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What’d you get up to this week, friend? I met a friend for a breakfast of the best hashbrowns in the city, celebrated Pi Day with some vegetarian Shepard’s Pie, and rang in St. Patrick’s Day with a bunch of friends, their dogs, and some very delicious soda bread.

Links for you!

Counter-intuitive as it might sound, one of the best things you can do for an area that’s been ravaged by a natural disaster is visit it. Like, as a tourist – not just volunteer cleanup! My friend Kelly lived in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina and recently went to Puerto Rico – she explains why here.
Tourists — as opposed to volunteers (WHO AGAIN ARE GREAT! NOT SAYING THEY AREN’T!) gave us a sense of normalcy — and, just as (or more) importantly, money. That money could do things like buy new socks or put a down payment on a contractor when insurance was claiming something besides wind blew that roof off. And we needed it.

Our economy was fragile before the storm, and those everyday, normal jobs (and the money we’d then circulate through the city) were entirely dependent on people coming. One can only spend so many months abjectly thanking strangers who have taken pity on you before it begins to wear on you, and living at least some parts of your life as they were before the storm is the goal.

A Mini Travel Guide to Puerto Rico
A Mini Travel Guide to The Florida Keys
A Travel Guide to Houston

Also travel related: you know how it seems like everyone stops in Iceland on their way to a final destination in Europe? That’s because Iceland air offers “free” stopovers! Air New Zealand and Alaska Air do the same thing with Fiji! I took advantage of this a few years ago and got a “free” flight to Fiji on my way to L.A. and spent two awesome weeks there!

The somewhat controversial moisturizer I swear by. Yes, I put this on my face.

What would you do if you told your partner your life goals and they laughed at you?

Holy helpful! How To Stay Organized + Productive Amidst Chaos.

A podcast episode every city-dweller needs to listen to: How to stay calm in traffic.

A woman after my own heart: Why Tiffany Haddish has worn her $4,000 Oscars dress at least 3 times
“I don’t give a dang about no taboo. I spent a lot of money on this dress! This dress cost way more than my mortgage,” she said during her SNL monologue. “This a Alexander McQueen, okay? It’s a $4,000 dress. I’m going to wear this dress multiple times.”

A good reminder: make the choice to show up for your life

I had to make a choice.

a. Stay up late and try to schedule a bunch of social media and answer email before they arrive.

b. Save it for the week ahead and do little bits of work in between family time.

c. Let it go.

I chose c. Which means I choose love. I choose love for myself by getting a good night of sleep and I choose to show all the way up for my loves and for my life. 

Yes! Why did this get to me to so much? The Overwhelming Emotion Of Hearing Toto’s ‘Africa’ Remixed To Sound Like It’s Playing In An Empty Shopping Mall.

Interesting! The 4 Personality Traits That Keep You From Making More Money. I’ve had to work to overcome every.single.one of these.

Hope you had a lovely weekend, friends!

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  1. Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    We don’t celebrate St. Paddy’s Day where I live, so it was n alcohol-free weekend for me! As always, haha! 😀 Thank you for this week’s links. The last one about choice is interesting! 🙂

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  2. Rachel

    So I totally wish I’d known about the “free” stopovers thing on the two trips I’ve made to Australia, but I will make sure to check into it next time. But how in the heck is Fiji between LA and Minnesota? I’m totally confused by how you made that work.

    • Sarah Von Bargen

      It was when I was living in New Zealand! Auckland > Fiji > L.A. > Minneapolis!

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