Must-Reads of the Week (34)

January 20, 2018

Perhaps with it being the beginning of a year, the time of new year's resolutions and reevaluating our lives, there are SO many good links that I've come across in the past few weeks. So without taking up too much of your time this Saturday, let's get to it!!

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This article detailing what high-functioning anxiety looks, feels and sounds like struck a cord in me. I found myself nodding along to every line. The list-making, the shame, the shoulds, the never enoughs, the need to be busy, the avoidance of my own thoughts. 

How to enjoy life more as it is right now: More reminders that today is the youngest you'll ever be. To not overlook what is going right in your life. And that you can choose to make this the best time of your life. (Easier said than done, I know.)

From the Man Repeller, finding the simplicity. I expecting too much from the grand where we forget how much joy the simple things-like toast in this case can bring -- let's bring it back to the basics
might not be toast & jam but still a 

As I've mentioned before, something I would like to tackle this year is decluttering my digital space--from photos to email to social media. Interested too? These tips on digital minimalism are a good place to start.

On a similar note, have you heard of white (negative) space in photography or design? Well, maybe we need to take that concept and apply it in our day-to-day lives.

I love how Vangie presents self-care from the lens of a parent-child relationship, learning to ask yourself probing questions like a mom or dad would their kid: How are you feeling? What are you excited about? Are you getting enough sleep? Why are you cranky?

With college nearing its end and me being my overly sentimental self (...again...), this diptych photo piece entitled "Reunion" that has former classmates recreate scenes from 15+ years ago gives me goosebumps.

Here are some food-related but non-diet resolutions. Especially liking that first one on buying something new and fun at the grocery store every trip!   

And one more on the new year and diets. This time about the difference between dieting and healthy eating.

Lastly, if you ever find yourself trapped within the confines of your past 'self'--whether that be put upon by others or by you--by read this one from Ask Polly. 

"Actively choosing who you are and what you care about, outside of the limited confines of other people’s narratives about you, is what happiness is all about." 

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PS. Have the loveliest of weekends ahead friends!

Which of these resonated with you? I'd love to hear your thoughts! 
What are some simple pleasures of yours as of late?
 How do you create white space? 

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