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Things I read (and did) this week 11/17

+ HOLEEEEY MOLY so far 951 people have signed up for my new Skillshare class. This is still small, at least by online class standards, but I seriously thought like 30 people (aka friends and family) would be the only ones to sign-up. So you can imagine my overwhelm and gratitude when something different happened! I’m now crossing my fingers that it’ll still grow to 1k, because, I like even round numbers. Massive thank yous to all who shared and reached out because of this, it will alway make my day to hear your feedback. :D

+ Also very proud of this paleo soup cookbook I designed for my client, Ali Rakowski. Here’s a sneak peek and pre-order for the book over at Ali’s new business Intersection Coaching (also designed & built by yours truly). Be sure to order in time for Xmas!

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“To understand is to stand under / which is a good way to understand”

– From yesterday’s Sister Corita Kent Google doodle. I don’t really pay attention to these on the regular, but every so often one comes along and really knocks me between the eyes. I could, and probably should, write a whole essay on this lady and why her work is so important to me. But until I do, here’s one story that explains her influence nicely.

+ Calvin, of Calvin & Hobbes, is a real sage genius of a seven-year-old. Here are 16 things he says better than almost anyone.

+ I read this essay earlier in the week that I haven’t been able to get out of my brain. It’s equal parts one line zingers and real talk about the pressures on girls and women to look stylish and appropriate at all times, even from very young ages. And how even an extra 15 minutes of grooming per day can really eat into time spent learning/doing other things. Or how all the time and money it takes to keep up with these constantly changing standards, and since we’re still getting paid less than men, we are that much poorer for it. This dovetails nicely with this other article explaining the sorts of chastisements women receive if they are too feminine or too rumpled in our appearance in professional settings. However, while women spend more time on our personal care habits, we also live longer in general, and that can’t be entirely coincidence. If there was a way to meet in the middle, with less judgement on women and girls, and a little more effort from the gentlemen, I imagine we’d all be happier, richer, and living longer together.

+ Starting a business or new venture? Feeling like you’ll never catch up? Well, you are not late.

I think that’s enough for now! Next week you won’t be hearing much from me, I’ll be doing lots of yoga and writing at a retreat center on lake Atitlan in the mountains of Guatemala. I imagine it looks kind of like this:


I’m not 100% sure what location is in this photo, but it’s a free stock photo from this awesome site, Unsplash that posts 10 free high res photos every 10 days. Anyway, I’m sure you won’t miss me through your turkey coma, or Black Friday mania. Whatever it is, I hope you get to do you!

Smiles for miles, friends. Until next time!

New projects & things I read this week: 11/10


I’m all-caps-extra-exclamation-mark excited to tell you about my new Skillshare class!

An Online Skillshare Class by Margot Harrington

In it we talk about how to DO THE MONEY when it comes irregularly in fits and starts, goal-setting, working with clients, how the heck anyone who freelances ever stays sane and on schedule. While it’s targeted first to the new-new business people, but also I think there’s plenty of info for more seasoned pros. Especially if you’re like me and you started your business without much planning or a bigger picture in mind. It’s a little nerve-wracking putting this out there, but I’m sending all the good vibes I have into the universe in hopes the folks who need this class the most will heed the call. As of this point almost 40% of the American workforce is not on a full-time pre-taxed salary with benefits and 401k, and this number is only projected to increase. So you are out there, my people, let’s all help each other!

Anyway! If you’re only here for the reading material, I shan’t disappoint. Here we go!

“He told me politely that he didn’t have any photos of himself and would very much appreciate me taking one. He wrote down an e-mail address and requested that I friend him on Facebook. I asked him what he did while I checked the focus. He thought about it for a minute.

“What I can,” he replied. “I do what’s moral. I try to help people.”

“That’s great,” I said and we made some other small talk.

“By the way,” he added as I was turning to leave. “What are you? You’re thick as hell.”

The Men that I Met: a look back at the men looking at me. A female photographer in Chicago catalogues the men who approach her, asking for a picture. It’s an excellent twist on the complexities of catcalling. I want to give this Hillary a hug.

+ Have you been listening to This American Life’s new spin-off podcast, Serial?! HOLY CRUD. Or as comedian Mike Birbiglia calls it, “Blues Clues for adults”. I’ve been wondering if the racial complexities would surface around this case, and yep, Jay Caspian King pretty much nails it in this essay.

+ And speaking of race, the Washington Post has done an impeccable interactive campaign discussing the use of the n-word. Please spend a few minutes looking at these videos.

+ My friend Mercedes has just launched a woman-focused zine subscription service! This is gonna be gold. Sign-up here!

+ It’s now officially confirmed by a new study: women with kids are literally more productive than everyone yet still experience bias in the workplace. Bosses, take note. Next time you miss a deadline because your little munchkin has a fever, remember that you’ve already been making up for this and then some. One less thing to feel guilt over!

+ Impressively diverse picture of Chicago’s tech scene. I hope you’re listening, Chicago Tech Week! Let’s hope this marks the end of “X people you should know in tech” lists that are 80% or more of white guys.

+ I finished Amy Poehler’s new book, Yes Please! in about 5 days. It’s a delight, full of excellent, gracious advice and behind-the-scenes stories. Amy (and Tina Fey) are the world’s best friends!

Things I read/watched/learned this week of 10/20*

From the women of NPR this video: Talking While Female explores the ways in which women are written off simply by their voices and how we use them. Illustrations by one my favorite graphic designers, Kelli Anderson.

+ Are you using Slack chat app yet? If you’re already using it for multiple teams, then you’ll appreciate this new beta version of Slack Multiple. Get into it and see for yourself how this app is a real game changer. Some people even think it’s going to kill email.

+ A first person story of a woman’s abortion in 1959.

+ The Toast’s hilarious breakdown of current internet slang. I can’t even with this it’s everything my spirit animal…

+ Erin Loechner’s real bio is fantastic and embraces shades of gray not often seen on the internet.

+ While co-working a couple weeks ago with a friend who recently had a little one (Hi Crystal! Hi June!) I thought about how a lot of the music I listen to isn’t always scalable to the youngest and oldest among us. So I responded with this playlist. It’s called Classy Tunes for Young Folks, but really there’s still plenty of stuff on here the aged will like as well as some songs that expressly remind me of my own parents. If I were still working with kids I’d play this during free play, when coloring, cleaning, or other busy work.

*As of 10:38am.

Things I read this week 10/13*

Slightly lighter reading this week due to  focus on client work and family visiting for my partner’s solo show exhibition (hi Mom! I know I’m supposed to be getting ready instead of on the computer :-). But, here’s a few of the best.


I could look at this moving drawing from artist Lilli Carré all. day. long.

+ The Price of Black Ambition, a new essay from one of my faves Roxanne Gay, put a lump in my throat.

+ What I saw as an NFL Ball Boy. As gritty as you might expect, but also optimistic about the future of the NFL.

+ Common things men in tech can do to be more inclusive. Actually, this should be for everyone because I’ve caught myself doing one or two of these things too.

+ Aminatou Sow pretty much wins the internet for the day with this:


Yes, my friend. You nailed it.

Until next week friends! Off to see the work of prolific Chicago photographer, Vivian Maier. Hoping to find an instagram or two to file away for later.

*As of 11:45am