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Monday Menagerie # 14

Our Monday Menagerie series was created so that we could curate stories from around the web that inspire, motivate, ignite, educate and entertain. I was so inspired by Tara Tona’s Instagram post a few days ago that I decided to make this week’s Monday Menagerie the “kind issue.”  These stories are meant to be examples of how we can be more kind, where kindness and love are flowing right now and some stories so full of joy and beauty that you start to doubt that the “badness” even exists. I want to live each day as if things are getting better, not worse. Who’s with me?

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10 REASONS WHY INVESTING IN WOMEN AND GIRLS IS SO VITAL

Let’s be kind to women, ya’ll.  I mean seriously, why is it so difficult?  If we could be a bit kinder to our women I think we would see a radical shift in the way people treat each other. It’s just my opinion but why don’t we give it a try…what have we got to lose? This article gives me hope and makes it look pretty darn easy to accomplish.

“Did you know women and girls make up half of the world’s population? Duh 🙂

Did you know women and girls represent the majority of the world’s poor?

Did you know 70% of the 1 billion poorest people are female? 

In order to overcome these inequalities, the world must prioritize their needs and basic human rights. But the great news is that investing in girls and women also makes economic sense. In this article, I explore what the world would look like if the world educated, empowered, and kept all girls and women healthy.”


HAPPY COWS – LET’S BE KIND TO THE ANIMALS

Some of you may have seen this but, if you need a boost just watch these cows dance…I mean THEY DANCE!  Look, I don’t want to go spreading my “veganism” around (I am a pescetarian and plan to become full veg and full vegan sometime in my life but right now this works for me and has for 15 years) so I am not saying that everyone should stop eating meat but it is up to US to demand that animals and fish be treated fairly and justly. They cannot speak for themselves, we have to speak for them, and the way they are mass produced and tortured for our benefit is just not right.  Do your best to know where your meat comes from, don’t buy from companies that are known for mistreating their animals and inform your children so that they know too. Let’s be kind to the animals we share this earth with…they deserve it.


LET’S BE KIND TO THE EARTH…THE COOL KIDS ARE DOING IT (and rapping about it)

The Earth will take care of us if we are kind to her…super simple. I have been telling my friends who have kids that they have to watch this HBO Doc-Series Saving My Tomorrow. It’s told by kids and they are just so honest and straight forward. My favorite moment is when this cute kid, in a very serious and matter of fact tone says…

“I mean, come on, it’s not like there is another Earth right next door, we have to save THIS one.”

Watch it! Be inspired! and check out some more kids who are stepping up and not waiting for the adults to take action, they are doing it themselves. Thank goodness.

And, for the fun of it, here is a list of ethical companies and a shopping guide I found on a new awesome site, The Art Of Simple. These companies are being kind to Mother Earth and I am grateful to know who they are. Hope you are too.


IT CAN BE EASY TO BE KIND 

Here are some random acts of kindness for you all to enjoy. Simple, kind, affective. What can you do to spread a little more joy today?


 

All images provided by Jane Long Photography

All images provided by Jane Long Photography

BRINGING OUT THE BEAUTY

I found this on my favorite Facebook feed Amy Poeler’s Smart Girls and was so captivated by the beauty of these pictures reimagined that I thought it was appropriate to share. Seeing the beauty in something old and making it new. Reimagining and recapturing, what a great way to see the world.

Australian artist Jane Long transforms cracked and faded black and white photographs into colorful works of fantasy, giving the subjects a new, and entirely surreal context.

“I wanted people to see these figures as real people, more than just an old photograph. Adding colour completely changes our perception of images.”


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#SelfiesWithDaughters

I love this campaign and I love when the Government of any country steps in to make it’s citizens step up.

“As part of his continued efforts to curb rising rates of female feticide, India’s prime minister has urged parents to share selfies with their daughters on social media.”

Smiles and love abound!


 

photo via http://www.youramazingplaces.com/

Horsetail Falls, Yosemite National Park photo via http://www.youramazingplaces.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE 100 MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN THE WORLD

The world really is this beautiful. Enjoy and appreciate.


THE INSIDE OUT PROJECT – LET’S CELEBRATE EACH OTHER

Wow. I urge you to bookmark this and spend some time on your lunch break or coffee break or right before you go to bed and peruse the site of JR. Look at his art, get to know the movements he has started including Women Are Heroes and celebrate this incredible artist who is bringing the world together by sharing the human experience. When you see a face, look into the eyes of another, you don’t see differences you see that we are all connected, living a shared life on a shared earth.

I WISH FOR YOU TO STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU CARE ABOUT BY PARTICIPATING IN A GLOBAL ART PROJECT, AND TOGETHER WE’LL TURN THE WORLD… INSIDE OUT.

THIS is the world I want to live in…a world where you see the beauty in everyone.


photo via Huffington Post Kim Corbin photography

photo via Huffington Post Kim Corbin photography

 

 

25 TIPS TO MAKE KINDNESS YOUR SUPERPOWER

I was having lunch with my dear friend Melanie the other day, who I happen to think is an incredible mother, the kind I strive to be when I have kids, and we were talking about parenting and about her youngest entering Kindergarten. She said:

“Of course I want me children to have a good education but what matters most to me is that I teach them kindness and compassion and that they have a strong character above everything else”

This speaks volumes to me and explains why her kids are two of the sweetest, most thoughtful and giving kids I know. I dedicate this post to all of my amazing girlfriends and all of the parents out there who are raising the next generation to make kindness  their Superpower. It takes courage to follow the tips in this list, do you have the courage to be kind?


HOW TO BE KIND TO YOURSELF

This is something I struggle with A LOT. I know I wouldn’t talk to or judge the people I love the way I talk to and judge myself and that bites the big one most of the time…but I am working on it and feeling the love (from myself) more and more everyday! So many of us work so hard on being kind to others but how kind are we to ourselves? Give yourself a break! Love, admire and cherish yourself the way your biggest fan does…and you know who that is. You deserve it.

While your are at it…be kind to your body too. This incredible woman I know, Sophie Aaronson Jaffe, has this amazing site, company and movement The Philosophie (so clever). Follow her Facebook page , try her products, do one of her cleanses, be inspired by her on Instagram. She is the real deal and knows how important it is to nourish your mind, body and soul. It’s good for ya!


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Story and Description Shared by Tara Tona on Aug 30th 2015:

In Memory of Dr. Oliver Sacks
Oliver Sacks left our world today.  He died this morning, Sunday August 30th, 2015.  He was a unique, beautiful human being, one who’s work and spirit impacted countless individuals.  I opened my computer this morning and was drawn to the NYtimes Op-Ed section straight away, for no logical reason.  I only check that page every now and then, but this morning I went straight there.  And there was Dr. Sack’s story from February, on the front page again.  Then I knew he had gone.  I fell in love with his work many years ago, and have been inspired by his being ever since.  He gave me extra hope about the world, and even more reason to believe that there is more good than bad in existence.  May the memory of Dr. Oliver Sacks live on.  We were lucky to have him on this earth.–

 

“Over the last few days, I have been able to see my life as from a great altitude, as a sort of landscape, and with a deepening sense of the connection of all its parts. This does not mean I am finished with life.

On the contrary, I feel intensely alive, and I want and hope in the time that remains to deepen my friendships, to say farewell to those I love, to write more, to travel if I have the strength, to achieve new levels of understanding and insight.”

THE POWER OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE


Have a lovely week!

Featured image (at top) by: Tara Tona

All reviews written and opinions expressed are the author’s own. “Shared by [name]” – Refers to the person who shared the link to the original piece featured here.

2 Comments

  1. Jamie,
    There are few words that can really tell you how much I am so glad that our lives have connected. You give me such inspiration to be able to give it to those ahead of me and to honor myself and others. This Monday Menagerie is what I needed today, to keep me grounded and so happy to know that you are a new family member. I feel as if we have been connected for years. Thank you for sharing your words, your photos and your thoughts. We can made this world a greener and peaceful place

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  2. Tara Tona says

    Coming back to read this again.. this MM makes me SO HAPPY!!! Those photos of the 100 Most Beautiful Places in the world had me drifting off into a wondrous daydream. It’s really nice to take a moment to sit in awe of the world around us. The Inside Out Project is so great. And the Happy Cows and rapping kids totally made.my.week. ❤

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