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Woman With A Plan - Issue #19

"From now on, then, resolve to live as a grown-up who is making progress, and make whatever you think

Woman With A Plan

February 16 · Issue #19 · View online
Weekly thoughts, ideas, and information from one woman to another.

“From now on, then, resolve to live as a grown-up who is making progress, and make whatever you think best a law that you never set aside. And whenever you encounter anything that is difficult or pleasurable, or highly or lowly regarded, remember that the contest is now: you are at the Olympic Games, you cannot wait any longer, and that your progress is wrecked or preserved by a single day and a single event.”
― Epictetus

Everybody PyeongChang Tonight
Cue the drums… this week’s issue is dedicated entirely to my favorite biennial tradition: The Olympics! Over the course of 16 days, all household rules on screen time fly out the window as we race to the family room each evening to catch up on the day’s events. Already, we’ve seen several incredible moments this year, whether it was the unexpected silver medal by American Chris Mazdzer during the men’s singles luge or the unbelievable bronze-winning comeback by slopestyle snowboarder Mark McMorris of Canada, who was in a medically induced coma less than a year ago. Most exciting perhaps is the notable focus on outstanding female athletes, from all-time greats like Lindsey Vonn to tadpoles like Chloe Kim. It brings tears to my eyes to watch my little boys captivated by Mikaela Shiffrin, trading aspirations to race at her level someday (good luck with that). In their eyes, she is the world’s best skier, period. For all little boys and girls, may these Olympics be a sign of many times ahead when they aim to be #justlikeher.
Media Diet
Katie Couric returned to report on the Olympics for NBC (following Matt Lauer’s departure) and her podcast this week is a compelling double feature including stories on the fight for Olympic recognition by the U.S. women’s ski jumping team and a unique Vermont town with an abnormally high number of Olympians. 
It’s official, Adam Rippon is America’s sweetheart. Beautiful figure skating aside, I can’t get enough of this spitfire. Someone give this man a show and be sure to throw in these two.
Inspiring life dictums by the Norwegian Olympic Ski Team. Taco Fridays, anyone?
Augh! This breaks my heart. If anyone deserved a medal this time around, it was Lindsey Jacobellis.
If anyone didn’t deserve a medal, maybe it was Shaun White. I’ve always been a big fan and while there’s no arguing he may be the greatest snowboarder of all time, that doesn’t excuse anyone from abusive and entitled behavior.
Don’t miss this bonkers episode of The Daily delving into the details of the Russian doping scandal during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Absolutely fascinating and insane. 
Despite the excitement of watching the world’s best athletes reach their Olympic dreams, it’s little heartbreaking to see the damage their bodies endure along the way. 
Speaking of great Olympian feats, congratulations to Michael Phelps on the birth of baby boy #2. 
Olympic curling got me like…
Let’s talk about the real competition here: fashion. My vote goes to the awesome sweater jackets for the Canadian snowboarding team, although the Norwegian curling team’s pants are a close second.
No, YOU’RE crying. 
And in non-Olympic related news…
This year, Valentine’s day marked yet another tragic reminder of our failure to pass common-sense gun laws. #doyourjob 
The National Portrait Gallery unveiled their official portraits of President Obama and First Lady Michelle and the results are simply stunning. A picture says a thousand words
Wow! Huge congrats to Amy Schumer on her WEDDING this week. May it last longer than these guys
WWAP reader Olivia started a helpful newsletter to share simple tips for sustainable living, be sure to check it out here.
Open Tabs
Pickings are slim from Ralph Lauren’s official Olympic gear, but you too can still own $200 official Team USA mittens (though not the same ones they knocked off for the opening ceremony). 
For those of us living more like athletes on the amateur circuit, Old Navy also has a line of Team USA gear, including Team USA mittens on sale for a whopping $12.
A perfect top for the especially enthusiastic American. 
One of our all-time favorite books to read as a family is B.G. Hennessy’s Olympics! A wonderfully illustrated story of the summer and winter games, though sadly out of print. Definitely worth the splurge on a used copy.
Did you know? The official Olympics website has a shop with interesting (if not completely random) finds. No sign of our favorite Olympic mascots from the 2010 Vancouver games, but thankfully someone stocked up to sell them on Amazon.
Speaking of patriotic institutions, NASA (yes, that NASA) has been going crazy with licensing deals lately and I’m kind of digging these retro designs.  
And no Olympic fan ensemble is complete without a pair of Mexico 66’s in red, white and blue (or a classic Nike Cortez as an alternative).
Have a Winning Weekend. 🏒⛸️🎿🥌
Woman With A Plan is weekly newsletter by Sarah Richey, a Seattle-based working mom of three feminists in the making.
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