Friday Links

“The best way to predict your future is to create it”
― Peter F. Drucker

In between Monday and now I’ve helped put on two events, mostly completed newly revamped marketing strategies for two incredible development projects, received an amazing work opportunity to expand and grow in what I’ve been doing with the company, and spent 61 collective hours in high heels. Not for the faint of heart, but deeply rewarding. A busy week and now freelance calls over the weekend, plus finishing the first read of a friend’s new novel. And napping. I’m very much looking forward to it! Here are your links, short but interesting, and tell me what you’re getting up to in the comments!

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I’ve been trying to repair the damages of the 90s to my eyebrows for years, so this is relevant to my interests.

A fascinating piece on poverty in America and what some people think we need to do to fix it. I find it compelling. Economist and like-minded minions weigh in.

From deep to shallow, words can’t express how much I long to own this Oscar de la Renta gown.

And back to deep with this interesting piece from Salon about writing, money, and partners. I may have to do a whole post on this myself. I don’t feel “sponsored” by my husband, in fact for the first five years of our marriage I was the primary wage earner and the work I’m currently doing means that I’m once again earning more than him in spite of his hefty two degrees and experience. But no question, there have been periods where if we relied on my income from writing alone, rather than his far more steady one, we’d have starved.

Settling somewhere nicely between medatative and glib, this piece from the Economist (of all places) on swearing.

There is now a gender imbalance in the world to the tune of 60 million more men than women, the cultural effects of which are fascinating (and often disturbing, especially in countries which have a history of preferring male children and practicing infanticide to achieve it). This map project tackles the issue, region by region, with tons of fascinating info. To quote a friend, what is UP with the Arabian Peninsula?

An interesting profile.

One of my friends and co-freelancers, Tara Zirker is woman on the rise. I’ve worked for and with her for two years now as she’s built her success with her freelance clients and helped me build my own on both sides of the pond. Simply put, the woman is good people. I’m beyond pleased she’s taking things to the next level and offering coaching, training, and workshops this year! Her first workshop of 2015 is happening tomorrow, and there’s a discount code for Small Dog Syndrome minions interested in participating: Cadence15.

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