Sara Heller – Pusher of Boundaries

Sara Heller works in Digital Programs for Organizing for America. She recently formed The Silent Initiative, a film and television production company, with several friends. She dreams of the day she gets more than 6 hours of sleep.  These are her good things.

Good things to read.

The “I Heart” Series by Lindsey Kelk.  Sometimes it’s nice to zone out and lose myself in a book that’s not trying to do anything other than entertain me. This series follows a British expat navigating love and friendship. Angela, the main character, is inherently relatable and I find myself missing her between book releases.

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. This book seems to be everywhere and yet I keep finding people who haven’t read it. This book, divided into 11 sections, is a must read for women of any age. Not only is it a primer for women seeking to empower themselves and get ahead, but it’s also a textbook as to why we women do the things that we do.

Worldchanging by Alex Steffan.  I can’t stress how invaluable this book is. It’s a companion piece to the website and covers a multitude of different subjects and how one can reduce their footprint and live a far greener life. The book also includes websites, phone numbers, and addresses for businesses and services for those wanting to live a much more environmentally conscious life.

Good things to watch.

The Dead Files (The Travel Channel).  One of the true standouts in the world of paranormal programs. Steve Dischavi, a former NYC police officer, and Amy Allen, a psychic medium, travel to the sites of purported hauntings to try and help those affected. Where it differs from many of its counterparts is its approach. Each investigator works on their own. Dischavi interviews the affected and researches the site. Allen walks the property to get a reading about what may or may not be haunting the location. The two then meet with the clients to discuss their findings and advise on the best course of attack for dealing with the problems.

The Mindy Project (FOX).  I love Mindy Kaling. I’ve followed her career since The Office, and couldn’t contain my glee when this show was announced. Not only is the cast truly gifted and hilarious, but it contains one of the best pairings on TV right now, Mindy and co-worker Danny Castellano.

True Detective (HBO).  Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey are amazing in this truly dark and twisted police drama. In present day, both are being interviewed separately in regards to a murder case that they worked in 1995. Not only is the story truly gripping, but the characters are as well. It’s one of the best shows on television right now.

Good things to use.

Hall.  I do a lot of work on projects with people who aren’t in the same building, city, or even state as me. This free to use site allows you to create chat rooms that have file sharing and video conferencing. One of the most impressive perks offered is the ability to restrict who can join your chat, creating a higher level of privacy.

SickWeather (iOS).  This app uses your location to display a list of illnesses being reported around you. You then get a notification when one of your predefined conditions is recorded near you. It’s a great way to find out where you would do best to avoid over the next several days in order to avoid a cold, the flu, or even pneumonia.

Melodies Pro (iOS). I wanted something where I could stream my music on my phone. iTunes Match seemed like an intriguing choice, but I couldn’t see paying for it when I could use Google Music for free. This app allows you not only to see and the music that you’ve uploaded to the site but also has the ability to scrobble the tracks to last.fm.

Connect with Sara on Twitter, @Alfabettezoupe.

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