Web Time Wasters

How was your week, guys? We celebrated two family birthdays and had a double date at … wait for it … the Hy Vee Grille, a restaurant inside a grocery store. I’m up north right now, visiting my parents and enjoying things like a sky where you can see all the stars and a total lack of street noise.

Awesome links for you!


Stop Making It So Hard (It Doesn’t Have To Be Complicated To Be Effective)

Do you wish you ran a minimalist business? Looking for minimalism tips for your business? It starts with simply acknowledging that complicated isn't intrinsically better, more effective, or more legitimate than simple. Click through to read more.

I can already tell I’ve disappointed the woman interviewing me. There’s a dissatisfied pause from her end of Skype. She sort of sighs and says “So that’s it? You use post its?”

I recognize this response because I hear it 2-3 times a week.

“So you just use the timer on your phone?”
“You just use a normal notebook?”
“You just make a double batch and then freeze the extra?”


True Story: I’m A Climatologist

What's it like to work as a climatologist? How can we, normal citizens, slow climate change? How do you deal with climate deniers? Click through for a not-as-depressing-as-you'd-think interview!

What’s it like to work as a climatologist? What do you do on a day-to-day basis? Do you spend all your time crying? Or just some of your time crying?

In honor of Earth Day, I landed an interview with the smartest, funniest, kindest, most handsome climatologist I know – my husband, Dr. Kenny Blumenfeld. Read on!


Web Time Wasters

I CANNOT GET THIS SONG OUT OF MY HEAD. Like, I wake up and there it is.

How was your week, guys? I did lots of ‘been putting it off forever’ work, got a haircut, took part in the March For Science and housewarmed a friend’s home. Lovely!

Awesome stuff from a few of my sponsors

Did you know you can have your tarot cards read over the internet? WE LIVE IN THE FUTURE. Danai has great readings on Instagram and Facebook for the woo-woo among us.

If you’re a lady who travels, you’ll love Tracy’s stuff: Her book (60 Ways To Die In South America), her advice on making friends while traveling alone, and her envy-inducing story about riding horses in Mongolia.


14 Links That Are Good For Your Blog, Business, and Brain

Super helpful blogging links! How to deal with trolls + Trello tools + a great Pinterest app + 5 ways your business can make the world a better place. Click through to read 'em!

How’s April treating your business, friends? Last week, I did my monthly DIY writing retreat and this time, I took myself to a super rural Airbnb THAT DIDN’T HAVE WIFI. It was amazing and that’s what I’m going to do from now on!

If you’re a writer-turned-internet-person, a reminder: It’s okay to write what people want to read.
Writing with readers in mind does not make you (or me or any writer) a sellout. It makes you a professional.

When you find ‘success’ in self-employment it can be easy to wonder if you’re a one-trick pony. I so appreciated Sara’s post about this.

How to effectively scale your business without losing your mind.

An insaaaanely helpful spreadsheet to help find a design job in New York – but you could use it as inspiration for finding ANY job in ANY industry!

True Story: my parents frequently describe my job as “an internet business.” Here’s how to survive when no one ‘gets’ what you do.

Not enough people say this! There is no magic formula that guarantees results.

Another thing we don’t say enough: You’re going to be judged.
What feels “inspiring” to one person might feel like “vanity” to another. What feels “comforting” to one person might feel “inappropriate” to another. And on and on and on and on it goes.

I can’t control how people react to my work. All I can do is ask myself, “What is the message I want to share in this moment?” and “How can I share that message as clearly as possible?”

That’s all I can do. That’s all anybody can do.

Related: How to deal when people unsubscribe/unfollow/troll your blog.

I sweaaaaar by Trello for managing projects with my VA. And now there’s Butler for Trello?

I love this! 5 ways your business can make the world a better place.

XOSarah’s Pinterest course + Tailwind helped me increase my Pinterest traffic from 7% to 54%. Crazy, right?

If you’ve read/written/found anything that’s really helped your business lately, leave links in the comments!

photo by STIL // cc

Mini Travel Guide: The Adirondacks

Looking for Adirondack travel tips? I've got from-a-local travel advice about where to eat, what to do, and where to stay in the Adirondacks. Click through and start planning your trip today!

Are you interested in traveling The Adirondacks? Do you even know what The Adirondacks are? I mean, other than those chairs? I had vague visions about lakes somewhere on the east coast … but that’s about all I knew. So I brought in a local to share all her best Adirondack travel tips with you! If you live in Boston, New York, or Montreal and you’re looking for a weekend getaway – this is for you!