Elan Morgan is a writer and web designer who works from Elan.Works, a designer and editor at GenderAvenger, and a speaker who has spoken across North America. They believe in and work to grow both personal and professional quality, genuine community, and meaningful content online.

Five Star Friday's 178th Edition Is Brought to You By Brené Brown

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by happiness, cancer, telling the truth, kindness, real friendship, sexism, broadening perspectives on motherhood, beauty and gratitude, and

Brené Brown

:

Brene Brown and I
Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.
     — Brené Brown

Read, enjoy, leave comments, and have a happy Friday!

"

Use Your Words

" from

a little c

:

As a cancer survivor, and as someone who has lost people that I love dearly to cancer, as someone who has friends who fought and survived, who are fighting as I type this, I want to make something very clear: You are not honoring anyone with a thoughtless right click and a paste. If you want to honor someone, then use your words. If you’re thinking about someone who’s fighting cancer, then tell them. Sending them an email or send them a card through the mail. Give them a call. Tell them you’re thinking about them and send them your best. As someone who has been there, I can tell you that words mean more when they come directly from you.

"

CES Is Killing Sexy

" from

Mighty Girl

"

32 Things I’ve Learned About How to Be Happy

" from

In Pursuit of Happiness

"

Telling Secrets

" from

Momastery

:

I started Momastery a few months later, to tell my truth recklessly to more people. And here, I’ve learned, along with hundreds of other brave women, that the most revolutionary act is telling the truth.

"

You Look Really Nice Today

" from

Zoot

"

A Manifesto of Friendship

" from

Brooke Castillo

"

Daughters of Feminists with Sparkly Pink Nails

" from

Mom-101

:

And then I knew that the next time I saw a toddler with her hands in the hands of a professional manicurist, that there might be more to that image than a pampered rich kid whose parents indulge her. When I see a kindergartener running around with rainbows on her nails, maybe the mother needed that to happen for some reason.
And maybe that’s okay.

"

The Scars We Live With and Gratitude

" by

Berry Liberman

at

Dumbo Feather

Please come back and share good writing with us over the coming week to be featured on the next

Five Star Friday

. If you have read a really good piece on someone else's weblog,

submit it by Thursday at midnight CST

to have it featured on

Five Star Friday

.

And because you are a fan of finding good new writing on the internet:

Subscribe

Subscribe to this website

to keep up with us every week.

Show your pride

Take one of our badges for your website

and spread the word.

ConnectionsCertification.com

I Will Never Get Used to Saskatchewan Januaries