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What I’ve been reading – 8/30/14

What I Want You To Know About Being A Safe Family

What I want you to know is that tonight there are three extra kids sleeping in my house because their mother is homeless. She is young, has no family, and has three children under the age of five. I want you to know that we get, on average, seven emails a week about kids who need placements from Safe Families and I fight between wanting to take every child and wanting to ask them to stop emailing me. I want you to know that I have wondered whether or not it’s appropriate to ask the mother of my extra kids if she would consider adoption because they’ve been here for months and we love them and every time they call me Mama my heart aches. (Side note : It is NOT appropriate and I would never do it.)

I didn’t even know Safe Families existed. If we were going to be here in the States for a while, it’s the kind of thing I’d like to believe I’d volunteer for. Check out Safe Families for more information.

And P.S. Rage Against the Minivan is where I first got the idea for formatting my link dump posts the way I do.

The Lies Your Mind Tells You to Prevent Life Changes

I can do it later. Sure, you can always do it later … but your later self will also feel the same way. Why should the later self be more disciplined than your current self? In fact, because you’re allowing yourself to slide now, you’re building a habit of procrastination and actually making is less likely that your future self will be more disciplined. Instead, do it now, unless there’s something more important that you need to do … don’t let yourself slide just because you don’t feel like it.

Smart advice for someone like me, who’s all promise and no follow-through when it comes to self-care.

The Fitness-Industrial-Complex is Deceiving You!

More insidious, perhaps, is a not-so-obvious deception that permeates the language from the fitness industry–that dieting and exercise are things that you should be doing in the first place, and that failure to do either stems from a lack of personal responsibility, or some moral deficit.

Let’s put this notion to rest. Dieting and exercise are crazy. There is absolutely nothing wrong with people who fail to do either, and the sooner we can all acknowledge this, the happier and healthier we’ll all be.

Repeat after me: FAT IS NOT A MORAL FAILING.aracer

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