The Girl Gang Missives Vol. 36


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 getting healthy for their community, tearing corporatized mindfulness a new one, and researching the future of phones. 

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  1. Well for culture: Watching this video of Well for Culture creators Chelsey Luger and Thosh Collins talking about their efforts to Indegenize health and fitness is kind of like staring into the sun for two reasons: 1) They are both very, very beautiful people. 2) Their work and their message shines such a powerful light into the world. Love it.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  2. A helpful guide for talking to someone with cancer: I've spent a lot of my life talking to people who are very ill, and I still get tongue-tied talking about it sometimes. As someone who has had the immense privilege of good health, it can be hard to know what to say. But don't fret, NYT health columnist Jane Brody has your back.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  3. On bendy phones and neurological disorders: Apparently, our cellphones aren't only expected to get bigger in the coming years, they're also expected to get squishier. Professor and researcher Audrey Girouard sees these anticipated developments an opportunity to support individuals with dexterity issues, like those caused by arthritis or neurological issues. You can learn more about her work and her recent grant here.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  4. The shitty thing about mindfulness: I don't like to admit it, but if you Google my name, you'll see a bunch of articles I wrote back in my early(er) 20s about the power of *~mindfulness~* at work that were totally devoid of any social or economic context. I know, I was kind of the worst. But thankfully there are people like Ruth Whippman on this earth who are not the worst and who can ably expose the icky capitalism that is so often enmeshed in conversations about "wellness". [divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  5. Life may suck, but at least you can smell nice: A few days ago, Rachel Syme offered up a fun little game on Twitter: send her a list of inspirations, and she would send you a corresponding scent. People loved it. So she's turning that endless fountain of perfume knowledge into a newsletter with Helena Fitzgerald.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  6. How to be a cheap date, even in death: It is no secret that I want to be cremated. So I was super excited to come across this video from mortician Caitlin Doughty explaining this affordable death care option.  [divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  7. A GGM community shout out! This message comes to us from Girl Gang member Rachel Farewell, shouting out her friend, Kim! "I would love to share Kim and her work The Girl Gang Missives as I think she would be a great contribution. Her company, Balance Lifestyle & Co. is designing a solution for #GirlBosses in tech, where they can save you time, money and most of all, the planet through a simple wardrobe solution." Good luck, Kim![divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  8. Something giggle-worthy for the road: Aging comes for us all in the end.

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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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