Category Archives: life

Around the internet, and 9/11 links

First of all, I want to thank Makafui, a fellow blogger over at “That African Girl,” for featuring an interview with me! I enjoyed writing about what got me started blogging and my views on culture, women’s rights, and feminism. Please click here to read the interview. Thanks, Mak! Second of all, today is 9/11Continue Reading

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What gets me excited

I have a lot of interests and passions. I am driven to find ideas in justice & social change that make sense, are about the people, and fill real needs. So what excites me? Carlos recently asked me, “So how do you keep yourself motivated when it doesn’t seem like things are changing in thisContinue Reading

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Inspiration for the new year

I found the following quote/graphic on Tumblr and fell in love with it today. Although it’s from 2009, I find it extremely relevant to my life today. I think I’ll adopt it as my personal manifesto for 2011. Life is short. Get rid of things in life that make you unhappy. Live your dream, travel,Continue Reading

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Assorted Weekend Links

Hope you have all had a great week(end)! The past few days have been absolutely perfect one for me – delicious cupcakes from Molly’s, a friend’s birthday celebrations, Dillo Day (annual day of fun, sun, and concerts from Regina Spektor, Guster, and Nelly at Northwestern), a trip to the Lincoln Park Zoo (although I amContinue Reading

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Reflections on 2009

This is the time of year for reflections, and I’m certainly no exception to the rule. So here goes (though I don’t usually talk much about myself on this blog): In 2009, I finished studying abroad at the London School of Economics and fell even more deeply in love with London and LSE. I alsoContinue Reading

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When activism becomes elitism

Maybe it’s just me, but I increasingly see a problem with activism: it can easily slip from passion to elitism. I’ll be honest; as I became more passionate about human rights issues, I started feeling incredibly upset. I started wondering: “Why doesn’t everyone else care? How can they hear about genocide, conflict, women’s rights, torture,Continue Reading

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September Monthly Goals Meet-up

Rebecca Thorman over at Modite has a great new project called the Monthly Goal Meet-Up, where participants write down their goals for the month on their blog and check back to see progress by the end of the month. I think it’s a great idea, and although I don’t usually get personal on this blog,Continue Reading

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Discovering the reality of human nature

International human rights law comes with a lot of jargon attached to it. There’s the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenants on Civil and Political Rights and Economic, Social, and Cultural rights. And then there are countless more protocols, conventions, and councils. Although these conventions and documents are all a testament to theContinue Reading

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Join the appreciation revolution!

I just want to take the time today to send some appreciation the way of Samantha Karol of Lifes Chocolates, who has started an amazing, energetic, appreciative revolution. She’s featuring a series of guest posts from fellow bloggers about the meaning of appreciation, and she’s given me the great opportunity to join in. So checkContinue Reading

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The World is Interconnected: The Importance of Social Change

If you haven’t already, please pop on over to Matt Cheuvront’s blog, Life Without Pants. I recently wrote a guest post for his Inconvenience of Change series, describing my viewpoint on why social change is so important and why it’s so hard for people to understand that. Here’s an excerpt: “Why is helping someone thousandsContinue Reading

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