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Matt McGorry

Maker of feels & procurer of LOLs.
Activist & intersectional feminist.
Asher/ #HowToGetAwayWithMurder
Bennett/ #oitnb
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  • Or “Why is this happening FOR me?” Both are powerful reframes when we encounter parts of lives or our days that don’t go as we expected or wanted. Try them on for a day to start! Would love to hear who is going to try it and how people feel after the day!  Comment below! 😍😍😍 (of course you can try it for more than a day...in fact, I’d recommend it. 🥰)
  • Or “Why is this happening FOR me?” Both are powerful reframes when we encounter parts of lives or our days that don’t go as we expected or wanted. Try them on for a day to start! Would love to hear who is going to try it and how people feel after the day! Comment below! 😍😍😍 (of course you can try it for more than a day...in fact, I’d recommend it. 🥰)
  •  27,704  236  18 April, 2019

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  • It's my BIRTHDAY! I want to celebrate in the way that is most aligned with my values and purpose which is why I'll be raising money (click the link in my bio!) to support the work of the @HighlanderCenter and SURJ (@ShowingUpforRacialJustice). I am committed to living a life in allyship to Black and Brown communities and that means putting my money where my mouth is. Celebrate with me by clicking the link in my bio and donating money towards this incredibly urgent anti-racist work. (And follow both organizations to support them ongoing!)
  • It's my BIRTHDAY! I want to celebrate in the way that is most aligned with my values and purpose which is why I'll be raising money (click the link in my bio!) to support the work of the @HighlanderCenter and SURJ (@ShowingUpforRacialJustice). I am committed to living a life in allyship to Black and Brown communities and that means putting my money where my mouth is. Celebrate with me by clicking the link in my bio and donating money towards this incredibly urgent anti-racist work. (And follow both organizations to support them ongoing!)
  •  36,737  1,578  12 April, 2019

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  • By @farhoudmeybodi : “Astronomers have just taken the first ever image of a black hole, one the most mysterious objects in the universe. The black hole itself – a cosmic trapdoor with a diameter stretching 38 billion kilometers, from which neither light nor matter can escape – is totally unseeable. But this photograph reveals a beautiful halo of dust and gas, tracing the outline of a colossal black hole, at the heart of the Messier 87 galaxy, 55 million light years from Earth. Black holes were first predicted by Einstein’s theory of relativity – although Einstein himself was skeptical that they actually existed. Since then, astronomers have accumulated overwhelming evidence that these cosmic sinkholes are out there, including recent detection of gravitational waves that ripple across the cosmos when pairs of them collide. The breakthrough image was captured by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), a network of eight radio telescopes spanning locations from Antarctica to Spain and Chile, in an effort involving more than 200 scientists. This magical photo is our first glimpse of a black hole’s accretion disk, a fuzzy doughnut-shaped ring of gas and dust that steadily feeds the monster within.  I mean how much more esoteric can this whole thing get? We’re quite literally gazing into the womb of the universe, which is a manifestation of darkness and shadow, not light. And if you venture too close to this mythic force and cross “event horizon,” you'll never escape. It boggles my mind how similar the macro of the universe is to the micro within each of us. Every one is us has a shadow deep within. A hidden place where we suppress the darkness of our childhood traumas. But this pain isn’t the end, only the beginning. By journeying into the shadow, which is a Herculean task, we break through to the other side, into the light, the joy, the possibility. And ironically, the only way we can truly grasp the gravity of this monumental force is through true collaboration from different points of being. The black hole is our gateway to nirvana. And looking into the depths of this 38 billion kilometer space womb, I can’t help but feel all my ridiculous worries and...” (cont below)
  • By @farhoudmeybodi : “Astronomers have just taken the first ever image of a black hole, one the most mysterious objects in the universe. The black hole itself – a cosmic trapdoor with a diameter stretching 38 billion kilometers, from which neither light nor matter can escape – is totally unseeable. But this photograph reveals a beautiful halo of dust and gas, tracing the outline of a colossal black hole, at the heart of the Messier 87 galaxy, 55 million light years from Earth. Black holes were first predicted by Einstein’s theory of relativity – although Einstein himself was skeptical that they actually existed. Since then, astronomers have accumulated overwhelming evidence that these cosmic sinkholes are out there, including recent detection of gravitational waves that ripple across the cosmos when pairs of them collide. The breakthrough image was captured by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), a network of eight radio telescopes spanning locations from Antarctica to Spain and Chile, in an effort involving more than 200 scientists. This magical photo is our first glimpse of a black hole’s accretion disk, a fuzzy doughnut-shaped ring of gas and dust that steadily feeds the monster within. I mean how much more esoteric can this whole thing get? We’re quite literally gazing into the womb of the universe, which is a manifestation of darkness and shadow, not light. And if you venture too close to this mythic force and cross “event horizon,” you'll never escape. It boggles my mind how similar the macro of the universe is to the micro within each of us. Every one is us has a shadow deep within. A hidden place where we suppress the darkness of our childhood traumas. But this pain isn’t the end, only the beginning. By journeying into the shadow, which is a Herculean task, we break through to the other side, into the light, the joy, the possibility. And ironically, the only way we can truly grasp the gravity of this monumental force is through true collaboration from different points of being. The black hole is our gateway to nirvana. And looking into the depths of this 38 billion kilometer space womb, I can’t help but feel all my ridiculous worries and...” (cont below)
  •  16,454  161  10 April, 2019
  • "Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good" by @adriennemareebrown 
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After loving Adrienne's last book, #EmergentStrategy , I was very excited about #PleasureActivism .  I've found her thoughts and methods to be very different from a lot of what I read about activism, and also really necessary for our movements.  Growing up as a boy and living as a man in this world never taught me that joy should be a priority for me.  For most of my life, in fact, a great deal of my sense of value was directly tied to how hard I could grind and push myself through difficult circumstances to achieve my goals.  This was true, not only as I competed in powerlifting and bodybuilding, but also through how I moved through life, affecting all of my decisions.  So much so, that I never imagined that there could be another way. 
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In the last couple of years, I've been working on exploring what brings me joy.  This is a concept that I really hadn't even considered until not that long ago.  And with the absence of this mindset, my life was really controlled by things I felt like I *should* be doing, which is really based in obligation.  I was constantly living in a state of feeling guilty for not living up to my own expectations, or overwhelmed by trying to fulfill the obligations that I thought that I *should* fulfill.  And this was true across all areas of my life, from friendships to family, and activism to my career. 
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I love how this book urges us to get in touch with our deepest desires, and pleasure itself.  People of all genders have been socialized one way or another, away from being in touch with what gives us pleasure, especially during sex.  As a straight man, it's actually been a pretty new journey for me to understand that I could say 'no' to sex, without feeling shame for it. If “no” doesn’t feel like an option, our “yes” will always lack clarity.
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Activism can be very difficult, especially for those that are directly targeted by oppression.  Even for myself, I have been understanding more and more, that we must pursue joy if we are going to be able to sustain ourselves in this work. 
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My Booklist:
bit.ly/mcgreads (link in bio)
#McGReads
  • "Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good" by @adriennemareebrown 
    #
    After loving Adrienne's last book, #EmergentStrategy , I was very excited about #PleasureActivism .  I've found her thoughts and methods to be very different from a lot of what I read about activism, and also really necessary for our movements.  Growing up as a boy and living as a man in this world never taught me that joy should be a priority for me.  For most of my life, in fact, a great deal of my sense of value was directly tied to how hard I could grind and push myself through difficult circumstances to achieve my goals.  This was true, not only as I competed in powerlifting and bodybuilding, but also through how I moved through life, affecting all of my decisions.  So much so, that I never imagined that there could be another way.
    #
    In the last couple of years, I've been working on exploring what brings me joy.  This is a concept that I really hadn't even considered until not that long ago.  And with the absence of this mindset, my life was really controlled by things I felt like I *should* be doing, which is really based in obligation.  I was constantly living in a state of feeling guilty for not living up to my own expectations, or overwhelmed by trying to fulfill the obligations that I thought that I *should* fulfill.  And this was true across all areas of my life, from friendships to family, and activism to my career.
    #
    I love how this book urges us to get in touch with our deepest desires, and pleasure itself.  People of all genders have been socialized one way or another, away from being in touch with what gives us pleasure, especially during sex.  As a straight man, it's actually been a pretty new journey for me to understand that I could say 'no' to sex, without feeling shame for it. If “no” doesn’t feel like an option, our “yes” will always lack clarity.
    #
    Activism can be very difficult, especially for those that are directly targeted by oppression.  Even for myself, I have been understanding more and more, that we must pursue joy if we are going to be able to sustain ourselves in this work. 
    #
    My Booklist:
    bit.ly/mcgreads (link in bio)
    #McGReads
  •  7,729  113  4 April, 2019

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  • O hai season fiiii! 🤩🤩🤩 #HTGAWM @netflix
  • O hai season fiiii! 🤩🤩🤩 #HTGAWM @netflix
  •  50,784  2,837  2 April, 2019
  • "Dare To Lead" by @BreneBrown 
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Really loved this one by Brené Brown! Being in leadership positions can be difficult.  Oftentimes we unintentionally cause harm because we haven't really dealt with our own issues.  This profoundly affects our relationships and the spaces that we are creating and a part of, particularly when there are power dynamics involved (which there almost always are). I found this to be a really helpful resource when it comes to thinking about how to lead in a way that is healthier, happier, and more productive for all people involved. 
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The parts about perfectionism and how they impact one's capacity to lead were particularly resonant.  As Brené says, "Whenever perfectionism is driving, shame is always riding shotgun." So many people have never really addressed their perfectionism and in fact, many believe that it is a positive quality, but it is not...it is very different than "striving for excellence." Thinking of perfectionism as being a cover for shame has been really helpful for me in letting go of this harmful way of being.  A way of being that created huge amounts of stress in my life and not only prevented me from being my happiest self, but from being in relationship with others as my highest and best self.  Digging into the shame underneath it is critical.  Only then will we finally realize that trying to be "perfect" will never compensate for the profound lack that we feel underneath. 
#
My Booklist:
bit.ly/mcgreads (link in bio)
#McGReads
  • "Dare To Lead" by @BreneBrown
    #
    Really loved this one by Brené Brown! Being in leadership positions can be difficult. Oftentimes we unintentionally cause harm because we haven't really dealt with our own issues. This profoundly affects our relationships and the spaces that we are creating and a part of, particularly when there are power dynamics involved (which there almost always are). I found this to be a really helpful resource when it comes to thinking about how to lead in a way that is healthier, happier, and more productive for all people involved.
    #
    The parts about perfectionism and how they impact one's capacity to lead were particularly resonant. As Brené says, "Whenever perfectionism is driving, shame is always riding shotgun." So many people have never really addressed their perfectionism and in fact, many believe that it is a positive quality, but it is not...it is very different than "striving for excellence." Thinking of perfectionism as being a cover for shame has been really helpful for me in letting go of this harmful way of being. A way of being that created huge amounts of stress in my life and not only prevented me from being my happiest self, but from being in relationship with others as my highest and best self. Digging into the shame underneath it is critical. Only then will we finally realize that trying to be "perfect" will never compensate for the profound lack that we feel underneath.
    #
    My Booklist:
    bit.ly/mcgreads (link in bio)
    #McGReads
  •  12,625  208  27 March, 2019
  • I needed to see this. And I’m sure there’s many of you that may need to see it as well. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 @briannawiest quote seen on @rhymelikeagirl ‘s Fbook shared with me by @jlovecalderon 🤗
  • I needed to see this. And I’m sure there’s many of you that may need to see it as well. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 @briannawiest quote seen on @rhymelikeagirl ‘s Fbook shared with me by @jlovecalderon 🤗
  •  17,121  347  14 hours ago