No. 42

Half the Sky

There is one important question you need to ask yourself today: How will I be an agent of change?

All change begins with struggle and a story. And the documentary Half the Sky collects stories from women across the world, stories about how they have turned oppression into opportunity.

The free expression of women everywhere is deeply important to me. That’s why today, I’m taking this space to ask you to watch Half the Sky, or read the book it was based on. The two-part film is streaming on PBS for free until October 8th, so there’s really no reason not to.

A friend and I are taking time to celebrate this film on Friday with dinner and a viewing. Perhaps you too can gather the women in your life and so the same.

What little thing will you do to be an agent of change today? There are so many ways to open your heart. It can be as simple as asking “what can I do for myself today?” Because starting with yourself will ripple outwards.

You’re a supernova. Time to spread that light.

{images from Half the Sky website}

About brandi

Brandi is a digital strategist, website developer, and founder of Alchemy+Aim, a company that helps entrepreneurs and business owners elevate their online presence and enhance their digital experience. Her academic background in theatre, philosophy and physics was the perfect foundation for launching her business, where she’s worked with Brené Brown, Laverne Cox, Judy Smith, and other notable thought leaders since 2013. She is an advocate for using technology in ways that humanize, connect and serve people as well as for asking deeper philosophical questions and teaching others to think more broadly about impact when they create, particularly in STEAM fields.

5 thoughts on “Half the Sky

  1. I saw the advertisements on PBS but didn’t know that it was available online! I’m glad I’ll be able to watch it now. I came across the book awhile ago and didn’t read it–now I’m kicking myself a bit, because it’s about something I care very, very much about. I just requested the book at the library and hope it comes up soon!

  2. Brandi – thank you for sharing this post. I haven’t heard of this documentary before, but am looking forward to viewing it. Thanks for mentioning this to us :)

    Every now and then, I turn to a new chapter in The Dalai Lama’s “The Art of Happiness.” It’s an incredible book, but one that can only be read in spurts at a time. I think for me, it’s about letting the book carry you through life, and finding moments when his words truly resonate. I get caught up in the competitive and evergreen world that is Los Angeles, and when I need a wake-up call or a reminder of the things that are truly important in this life, I turn to that book. I came across a chapter over the weekend on practicing compassion in our personal relationships, and in so many ways, it reminded me of the posting you’ve left today.

    Cheers my dear!

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