November 2022 Brain Food

Find the Grace in the Grit

The last few months at TARRA have been a process of learning, growing, stumbling, learning, growing, stumbling. There have been times of breaking point followed by humbling moments where my heart was bursting open with gratitude. 

Through it all, I have repeated: “Find the grace in the grit”.

Every day of our lives we are faced with challenges. Some are really tough—illness, failure, economic hardship. Some are out of our control—inflation, war, the economy. Some are our own doing—self-sabotage, internal conflict, insecurity. 

The key to moving through the hard times is to find a place inside to rise above the noise and chaos. Remember…you are brilliant. You are powerful. You have a community surrounding you to lean on when you hit the breaking point. You are not alone. 

You can find the grace in the grit. Just be kind to yourself in the process. Cry, scream, yell…then read November’s Brain Food and remember why this world is such a beautiful place to live.

Bon appetit mes amours. See you in December.

We’re Listening To: Olivia Dean “Ok Love You Bye”

London-born rising Artist Olivia Dean has a soul-inflected sound that is simultaneously lush and vulnerable. Her lyrics and vocals belie her youth and we can’t wait to see how this star shines as it matures. Listen to it here.

New Exhibit: Transformative Power: Indigenous Feminisms at the University of Denver

Guest curator Daina Warren created “Transformative Power: Indigenous Feminisms” to examine notions of gender and structures of power from an Indigenous perspective. The exhibition explores themes such as Native politics, land-based values, cosmological and relationship belief systems, and more. On view through Nov. 27 at the University of Denver Vicki Myhren Gallery. See it here.

We’re Reading: Launching While Female

Journalist and professor Susanne Althoff investigates the obstacles women entrepreneurs–particularly those of color–face while launching, funding and growing companies. Through interviews, she exposes the gender gap in entrepreneurship and lays out a roadmap for a more inclusive future for us all. Buy it here.

Explore It: Denver’s Vast Woman-Led Culinary Scene

The culinary world is no longer a “man’s world”. If you need proof, look no further than this incredible list from our media partner 5280 Magazine. From running restaurant kitchens to brewing Coloradans’ favorite craft beers, women are leading in all facets of the Front Range’s exciting dining scene—and driving its success. View the list here.

We Loved Watching: She Said

At Denver Film Fest on Nov. 7, we were in the audience for “She Said.” Two-time Academy Award® nominee Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan starred as New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, who broke one of the most important stories in a generation— a story that shattered decades of silence around the subject of sexual assault in Hollywood and altered American culture forever. In theaters November 18. See it here.