My own Happiness Project

First things first: thank you so much for your comments on my previous post. All of you made me feel so relieved and like less of a crazy person. Monday had me feel the effects of the weekend still in strong discomfort and not wanting to be around other people. ‘Feierabend’ as we call finishing work over here couldn’t come early enough. Introvert issues. Sorry to my colleagues if I seemed distant and reserved. It’s not about you but me. #overusedbuttrue

As you might know by now I’m a huge proponent of finding the little joys in every day, even if it’s not the best one. Worrying a lot about my future and just about everything else this is my way of handling the anxiety. Silver linings are hidden in every day, we just need to actively look for or (!) create them. The latter ties in with the idea proposed in one of the books I’m currently rereading. It’s Gretchen Rubin’s “Happiness Project” – my first time reading it being at least six years ago so I didn’t remember much. I’ve noticed myself subconsciously following a lot of the principles listed already. Still a lot of room for improvement, obviously, but I thought for this Week in Review I’d show you how I incorporate these points in my life. If you feel like it share some of your ways of doing so in the comments! I’m curious to see what they mean to others. Let’s jump into my review of the past seven days. Thanks to Meg for hosting the shenanigans once again!

Week in Review

Act the way you want to feel 

Coming from a weekend of a messed up routine and craving me time I can’t deny I wasn’t feeling like socialising at all. Yet when a question by the bank employee – at that the one question I don’t like to be asked -evoked her to keep asking and talking I decided I was all up for it. In good old “fake it till you make” fashion I engaged in the conversation and it turned out to be really encouraging. I can’t say I’d ever experienced this at a bank before. Also can’t pretend I hated it. Read: faking a good mood can actually make you feel happier.

Tackle a nagging task

Dropped some paperwork off at the bank for my mum because their opening hours are ridiculous and she couldn’t make it working longer that day. Speaking before I could think my brain apparently decided I wanted to cross two of my own bank issues at the same time while I was there already. This was on Monday so definitely not a day I felt like tackling these things but it might have felt all the better getting them crossed off my list that day

Cleaned my electric kettle. Please don’t ask how long it had been since the previous time. Let’s just say: long enough. But hey, it’s spanking clean now so that’s all that counts, no?

Adulted by washing a load of laundry and got to let it dry ioutside n the sunshine for the first time this year.  It was a wonderful weekend after a rainy start to the week.

Prepared a second batch of what I’ll call peanut butter chocolate crispy treats – any better name suggestions? –  for now. You know I’m not one to play favourites but these are high (!) up on top of the list. High.

Took pictures of said treats. Did I ever mention this is my least favourite part of recipe creation? It’s frustrating.

Get in movement and time in nature [my own addition to the list]

Went for morning walks on both Saturday and Sunday. Starting my days first reading for a while, then getting to soak up sunshine and fresh air was blissful.

 Indulge in a modest splurge. 

Treated myself to little ‘extras’ here and there throughout the week. Bad consciousness for free obviously but I’m working on it. The items I bought weren’t even what anybody else would fret about – a nice wooden hairbrush to replace my old one  [long overdue], lots of almond milk [granted, this one was on sale but still a treat] and a magazine. Yet for me spending on anything aside from regular groceries is still an accomplishment. I know Cora can relate.

Obviously worked as usual.

Had some good conversations with my colleagues. If/when – and I’m really hoping it will happen in the not so distant future – I find another job I’m more passionate about these ladies are what I’ll miss the most. They’re the best. And no, not just because one of them – hearing me declare my fondness of After Eight chocolate santas – has already surprised me with an After Eight chocolate bunny for the second time already this past week. Literally the sweetest and I have no idea what I deserved it for.

Give proofs of love

Baked a loaf of gluten-free bread for my newly diagnosed celiac colleague. Granted, this is a  stretch as I woudn’t consider it a true proof of love as she’s “just” a colleague but I’ll keep it here. And before you wonder why in the heck effing world a) she wouldn’t just buy bread from a bakery and b) I baked for her, here’s the low-down. A) She mentioned buying her first loaf of gluten-free bread in a break at work – as well as the fact that it was tiny and crazy expensive. Knowing the blog world I was convinced there -had- to be better and more affordable options. I’m very thankful for not having any true intolerances myself and don’t want anybody to miss out on their favourite foods if they have some so I offered to get baking. She – not a fan of baking – happily accepted the offer. It’s in the oven as we “speak” [or at least as I’m writing this] and I’m keeping my fingers and toes crossed it’ll turn out]. This is the recipe I tried and I’ll report back once she has taste-tested it if any of you are curious.

This obviously wasn’t everything that happened but decided to keep things shorter today. So without further ado:

Happy Monday!

Happiness-inducing today: Sunny weather. Spring is definitely here now and I couldn’t be happier about it.

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Do you follow any of the happiness principles above or what are some of your own?

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Good week with a side of introvert’s dilemma

Looking at this intro as well as my past ones the title ‘week in review’ here is definitely misleading. What is showing in these first paragraphs isn’t a review of the past week but a reflection of the weekend. Sunday thoughts – that’s what they are. And oh do these differ from what my mind would churn out on a Thursday or Friday. I’m aware and sorry that I might often appear negative and discontent with the current state of my life in these intros. If you met me on the street I wouldn’t be all gloom and doom. Life and my situation aren’t terrible. The weekends usually throw me way off with their unpredictability. Every. single. time.

As an example the past week held many of those wonderful little moments in it. The ones that bring a smile to your face, recharge both your happiness batteries and overall energy that might usually feel a bit low after a work day. It was a good week. And then came the weekend. Which I want to stress wasn’t bad, either. It’s hard even for myself to fully grasp why it affected me the way it did but I’ll try to explain it here and explore my feelings further for myself.

So we hosted several of my sister’s friends, all of which were staying in my apartment. This isn’t to say I hated hosting people. Like I said I can’t even completely understand my anxiety here but it was the case and is still mulling in my mind. As you will probably know by now I’m an introvert and need the weekends, particularly nights as me time. Sharing my apartment, my little refuge from Friday to Sunday with four people I hardly knew – if at all – was too much. That’s really the only way I can describe it without going into nitty gritty details of the whole situation. For the most part this is – yes, cliché saying – about me, not the others. There was more than one incident of feeling like an intruder in my own four walls. Which just wasn’t  … good. Usually, my weekends leave me looking forward to being surrounded by people at work again but right now I just want to get a day all to myself, nature and books.

[Luckily, I talked about this with a friend who – without me saying a word about my feelings towards hosting strangers for the weekend – expressed a strong dislike to hosting in general. So maybe I’m not the only one here after all …]

Excuse the rambles. I just felt like getting this off my chest. Now onto the good that happened in the past week through a Week in Review with our sweet hosts Meg and Ave.

Week in review

Some of the previous week’s happenings. I …

Worked. Nothing new here. Or, wait: Maybe the fact I got along extremely well with my [male; never a big deal with the female] boss. Probably irrelevant to you yet – blogging for myself – I like to keep track of these happy little things as they significantly change how I feel. Also had a few good conversations with my colleagues.

Got ice cream for the team again on what must have been the sunniest day this year so far. No ice cream for me again because the salty cravings still reign supreme. Sometimes I feel I should get some just to prove I can but then I see my boss – definitely no ED in sight – skip it, too, and am fine following my intuition and cravings. I wouldn’t say no if we were talking Erdnussflips ;). [These made multiple snack appearances at home, though]

Randomly struck conversations with cashiers. No cheese guys this week ;). Just like with the people close to us it’s wonderful – and happiness-inducing – to learn a little more about the others around us. How else would I have found out about the big and amazing goals of the local health food store’s employee than through a mere little comment on packaging? Try it yourself with the people in your life!

Vacuumed and mopped the floors on Thursday night already rather than the usual weekend cleaning. Typing this part of the post on Saturday night, though, I can already tell a repeat might very well be necessary [edit: it was and is yet again].

Posted to the blog twice. The week in review as well as more good good links. Definitely check them out if you didn’t get a chance yet. Especially the first category and the blogging articles really hit the spot on their respective topics. Also the one by Kylie/Imma Eat That which ironically served as a good reminder for myself just yesterday.

Spent some time with the cutest little toddler in the world. Totally biased and I know it ;). The most precious moment was when I went to look for him waking up from his afternoon nap. Still a bit sleep-drunken he was very cuddly and babbled on and on. Way. too. cute. Sorry for the aunt rambles but I’ve really fallen for him´

Bought enough breathing masks to supply a small village – I may or may not be exaggerating slightly but the cashier did look surprised – and delivered them to the eager helpers. This was an unexpected emergency call task that took up about 1 1/2 hours and admittedly threw me off in my Saturday plans more than it should have [create of habit and routines]. In the end I was happy to help, though. Because I just realizse I didn’t explain it in the intro here’s the background Story: my sister and her husband are planning to move to a village not too far from where my parents live. The house in its current state requires plenty of work before the actual rebuilding process can get started. This weekend, my dad, sister and her husband as well as the helpers removed the hay from the attic of the old farm house. They returned covered in dust down to the last bit of skin. Poor guys.

Created a new recipe for the blog that not only was super simple to prepare – way different from my recent yeast experiments – and a hit with the whole crew. Part of it is even – unintentionally – toddler-approved. Now I just need to remake it to get pictures and share with you. I will try to upload a quick picture I already took after work today – well, tomorrow as I’m writing this on Sunday night

Helped my mum out where I could. Running errands, unloading the dishwasher, cleaning up. Isn’t it funny how often we refuse doing these simple tasks as children but will easily offer taking them up as adults because they aren’t that bad after all?

Tried a new workout that left me feeling more at ease when things felt overwhelming on Saturday night. Exerting physical energy is the one thing that very reliably helps me find mental Relaxation.

Lend an ear to a friend in need of somebody to listen and help reframe hr situation. Sometimes helping others is the best way to escape the mess in my own mind.

Thank you if you actually are still reading after my lengthy post and happy Monday! I hope the week ahead will be a happiness-filled one for you,

Happiness-inducing today: Lots of little bright moments calming my anxious mind.

 

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Any introverts who can relate?

Random: What was your least favourite household duty as a child?

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Good good links #181

Hello there!

The benefit of doing these link shares only every two weeks? More time to read blogs = way more good posts for you. Though this might not be so beneficial anymore once the days get warmer and we’d much rather spend our weekends outside after weekdays in the office. Then again, the same will be true for you as well as me so maybe less posts per round-up then? Ah, my mind’s running wild [again] and looking into the future rather than stay in the present. But that’s where this week’s fabulous posts are so let’s stay here. Or: go there. I hope you find something of interest for you in this mix so:

Happy reading and happy Sunday!

 

Good good links

 

Good good [food for thought]

I Have Been Changed For Good via Hummusapien

A-maze-ing.  Alexis voiced a few thoughts I’ve been having about the blog world/social media/healthy living gone awry, too, and with her background and experience has a much better perspective on the topic.

I don’t have it all together via The Real Life RD

Further proof of the fact that what we see online is only a small and curated part of each other’s life that can be deceiving.

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

Being bloated is a side effect of being human via Yeah … Imma Eat That

This!!! If I got a dime every time I see an article or blog post on magical cures for bloating pop up I’d be a rich lady. Being bloated might not be fun but it’s not abnormal, either, even if companies like to make money off of it.

6 Simple Ways to Break Away From Your Phone More via Greatist

Everybody who has taken it before knows the benefits of screen-free time [hello, #3!].

Why You Can Be Introverted *And* Be A Badass (In An Extroverted World via Peaceful Dumpling

Realizing that it’s okay to be introverted, seeing the strengths of it and and how to adapting to life and thrive in our extroverted society.

7 Podcasts To Inspire Your Wellness Journey via The Blissful Mind

Some of my favourites, too, as well as some new [to me] ones.

How to Have a Healthy Relationship with Exercise via The Balanced Berry

A great post on an important topic and difficult task for many of us in the healthy living blog world.

5 Reasons Why I Will Never Compete in a Bikini Competition via Born to Sweat

The ugly, unhealthy and expensive(!) truth behind the “glamorous” world of figure competitions.

Exercises Your Trainer Doesn’t Want You to Do via Popsugar

Beware of these moves that could be more harm- than helpful.

A Dietitian Explains Why “Cheat Days” Are Not A Real Thing via Mind Body Green

A truly balanced diet doesn’t label or exclude any foods . Here are some questions to get into a dialogue with yourself and work out that balance in your life.

 

Food and cooking

Iron: a Primer for the Vegan Female Athlete via No Meat Athlete

An great in-depth look at iron needs and how to safely cover them on a plantbased diet.

19 Foods Perfect for Meal-Prepping Because They Actually Last All Week via Greatist

A useful cheat sheet on how to prep various ingredients and also ensure they’re staying fresh until you get to use them.

 

Blogging

Recipes: the business of posting recipes online via Plant powered Kitchen

The huge downside of sharing unique content on the web and what we – as creators and readers – can do against it.

Three Ways Comment Pods Are Hurting Your Blog via Forever Amber

While they might seem like a good idea to create [the impression of] engagement these points keep in mind the points Amber is making before you hop on the train.

Things To Keep In Mind About Blogging Advice via a girl, obsessed

There’s no ‘one fits all’ in blogging, either. Trial and error as well as believing in yourself are the way to go.

 

Good good [food]

Vegan Coffee Cake (gluten-free) via Feasting on Fruit

Can we please talk about how amazing this looks with no oil, butter or refined flour to be seen?!

Chocolate Mint Brownies via Emilie Eats

Emilie is the queen of creating wholesome vegan brownie recipes that look out of this world good. Plus: chocolate + mint = a loud yesss!

No-Bake Vegan Cheesecake Jars via Lazy Cat Kitchen

Almond brittle. Date Caramel. Nut-based cheesecake cream. A-maz-ing.

Leprechaun Mac and Cheese (Vegan + Gluten Free) via Veggies Don’t Bite

Nutritious soul food for the inner child that shouldn’t be reserved for St. Patrick’s Day.

“Edesia” Bowl via My little tablespoon

A bowl packed with goodness as well as a beautiful story of fallng back in love with food and cooking.

Chunky Chickpea Noodle Soup via Oatmeal with A Fork

No need for meat in this delicious-looking spin on the stick-to-your-ribs classic [okay, not over here but you know it]!

Vegetarian Harissa Mushroom Bolognese with Creamy Coconut Polenta via Feed Me Phoebe

Being a fan of both polenta and hearty meatless sauces this is right up my alley.

 

Happiness-inducing today: Fighting off a pesky mood with a quick workout. Today wasn’t all bad but I felt funky in the evening and needed to literally work this out.

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Mental vs. physical rest

 Alternative title: Dear brain, you’re way too much of a chatterbug. Take a break!
To-do list: Love them, hate them? Does anybody agree that, as beneficial as they are, these [endless] lists have their downsides, too? Checking items off is as satisfying as seeing time running away is anxiety-inducing.  Whenever I stumble across articles stressing the need to make time for self-care and slow down I feel they’re not applicable for me but people juggling many different responsibilites aside from just working and household duties.

What I’ve started to wonder, though, is if there might be a difference between mental and physical rest. Because even in the moments when I sit down – like now – I often don’t feel relaxed, instead finding my mind racing and worrying about all the to-dos I’ve yet to check off. It’s getting to a point where I procrastinate because I don’t know what to do first, time ticking along and me not even enjoying what I’m procrastinating with. This isn’t me asking for pity. Just the thoughts on my brain right now as I’m wrapping up the old week, gearing up for the one ahead. Maybe one of you can relate, maybe it’s just my weird, weird complicated brain. Moving on …

Let’s take a look at what I did do in the past week of life as inspired by Meg. Overthinking brains be quieted.

[I didn’t take any pictures  so will be reusing old ones #sorry]

Week in review

In the past seven days I …

Worked on the same schedule as usual. Things have been very busy lately which is good because I have a steady stream of work coming in and bad because it means staying longer and getting home later. Mostly good, though.

Posted just once. This is frustrating as I did in fact have a post pretty much finished and ready to go live by Tuesday but then things got awry and my mind was elsewhere. I know vague-blogging isn’t cool but I figure all of us have topics they’re not talking about online. Just a heads-up on my continued absence from blogging and commenting. I never made the conscious decision to step back from more regular posting yet it is what happened over the past  [many] months and I’m going to make an effort to change it. Here’s to better weeks ahead! You’ll at least get a new round-up of good good links on Sunday and maybe another post. Knock on wood!

Dropped my mum off at a station a 45-minute drive away right after work on Friday and managed the way back without one of the four radar cameras snapping an unfortunate picture of me. Possibly driving the people in cars behind me a little nuts when I slowed down way before the actual cameras a few times, though. Yes, I’m that annoying overly cautious driver.
Had afternoon tea/coffeewith my parents who invited me over to join them upon returning from a weekend getaway. We had a great conversation that ended on a not so amazing note thanks to [my] parents’ ability to pick up on things that you’d rather not chat about. It still was really nice to sit together.

Said no to a time intense request that just was none of my business. I felt bad afterwards but it didn’t seem to really bother the person asking.
Baked another nut Striezel, this time braving the scary yeast myself. It fortunately worked out quite well, especially the kneeding being more fun than I’d assumed. Unfortunately, it didn’t look as good as the previous one so I’m still debating on whether I like the pictures or not. Blogger confession: Taking pictures is my least favourite part of recipe creating. Why do some delicious foods look so … wrong in pictures?
Did further ‘gluten-free in Germany’ research aka product spotting for my colleague. This was as she told me a) how expensive her first gluten-free grocery run had been [I knew there were cheaper options, only had to check back] and b) that she hated grocery shopping. I wouldn’t have liked her to miss out on foods she used to eat as well as pay much more than necessary so I paid more attention to the gluten-free selection at stores whenever I was running errands.Turns out it was just this week Aldi released a few gluten-free cookie options. Helping my colleague out is just another act of selfish unselfishness: finally getting to use the gluten-free living knowledge aquired through blog reading that I formerly had no use for. Win-win.
Looked up and translated a few mug cake recipes for another colleague after she mentioned she liked cake but never got to bake any since her apartment is oven-less. Mug cakes – popular in the blog world but another thing not widely known over here. Searching for suitable recipes wasn’t a big deal aside from the fact I had to ensure no ‘weird’ ingredients were required. Because coconut flour and various nut butters or alternative sweeters don’t happen to have their place in non-blogger households – who would have guessed ;)? Really, though, us health nuts do have to admit that we use a lot of ‘unusual’ foods.
As is the case every week it’s once again getting late as I’m finishing this post here and wishing you a
Happy Monday!

Happiness-inducing today:  My morning reading time. Tea time with my parents and a walk outside.

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Family time and facing yeast fears

Be thankful for what you have, don’t yearn for what you don’t. 
Something that I’d like to think I’m quite good at. If I give into those thoughts lingering in my mind or have a particularly bad day – rather week – I can think of a many things I don’t have. Most of the time, though, I’m aware of how blessed I am. Hearing about the harsh contrast in the life of somebody else once again both made me wish I could do more good than just small favours for others. And realize [once again] be even more thankful for all I have. Not necessarily focusing on materialistic things here.
Anyway, this very mindset seems absent whenever I reflect on past weeks. Rather than seeing the wonderful opportunity to spend time with my family I see a lot of unchecked items on my to-do list. It’s something I wish was different because it keeps me from truly enjoying the days with them when I constantly worry about my unfinished to-do lists.  Sunday afternoons/nights don’t do my mind any good and I’d be better of not writing these kind of posts at that time lest I scare all of you away.
How about we just jump right into another Week in Review with Meg and Miss Ave? Sounds good?! I thought so.

 

Week in Review

 

Some of what happened in the past seven days: I. ..

Worked. Technically the same as usual but it was an unusually good week. No ropportunity to work in my favourite position this time around, yet acknowledgement from my [male] boss  [the harder to please one] and simply a good flow and conversations with colleagues. This makes such a difference even in less than exciting jobs.

Published two post: a Week in Review revealing the “selfish” side of my random acts of kindness and more good good links.
Took a spontaneous rest from my workout. I haven’t talked about this before – other than mentioning it on a side note – but exercise is a tricky issue for me. While I’m not doing any crazy strenuous or long workouts balance and taking a break out of schedule don’t come easily for me.
Spent time with my family [sister, maternal grandparents, my brother and his girlfriend], including little P. who’s not qute as little anymore. It’s both marvelous and sad how fat he has grown from baby to toddler in seemingly no time. Seeing him walk around in his own when it feels like just yesterday that he crawled through the house makes me want to slow time down …
nephew_toddler in nature
Bought not one but two new books. Those of you who have been around for a while know this is a major accomplishment for me. Spending on myself – food and daily necessities such as toiletries not included – is hard.
Helped a colleague out. She’s been suffering from constant stomach problems for years and finally gotten further tests done lately. Being a blogger and hence – a real advance as I’ve come to find – familiar with more potential causes/illnesses thanthe average German I printed out some information for her [assuming it might be IBS from the symptoms she described] and after her diagnosis – celiac’s disease – showing her some blogs and Instagram accounts. This might sound odd to most of you but these diseases as well as information on how to deal with them or what to eat are mostly unknown around here so she was genuinely lost on how to cook from now on.
Burnt one of my hands when pouring hot water into my thermos from the electric kettle. If you’re having a deja-vue deja-thought moment: true. Yes, I do seem to have a slight, albeit not worrisome, tendency to accidentally hurt myself in the kitchen. This accident was particularly unfortunate as I’m left-handed and guess which hand happened to be involved? Cooling salve and a tight bandage put a damper on my productivity for the next few hours. [The hand is now fine again.]
Dared to work with yeast for the first time. Granted, I have memories of baking a yeast-based cake years ago but that doesn’t really count. Anyway, yeast was still one of the ingredients intimidating me and I had my mind set on conquering it this past week. Thanks to abovementioned incident the making of turned into a family business with my mum, grandma and self-proclaimed yeast expert sister chiming in on the dough prep. As well as my sister graciously offering to do the final kneeding by hand and rolling out the dough. Because there was no hygienic or practical way of doing it for me. Long story short project healthy Almond Striezel [a certain type of strudel] was a huge success. You know it is when all three of your ‘yeast experts’, some of them skeptical of healthy baked goods, give you a thumbs up.
Mandelstriezel_healthy almond Striezel
 Now that leaves me wondering if I should remake and share the recipe on the blog or not. On one hand, I really want to because it passed the taste test of all family members, is suitable even for toddlers because – final point – the whole Striezel contains a mere 3 1/4 or so tablespoons of coconut sugar yet is sweet enough. Woop!
Honest opinion please! Does anybody still bake with yeast these days?
As usual when finishing these posts it’s getting late again so I’ll bid you goodbye for now and wish you a …

Happy Monday!

Happiness-inducing today: The time with P. and the remainder of the family, obviously.

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Good good links #180

Even though it’s been precisely two weeks the previous time  I sat down to write an intro to a post of Good good links feels like forever ago. Is this a good sign? Life keepng me so busy I didn’t notice time passing? Or a bad sign of my brain cells getting older and time rushing by in a flash? <- this is a tiny glimpse into the thoughts my brain sputters out when I let it run freely. I won’t let it go any further on this train of thoughts, though, because I know you’re here for more good reads. While not as many as some other weeks – truth: I always forget to write at least a good handful of posts I want to include down so those will find their way into future good good links – there’s plenty to peruse again. Did you read anything I missed here? Share it in the comments!

Happy reading and happy Sunday!

 

Good good links

 

Good good [food for thought]

You Are More Than a Meal Plan  via Hummusapien

If you’ve ever struggled with an ED or food in general in any way: read this post.

The Simple Trick That Inspires Me To Be My Best Self Every Day via Mind Body Green

 Changing our mindset and the way we go about life can have a profound effect of how we perceive ourselves and our abilites.

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

Anorexics Eat, Too – Kendall’s story via Hummusapien

Just because you don’t match the criteria for an ED a hundred percent doesn’t mean you don’t have one. EDs come in all shapes [literally] and can affect anybody.

8 things you need to let go of to recover from your eating disorder (and what to embrace instead) via Anastasia Amour

These really matter while showing how hard a transformative process recovery is.

Why I Won’t Let My ED Go via Katalyst Health

As the old saying goes: “What doesn’t kill you make you stronger.”. EDs destroy a lot but Kat’s reflectons are proof that it’s possible to come out on the other side fiercer and more in tune with ourselves.

How to Take Care of Yourself when you’re Too Tired to Think via The Freedom Experiment

Taking care of ourselves mentally and physically should be a priority and the measures necessary nothing to be ashamed of [asking for].

25 Important Things Money Can’t Buy via Daring to Live Fully

This! Money can buy us a many things but it’s what we make from them that truly creates happiness and contentment.

7 Types of Loneliness (and Why It Matters)  via Gretchen Rubin

So true and something especially introverts will be able to relate to a lot.

19 Healthy Living Tips To Dramatically Upgrade Your Lifestyle via Live Bold and Bloom

An old saying but still so true: small changes can make a big difference.

Researchers Say Gluten May Not Be The Enemy We Thought It Was via Peaceful Dumpling

Note: this isn’t addressing celiacs but might be interesting for those eschewing gluten because they feel they might be sensitive to it.

 

Blogging

A Blogger Code of Ethics via Forever Amber

Heck yes! Definite ‘no-dos’ for every blogger.

 

Good good [food]

Healthy Baklava Ice Cream via Desserts with Benefits

The title says it all. Hello there, nutritious deliciousness without the whole mess of assembling pastry.

Chocolate Chip Breakfast Donuts (Vegan / GF) via Full of Plants

If you’ve secretly always wanted to eat donuts for your first meal: go for it!

Crispy Buffalo Caulflower via I Can’t Believe It’s Not Chicken

Why not go for this meatless version instead next time you’re craving cornflake chicken?

Baked Protein Packed Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Dip via Veggies Don’t Bite

This looks so amazingly creamy and indulgent it’s hard to believe the plethora of nutritious ingredients it’s made from [think: potato, cashews, beans].

Extra Crispy Potato Wedges {without a fryer}, Made For Dipping via Heartbeet Kitchen

The secret to crispy ‘tatoes, uncovered. It might be a little more work than the quick chop up-put in oven-done method but looks so  worth it.

 

Happiness-inducing today: Time with the family. Yes, I’m aware it was this same thing in my post from two weeks ago but they happen to be around again for the weekend and that’s simply the best.

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