Good good links #203

Looks like I’m really out of this blogging game, hm? I promise you I’m not. Finishing this post on my mum’s laptop – she’s out of town so not aware I stole/borrowed it – as my own is not up for blogging at all anymore. Yes, I’m aware this problem’s been there for years but now I can finally say I ordered a new one. Just waiting for it to arrive – why, oh why does that shop constantly change the delivery date? – and then delve into posting more regularly again. It’s been very frustrating to draft posts these past weeks and then end up not being able to share them because my laptop would keep crashing about every five minutes. Fun times … not. Enough rambling, though, here are your good good links for the week and I’ll see you again hopefully soon!

Happy Sunday!

Good good [food for thought]

Is desperately seeking self-improvement always good for us? via The Pool

Not everybody’s going to such extremes but this critical look at our desire to better ourselves all the time is still easily applicable to many people’s lives.

This isn’t just for entrepreneurs but pretty much every one of us putting some of our work outside [aka: definitely every blogger]. “Not one single person has ever reached the pinnacle of what they were working on and thought, “Perfect, I’ll stay here forever.””

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

I’m not an inspiration via Carla Birnberg

We’re all dealing with our own messes and life hurdles that others will never see in full detail or at all. But nobody said that we can’t still inspire others by the things in life we’re passionate about and good at.

Is It Time to Be “Un-You”? via A Cup of Catherine

A really interesting concept for dealing with our anxieties, fear and self-doubt. Definitely one that would take practice but be worth it.

Is Your Fitness Tracker Triggering An Eating Disorder? via Peaceful Dumpling

When something originally well-intended turns bad … This post outlines the dangers and when and when not a tracker makes sense.

Is It OK to Take a Week Off From Working Out? via FitSugar

It’s nice to see PopSugar add good reminders like this one into their mix of diet-focused content.

Eating Shake Shack Made Me Feel Healthier Than Dieting Ever Did via Huffington Post

The essence of this has been said before but it’s worth repeating in today’s world promoting #cleaneating and fad diets all around. Also, it’s important to note she’s stressing that eating a ‘fear food’ once doesn’t mean you’ll loose the fear. Recovery takes time.

What she hears when you say “I’m fat” via Run To The Finish

Children hear and see more than us adults might believe and the way they interprete it can be fatal. This is a good one not just for mums but anybody in contact with children or teenagers.

15 Things You Can Do When You’re Not Dieting   via Rachael Hartley Nutrition

… and they are so much better than it. The money and mental space freed up offer a lot of room for live-enriching rather than restricting things.

How “hangry” became a thing via Heather Caplan

I’d never thought about the [cultural] whereabouts of this often used term but Heather’s thoughts are interesting.

Blogging

The Popularity Game: Instagram, Influencers and The Rise of Engagement Pods via This Renegade Love

So much yes to this! Or: so much no to engaging in any of those activities or tools helping you grow your account unorganically.

Food and nutrition

Is Protein Powder Worth It? via Mind Body Green

Those powders are [still] all over social media but are they genuinely necessary and deserve you spending hard-earned cash on them?  Spoiler: I like this reply.

Good good [things to make you smile + videos]

This video. Or more specifically watch his reply at 1:32 [hint: it’s the truth about a current trend in the healthy living world]. Also: not-so-secret male crush.

10 People To Follow On Instagram That Will Inspire You via Career Girl Daily

Not agreeing with everybody listed here but some really are great accounts. Just follow the rule of only letting positive and uplifting people into your feed/life.

 

Good good [food]

Gluten-free Vegan Blueberry Muffins via Rhian’s Recipes

Fluffy, maple-sweetened muffin perfection. These really look like they came from a coffeeshop.

The Ultimate Vegan Chocolate Yule Log via The Veg Space

Yes, I’m well aware Christmas is over but this is too gorgeous to wait another eleven months to share.

Seitan Jägerschnitzel via Vegan Planet/Robin Robertson

It probably won’t be familiar you but this vegan version of a German classics looks just as hearty and satisfying as the original.

Pumpkin Paneer Curry via Naturally Ella

Coconut and pumpkin combined lend to the creamiest of results hence why this looks all kinds of dreamy and chickpeas as a vegan option? Well, you know I’m so up for that!

 

Happiness-inducing today:  Taking Friday off to visit my sister and P. [poor little boo is sick right now but it was his birthday earlier this week so I couldn’t not go].

 

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Good good links #202

Oh hello there and – not to late to say it yet, right? – happy New Year!

One thing I can say for a fact already is that technology and me haven’t started out in the best way so far. Read: Firefox’ latest update is driving me crazy. As in: no, it’s certainly no faster than before but instead having my internet connection crash every five minutes or so. No fun. Especially not if you’re trying to compile links for a post.  Sigh. When I noticed it’d take me forever to include all the links I’d meant to today, I decided to call it a wrap at what you’ll see below. There’s always the next episode of good good links to share those [and no, that’s not the same as saying “tomorrow”; see the second post in the first category ;)]. So for now …

Happy Sunday!

Let me know how 2018 has been treating you so far!

Good good [food for thought]

How to Treat Yourself in 2018 via Raptitude

Rethinking our personal defintion of treats – and not necessarlly the edible kind – and finding ways to truly enjoy rather than rush through them is a good goal or any year or day.

Tomorrow is not your friend via Medium

That’s some serious tough love. “We aren’t opposed to doing the right things, but we’ve simply trained ourselves to put them off indefinitely because tomorrow is sexy.”

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

A way to practice self-care without feeling guilty. via Nutrition on a Mission

How good of a parent are you to yourself? Vangie suggests a really good way of staying in touch with yourself and take care of your needs.

10 Non-Overwhelming Ways To Minimize Digital Clutter via Peaceful Dumpling

As in: what to do to prevent yourself arriving where I’m at [slow and crashing laptops are no fun] plus also get more organized in general [always a win].

How to Eat Intuitively in a Relationship via Paige Schmidt

Whether it’s with your partner or anybody else you’re sharing meals with: these are great tips on how to not let others influence your choices and stand in for what you need.

Creating A Non Diet 2018 Bubble For Yourself via The Real Life RD

A good guide to cutting out the diet BS that’s particularly prominent this time of the year and surround yourself with postitive messages instead.

18 Things to do instead of dieting this year va Zen and Spice

More inspiration to say eff you to diet culture and actually enrich your life rather than deprive yourself.

8 Reasons Why Being Single During the Holidays Is Actually Rad via Refinery 29

Yes, I’m aware the holiday season is definitely over but  some of these are very relieving for us single ladies at other times of the year, too.

9 Reasons Your Grocery Bill Is So High, & How To Lower It via The Financial Diet

Not all of these will be true for all of us but I’d venture to guess almost everybody will identify with at least one or two of them. Me? 5 and 9 (occasionally) in particular.

 

Good good [things to make you smile + miscellaneous]

At the heart of every restaurant via The Washington Post

The true stars of restaurants that deserve more appreciation? Take a guess and then go on to read. It’s interesting to understand this reality of the industry.

This podcast episode.

 

Good good [food]

Rich Black Forest Skillet Crisp (vegan) by Hannah Kaminsky via Spabettie

For when you want crumble but don’t feel like turning on your oven.

Creamy Polenta with Smoky Chipotle Mushrooms & Kale via Euphoric Vegan

A little more involved, this look like it’d be perfect to serve guests [especially those who think polenta’s unexciting].

Spiced Carrot Soup with Green Tahini Swirl via Vegetarian Ventures

Soup’s boring? Definitely not when it’s as beauti- and flavourful as this one. Just looking at the pictures makes me hungry.

 

Happiness-inducing today:  A short but uplifting conversation with somebody who knew to say just what I needed to hear.

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