Link Round Up

I used to share my Weekly Internet Finds, but dropped it off because at the time I wasn’t inspired enough weekly to share links with you guys. From time to time I think about resurrecting it, especially lately – I feel as if I’m reading some awesome content. I’m not ready to start this up weekly again, but every time I find a handful of awesome links to share with you, I’ll post them in here.

I’ve always wanted to be that conference attendee who’s notebook was filled with illustrated notes. C’mon, you guys know what I’m talking about. That super creative person who can manage to concentrate well enough to take down relevant information in note form, but still illustrate their work (or at least practice typography). This is a great article from Smashing Magazine about how to get started with sketchnotes.

I’ve always loved quotes or anything motivational to get me feeling inspired. I loved these 15 motivational posters to kickstart your creativity. Realistically, you could even type up a quote and print it out for yourself if you really liked it. We have some quotes like this hanging up in my office, and it just sets a nice vibe.

If you want to be a runner, but are completely terrified of the fact that to do so, you’ll need to start running, this is a great article for you. It’s a practical guide to starting running, using very short distances to get you going. I’m definitely going to try this out. I enjoy walking, but I do not enjoy running. I’m not saying that I need to be a runner, but I’d like to at least try it out, as it’s something I always give up on. If I don’t like it, no big deal – at least I tried!

This is one of the best articles I’ve read lately for personal well being. It gives you practical and easy to initiate advice for how to finish your day – the last ten minutes specifically.

Sometimes super practical advice is the best advice. Here is a great guide for you that teaches you how to chop onions. I don’t know about you, but I cook with onions lets say 99% of the time. I also love to chop vegetables, so I was pumped to watch this video.

Internet Finds: Week 6

Howdy, folks.

Well, I was supposed to leave for a long weekend in New Hampshire early this morning, but with this ol’ blizzard happening, it doesn’t look like I’m going anywhere. Thanks, Nemo.

Here are 56 things you can do without spending money. This is from the website And Then We Saved, but I found it yesterday on Holly’s blog.

I love green smoothies. I’m one of those people who usually turn their noses up at new food trends, but I came around to trying a green smoothie about a year ago, and I love them. Nicole shared an awesome graphic on how to make your own, and I can’t wait to try a few of these mixes.

Sarah at Yes and Yes is doing 9 Days of Nice, which is a perfect introduction to next week (next week is Random Acts of Kindness Week). My favorites so far are: Write a note to a former teacher or mentor and also send a care package to a soldier.

While I wish Renee did not have to experience this call, it is certainly funny, so I had to share it.

Stay warm, folks. I hope you’re weekend wasn’t too messed up because of the blizzard. I wonder how much snow we will get total…

Internet Finds: Week 5

I have only one thing to share with you, the 1 Second App by Cesar Kuriyama. You have to check out his Kickstarter page so that you can see the video of his 30th year of life. They are fully funded, and you can now purchase the app directly from the Apple App Store.

I can’t even tell what perfect timing this find has been. My 365 photos in 365 days project will be ending TOMORROW. Yes, you’ve read that correctly. Today is day 364. In two days, it will be one year since I got my Lasik eye surgery. Wild, huh? I feel so blessed to have such great vision.

I plan on doing my own 1 Second video based off the app. I just put together one for 2012 (I only had about 12 videos left on my phone from 2012; I could have had so much more!) and it is so cute. I haven’t decided if it will run from 2/4/13 until 2/3/14 or if I should just try to begin now and capture all of 2013. I think that’s the route I’m going, but we shall see.

Internet Finds: Week Four

My grandmother died today. She was 101 years old, just 12 days short of her 102 birthday.

I wish I had more to share with you. I wish I had taken a few minutes to prepare a few links for this week, but unfortunately I didn’t. I don’t have much to say either. After being with my grandmother this week, and watching her pass away, I am a bit shy with words right now.

I’m grateful that she has been in my life; I’m grateful that she met Ryan and Madden, even if she didn’t get to know them in the way I would have liked. I’m grateful that she has been healthy and happy. I hope that my memere can now be with her husband, my pepere who died before I met him. I hope that the heaven my grandmother believed in exists, and she is happy there.

Internet Finds: Week Two

Following up on last week’s post which focused on goals and resolutions, I’d like to share with you something Elise wrote about the difference between goals and items on your to-do list. Her post focuses on how she strategizes different levels of goals.

The incredible Danielle LaPorte wrote a post titled Curatives for Judgement. The post title is what pulled me in: “Please read before you interact with other humans.” I’m a big believer on watching your words, actions and interactions because you never know how people interpret you. This is not to say (and quite opposite) that you should censor yourself, but it is to say that people interact or perceive things because of what’s happening in their own lives. We need to be respectful and caring in our communication.

Amy wrote a great post called Things to Remember. I agree with so many of these things, and think that we all need a reminder like this every once in a while.

Ashley Perez wrote a great post for Hello Giggles called How to be Like Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in 2013. These woman are true motivators and I think they are great role models.

Internet Finds: Week One

This week’s internet finds will be focused on the new year and goals! For 2013, I plan on sharing these letters on Saturdays. Sometimes on Fridays (in 2012), I’d find links that I wanted to share, but didn’t because I already published the post for the day. Plus, now you will have something to read on the weekends.

Check out Moments Matter Most from a newsletter I get at work by Priority Management. Daniel Stamp makes some great points about how important the moments are in our lives. Yes, we are all focusing on goals for the new year, but we really need to focus on every moment.

Sarah at Yes and Yes shares 13 Fresh Starts for a new year. The tips are practical and a really smart way to kickstart the new year. Here are two that I will be working on for 2013: Clean out your car and update your resume.

The fabulous Jenny Blake shares 13 Thought-Starters for 2013. These are questions you can ask yourself when figuring out your goals for the new year. These questions really perk your brain up and force you to look at the specifics, the things you might overlook when planning the ordinary resolutions (like weight-loss…don’t worry, it’s on my list too, but let’s pick fun goals too).

Finally Jess Lively shares her 2014 letter to her future self. I’ve always wanted to do this (and usually forget to do it every birthday). I think writing one right now will be great as I’d love to surprise myself in 2014 to see if my year went according to plan, and if my intentions for the year influenced how the year did in fact play out. I probably won’t share my letter like she did, but I do hope I will write it. If you want to write one, remember that you can go to and schedule a date to email the letter to yourself.

Finally, and this is an awesome one, you should check out Nicole’s workbook, Why Wait? A Bullshit-Free Guide to Jump- Starting Your Goals for the New Year. I printed my copy (in black-and-white whomp whomp) on Wednesday and I’m really enjoying working my way through it.

Weekly Internet Finds: Take 26

I’ve officially posted my internet finds for you all for half of the year.

My former MFA mentor, Porochista Khakpour (who we interviewed for the first issue of Spry) wrote a great article about her feeling toward guns after the Newtown shooting. I know there are opinions all over the media about guns, mental health, etc, but this is a read that is worth your while.

I wanted to congratulate Sara on her hard work in graduate school and wish her luck as she does her student teaching in 2013!

AJ (who interviewed us on Spry pre-publication) posted some of her favorites now that Spry is live. Thanks so much for sharing, AJ.

I just wanted to say how proud I am of my friend Mike on his weight loss journey.

Patti – who has a daughter who is an “Aspie”- wrote a great post about Aspergers in light of the current media frenzy.

I really hope the world doesn’t end today (but seeing how yesterday was the 21st in Australia, I think we’re good to go).

Weekly Internet Finds: Take 25

Usually I send you all over the internet for fun posts I’ve come across. Today, I’d like to draw your attention back to two posts on this very blog.

Kristen from Life by Kristen and Ashley from Writing to Reach You were kind enough to volunteer to write posts for my Defining Moments Series. Ideally, I’d like to post at least two posts for this series every month, and these two lovely ladies got the ball rolling again after Defining Moments was on a momentary hiatus.

Ashley wrote about how she became an academic. Kristen wrote about how defining her marital status changed her. These two intelligent woman have so much to say, and I am so proud to have hosted them. I’d love it if you took a second to read their posts and comment on their writing. I really want this series to be rife with communication. Also, if you’re interested in writing something of your own, you can email me or leave your email in the comments below and I will contact you.

Now, about something that is not on my blog (yet!)…are you guys up-to-date with Reverb12? It is a series in the month of December which sums up your year. There is a prompt a day, and this is something I really want to catch up with. Sarah, Kat and Meredith host this series, and you can join in at any time. I am really just jumping in with today as my first real day of writing, but don’t worry, I’m going to catch up on the previous prompts on the blog soon.

Weekly Internet Finds: Take 24

This post on The Hairpin called Assumptions is hilarious. Why do I think it’s so funny? Because I assume 3/4th of these ALL the time.

Congratulations to Courtney and her fiance on their engagement!

Have you checked out Doniree’s launch of Eff Yeah Media? If you haven’t then click on over there. Donnie is super inspiring and helpful and I’ve learned a lot from her over the years.

Also, Stratejoy with Molly Maher just relaunched with its updated new theme of “transition”. There is A LOT going on over there and I highly suggest you head over and take it all in.

Elise and her husband are having a baby. I so look forward to reading Elise’s blogs. She is crafty, creative and I adore her site. I get a little excited when people announce big life moments, so I thought I’d share hers here and congratulate them again.

Weekly Internet Finds: Take 23

Boston is the 10th worst city for cell phone theft! Not that I’m really in Boston quite that often, but I’m super close to it. I’m going keep my phone on lock down.

Brandy is back! It has been a little while since she posted, and I hope we will see more from her soon!

There is a fantastic post up at Lolasangria…it is a simple lesson we all need to remind ourselves of more often.

Ashley published a collection of posts about how she got out of debt in a free e-book. It’s free! You should definitely read it, because she is a great writer.


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Weekly Internet Finds: Take 22

This week was the first time San voted in the United States. I’m super excited for her. Now, I know the election has come and passed, but I wanted to point you guys back to a post about voting she wrote on Monday, because I think it is fantastic. Oh, and the post she wrote on Wednesday for the From Lemons to Lemondrops site. And, to keep this week chock-full of San, I thought you should read her post about what it is like to vote in Germany as well.

Keeping with the theme of America and voting…. I’d like to shove you over to Pooping Rainbows to check out a post by a Canadian about American voting.

My friend Mike wrote a post about all the things you can do with cauliflower. Yum. I can’t wait to try a few of these out! Also, he purged his closet this past week and got rid of SIX TRASH BAGS full of his old clothing. You should check it out.

Andrea at Caffeinate Me wrote a fantastic post called The One You Refer To During Your Personal Apocalypse. I don’t even think I need to preface this post for you, I think you just need to check it out.


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Weekly Internet Finds: Take 21

Do you guys know who Tommy Tucker is? In the 1940’s Mrs. Bullis adopted a squirrel and then dressed him up like a human. You must check it out. (I found this first link through Sarah Von’s blog, Yes and Yes)

My good friend Mike has been documenting his weight loss journey. Not only is his journey so interesting, but he is a great writer as well. Check it out.

As I’m sure you know by now, I’m a huge fan of goals and challenges. I used to thrive off of NaBloPoMo and NaNoWriMo. I’m actually finally caved and attempted NaBloPoMo again this month. Caiti posted this link of ideas for 30 day challenges and I’m already considering doing a few.

Holly found out she is having a girl! YAY!


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Weekly Internet Finds: Take 20

I’m excited that I’ve shared weekly updates with you 20 times this year. My new goal is to make sure I do at least 6 more weekly shares before the year’s end, so that I will have done this for at least half of 2012.

Peter posted yesterday about finding love in the blog world. I think this post is simply fantastic and urge you all to read it. This line – which is so true in so many forms, not just blogging – actually made me laugh out loud: “Remember that it could be his/her place to vent. Keep that in mind. They might not be like that every day. It’s like only ever seeing a girl at the gym and thinking, ‘Wow. She’s ALWAYS sweaty.'”

Ashley’s post about “picking” and bad habits was super interesting and I kept clicking her links to new articles and then their links to other articles.

Andrea’s post about her Fantasy Self really spoke to me. I beat myself up sometimes for not accomplishing things I’m not even trying for. Sometimes I think I should be this type of person or do that type of thing, but in reality, I’m just me. I love the idea of a Fantasy Self and I’d love to sit and just ponder who I would be in my fantasy life.

I feel like Kristen is writing about me in her post on action and procrastination. I’m having a hard time with my goal of the month (organization) and all I really want is to get my stuff together.


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Weekly Internet Finds: Take 19

On Monday, A.J. O’Connell interviewed Linsey and I about Spry Literary Journal. Today the interview goes live on her blog. You may remember A.J. from my Defining Moments Series, or from the interview I posted about her novella (Beware the Hawk)  that came out in January.

Speaking of Spry, have you submitted your writing yet? There is only about one month left to submit!

Facebook reached the 1 billion active monthly user  threshold in September. I read this through a work email so I can’t really link to it, but I can link you to my third-semester project, The Story Behind the Status, so you can learn more about my interest in social media and how it relates to writing.

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Weekly Internet Finds: Take 18

On Monday morning, I read something that made my heart quite happy. After experiencing the sadness of a miscarraige, Holly and her husband are expecting another child!

Are you a writer? Spry Literary Journal wants to read your work.


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Weekly Internet Finds: Take 17

I’ve known my whole life that I wanted children. My heart hurts for the couples who want children and cannot have them. In truth, I’ve always been a bit confused about why people don’t want to have children (since I feel so strongly about it).  But it isn’t a judgement on my part, it’s an honest curiosity. So I loved reading Renee’s post on how she is indifferent to having children. One point that she makes that I whole-heartedly agree on is that we “live in a culture of compulsory child-rearing and I’m not okay with that.” I’m not okay with that either, and I think it takes a strong, intelligent individual to 1) truly consider whether or not they want to have children and 2) make a decision either way. It isn’t “right” or “wrong” to want or not want children, but I do think we need to seriously make the decision for ourselves and not just have children because it is the “next step” in a relationship. Thanks for sharing this, Renee. I’d love to read more on this subject by you.

While we are talking children, I’d like to mention how freaking cool I thought it was that Angela had an international baby shower via Google Hangouts. OMG. This is so awesome. That’s it, I just thought it was creative and cool.

Finally, I just wanted to send a quick Happy Birthday to Kerri and Sarah who also both turned 28 this week. I loved how Kerri wrote, “As far as twenty-eight? I’m surprised by how familiar it feels” in her post. I’ve only been 28 for two days, but I will agree with her. That, and I too have been the twenty-something who’s had to stop and think “how old am I?” when people ask me my age. And I think Sarah has a great attitude about accomplishments and turning 28.


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