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Hello gorgeous, I'm so happy to see you this morning. It's time for our weekly coffee, so pull up a comfy chair, put the kettle on, and let's dish. Today we have an incredible Guest Editor joining us, and I couldn't be more excited. Jennifer Hollett contributed to today's letter, and if you want to learn more from Jenn (and you should), we did an interview with her on the blog. If you're not curious yet, she's interviewed Beyonce. Twice.

Before we get into the meats of this week though, I want to talk a little bit about the gap (sans '90s-era neon yellow sweatshirts).

I call the space between having a question and knowing the answer, the gap. The gap is the unknown, the fear of making a change in your life when you don’t know what the outcome will be. Humans are really bad at the gap, we are terrible at operating in spaces where there is an unknown.

We like comfort. We like knowing what will happen next, even if it’s bad, more than we like not knowing. When we leave our comfort zone, our brains scream at us to get back to safety— to the boring relationship, to the job we don’t like, to the life that isn’t fulfilling us, to the patterns that feel normal. It’s easier to live there, that unsatisfying place, than to live in the gap.

Existing, and then thriving in the gap is an essential life skill you have to build to become an entrepreneur, an author, an artist, or to have any career or side hustle that risks something. Living brave and interesting lives require us to exist in that space of the unknown.

It doesn’t happen overnight, but when you choose an unconventional path—the unknown becomes more comfortable over time. You learn to lean into the fear, listen to it, but don’t let it chart your course. Day after day do the thing that is scary, and day after day it gets a little less scary. Uncertainty becomes the air you breathe, and you keep living anyway. And when you’re really scared, remind yourself that no one who did anything worthwhile was comfortable while they did it.

If you’re waiting for it to feel safe to chase your dream or change your life, it won’t. Do it anyway.

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{wntta} The Climate Crisis
Jennifer Hollett is a digital strategist and political commentator. She’s also a former broadcast journalist and MuchMusic VJ who has interviewed Prime Ministers and Beyonce, twice. You can connect with her at jenniferhollett.com.

The Canadian government recently declared a climate emergency, then pushed through a pipeline. Makes, uh, sense? The Ontario NDP attempted to declare a climate emergency but didn't receive the support from Doug Ford and the Conservatives. Shocking. As for Toronto, where I live, there are petitions to get Mayor John Tory to declare a climate emergency. Let's all sign one.

The way we talk about the climate crisis matters, and people are finally talking about this issue just about everywhere: at the bar, over family dinners with our Fox News loving Uncle Ron, and during summer hail storms in Mexico. For years, the media insisted on presenting the issue as a debate, like denying climate change was a perfectly reasonable response. It was not. Thankfully, publications like The Guardian are, moving from calling it climate change(sounds passive and gentle) to the climate crisis (sounds scary, promotes getting off butts).

A report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has warned the world we have 11 years left to prevent irreversible damage from climate change. Aside from FREAKING OUT (which we should also do) here’s what we can actually do:

1) It's an election year. And it looks like this is the first Canadian election where climate change could be a ballot box issue.
Support a local candidate and vote for a party that is making the climate crisis a priority, with an intersectional approach, connecting it back to Indigenous communities, public health, jobs, and the economy.

2) Support environmental groups doing great work.
Whether it's a local org like Toronto Environmental Alliance or a national group like Environmental Defence, sign a petition, attend an event and/or make a donation. These groups have been at it for years and need people like you to support them.

3) Treat yourself to a burger.
While we need larger systemic change and policies from governments, there are promising consumer shifts underway. This is the summer of Beyond Meat burgers, which are most popular with meat eaters. The global livestock industry produces more greenhouse gas emissions than all cars, planes, trains, and ships combined. So treat yo self!

{wntta} Jeffrey

Yesterday we found out that Jeffrey Epstein, 66-year-old billionaire financier, and registered sex offender is being charged by the state of New York with teenage sex trafficking. Jeffrey used his money, influence, and power to lure teenage girls to his house and molest them, and then coerce them to find him more girls. It's a horrifying sex trafficking pyramid scheme that left dozens of young girls with sexual trauma.

The problem is, we knew that already.

Jeffery was already convicted for these crimes back in 2007. Alexander Acosta prosecuted the case against Epstein in Miami in 2007. Despite 53 pages of FBI evidence and as many as 80 victims, Alex let Epstein off with what can only be described as a playful wink and a request to "be good". He served 13 months of jail time at a Flordia prison in a "private wing" that let him out to work during the week. Have you broken something yet? Hold that plate for just a second longer, Sharon.

Does the name Alexander Acosta, the prosecutor that let a man who molested more than 80 children off very easy, sound familiar at all? That's because he's Trump's Secretary of Labour. Sharon, now you can break it.

We asked Jennifer to curate some things she's listening to, reading, and laughing about this week. Here are her picks!

Something to make you laugh
YouTuber Nardwuar recently received his own star on B.C.'s Walk of Fame, likely the first "Human Serviette" to do so. To celebrate, LOL with his new interviews with The Roots and Billie Eilish.

Something to make you rethink
The New York Times is looking for a Nairobi bureau chief, and their job postingunintentionally highlights everything wrong with how Western media covers African news and stories. Here's the full LinkedIn posting. The Lam Sisterhood turned the ad into performance art and it's brilliant.

Something to listen to now
A must-listen indie podcast: This Happened
Janey Williams is sexually assaulted by someone very close to her. Years later she pulls out a microphone and confronts her closest friends and family on why they shrugged off this news once she told them. Raw, horrible, powerful.

Something to get you through
I get to create whatever persona I want to, and it’s all up to me. And the truth is, we are all basically the universe—pretending to be humans for a brief moment of time.
- Ru Paul

Thanks for coming by the campfire today, friend. It was so great to catch up. Come say hi on insta this afternoon, we'd love to hear what you're thinking about.


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