Web Time Wasters

How was your week, guys? I spent the weekend and first part of the week in New Mexico with my BFF, hiking and cozying up to giant, paper mache skeletons. The rest of the week was one metric ton of ghostwriting, house warming parties, brunches, and a middle school performance of Titus Andronicus. Because nothing says 7th grade like a sixteenth-century play about violence and revenge, right?

Anyway. Links for you!

I’ve been talking everyone’s ear off about Far From the Tree. Without hyperbole, reading this book is an investment in your humanity. Seriously. It’s is 700 pages long, but it’s absolutely worth it. If that’s a bit overwhelming for you, the audio book is read by the extremely emotive and engaging author. I don’t know a single person whose life hasn’t been touched by the topics covered in it.

Just watch the book trailer:

Ahhhhh! Orphaned raccoon thinks it’s a doggg!

We all love Drake. We all love Serena Williams. Let’s collectively imagine their courtship.

  • Went to the gym daily to bulk up in order to become strong and worthy of her, using “for Serena” as his concentration mantra in between reps
  • Played Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me” on repeat during Tabata workouts to keep his focus pure
  • Casually looked up tennis scoring names on his phone just before starting conversation with her, clenching his fist and muttering to himself, “It’s love, fifteen, thirty, forty, game, you can do this, Aubrey”

Yes! I loved this post about what simple living looks like for one blogger. (Sometimes it looks like frozen pizza for dinner.)

I’d be remiss in my duties as your Internet BFF if I didn’t tell you that ev.ery.thing at Gap.com is 40%. EVBERYTHING. Maybe now is the time to try bootcut jeans again? Or a sweater that looks like a moto jacket? Or this super cute skirt!

So sweet! Target’s only plus-size male model says his wife gave him the confidence to take the job.

Do you, too, have a giant bottle of Dr. Bronner’s hanging around under the sink? Here are 7 things you can do with it!

Let’s commit to making Instagram both beautiful and bearable.
First, we all owe one another an apology.  I’ll go first.  I’m sorry I make everything look perfect on Instagram.  In fact, nothing is perfect. Everyone is, in fact, doing the same thing… hiding their pain and disguising their anxieties behind various overhead shots of coffee and donuts.  I’m sorry.  I’m guilty of the same.  Let’s forgive people in advance for their perceived perfection, see past it and love each other anyway.

Related: the power of Instagram’s #vanlife hashtag.

If you’re a blogger and you create link roundup posts like this (which I highly suggest!) here are 10 tips to get the most out of them in terms of connection, traffic, dollars, and potential clients!

Oh, I’m a sucker for list posts and pro-women posts. Let’s all raise our glasses to 16 Things You Should Know Before Dating a Woman Who Has Her Sh*t Together.

This sweater is perfect for the holidays/winter! I’m pretty sure you could make it work with leather leggings or a pencil skirt.

A minimalist music video featuring cats + Dutch electronic hip hop. INTO IT.

Why are little kids in Japan so independent? And how can we help that happen here?

I’ve always thought Rihanna was gorgeous but also quietly wondered what the big deal was. Then Miranda July interviewed her and now I sort of get it.
‘‘You know, when I started to experience the difference — or even have my race be highlighted — it was mostly when I would do business deals.’’ Business deals. Meaning that everyone’s cool with a young black woman singing, dancing, partying and looking hot, but that when it comes time to negotiate, to broker a deal, she is suddenly made aware of her blackness. ‘‘And, you know, that never ends, by the way. It’s still a thing. And it’s the thing that makes me want to prove people wrong. It almost excites me; I know what they’re expecting and I can’t wait to show them that I’m here to exceed those expectations.’’

Yes. Sweden in the fall.

Good writing alert! Everything Morgan writes. Now you know.

What if we thought of this when we thought of wounded war vets?

And a few Yes & Yes posts you might have missed: How I live my life on purpose, How to live out of a suitcase – glamorously, 9 ways to love moving your body.

Hope you had a great weekend, guys!

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