Must Know Mondays

Even as a self-professed news junkie, if I have a weekend off of work I am not paying as much attention to news and pop culture as when I am at my desk, constantly refreshing my twitter feed. So Mondays end up being a bit of a catch up day. Here are a just a few things that caught my eye . . .

mondays belong to go getters
If you’re approaching a landmark age like some of us ::cough::cough:: . . . The Zoe Report has a great slideshow on the “7 Types of People You Should Have in Your Life by 30.” I’ve pretty much got my bases covered and my big day is just three days away!

If you’re a feminist, which everyone should be since all that means is you believe in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes, (and if you don’t believe in that, get off my blog) . . . people are paying tribute to Susan B. Anthony after the democratic nomination of Hillary Clinton. It’s so good to see the pioneer remembered for her work in fighting and winning a woman’s right to vote in 1920. Yes, it’s been less than 100 years that women in the United States have had the right to decide who will be the leader of their nation.

If you’re a fitness fanatic  . . . this photo has made it’s way around the web and it’s no surprise why. As someone who has wrestled with her weight since she was 10 years old and just now has it under control, this completely changes my idea of how to determine physical fitness and though it might be hard to swallow, it is not the number on the scale. Thanks to Kelsey Wells of The Sweat Life for her brave post.

If you’re in need of a little inspiration this Monday before the opening ceremony of The Olympics . . . check out this profile on the youngest girl to make the U.S. Olympic track and field team since Carol Lewis in 1980. It’s not just her humility that strikes me, it’s also her determination that puts me to shame when I can’t get up at 5 am for my daily Bar Method class. She’s definitely one to watch in Rio and I know I’ll be cheering her on while sitting on my couch eating red, white and blue cupcakes (getting healthy is a marathon, not a sprint).

If you’re a geek . . . the day after the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child J.K. Rowling announced she was closing the book, so to say, on the bespectacled hero that made her famous. Getting any new information on the story and it’s movie counterparts, like this Vogue article on “5 Things You Didn’t Know About Harry Potter,” will have to suffice for now.

If you have a case of wanderlust . . . this article from Goop on Paris in August and this piece that focuses on the City of Lights Left Bank from The New York Times won’t help you any. But they’ve been a big help in planning my upcoming birthday/wedding anniversary excursion to Paris and Amsterdam which is happening a week from today. Zut alors!

Final thoughts:

Monday Mantra: Mondays belong to the Go-Getters.

Song of the Week: La Vie en Rose by Louis Armstrong

What I’m Reading: How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret and Sophie Mas. More Paris prep!

What I’m Craving: Grilled Pineapple with coconut whipped cream – delicious and healthy!

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