April Love List

A list of things most loved this month from GS&NS Editor, Pamela, a habitual list maker. 


1. Read

I love my day job and I love it even more for introducing me to the book, Don't Make Me Think by Steve Krug.

Described as "a common sense approach to web and mobile usability," I would also label it as 'funny' and 'makes web design actually interesting'. Is that even possible? Yes, yes it is, thanks to Mr. Krug.

It's just really helpful and really easy to read.

Pro Tip: A good reason to buy this book is because web design and social media are good things to know about nowadays, in case you missed that.

2. Write

My planner is my everything, my one and only. On a Sunday evening, you'll find me gleefully opening up my little book to a brand new week and setting out my collection of Gelly Roll pens, all in preparation for joyous scheduling and list-making.


But all nerd-ness aside, when you're busy with a full-time work schedule + running an organization + ya know, normal life stuff, it can be really hard to remember anything at all.

I use the Erin Condren hourly planner, by the way. Money well spent.

3. Watch

This show, you guys. Seriously.
Need I say more?

4. Listen

I recommended a podcast last month too, but I don't go a day without opening my app at least once, and I also just found a new podcast that's worth mentioning, so...

From NPR and hosted by Kelly McEvers, Embedded "takes a story from the news and goes deep". The first episode, "The House", picks up from a news story about an HIV outbreak in a rural Indiana town and follows a group of addicts living together in one house. I was completely enthralled.

I think it's so easy to watch the news (or rather read or listen, because who actually watches the news anymore?) and feel kinda numb. Embedded brings us human stories and makes the headlines very personal and very real.

5. Quote/Meme Of The Month:

Let's be empowered, okay?

6. GirlSense & NonSense Love: 

Sarah Johnson, my fellow Co-Editor, wrote an essay called "...Was Lost But Now Am Found: How I Lost My Religion and Found My Faith" and managed to encapsulate the spiritual experience of an entire generation in one essay. That's a bold statement, I know, but it's still the most popular post on our website, so it definitely struck a chord.

Her brave act of vulnerability in sharing her deeply personal and painful path to and from God really resonated with readers, and really resonated with me too.

Her story is a universal story. I know that for sure.

So that's what I've been loving, lovelies. How about you?