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Having a Tough Day? This Pep Talk Generator Is Exactly What You Need

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"You rock. You might not realize it at times, but you really do."

Feeling uncertain about your career path? Stressed about your lack of a 401(k)? Or maybe just feeling the Monday blues? Then head over to this pep talk generator and prepare to feel so much better about yourself.

The generator is a project from Babe Vibes, “a collection of work by creative women” run by designer Kara Haupt. (Past projects include Smashing the Patriarchy and Heartbreak Stories.) The pep talks mostly come from creative women who will encourage you to stop comparing yourself to other people and focus on being the best possible version of yourself. Oh, and they’ll also remind you that hard work is key.

Here are some examples:

You are a ball of fire. You are a flaming, feisty, bold ball of fire. You may feel like you get extinguished a lot, but you are set ablaze more times than you are drowned. You are smart, you are unique, you are interesting, you are creative, you are capable and you are important. You can kick ass when you set your mind to it. There is no obstacle you can’t overcome. Don’t stop believing in your ass kicking skills, ever!

The sooner you stop thinking about/focusing on/worrying about what other people are doing, the sooner you’ll stop comparing yourself to them and feeling inferior. That’s when you can do your best work and figure out what you really want.

For the love of God, ask for help. You can still be a badass independent woman even if you ask for assistance. Despite what you may think, we all need a little support. We all need our friends. And speaking of friends: call them up! Text them back! Make time for them! Because they are important and there’s more to life than working. (I know you’re quietly singing Stacie Orrico’s “(There’s Gotta Be) More To Life” right now. You’re welx.)

You were built to tackle the world. You are not the cheerleader for someone else. You are not meant to sit on the sidelines. You were built to create your own life and challenge yourself daily. Go out there and tackle today, I believe in you.

Though many of the quotes are targeted specifically at young women, the sentiments are pretty universal. Head over to the generator to get your own dose of motivation.

TIME Music

Watch This French Trio Perform the Summer’s Most Popular Songs in Three Minutes

From OMI's "Cheerleader" to Pharrell's "Freedom"

The French trio L.E.J, short for Lucie, Elisa and Juliette, decided to take a few of the summer’s most popular songs and condense them all into one three-and-a-half-minute mashup.

The musicians call their video “Summer 2015″ and it features 11 wildly popular tunes, including “CoCo” by O.T. Genasis, “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson, “Cheerleader” by OMI and “Bitch Better Have My Money” by Rihanna. The trio records these tunes on a gorgeous secluded beach for optimal summertime vibes.

You’ll notice that a few so-called songs of summer are missing, like “Trap Queen” by Fetty Wap, “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon and “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift. Who knows–maybe L.E.J will make another video incorporating those jams too.

Read next: One of These Songs Will Be This Year’s Song of the Summer

TIME celebrity

Get Ready for Abbi and Ilana From Broad City to Crush It on Lip Sync Battle

Yas queen

Abbi Jacobson, co-creator and star of Broad City, has already proved that she is a truly stellar musical performer. And it looks like she’s gonna show off her talents once again, this time on Spike’s Lip Sync Battle. Naturally, she’ll compete against her Broad City partner Ilana Glazer.

The battle doesn’t air until Thursday, but here’s a little sneak peek at what Jacobson will be bringing to the table: a passionate rendition of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls:

Sadly, we’re not sure what Glazer will be performing, but we’re confident both women will have us mouthing “yas queen” and crying tears of joy.

Read next: 8 Things You Didn’t Know About Abbi and Ilana from Broad City

TIME World

Here’s How a Facebook Post Turned a Doomed Wedding Into a Giant Party

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At first, only a few people showed up to an Israeli couple's big day

When only a few guests showed up to Annette and Lior Solomon’s wedding in Israel, a relative turned to Facebook for help — and around 2,000 people apparently ended up at the event.

Several guests simply assumed the wedding had been cancelled, because the bride’s father had recently passed away, Ynetnews reports. So a relative of the groom decided to post on Facebook, hoping to spread the word and encourage well-wishers to join the party.

The relative, named Rivka, explained in the post that the bride lost both her parents in the last two years, and now, she was at her wedding with nobody there except a few relatives. “You don’t need a gift, you don’t need money,” Rivka wrote. “Just come fill the auditorium, fulfill a mitzvah, and make a bride and groom happy.”

The post began to spread across the social network, and soon, around 2,000 people showed up at the ceremony.

“These are the Israeli people at their best. The groom and bride cried,” Rivka told Ynetnews. “Understand, at the wedding canopy they were alone. After the story was published, people came to make them happy.”

[Ynetnews]

TIME Music

This Cover of Taylor Swift’s ‘Style’ Performed on a Harp Is Extremely Soothing

But also a little haunting

A few months ago, we got a Grease version of Taylor Swift’s hit “Style,” and now we’d like to share a very different cover of the same song.

This one comes from Emilie & Ogden, which is the magical combination of singer Emilie Kahn and her harp, Ogden. She performs a slower, more soulful version of the Taylor Swift tune. The harp adds a very soothing element, while her vocals are at times quite haunting.

Swift has been to known to tweet her support when someone does a great cover of her song, so we’ll have to wait and see if she likes this one.

(h/t Stereogum)

 

TIME animals

Just a Friendly Reminder That Mark Zuckerberg Has the Best Dog Ever

He and wife Priscilla Chan may be having a baby, but we can't forget about Beast

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Friday (in a Facebook post, natch) that he and his wife Priscilla Chan are expecting a baby girl. The announcement included a photo of Zuck and a newly-pregnant Chan—but the true star of the photo was clearly their dog:

 

Yes, that ridiculous-looking beast is named Beast, and he’s not a mop. He is a dog. Zuckerberg announced the pregnancy—and also started an honest conversation about miscarriages—but lots of people couldn’t help but turn their attention to Beast:

Beast, who is a type of Hungarian sheepdog known as a Puli, has his own Facebook page, where he is listed as a public figure. He has a casual 2.1 million fans. Look at him:

 

LOOK AT HIM:

 

Mazel Tov to Beast, who we know will make an excellent big brother to Zuckerbaby.

TIME celebrity

Chris Pratt Wants You to Design Him a New Facebook Cover Photo

He has already received several excellent submissions from fans

Now that Jurassic World mania has calmed down a bit, Chris Pratt has time for other important projects, like selecting a new cover photo for his Facebook page.

Pratt has many, many talents, but he admits that Photoshop is not one of them — so he’s turning to his fans for help. Whoever creates the best header for his page will receive the following honors:

  • Having their work (and signature) displayed on Chris Pratt’s official Facebook page
  • Maybe a free dinner at Applebee’s
  • Maybe more — “sky’s the limit”

The actor does, of course, have a few specific requests along with some more general ideas to help you get started. He’s looking to have his characters Peter Quill, Owen, Andy and Emmet in the mix. He’d also like some other fun stuff in there such as his family, eagles, explosions, cigars, raptors, trophy elk, rollerblades, steak “or maybe even some corndogs.”

Just eight hours after posting this request, Pratt has already received some excellent submissions. For example: a montage of Parks and Recreation cast members faces’ Photoshopped onto dinosaur bodies, a very comprehensive collage and an American flag made of Pratt’s face.

Now everybody else, get to work!

TIME animals

Animal Psychic Claims Cecil the Lion Has Shared a Very Profound Message

'Let not the actions of these few men defeat us or allow darkness to enter our hearts'

The Internet pretty much exploded over the news that American dentist Walter James Palmer had killed Zimbabwe’s beloved lion, Cecil. Some people responded by signing a petition to extradite Palmer. Others flooded his Yelp page with negative reviews. (PETA simply called for his death.)

But Karen Anderson, who calls herself an “animal communicator,” responded to all this by getting in touch with the departed lion himself. She said on Facebook that she was able to communicate with him and received a “profound message.” Here’s her post, complete with Cecil’s message:

So, according to Cecil, it is now time for us all to move on.

TIME viral

July’s Best News Bloopers Include Obscene Gestures and Lots of Taylor Swift References

Another monthly dose of schadenfreude

Remember the news anchor who had an, uh, interesting theory about why Amazon is so successful? Watch him and several other memorable TV reporters in this round-up of July’s best news bloopers.

This compilation also includes that weatherman who basically incorporated Taylor Swift’s entire discography into his forecast — although we’re not really sure that counts as a blooper, because he obviously did it on purpose.

One more great moment to look out for: some awesome little kids dancing in the background of a news report.

Read next: Watch All the Funniest News Bloopers of 2014

TIME celebrity

This Picture of Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence On a Jet Ski Is the Definition of Joy

The best friendship of our dreams is becoming a reality

A few weeks ago, Amy Schumer shared her priceless reaction to Jennifer Lawrence merely uttering Schumer’s name. Fast-forward to right now, and the two of them are apparently besties.

We know this because Schumer posted a photo on Instagram Thursday that showed the two women riding a Jet Ski together:

Jlaw #maniac

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Of course J-Law is driving, of course Schumer is calling her a maniac, and of course Schumer has the wild-eyed grin of someone having the time of her life.

We can only imagine that the pair are on vacation together celebrating the success of Schumer’s movie Trainwreck. We also hope they’re taking this opportunity to kick around ideas for a new movie in which they play sisters. Make it happen, ladies.

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