Good good links #154

Hello there!

I’d try to write a little more but we still have family around only a little longer [leaving on Sunday ]so I don’t want to spend too much time with my laptop. What I can say, though,is that this was yet another week filled with many many great links. Too many to include in one post without it gettng too lengthy actually so I might share some of them in a future post.

I hope you’re having an awesome [insert day you’re reading this post on]!

 

Good good links

Good good [food for thought]

Why I Do Not Support Eating Disorder Charity Runs via Huffington Post

The title might sound odd at first but her reasoning is so very logical.

 

Good good [advice]

When Trying Becomes an Excuse via Erin’s Inside Job

Are you ‘guilty’ of this, too? There are no half-commitments: either we want to do/change something or we intuitively know we don’t and won’t.

Why I haven’t weighed myself in  2 ½ years via Yeah … Imma Eat That
I do not think I was able to take action because my ED melted away.  The ED melted away because I was taking action.” Another great post on why the scale should not rule your life. Ever.

What I Learned From Eating a Box of Doughnuts in 48 Hours via Healthyez Sweet

Emotional eating isn’t something to be ashamed off and it won’t automatically make you gain.

The positive affirmations that help me most via Yeah … Imma eat that

Read these and the comment section, too, if you need a positive push or help to overcome body image or food struggles.

Bad habits to break before you turn 30 via Greatist

Agreed. Some of these are harder to break than others but all worth at least trying.

Eight Ways Journaling Can Help You Heal From Anything via Best Kept Self

Read: why you [and I!] should pick up journaling again. It’s not just right when we’re 12 years old and awfully insecure but also [maybe especially so?] as we grow older and life gets more complicated.

 

 

Blogging

What Blogging Conferences Taught Me in 2016 via Erin’s Inside Job

Great advice on working with brands,  changes in social media, monetizing your blog and what’s the truly most important thing [you’ll already guess it!].

Four Mistakes Established Bloggers Make via Forever Amber

While I wouldn’t consider myself part of this group yet I know these to be true from experience still. The longer we blog the easier it gets to forget these things.

Things Only Bloggers Will Understand via Coffee with Summer

Not a single one I wouldn’t agree with and I bet it’s the same for you.

 

Good good [posts to make you laugh + DIYs]

52 Awesome Clothing And Shoe Hacks To Save You So Much Money via BuzzFeed

Some of these actually sound pretty awesome. Have you tried any of them before?

12 Mobile Games That Will Calm You The Hell Down via BuzzFeed

Take a chill pill. Or – if that’s not possible – play a chill game. I like the sound of #3 best.

This tumblr.

 

Good good [food]

Paleo Salted Caramels via Paleo Crumbs

Just how good do these healthier caramels look??

Sugar-free Blueberry Plum Jam via Healthy Happy Life

Blueberries are some of my summer favourites but plums?

Sweet & Salty Vegan Soft Pretzel Bites via Where you get your protein

I might not be a bread person but Brezeln [our word for pretzels] are a wholly different issue.

Spiralized Butternut Noodles with Creamy Garlic Mushrooms & Lentils (Vegan + GF) via Wallflower Kitchen

All I want for Christmas dinner is you this. Too bad butternut’s not available yet.

Protein Fried ‘Rice’ via Fooduzzi

A sneaky sub – hint: one that I like a LOT –  amps up the protein in this Asian favourite.

 

 

Happiness-inducing today:  Family time. Plenty of it.

 

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Week in review: In the summertime …

… and the weeks keep flyng by. What is it about summertime feeling being way shorter than the cold seasons? I can not believe it’s August 1st. – insert me double-checking because: seriously??? What am I supposed to get my dad for his birthday?? Ah, I digress … Anyway, yes, it’s August so new month, same weekly ritual of listing what happened in the past week with a few recent realizations.

Week in review

Realization for this post as a whole: Technology really dislikes – to avoid saying: hates – me [think: refusal to upload some  new images]. Why am I even surprised in the slightest after all of my technology woes recently [yes, #firstworldproblems]??  Let’s decide I’m not and head into this new week with a positive outlook and another Week in Review with Meg. As in Meg = the person making sure we keep a positive outlook on life an give ourselves pats on the back even if we feel we’re still behind on our to-do lists. It’s okay. Let’s see what happened in the past few days [or what I remember in anyway …]

Blueberries

Realization: I wasn’t meant to meet any new friends this summer. Or: how every single meet-up I’d planned was doomed for failure.

Remember how I said I didn’t have any great plans for my holidays but to simply relax? Well … I didn’t really do this as a result of keeping my expectations low but after the disappointment of finding out the second [third?] of my planned meet-ups wasn’t coming to fruition. So no, I didn’t plan on hermit-ing [yes, that’s a word now, autocorrect!] my summer away. You might understand why booking last minute holidays or traveling further away didn’t sound enticing after recent happenings in the world.

For the sake of my friends’ privacy I won’t go into the details of how any of these individual meet-ups was impeded – several of the times actually very last-minute. Let’s say that money ruling the world sucks and falling asleep over books a day before a planned meet-up [not me!] doesn’t help getting the latter to happen. Sigh. Just this much: I’d meant to socialize more but it apparently wasn’t meant to be. At least I got to see my sister and nephew way more often which is a big bonus and consolation.

Realization: Spending some more money on a certain thing doesn’t always just buy you that.

The above is my admittedly complicated way of saying I finally treated myself to a new haircut and – booking an appointment with my favourite hairdresser – got a really nice long conversation on top of it. #priceless  Just in case you’re wondering why it took me months and months a while to book an appointment: I have this magical ability to see my expenses, panic inside and decide to put off spending any but the necessary money [read: food] on myself. Silly.

Eis_Hamburg

Realization: Rainy moody days make for the best movie nights

After wanting to see this movie for months [and none of the local cinemas showing it] I finally watched ‘Concussion’ with my mum. It was a rainy grey Sunday so we spontaneously rented it. I’m not good at writing movie reviews so:

If you like football: watch this movie! If you don’t like football [and – like me – know zilch about it]: watch this movie. In short [you guessed it]: watch this movie. It’s based on a true story which is always a bonus in my opinion. Though in this case I wish the findings weren’t true.

Realization: My blood tastes way too good [not that I tried!]

This post wouldn’t be complete without sharing what might be my biggest ouch-but accomplishment: visiting my sister and little P. on Saturday. Now the true accomplishment is only revealed by the story  behind this. One word: mosquitoes. More words: I’ve been all mosquitoes’ favourite target for weeks. Actually, thinking about it since the beginning of my holidays which is pretty mean if you ask me.  Anyway, the night from Friday to Saturday was the worst  an shortest so far. Think: the moment I was half-asleep a mosquito attacked my ear again. All in all, I got probably ~3 hours of sleep that night until I had to get up to catch the train. Way exhausted taking the two-hour-ride was the last thing I felt like doing. Yet I couldn’t let effing mosquitoes win and went in anyway. Also hung up my dusty-yet-trusty mosquito net the moment I came back in th evening.

Little P_nephew

That long story out of the way: I spent a wonderful day at my sister’s with her, my mum and the cutest little human I know. He even restrained from pulling my hair this time – charmer ;). Aside from above-mentioned victory over mosquitoes I also spontaneously got ice cream despite not craving it at all. Some may find it weird but I’ve been way more into savoury fare lately yet my reasoning was: a) refusing free ice cream is ridiculous and b) it’s about the social aspect, too. Long story short: I found myself eating some of the best flavours in a while [salted peanut caramel? Ooooh my.]

… and because I got a little too wordy for this post already here I’ll just add a few more bullet points here:

Realization: Ovens might not have conspired against me after all.

I tested another recipe for the blog and – it worked. Still not a baker but I’m excited to share this recipe. As luck would have it – see intro – WordPress didn’t feel like uploading any of my new images so none to show.  What I can say for now is that yes, it does actually use an oven ;), it’s parent-approved and uses trail mix in a different way than usual [no granola bars].

Practiced lots of self-restraint while browsing stores in Hamburg once again.

Published two posts in the past week, one of which was another round-up of my favourite recent reads.

Ordered a new book. That obviously had to arrive in the mail the day I wasn’t there. I’ll pick it up from the post office today. Fingers crossed it’ll make up for my recent disappointments.

Proofread many pages for my sister again. Rumor has it I’ll be in for a voucher to an organic grocery once I’m done which is quite motivating. Okay, let’s be honest: I’m grammar-nerdy enough to do it without any rewards.

Finally sent an important mail off. Why I put off those that mean the most for the longest time is still beyond me.

Truth be told: since those planned meet-ups didn’t happen a lot of time was spent soaking up the sun, reading and only doing this and that [read: non-mention-worthy daily tasks]. It’s hard not to let guilt sweep in but I’m trying to convince myself work will get stressful again soon enough after it starts.

Enough of me: tell me about your life lately and have a happy Monday!

Happiness-inducing today:  The prospect of picking up a hopefully good new book.

 

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Tell me three [or more] achievements from your past week!
Do mosquitoes like you way too much or spare you?
What’s the most unique ice cream flavour you had so far?

 

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