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Capturing Pro Infirmis’s fascinating campaign “Because who is perfect? Get closer.”, this video shows what happens when mannequins are modeled after people with “scoliosis or brittle bone disease.” 

I love how the team transforms mannequins–which I usually find grossly unrealistic–into something so human. If you support diversity or embrace the beauty of humanity, it’s 5 minutes well spent.

Watch the video here

In Marie’s most recent episode, she talks with Susan Cain, author of Quiet and leader of an introvert movement. (I’ve listened to the beginning of Quiet on audiobook, and so far I love it!) As someone who is not extroverted, I appreciated the networking advice from Susan. In particular, I love the idea of finding one kindred spirit at an event, rather than “making the rounds”.  I also love hearing Marie needs to veg out after a while at parties, because I cannot count the times at family gatherings when I’ve drifted off to a quiet corner.

Also, if you’re wondering if you are introverted or extroverted, check out the assessment. (I test somewhere between an ambivert and an introvert.)

Watch the interview here

First off, this post almost exactly captures my own transition from the Bay Area to L.A. From my “cozy, little life in Northern California” to “soul-sucking traffic, feeling like you aren’t nearly thin/tan/beautiful/not-human enough, and endless conversations about which juice cleanse is the best”. And also how for two years I was constantly “muttering about how I missed the cold, NPR with my mom, and people who honked to say hello and not crush my spirit.” Having my own experience understood so well by another person is incredibly validating, so that’s reason #1 that I’m re-blogging this.

Number 2 is a little vain. I know the guy in the video at the end! We both attended UCLA, and I actually ended up at a Giants game with him by happenstance. I also bring this up–not just to brag about my proximity to internet celebrity–but to highlight that this guy is just a regular guy. I think I frequently forget that the people’s whose opinions and stories I encounter online, I forget that those people are real people. They aren’t actors in some movie called Life. They are people who went to school, who have friends, who live lives, and who on occasion go to baseball games with near-strangers. I like knowing this people are real people, too.

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Last year, I packed up my entire cozy, little life in Northern California and moved to the city where all your dreams come true (if your dreams include soul-sucking traffic, feeling like you aren’t nearly thin/tan/beautiful/not-human enough, and endless conversations about which juice cleanse is the best): Los Angeles. Okay, it’s actually not THAT bad, but that article is for another time and another place (lamest cliff-hanger in the history of ever. You don’t care. Please care. Love me!).

Change of any kind tends to send my routine driven brain into total panic and I seek shelter in the two things that have always been a constant in my life: my bed and all 10 seasons of Friends.  However, one of the first friends (actual friend, sorry Ross, Rachel, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler, Monica…) I made in Lalaland, and now I’m lucky enough to call her my roommate, refused to let…

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In a very human photography project, Richard Renaldi–the last name makes me think Princess Diaries–asks strangers to pose together as if they were lovers, friends, or family. Afterwards, the video captures a few of the participants’ responses. The short video (2:34) is a great look at the barriers between us and our common humanity.

Check it out the post here

http://elitedaily.com/news/world/photographer-puts-two-strangers-together-for-intimate-photographs-and-the-results-are-surprising/

Original video here

As a firm believer in peace and education, I was instantly captivated by Malala Yousafzai. Her clear message of peace, equality, non-violence, and education is all the more remarkable because of her young age. If you haven’t heard her speak, I highly recommend her Daily Show appearance.  I think it’s clear she is deserving of the attention she has garnered.

After falling in love with what Malala has to say, I also recommend considering this article detailing the dangers of making her an “exceptional” person. Exceptionalism at first brush sounds benign. However, implicit in the word “exceptional” is the idea of being an exception or an anomaly. Malala is not an anomaly. She is not a solitary voice of reason in an otherwise violent culture. She is in fact the norm. Though more visible to the Western world, Malala is by no means the only girl, the only young person, the only Muslim, nor the only Pakastani to be speaking out against inequality and violence. This is to say that rather than being exceptional, Malala may better be seen as representative, and perhaps even moreso as what she is: a human with a beautiful message.

Malala on The Daily Show (my favorite part starts at 3:45) video

Article on Malala and appropriation: http://omidsafi.religionnews.com/2013/10/12/malala/

If it’s not broke don’t fix it. But that doesn’t mean you have to keep it either. 

Having struggled with good-but-not-great, I love Marie’s newest video. Not only does she talk what keeps people in the good zone (comfort and other people’s expectations), she also recognizes how hard it can be to leave something good for something great. While I am not advocating for the pursuit of perfection (that’s another can of worms), I think the distinct between good and great is equally as important as separating doing one’s best and being the best.

For more on going from good to great, check out Marie’s video here