Good good links #184

Way overused statement but so true: the struggle is real. Which struggle, you ask? Well, mine when compiling these lists of good good links. At first, I have too few to share a post and once I dig into my notes and browse a few more blogs: way. too. Many. How about all of you out there try to schedule your most amazing posts a little further apart ;)?  As this doesn’t happen I’ve once again had to make hard decisions save some of the truly great posts I’ve come across for a next episode of the good links. Not that I was complaining or anything. I hope you find something that inspires you, makes you think or just gets your stomach rumbling.

Happy reading!

Good good [food for thought]

I Drank Unicorn Frappuccinos For a Week and Here’s What Happened via Hummusapien

Preach! Food shaming isn’t cool + has to stop and nothing is off limits or going to kill you in a balanced diet.

What if you only tried to be 10 % happier? via Cait Flanders

No matter what we’re struggling with [mentally no different from physically]: it takes time to heal and we should try to appreciate even just a seemingly small progress. Instead of seeking immediate but not lasting 100 % “cures”/bandaids.

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

We Need To Be Kinder To Our Flaky Friends via Medium

Anybody with a mental illness will [likely] be able to relate to this, everybody else should read it to understand why we behave the way we behave at times.

It’s not the body I asked for, it’s the body I have via In It 4 the Long Run

We might not love everything about ourselves but appreciating the gift of being blessed with an able body* is so important. Georgie’s story is one I’m sure many of us can relate to.

*not a fan of separating body and mind in general but rolling with it for the ease of writing here

For the Intuitive Eating Haters via Yeah … Imma Eat That

Or maybe not even haters but those skeptical of IE and not daring to take the first step of the journey. Kylie clears up the most common misconceptions/worries people have regarding IE.

Can You Love Your Body and Want to Change It? Via The Balanced Berry

Answer: yes but examine your reasons for wanting to do it.

How to support your friends struggling with mental illnesses via love me, feed me

Friends as a steady support system can be so very vital in recover y and Leah listed some great ways to help.

Yes, Yogis Can Get Cancer Too. Via Mind Body Green

An important one in an online world where many [self-proclaimed] experts are trying to tell us that exercising and eating right could cure or prevent these kind of major illnesses.

 

Blogging

How to Tell People About Your Blog (and deal with their reactions) via Forever Amber

If you’ve been feeling awkward when doing this (hi!): a) you’re not alone and b) here are some good ways to say it.

How to Build a Mommy Blog While Your Little One Sleeps via Bloguettes

For any mum wanting to start/maintain a blog while juggling crazy busy mum life. Or those of us wondering how in the world she does it.

 

Food and cooking

How to Interpret Expiration Dates Based on the 5 Food Groups via Spoon University

A really helpful and important one to reduce food waste – and hey, it’ll save you a few bucks, too.

3  Principles of Vegan Baking for Beginners via The Kitchn

Not just for vegans but handy to know for anybody when running out of eggs or dairy products.

 

Good good [food]

Peanut Butter Swirled Chocolate Fudge Popsicles.[vegan] via Half-Baked Harvest

There are no words for how good these look. I mean:  peanut butter. Chocolate. Fudge. Popsicles! Fruit-sweetened, too.

Twix Chocolate Caramel Spread  [vegan] via Full of Plants

There are no words to describe how amazing this looks [and there also don’t have to be any as you’ve already clicked over, right ;)?!]

Vegan Tiramisu via It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken

One of the few desserts that a) make me actually like coffee and b) are well worth the effort of preparing them.

Vegan French Onion Dip from Scratch via One Ingredient Chef

There can never be enough healthy dips and I’m intrigued by the secret ingredient here [have had it before but never in dips].

 

Happiness-inducing today: An encouraging conversation with + hug by my mum. I’m a bundle of nerves right now but that helped a little.

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Mental challenges and the only detox I’ll ever do.

Following my gut feeling aka intuition I decided to change my planned posting schedule yet again. An out-of-schedule week probably just lends itself to this so it’s all good again  (for my order-prefering mind). If you’ve been waiting for the good good links: they’ll be up on Wednesday as I didn’t spend as much time online lately so found myself with only a handful of links by Saturday night. I hope you’re okay with my spontaneous decision [hear hear, Miss Unspontaneous is mixing things up 😉 ]
If you caught my previous post you’ll know the reason for my absence. My paternal grandma left us the previous Saturday and I traveled to the other end of the country to attend her funeral. I won’t write any more about this here as there are no words. Whenever I try to write about this the words sound hollow; not reflecting the feelings behind them.
Initially, I wasn’t going to join the Week in Review this Monday as I assumed traveling most of the week meant hardly any accomplishments. And it’s true in that I don’t really have any visible ones to show. Yet I did see mental improvements that mean just as much or more to me.
So without further ado we’ll dive into an unusual Week in Review. Are mine ever normal, though? I’m glad Meg is forgiving about whichever way I let my thoughts flow.

Week in review

In the past week I …

Worked only three days as we left home on Thursday to attend the funeral.

Published a post about the German attitude towards nudity, why parents are very well off here and our aversion to small talk. Since the feedback was quite well I’m going to share more of these posts in the future.

Got my hair cut. Majorly. I’m still in the confused phase of indecision about whether or not I’m okay with it. 30 centimetres are a LOT. Why did I do this???

Accepted mental challenges I was faced with and noticed that a) my worst case expectations didn’t come true and b) that everything can still be okay. Being thrown off schedule completely when I’ve been living on my own for some time again always provides a little obstacle but this past week proved that everything’s not always as anxiety-provoking as my mind makes it look like beforehand.

Suitcase and shoes

Hardly exercised [which exercised my brain]. Some weeks or for some people this might be fail rather than accomplishment. For me, though, it meant tuning into my intuition on days I spent at home and going with the flow/situation at hand while at my relatives’. Oh, wait, I got serious arm and leg workouts carrying my suitcase up and down many stairs and walking up steep hills ;). Speaking of suitcases …

Unpacked my suitcase the day after my return home. Don’t tell me I’m the only one who tends to procrastinate big time on this!

Talked to strangers on the train journey back once again. – it’s just what I do though I’ve heard this is rather un-German ;).  Sharing a train compartment for [at least initially intended] four hours I figured why not find out a little more about my fellow passengers and take away from the strangeness. Long story short: I wasn’t phased much by the fact they were butchers – hey, I try to not judge you for what you eat – but with the fish baguettes issue [gross] and the man being an annoying know-it-all I may or may not have excused myself to look for an empty seat elsewhere after two hours.

Went on a walk with my grandma’s tenant and aunt’s dog. Major oops regarding the fact we got scolded by a man a little for not carrying those – what’s the proper English term? – dog poop bags with us. This aside I liked getting to know an as of yet unknown person to me a little better. These things are what makes me happy.

Went on a walk with my [maternal] grandma the same night, heading out after 9 PM. Another walk that allowed for a good conversation and strengthening of our bond.

Learned to truly embrace flight mode. Hello, battery-saving amazingness. Embarrassing but true: I hadn’t known how efficient exactly it was but now I’m a huge fan.

Speaking of phones I also took a mini social media detox from Thursday morning to Saturday night. Despite having speedy Wifi at my aunt’s place I just didn’t feel drawn to blogs or any app.

Ate really good potato leek soup prepared by my cousin. It’s worth mentioning because it was some truly good food. Granted, this opinion might have been influenced by the fact coming in after an 11-hour journey makes all kinds of food taste better.

Writing this on Sunday evening I’m looking back at a day of more anxiety and unwelcome feelings than the past few days that I had expected to elicit the latter. Which is both ironic and a lesson in finding that pushing outside our comfort zones can in fact be better than staying within. Probably obvious to some of you yet a necessary reminder for people like me.
Another reminder from the week was noticing how much better I slept and how much less anxiety and restlessness I felt without the constant social media influence. Cora just wrote about the connection between screen time and anxiety which I could relate to before but even more so after this week of my mini social media detox. Throwing myself right into it after I returned not only raised my anxiety but decreased my productivity a lot. Now to regularly schedule social media detox days …
This is – what’s new? – getting lengthy again so I’ll end the post here. Tell me what’s been happening in your lives lately!

Happy Monday!

Happiness-inducing today:  Sunshine. The weather’s been ugly lately and today was – while a little stormy – really nice.

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Tell me three [or more] achievements from your past week!

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