Good good links #206

It’s one of those weeks where inspiration is lacking, respectively drowned by worry and anxieties. I haven’t been sharing much about daily life on the blog lately and the reason is that it’s difficult. A lot of change coming up, a lot to face and work through. Again: I’m not sharing any of this to be overly dramatic or ask for sympathies. Rather, I want to explain my lack of activity over the past few months and stress that I will absolutely be back to blogging regularly once I can see clearly again. In hindsight, I should have taken time off of blogging completely a long while ago and focussed on everything going on in life but we only learn looking back, right?

All that being said: here are some more good reads other wonderful writers have been sharing lately. As usual, let me know any great posts you’ve happened upon in the comments. I haven’t been super active in terms of blog reading and would be happy to catch up.

Good good [advice and inspiration]

You Can Pull People Up The Ladder Behind You via yes and yes

Making changes in the world doesn’t have to be about huge things but just offering help to the people around us.

The Most Important Question You’re not Asking Yourself via Becoming Minimalist

It’s ridiculous how a question – if you even want to call it this – as simple as this can help us dig so much deeper, exploring the foundations of who we are and how we act.

Why Emotional Eating Is Not Your Problem by Kara Lydon via Shape Magazine

The real reason you feel out of control around food might not be what you used to believe.

Letting Go of Exercise and Embracing Movement by Connie via The Real Life RD

“the only permission we need is from ourselves” – Establishing a healthy relationship with movement is a struggle for many of us so this is so very important.

What happens if you replace “sorry” with “thank you”? via The Pool

“There’s something so much more generous and positive about acknowledging someone else’s feelings instead of being focused on your own deficiencies all the time.” I like this so much!

4 Small Ways to Be an Even More Wonderful Human, Instantly via Greatist

Making the world [or at least others’ days] a little better really doesn’t take much and doing any of these will make you happier, too? Win-win!

The Nocebo Effect: Are You (Unknowingly) Thinking Your Way to Failure? via Nia Shanks

We all know about the placebo effect but have you ever considered that its opponent might exist, too, and make your life unneccessarily harder?

Pros and cons of drinking almond milk via FitSugar

It’s not just about calories and nutrition. That final one is definitely worth thinking about more [I will].

20 Things To Compliment Someone On Other Than Appearance via Rachael Hartley

Telling somebody how gorgeous they are isn’t wrong but it shouldn’t become the only thing we make them feel is worth complimenting them on.


Blogging + work

How Self-Employment Affected My Mental Health (+ 6 Ways I Manage It) via This Renegade Love

Such an important thing to remember and take care of if you’re working from home.

Is Blogging Dead? via The Healthy Maven

A question continuously asked these days and Davida’s answer is so very spot on.

Why I probably won’t reply to your email asking to guest post  via Forever Amber

Yes, guest posting might be a good way to grow your blog but here’s what you should think about and reasons why a blogger might generally say no.


Good good [food]


Rich Cauliflower Creamed Spinach via Spabettie

Including this not because it’s low fat/low carb but a super easy and few-ingredient way of making this favourite when you don’t have coconut milk/cream/cashews at hand (or time to soak the latter).

Vegan Pizza Margherita via My Nutricounter

Quite a bit more involved but just how good does this look?!



Happiness-inducing today: My sister calling unexpectedly and talking with her for a good bit of time. We don’t do that nearly as often as we used to anymore these days.

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8 thoughts on “Good good links #206

  1. mylittletablespoon says:

    Us Canadians are especially known for always saying “sorry.” It drives me crazy!!! I love this idea of saying thank you instead. It does two things at once – makes the other person feel good and rather than diminishing yourself, actually pushes you FORWARD in something learned.

    Asking “why” can be hugely powerful. It can be scary to ask it, which is maybe why it isn’t our first instinct, but I’ve learned to always ask my “whys” when I am thinking of starting something new.

    Sending you love.

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      That’s interesting. I was aware of British folks being huge sorry-sayers but didn’t know Canadians had that tendency, too. I’d say it’s not the worst quality to have though think the suggestion in the article is really good. Actually, I got to practice it earlier today.
      Finding my whys is a journey I’m on and it’s definitely not always comfortable.
      Thank you, Cora!

  2. Evangeline Kennedy says:

    Thanks for sharing the article on how to give compliments not related to appearance. It’s something I want to work on more. I think complimenting someone’s personality, compassion, wisdom is much more meaningful. Appearance changes, and body-related compliments usually reflect current beauty standards, which change too. Love the idea of digging deeper to find special characteristics and pointing those out.

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      Yes, in our society it’s way too common to focus compliments on appearance when in reality it’s the least important thing about a person. We don’t appreciate our friends for their looks but their kindness, trustworthiness and everything else that makes them who they are.

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      It’s difficult.
      Ah, I can imagine you getting lots of requests like that. I get the odd one here and they’re, too, though certainly not as many and geez can they be stubborn.

  3. Kaylee says:

    I loved that one on emotional eating!! The emotional pleasure we get from food should be savored not ignored. And the no-cebo effect gets me all the time. I’ll start catastrophizing, which ends up making the experience far worse than it ought to have been.

    Hope your worries are more manageable this week. 💕

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      That really was such a good one in showing how normal eating emotionally is.
      Truth be told, I’m definitely not immune to the nocebo effect, either. I think certain kinds of people are more susceptible to it.

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