My wee little brain is chock-full of delights and plans — and, yes, for those of you following me on Twitter, blood test results, referrals to specialists, and so forth. However! I had my hair done back to platinum blonde yesterday, which has been a marvelous lift to my spirits, although I now feel incongruent with the various headshots of me on this site and those floating around the Internet. Perhaps I’ll inquire after new ones for the site redesign… which isn’t slated to launch until March 2014, but promises to be splendiferous.
Links for the week as we march deeper into autumn:
- I have a secret (maybe not so secret) fangirl love for Beth Kirby of Local Milk fame, and this interview with her at breanna rose only cemented that love for me. She checks her email in bed, and immediately upon waking, for the same reasons that I do! Clearly, we must become friends.
- JSA Lowe, whose guest post here is one of the most-loved posts on esmewang.com ever, wrote something so smart about the term “stigma” and its use in mental health advocacy discourse that I brought it up in my speakers’ bureau training… which sparked conversation and change.
- Abby Kerr inspires me constantly with her smart talk about copywriting strategy. Here’s a new piece about home pages and front porches.
- “One of the benefits of being such a compulsive journaller is I have everything written down in the most astounding detail: conversations, feelings, events, realisations, turning points, printed-out emails… it’s all recorded in a big pile of Moleskines.” Wisdom from Susannah about long-term journal keeping.
- Having spent a week with Katherine now, I’m all the more touched and inspired by her post, What’s My Crohn’s Challenge?
- You know all of the things you “must” and “have” to do… Sas is telling you that there’s plenty you don’t. Which I love.
- “I’m going to say it. I want to see an end to ‘self-care.'” B Loewe on social justice and the problem of self-care as we know it.
- “My mental health affects every aspect of my life. My education. My work. My relationships. Keeping quiet will never make that fact go away.” Yes. This. On sincerity, stigma, and strength.
- Yiyun Li talks about the desire for confrontational fiction in Granta.
- Here are the top 10 myths about Asian Americans and mental health. Suicide is the 8th leading cause of death for Asian Americans, (compared to 11th for the national population).
- I’m finalizing the material for my book, The Radical Sincerity Manifesto: Bringing Light by Being You, this weekend — and subscribers get first access. Will I see you there?
Enjoy your weekend. Rumor has it that there’s going to be pie…