.

What is it like, such intensity of pain?

If the drink is bitter, turn yourself to wine.

In this uncontainable night,

be the mystery at the crossroads of your senses,

the meaning discovered there.

And if the world has ceased to hear you,

say to the silent Earth: I flow.

To the rushing water, speak: I am.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke (translated by Joanna Macy)