The Girl Gang Missives Vol. 27


GGMBy Nicole BelangerThe Girl Gang Missives is a weekly report on the badass things that women are making/creating/building/writing.

[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]T[/dropcap]his week, the women are collecting garden waste, staying hydrated in a fun new way, and speaking openly about mental health in office.

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  1. 10 books about reconciliation to read with littles ones: If you have a child, or are looking for a thoughtful gift for a friend who's about to give birth to one, check out this great list of 10 books to read to your kids about race and reconciliation, compiled by Chantelle Bellerichard.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  2. Like a camel back, but you can put your lipstick in it: Staying hydrated never looked so good, y'all! Inspired by those camel back backpacks that you use on hikes and bike rides, Fallyn Smith and Chelsea Starr have prototyped a purse that does the very same. Check it out and back it on Kickstarter now![divider type="white" spacing="10"]

2.5 Have a project of your own to fund? Check out iFundWomen, and consider applying for their beta![divider type="white" spacing="10"]

  1. A podcast for bad Asians...Is what Amy Cao Smith is exploring in her brand-new podcast, Bad Asians. "To be Asian American is to be a walking contradiction: too loud, too quiet, too white, too Asian," she writes. "Which brings me to this: What does it mean to be Asian in America, or any of our adoptive countries, today?" (I'm guessing she's going to make you tune in to find out that last part.)[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  2. So much love for Celina Caesar-Chavannes: This week, the Parliamentary Secretary for Justin Trudeau sat down for an interview with Canada's national broadcaster to share the story of coming to the decision to seek treatment for depression -- and speaks about her choice now to be a voice for Canadians living with mental illnesses. Yes, Celina. Yessss. Be well![divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  3. On "boyfriend" clothes: Okay, confession time: I haven't read this piece yet. BUT a lot of smart people I admire did and said it was really good, so let's read it all together this morning, k?[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  4. In praise of BK Rot: One of the things that I love most about writing the Girl Gang Missives is when you guys email me about a woman or an organization that I've never heard about before, and I get the chance to learn about a cool new product or initiative. This week's prime example was Jeneuse Geula sending me a note about the wonderful BK Rot -- a youth-powered compost collection program founded by Sandra Nurse and Renée Peperone. Amazing![divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  5. Poems from the farm: The final shoutout of this week's missive goes to Taylor Katz -- a writer, farmer...and poet for hire! Here she explains her latest project:

My farm, Free Verse Farm, is run by myself and my husband, and we just released a new "Poem Share," where anyone can sign up to receive handwritten postcards with short poems I've written. It's cheap, it's monthly illumination, it's REAL MAIL, and you're supporting a working artist in rural Vermont![divider type="white" spacing="10"]

  1. Something giggle-worthy for the road: Guys. Guys. GUYS. Look at my website.

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Now, over to you…

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NicoleBelangerPhotoNicole Belanger is the founder of Fourth Hour, a collection of original content that celebrates and supports everyday women in their daily lives. She is the author of the ebook On Resilience, the creator of the Conversations With Her interview series and the send-er of the Girl Gang Missives every Friday morning.

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