Weekly Internet Finds: Take Five

This week I decided to mix it up and post some things that have been sitting in my Reader for a while. I have a tendancy to save posts that 1) I need to reference back to 2)I haven’t gotten a chance to read yet 3)or posts that were so awesome I “starred” them because I didn’t know what else to do with them. Now that I have this weekly post, I figured I’d go back into my Reader history and share some of the posts that have been hanging out in there.

Dani wrote a post about how to use the TAP method to stay present in our lives. This is aneasy way to evaluate your thoughts/actions.

I love Becky’s DIY balloon wreath. She posted some directions on how to make it, and she “claims” she isn’t crafty, and that anyone can do this. I think she is quite crafty and should give herself some more credit!

Molly, the founder of Stratejoy wrote something called the 12 Rules of Inner Confidence. I think it is a great read for anyone. Take some time to really think about how you feel about each one of the topics.

I loved this post Ashley wrote about a scar on her foot. I’ve always thought it was so interesting how our bodies represent our journey over time. I have scars, freckles, tattoos, strech marks. They all represent something, so I really appreciated this post of hers.

I’d like to consider myself a feminist. I know one fantastic feminist-  Renee- and I agree with much of what she says and writes about feminism. When Mr. O and I get married, I plan on taking his last name. I’ve always liked this tradition; I’ve also respected others views. Taking your spouses last name isn’t the right decision for everyone. It is a personal choice, and everyone is free to choose what feels right to them. Renee chose to take her husband’s last name when she got married, and I thought I’d share her reasoning.


  1. Renee says:

    Thank you for including me in this, Erin. I’m glad my reasoning resonates with you… I kind of felt all alone in the feminist world when I changed my name, but it was an educated, conscious, very personal decision to do so, and I don’t think anyone should fault me (or you!) for that.

    • erin says:

      Thank you for writing it! It has been in my reader for quite some time, and I was planning on writing more about it, but with this being my thesis semester, everything has kind of taken a backseat in my life. I feel sad that this choice made you feel alone in the feminist world. What frusterates me the most about recent feminism is that women judge others on their choices. Isn’t that the opposite of what we’ve been fighting for all these years? Choice? You deserve the right to choose how to set up your own family. That is part of the reason I want to change my name. I will miss my current last name, because I like my name and I like being a part of my family. But I am not a fan of hyphens (especially if the husband doesn’t also hyphenate his name). I just like having the same last name as my future husband and children. It makes us one unified unit. Just because I “throw away” my last name, doesn’t mean I’m tossing my history, you know? Sigh! I agree we shouldn’t be faulted for our own choices, and basically, I just really loved your post about your decision.

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