Good good links #169

Another week has passed way.too.far.  Monday feels both like it was just yesterday as well as a long time ago. Which I realize doesn’t make sense from the outside but I guess time passes by faster on those days lots happens. Moving on …

Links! It’s a coincidence Amanda mentioned it in one of her posts this week, too, but  I’ve also said it before: some weeks these posts don’t come together easily. Probably when I have lots going on in life, don’t happen to read as many posts I deem share-worthy or else. I’m not saying this to complain but simply state this as in: I might skip a week every now and then because sometimes life just happens and I don’t want these posts to become randomly pulled together collectons of links I barely read. I hope you’ll understand. Until then: enjoy your reads and

 

Happy Sunday!

 

Good good links

 

 

Good good [food for thought]

It’s going to be okay via Wait But Why

While I can’t say anything could relieve my current worries about this topic this does give some hope.

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

The Day After the Election, Will We Still be Friends? via Psychology Today

Obviously written pre-election this is a great reminder of how to go on from here, especially in regards of friends/family members/neighbours who don’t share your view.

9 Real, Actionable Things We Can Do About Trump via yes and yes

This isn’t just for US readers or only after these elections but a great inspiration for everyone. German readers will find this relatable with the rise of the AfD’s popularity, too.

7 Unrealistic Expectations To Let Go Of In Your 20s via The Financial Diet

I’m fairly certain this article will speak to many of us – and maybe we can collectively let go of [some of] those ideas in ours minds.

Little Ways To Care For Yourself Today (Even If You’re Low On Time, Money, And Patience) via The Financial Diet

Self-care isn’t selfish because it makes you a nicer person to be around and all these little things are great ideas to practice it.

How To Make A Great First Impression In Under One Minute via Career Girl Daily

Because we all have lots of first impressions in life – at work, dates, …  I particularly like #3 and 5!

The Truth Behind 5 Trendy Hot Beverages via hello healthy

Bulletproof coffee drinker, matcha, yerba mate and others – as healthy as you think they are?

6 Easy Tips for Cooking for One via Healthy Liv

Not as hard as it might seem! Smart ways to make solo cooking faster, simpler and more fun.

 

Blogging

5 More Blogging Mistakes to Avoid via Forever Amber

It might take some conscious effort but they’re key points to keep in mind to write an awesome blog.

 

Good good [food]

Flourless pumpkin marshmallow peanut butter chocolate chip blondies via Purely Twins

These egg-, grain- and refined sugar-free bars look as unreal as their name promises. Could be veganized by swapping in vegan marshmallows, too.

Vegan and Gluten-Free Monkey Bread Mug Cake via Feasting on Fruit

The mug ‘cake’ to beat all mug cakes.

Two-Ingredient Soy Yogurt in the Instant Pot via Glue and Glitter

For those lucky ones owning an InstaPot this is a great option for homemade  dairy-free yogurt.

Autumn Pumpkin Pasta via Well and Full

For the recipe and her words on the election that resonated with me so much.

Maple Bourbon 13 Bean Chili (Vegan, Gluten-Free) via Diary of an Ex-Sloth

The more beans the merrier and vegan chili is a dish I’ll never tire of.

Sweet Potato Souvlaki Bowls via Making Thyme for Health

Creamy-tangy kale, roasted potatoes, pickled onion and olives – so much goodness going on here.

Vegan khao soi soup via Lazy Cat Kitchen

This looks so pretty and warming – just the right for this cold and grey season.

 

Happiness-inducing today: My sister and nephew being around. He’s so freaking cute!

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Week in Review: Hello there, November.

Oh hi, new week in a still-new month!  Because my past week involved both traveling for three days and getting sick [fun times … not] I don’t feel like I have a lot of achievements to share with you. Let’s see if I can find some by following Meg’s prompt of acknowledging every little thing. An excuse in advance for possibly not making sense at times but my brain still feels a little foggy from the sticky cold [that I’m hoping will disappear soon]. As always fill me in on your past week in the comments!

Week in Review

In the past week I …

Worked three days or rather two and a half as Friday turned out to be a shorter one. Truth is I felt guilty. Guilty for taking time off to attend the funeral. In theory, I know this is ridiculous but as I didn’t exactly –do– much on those days off parts of them felt like undeserved holidays while my colleagues had to cover extra work due to my absence. I don’t like taking time off, no matter what the reason. Feel free to call me crazy.

Realization: Time management in private life [work is an exception] isn’t my strongest vice but a healthy dose of stress works wonders. This related to two things:

1. I published three blog posts. A Week in Review, the weekly feature of worthwhile reads and this Healthy No-Bake Millionaire’s Shortbread. The latter was my biggest struggle as I knew I’d either get it up – involving the proper link to the round-up – by Tuesday morning or not have a chance to correct it until our return late Thursday night. Stressed definitely described my feelings there but hooray, it worked smoothly. And  I …

2. Packed my suitcase not only in time but also didn’t overpack. Those who know me in real life are aware of how huge of an accomplishment this was …

Traveled for seven hours on Tuesday – leaving right after work – and nine on Thursday, getting back shortly before midnight. This was hard as my cold had been in development since the past Friday and spending this long in confined spaces as well as without hot tea to soothe my throat: far from ideal. Add in a serious delay on our journey back that involved standing on a platform in the cold for almost an hour. Thanks for nothing, Deutsche Bahn  [German readers will know the struggle with the German railway company]. However, over the years I developed the ability to stay [mostly] calm even in these kindof situations. In this case I focused on how much more enjoyable getting home was going to be after the delay and a nice conversation with a fellow traveler.

Realization: Vegetables cravings are legit.

This is an overall realization from a week of traveling and being sick. For some reason, vegetables were the one thing I still craved. That and peanut butter, because, well, peanut butter.

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Ate [lots] despite a severe lack of hunger. I don’t want to talk about recovery and these kind of things too much but will say this was a big win for me. Right now I’m at a point where – while I’m not incredibly underweight and could probably handle it – loosing weight is undesirable. It’s a step back I don’t want to let myself go. Seeing this with Cora’s post in mind: it wouldn’t be in line with my core desire of getting stronger and reaching other goals. Eating way beyond my point of fullness was uncomfortable, yes. But nobody ever said recovery or anything worth pursuing was easy. And as a sweet friend reminded me even in non-recovery terms: Starve a fever. Feed a cold.

Gave many hugs. Listened for hours, wishing I could do more.  It’s hard for me to face sad situations and be unable to change them.

Took a semi-social media break during the time of my travels. While I did have my phone and excellent internet connection I didn’t feel like using it much. It’s nice to see I’m not as dependent on it as I worried I was becoming.

Went on a long walk through the woods and hills – my legs are definitely not used to those – where my relatives live.  This was made even better by a very inspiring and interesting conversation. These kindof encounters light me up and truly brighten my days. No small talk for me.

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Lost and regained my voice. Can we please consider this a win? If you ever spent a day without a voice, particularly at work, you will agree. As of now it’s still a bit croaky but we’re getting there.

More things I got to cross off my to-do list:

  • Blended up a new batch of peanut butter.
  • Cleaned my apartment because I luckily am not too sick for that.
    Did some laundry. I guess I’m okay with it as long as I do it in smaller batches.
  • Slept for way longer than in average weeks. Two nights of 10-11 hours?! Craziness. Maybe that’s the one upside of having a cold. Always look on the bright side of everything.

Looking back the past week flew by. Actually, the whole of October did before that. Do we have any proof that month really happened?? Weird, weird. My brain is still feeling a little groggy I’ll end this already too long post by wishing you a good start into the new week!

 

Happiness-inducing today:  Getting more than I excpected done. Productivity makes me happy.

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Good good links #168

It’s a good thing I don’t actually have to talk to you on my blog. At least today. Not because I didn’t want to connect with you – what better would there be than turning out virtual Friendsgiving into a –real- one?! – but because I currently don’t have a voice. Aside from some squeaking here and there at work I’ve hardly been able to articulate myself since Thursday night.

But you didn’t come to hear me ranting about a voice-less life – exaggerating obviously – so there  we go with our regular schedule. Lots of fantastic posts are waiting to be read. As I’d assumed I had less time to browse the web this week so definitely share anything I might have missed in the comments. Talk to you soon and …

 

Happy Sunday!

 

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Good good [food for thought]

Are You Living Your Passion? via A Cup of Catherine

A post that I think will resonate with many and one that was very fitting for me right now. Not to spoil too much but: “sometimes you must love what you do rather than do what you love”.

Making Goals: How Do You Want To Feel? via My little tablespoon

Are the goals we set for ourselves in line with our core desires in life? Something to really take the time think about –  and what I need to do myself.

 

Good good [advice, inspiration and other interesting posts]

An Important Reminder to Not Judge People by Their Appearances — Especially at the Gym via FitSugar

We don’t know anybody’s story from just looking at them so leave judgement at home [or get rid of it altogether].

Why It’s Time to Get Rid of Clothes That Don’t Fit via Shape Magazine

This: “Holding onto clothes that don’t fit sends the clear message to yourself that your body isn’t acceptable the way it is,”

How Long Does It Take To Become An Intuitive Eater? via Avocado a Day

The one question likely everybody trying to find their way [back] to eating intuitively asks themselves. The answer? It depends.

When Your Fitness Identity Changes via Balancing Workouts with Wine

A reminder that just like everything in life our preferences in terms of working out will change and that there’s no set definition of what being fit means.

Macro Counting: The Good. The Bad. The Ugly. via Chase the Red Grape

I really liked this two-part post series by Jen showing how helpful IIFYM can be at times yet where it might go wrong, too.

 

 

Blogging

To Those Who Get Annoyed When Bloggers Share Sponsored Content via Coffee with Summer

My opinion: as long as the posts still feel genuinely authentic and are interchanged with regular/not sponsored posts I have no issues with this. Let me know how you feel in the comments!

 

Good good [food]

Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Blondies via fooduzzi

Blondies with all the best mix-ins! The base is refined sugar- and gluten-free, too.

Roasted Garlic and Sage Pumpkin Hummus via Thyme and Toast

The pictures alone will make you want to reach through the screen and scoop up some of this delicious hummus.

Creamy Roasted Red pepper Pasta with Black Pepper Chickpeas via Vegan Richa

My stomach might not like peppers too much but I do still and this sounds very intriguing.

Lentil & Eggplant Lasagna via Minimalist Baker

How vegans get their protein: eating lots of gluten-free/pasta-less lasagna.

Creamy Three Bean Stew via Amuse Your Bouche

… and more vegetarian protein power. Lots of beans, tomatoes and mushrooms – sign me up!

 

Good good [current blog event]

Vegan MoFo is back! I’ll likely share a few more favourite posts from the blogs participating during November but if you want to browse for yourself: there you go!

 

 

Happiness-inducing today:  To be honest, the cold really got me and today wasn’t too amazing but: my voice – see intro – is slowly coming back so yay! Also, I read an interesting long article in the morning – about Cuban boxers of all things; not my usual interest.  <- and this is why I’m writing these happiness-inducers. To ‘force’ myself to see the silver linings.

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