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So funny, so relateable.

What you get up to this week, friends? I caught up with friends, got a hair cut, and am gearing up for a roadtrip up to Winnipeg for my yearly mastermind retreat. You can follow along with all my travel adventures here or DIY your own creative mastermind with these tips!

Links for you!

I randomly grabbed this book out of my neighbor’s Free Little Library and I think it’s in my top five books of all time now? I mean, 8,900+ 4.5-star Amazon reviews must be on to something.

Fascinating! Female professional poker players talk about how they deal with sexism and even use it to their advantage.
VEDANTAM: And then there was the disrespecting chauvinist. Annie says these players thought women weren’t creative. DUKE: There are strategies that you can use against them. Mainly, you can bluff those people a lot.

Related – True Story: I’m A Professional Poker Player

Just as I suspected! Goats like it when you smile at them!

I’m considering adding these to my skincare regime to be a bit more zero-waste. Have you tried them?

I’m giving you intense eye contact and saying: YOU’RE DOING A GREAT JOB!!!

Reminder: it’s not ‘too late’ to do that thing you want to do.

Two marriage hacks that can make all the difference.

Your daily happy-weep.

A member of our More Money, More Happy Facebook group shared this TED talk and I’ve been thinking about it all week.

Gillian Anderson has launched her own capsule collection!

10 questions to ask your partner at the dinner table.

Inside The Delightfully Quirky, Absolutely Fabulous, Utterly Exhausting World Of Cruise Ship Performers
Franek graduated from his hometown college, St. Olaf, with a music degree that qualified him to play “Hey Ya!” six times a day in a local theme park revue called Hit Mix 2006. Then a jazz professor introduced him to cruises, and over the last twelve years, Franek has worked his way up the aquatic-piano-player food chain.

His first gig was playing piano in the house band on this very ship’s inaugural voyage. (He saw six cast members from the original Love Boat christen it with Champagne.) He earned about twenty-five hundred dollars a month—less than his weekly rate now—playing shows all day, then sleeping in a shared, windowless room.

Related: How to work on a cruise ship

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  1. AM

    The zero-waste skincare link links to the goals again, FYI 🙂

    • AM


    • Sarah Von Bargen

      Thanks for the head’s up! Updated!

  2. Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Your weekend links are always by far the best. Always thoughtful and interesting articles! Loved your true story about the poker player (and your general true story posts in general)! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  3. Brittany D

    Gillian Anderson? Capsule Wardrobe? I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW I HAD BEEN DREAMING OF THIS MY ENTIRE LIFE!!!

    • Sarah Von Bargen


  4. Deb

    I have those reusable cotton pads (or some just like them), they’re great. Top tip! Don’t use them to take off your nail varnish ;-). I also bought a shampoo bar from Lush to cut down on plastic packaging from shampoo bottles and switched to using a lip balm that comes in a tin. I wish more cosmetic-type products were environmentally friendly. My favourite eyebrow pencil is Mac but it comes in a plastic wind-up thingy so I switched to another brand so I could use an actual pencil, but even that one comes with a plastic pencil sharpener EVERY TIME you buy it so I can’t buy that one again either. I’m a redhead so finding a good colour eyebrow pencil is a nightmare. I should write to the company and ask them to stop with the pencil sharpeners. So unnecessary!

  5. Indya | The Small Adventurer

    I think it’s so sweet that your neighbour has a free library! I usually donate my books to various second hand stores in town, but I might try that instead!

  6. Kelsi

    A Gentleman in Moscow is one of my all-time favorites! Second only to A Prayer for Owen Meany. LOVE IT LOVE IT CANNOT RECOMMEND ENOUGH SO GLAD YOU FOUND ITS MAGICAL AWESOMENESS

    • Sarah Von Bargen

      I can’t even stand how good it is! Did you hear that Kenneth Branagh will produce and star in the movie version?! This whole time, I’ve been picturing the dad from Jane The Virgin as Alexander!

  7. Vanessa

    I have a set of re-usable makeup pads that I made myself out of an old towel. Just cut out rounds (I used a glass as a stencil) and hand-sew two rounds together. I’ve been using them for five years and they’re still going strong. I use them to wipe off my makeup, apply toner and wash my makeup brushes.

    • Sarah Von Bargen

      Oh, good to know!

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