Web Time Wasters

How was your week, friends? I spent most of the week with friends in Florida, hanging at the beach, taking selfies in front of hedges, and attempting to read the news slightly less than normal. This was …. somewhat successful? I mean the not obsessing over the news part?

Also! I’m running two free, live classes this week! The class is called 5 Ways To Add More Money & Happiness To Your Life and, uh, NOT TO BRAG, but last time I ran this, one attendee quite literally used the hashtags #iclapmyhands #impeccabletiming and #mylifeischanged to describe it. See?! Register here

Links for you, dear reader.

Blog I’m obsessively reading: The Lazy Genius Collective. The tagline is “Be a genius about the things that matter and lazy about the things that don’t.” In.

Related: I trained myself to be less busy.

I checked ‘Read Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography‘ off my New Things List last week. It was … fine. Honestly, you can get all the best bits in this Lifehacker article.

Also related: a free, 7-day distraction detox.

If you’ve been calling (and calling and calling) your senators and you can’t get through, send them a fax! Faxzero allows you to send faxes from your computer for free!

Interesting. Psychological insights might tone down the bitter feuding between Democrats and Republicans.
In an ingenious experiment, the psychologists re-framed climate change not as a challenge to government and industry but as “a threat to the American way of life.” After reading a passage that couched environmental action as patriotic, study participants who displayed traits typical of conservatives were much more likely to sign petitions about preventing oil spills and protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

12 online shopping sources that are donating proceeds to Planned Parenthood.

Related: I’d like a print of this above my desk.

How to handle difficult conversations online and How to deal when people disappoint you.

Intriguing! Smoke and cinnamon old fashioneds?

What does it mean to be intersex?

A gorgeous, posh-looking home decorated on a dime. I love that black bedroom!

Fascinating! An interview with Paris Jackson, Michael Jackson’s daughter.
She has impeccable manners – you might guess that she was raised well. She so charmed producer-director Lee Daniels in a recent meeting that he’s begun talking to her manager about a role for her on his Fox show, Star.

What’s it like to be an ex-pat in China?
I really like the canteen restaurants. They are like a school cafeteria. Grab a tray, get some rice and point to the dishes you want. I especially like the scrambled eggs with tomatoes, the spicy fried eggplant, and the sautéed greens in soy sauce. A full meal here costs about 15-20 RMB ($2-3), which fits our budget perfectly.

Hope you’re keeping your spirits and energy up, friends. 

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  1. Andrea

    Whoa, crazy timing! I just discovered the Lazy Genius Collective yesterday (via the art of simple) and also fell in love. Very fun to page through.

    • Sarah Von Bargen

      So fun, right?!

  2. Beth

    That print is perfection!

    The article about how to have difficult discussions online is much needed right now. I feel like the main topic of all my group chats these last few weeks is about how to respond to X or what to comment on Y’s post to try to change their minds. I’m always down for a counter-argument strat session (former debater) but lord is it exhausting. 🙂

    Thanks for all the links!!

    • Sarah Von Bargen

      Girl, I’m right there with you. I’m tooooootally convinced I can change minds if I just talk really intensely and point 😉

  3. Cristin

    Ah, the busyness trap! Thank you for reminding me of it. I haven’t quite deleted some of the time-sucking apps from my phone, but I’ve made it significantly more difficult to access them (in a folder not on the first page). Baby steps.

    • Sarah Von Bargen

      Yes! Just moving mine off the main screen makes a big difference!

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