Thanksgiving is over and now that it's December, the holiday season is kicking off! There are lots of things I love about this time of year- going to fancy tea with my best friend, putting up ALL my Christmas decorations, watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and a Charlie Brown Christmas on TV, and parties! This year I have three cookie exchanges on my calendar, and I couldn't be more excited about combining baking and socializing.
I also came across a few things I really loved this week:
- Serena Williams' beautiful open letter "to all incredible women who strive for excellence": "What others marked as flaws or disadvantages about myself – my race, my gender – I embraced as fuel for my success. I never let anything or anyone define me or my potential. I controlled my future."
- America Ferrera's essay about competing in a triathlon earlier this fall. I followed her training journey on Instagram. Very inspiring!
I didn’t just complete a triathlon. For five months, I showed up to defend myself against a scared and angry voice. In the end, I didn’t eradicate her. But I had transformed her.
With every step, stroke and pedal, I turned "No, I can’t” into “Yes, I can,” “I’m limited” into “Look what I’m capable of,” and “I’m weak” into “I am whole, healthy and strong.”
It's no secret that I'm fascinated by NASA's work, past and present. They have a new site, Modern Figures, that highlights the contributions women, past and present, make to NASA. I'm bookmarking this one so I can keep up with everything going on!
Libby Vanderploeg's wonderful illustration of women as superheroes.