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Things I Learned This Week: Of A Dog Summiting A Himalayan Peak and Badass NatGeo Barbies

Here are a few things I came across this week that grabbed my attention:

  • ‘March heart’ is totally a thing! After the euphoria of newness that always seems to come with January and February, March hit me like a ton of bricks. I’ve been feeling frustrated and restless and very easily annoyed about silly things. I have no explanation for it, except the season. I normally love Autumn, but I’m finding this transition from searing hot summer to cooler days very uncomfortable – especially on these howling windy days – and it’s kind of affecting everything else in my life. Then I saw this cartoon by Mari Andrew on Instagram and felt better because I knew I wasn’t alone.


  • As a freelance writer, my worth is most often measured in how many hours I can offer my clients. This, of course, has made me hyper-aware of how I spend this precious commodity, especially when I’m not working. In many ways, I’ve had to train myself out of the need to feel validated by my production and consumption rates (I mean, look at me consuming content to be able to produce this list every week). I came across this wonderful meditation on ‘loitering’ by Ross Gay on the Paris Review. He writes: “the crime of loitering, the idea of it, is about ownership of one’s own time, which must be, sometimes, wrested from the assumed owners of it, who are not you, back to the rightful, who is.”


  • In November last year, a dog named Mera summited a 7000-metre peak named Baruntse in Nepal’s Himalayas, located just south of Mount Everest. Of her own free will, I might add! The stray doggo – possibly a cross between a Tibetan mastiff and a Himalayan sheepdog – joined up with a team of climbers, choosing Seattle-based mountain guide Don Wargowsky as her personal favourite climbing partner. From that moment on, the two were inseparable and made it through some pretty rough terrain together. Read the full story on Outside Online. 


  • I am super excited by a new partnership between Mattel and NatGeo! The Barbie and National Geographic product line features career dolls and playsets highlighting occupations in which women are underrepresented including Wildlife Conservationist, Astrophysicist, Polar Marine Biologist, Wildlife Photojournalist and Entomologist. All dolls and playsets will come complete with relevant accessories authenticated by an advisory council comprised of female National Geographic Explorers, as well as National Geographic magazine editor in chief Susan Goldberg. Read more on the Mattel website.


  • Finally, just a cute video of a seal gently falling asleep underwater. Take a look!


Featured Image: Toomas Tartes on Unsplash

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