Good good links #199

We’ve officially reached the final week of November! Okay, somebody pinch me please. Or should I just get the Bubbly, er, Bublé out to get into my mind that yes, Advent/Christmas season really is about to start? Denial. Full-on denial here. Anybody else??? I even baked multiple batches of  cookies already in the past few weeks, for heaven’s sake! Oh well, you didn’t come here to hear me ramble so let’s get into those good reads. If you have barely any time to spare, just read the one in the first category for now and the remainder later. It’s a good one. Well, they all are or they would’t have made the cut but you know what I mean <- me writing intros way too late …

Good good [food for thought]

The Danger of Convenience via Raptitude

As I said in my intro: if you’re short on time, please just read this one article for now. It’s relevant for all of us. – “We’re making up for a known deficiency created by otherwise helpful technologies, even though staying strong and active never lost any value—it just became easier and easier to neglect.”

Good good [advice and inspiration]

Why Lying to Spare Others’ Feelings Isn’t Worth It  via Greatist


Honesty is important and if we’re being honest, lying doesn’t feel good, either. Others won’t hate you for speaking truth [us Germans are pretty good at being blunt there so trust me it works ;)].

How To Stay In Your Own Lane via With Purpose and Kindness

Great little reminders and tips on how to avoid the comparison trap. Even if we literally competed in the same race/or the same job/… we’d have still have had different starting points.

If you Really Want to…10 Eco-Friendly Ways to Shop on Black Friday & Cyber Monday. via elephant journal

Yes, Black Friday’s over and maybe Cyber Monday by the time you’re reading this, too, but these tips are good or any season, really.

Put Down Your Phone: Why Presence Is the Best Gift You’ll Ever Give via tiny buddha

This! When did you last have a fully focused conversation [no phone, not letting your mind go hundred different places at once]? The feeling is magical but these really have lessened so let’s make an effort to bring full presence back.

A Holiday Survival Guide for Sad People via Pinch of Yum

It’s easy to forget that this season isn’t an all-around happy one for everybody. Lindsay’s post is helpful both for the people going through any kind of hardship and those around to help support them. Beautifully written, too.

7 Things You Should Know Before Your First Therapy Appointment  via Self Magazine

Many people can benefit from seeing a therapist but it can be intimidating the first time so these things are really good to know so you’re not feeling overwhelmed.

A Chance Encounter Can Change Everything. If You Let It. via wit + delight

A beautiful [true] story of what might happen if we look up, actually note what’s happening around us and flow with those gentle nudges from the universe [just believe that they exist, okay?!].

Food and cooking


Food Science: Why Mashed Potatoes and Blenders Don’t Mix via The Kitchn

Probably no news to any slightly more experienced chef but my grandma and mum would definitely mistrust the kitchen skills of anybody committing this “crime” ;).

Food Gifts That Give Back via Real Mom Nutrition:

Supporting companies that support others is truly the best way of spending your money. Double gift-giving if you will.

Good good [things to make you smile]

How Much Sleep Does Your Zodiac Sign Need?

Oh hi … that’s embarrassingly true for me [or at least my dream sleep schedule].

Good good [food]

Vegan Cheesecakes via Gretchen’s Vegan Bakery

Or in other words: vegan dessert decadence galore. Fruity Pebbles, Oreo or Cookie Butter Cheesecakes plus five more to wow any guest.

Vegan Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas via Eluxe Magazine

Yes, I’m aware Thanksgiving is almost over but these would look good on your Christmas table, too, Particularly eyeing #14 here …

Brussels Sprout Gratin via Yup, It’s Vegan

One of the most underrated vegetables in a cashew-creamy casserole topped with crunchy breadcrumbs – hello, deliciousness.

Mushroom Ravioli with Fresh Basil Pesto via Her Heart Is Vegan

Homemade whole-wheat ravioli with tofu ricotta + mushroom filling and pesto – a dish to impress.

Happiness-inducing today:  A lot of little things, including the adorable pictures of P. and his little sewing machine my sister texted me.  Plus words of encouragement. Alwyays appreciated.

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3 thoughts on “Good good links #199

  1. Kaylee says:

    Okay it’s pretty scary how correct those zodiac sleep times are. As a Libra, 7.5 is the perfect balance of sleep for me. But as you said, definitely an ideal.

    Loved loved loved that one on giving presence. I’ve ben trying to make a conscious effort on this in my own life. Sometimes I’ll catch myself though on my phone doing one thing, half listening and think “Ughhhh you’re doing what you hate other people do.” For me, though the technology aspect can be challenging, it’s even harder to just shut my brain off. I’m constantly thinking of other things that have to get done, stresses in my own life, etc. Definitely something to work on this time of year and as we enter a new year!

    Hope you’ve been well 🙂

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