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Monday Menagerie #30


Super Soul Sunday – Marianne Williamson

I am starting this one off BIG! Watch the incredible “spiritual luminary” Marianne Williamson talk about spirituality in relationships.  2016 is the year for me to commit to and follow my spiritual path and that means honoring my body, mind and soul so that they can be the strongest and healthiest of my life.  I hope you enjoy (and need) this Super Soul Session as much as I did.

If I think I am just one wave in the ocean, surrounded by this huge ocean, how can I not be terrified of the ocean, how can I not be terrified of other waves, how can I not think other waves are going to completely overwhelm me? But if I realize, I am one with the whole freaking ocean. I move, it moves…we are a powerful thing and I have no problem recognizing my oneness with the ocean because therein lies my power.

[Mohammed Jamjoom/Al Jazeera via

[Mohammed Jamjoom/Al Jazeera via

Syrian refugee children transform Iraqi prison with art

I am not going to say much about this because the article speaks for itself. We have all heard the horrible conversations going on in the media and this brings it back home.  Humans, children, spirits…not refugees.

Through donated supplies from the Rise Foundation, a local NGO, the kids get a unique outlet – once a week, they get to put aside the stark realities of refugee life and dive into a world of colour and whimsy.

via Repurposed Schoolbags

via Repurposed Schoolbags

How One Backpack is Helping Solve Multiple Issues in South Africa

Some people are just so amazing…and smart….and resourceful.  I want to know more about these kinds of women in 2016!

22-year-old Thato Kgatlhanye, has come to the rescue in South Africa by developing a backpack that stores solar energy during the day then powers a small lamp at night and is made from ‘upcycled’ plastic shopping bags.


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History Made! First Full-Time Female Coach Hired by the NFL

As we move closer to the Superbowl this news came in last week and it’s a doozy!  We love when we can report on history-making news!!

The Buffalo Bills named Kathryn Smith the team’s quality control-special teams coach.

For decades, women have made headway in men’s sports, becoming front office executives in professional franchises and athletic administrators on the college level. While it has been accepted that men can coach women, the opposite hasn’t been true. Well, until recently.




How To Be Sustainable When You Have a Baby

Now I am not a mother and I am sure many mothers out there are like “I have so many other things to think about after giving birth, being sustainable is the LAST thing on my mind” and I get that.  But for anyone who wants to take this on…here is some info.  The best thing we can all do is just to do our best.  I look forward to doing my part when I am meant to. 🙂




Art Activist Guerilla Girls Take Over the Twin Cities

I am just finding out about this group and I love them.  This is a fascinating interview with Kahlo and Kollwitz (not their real names), the two founders of the legendary Guerrilla Girls, an anonymous, multigenerational activist group of female artists. These two gutsy women are planning an ambitious multi-venue festival that targets sexism and racism in the realms of art, politics and pop culture.

Kicking off on January 21, the festival will comprise a series of events by 30 different groups, which will take place until March 6 at more than 20 arts and cultural organizations in and around Minneapolis/St. Paul. A network of local art activists will be mobilized, and the Guerrilla Girls have been working in tandem with the area’s youth groups to prepare.




An Artist Reimagined Bratz Dolls As Iconic Women 

These dolls are super cool.  A mother, after contemplating the controversy around Bratz Dolls and their “hyper sexualized appearances,” started asking herself, is there a better solution?

“I considered the point of view that playing with Bratz dolls or Barbie dolls does not affect a child’s body image,” Tsao told Upworthy. “This led me to wonder whether a doll does have an impact on a child’s view of herself and of the world.”

How she answered this question is pretty great…and important!

via Radical Monarchs Facebook page "Fierce art by Rachele Cateyes"

via Radical Monarchs Facebook page “Fierce art by Rachele Cateyes”

Radical Monarchs

Brittany, Tara and I have all listened to Lena Dunham’s podcast “Women Of The Hour” (this link is a preview…check it out!) On one episode Lena featured a story on the Radical Monarchs and we all fell in love with them.

The Radical Monarchs empowers young girls of color to step into their collective power, brilliance and leadership to make the world a more radical place.

Be their friends on Facebook and see what they are up to…they are radical!

Shared by Brittany Wilkerson

How Do I Tell If A Product Contains Microbeads?

I work for Mobile Baykeeper in Mobile, AL and their mission is to provide citizens a means to protect the beauty, health and heritage of the Mobile Bay Watershed, Alabama’s waterways and coastal communities.  I am learning a TON about what is harmful to our waters and oceans and how much we DEPEND on water for life.  We all must be educated on what materials are in the products we love that may be detrimental to our natural resources.  So here you go. 🙂


Amy Poehler….just so perfect.

Featured image (at top) by: Sakimichan (

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.

1 Comment

  1. Tara Tona says

    Ah! So much GREAT stuff Jamie!!! Loved reading this… Those backpacks are fantastic, I want one myself. The reimagined Bratz dolls– brilliant. And it’s just so great to start a morning with Amy Poehler. 😀

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