The top 10 things online that are inspiring/comforting me rn

🎙️ How I Built This with Guy Raz (in the How I Built Resilience episodes, founders share how they’re navigating these turbulent times)

💡 At Home by The New York Times (one of the best resources out there on how to live a full life on lockdown)

📝 Liz and Mollie (love these whimsical, relatable illustrations about feelings at work)

🎨 Still Here Still Life (has got me drawing again after a 10-year hiatus!)

🌈 Some Good News (because laughing and smiling aren’t cancelled)

🎙️ Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations (because Oprah)

📚 Blinkist (the mindfulness blinks have been especially soothing)

💪🏽 MrandMrsMuscle (these HIIT home workouts have been a lifesaver since gyms closed)

🧑🏼‍🍳 NYT Cooking (recipes are easy and tasty)

🎙️ Sugar Calling (my fave Cheryl Strayed interviews authors who inspire her for courage and insight)

How I’ve been tackling the tricky task of finding a mentor

If cold emailing isn’t your thing, don’t sweat it. There are alternative ways to go about finding a mentor, some of which I’m currently experimenting with.

Mentorship is important to me as I feel I’d benefit from it not just in terms of professional growth, but personal development too. 

Yet the question of how to go about finding a mentor has been an ongoing struggle. I still haven’t really been successful in finding one, despite all the dos and don’ts I’ve read on the topic.

One tip is to approach someone who’s already familiar with your personality and abilities rather than a stranger. But what if you don’t feel anyone in your network would be a natural fit as your mentor? 

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The problem with asking “what do you do?”

Me in 2011 on top of the Devil’s Marbles, a rock formation in the Australian Outback.

Lots of people have written about the importance of not letting your job title define you and I am finally chiming in. After recently reading the blink of a book called Minimalism, which argues among other things that each person is far more than just her profession, I realized I myself am guilty of asking people I meet the annoying question, “what do you do?”

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Özil, national identity and why I’m disappointed in Germany

Mesut Özil. Photo: DPA

While I don’t believe what Mesut Özil did was smart, the deed is done. The star footballer didn’t think anything of having his photo taken with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey, a month before he was due to represent the German national team in the 2018 World Cup.

Born in Germany to Turkish parents, the midfielder refrained from immediately commenting on the controversial photos. Instead he chose to do so after Deutschland crashed out of the World Cup in the group stage and the tournament ended.

In a series of tweets responding to the nationwide backlash, Özil announced his retirement from international football after criticism of his performance, citing “racism and disrespect” from the media, fans, politicians and the high-profile German football federation.

“I am German when we win but I am an immigrant when we lose,” Özil said, before going on to question, “I was born and educated in Germany, so why don’t people accept that I am German?”

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