This week I signed up for BuzzFeed’s Week in Cats newsletter, and I feel no shame. I also ran a blog challenge over at Desk PM, met with a new client, and went out for drinks like a grownup!

I also got this new cabinet at Ikea, and I think it’s just about the final touch on our no-longer-so-new-to-us house.

I got this pink cabinet at IKEA today and I'm kind of obsessed with it.

A photo posted by Laura L. (@lclindeman) on

Now to organize what should go into it…

  • From the Storyline blog: You’re never going to be fully ready. I’ve been realizing this very quickly this year as I’m embarking on my freelancing journey!

    …it’s the paddling that keeps you on the board. It’s the forward motion that gives you the stability you need. Sometimes we just have to pick a direction and start pulling that paddle through the water, and along the way we’ll get the stability and confidence we’re looking for. But you’ll never find it at the beginning, standing there, waiting for the waves to stop shaking the board. The waves never stop shaking the board.

  • I’m not sure my book club has all 11 of these types, but this was funny to read.

  • People got obsessed with the sharks from Katy Perry’s Superbowl halftime show, and this little flip book is pretty good.

  • You’ve probably heard about this one: a Detroit man who commutes 23 miles each way to his job, mostly on foot. I could barely believe it was true as I read this story. It’s heartbreaking and heatwarming at the same time.

    At the end of his 2-10 p.m. shift as an injection molder at Schain Mold’s squeaky-clean factory just south of M-59, and when his coworkers are climbing into their cars, Robertson sets off, on foot — in the dark — for the 23-mile trip to his home off Woodward near Holbrook.

  • I’m sort of intrigued by this Uber Frugal Month challenge (no, not Uber like the car service!).

    If you know what you’re saving for and what you want your life to look like down the road, it’s not hard to give up lattes, fancy dog coats, and video games in the short term. Having a financial destination makes these immediate sacrifices much more tenable. It’s about structuring your life so that giving these things up doesn’t feel like a sacrifice. It’s about cutting back to a life that fulfills you and only spending money on things that bring joy and value to your life.

  • I’m glad to read someone else in the coupon world agreeing with me on credit cards.

  • A good reminder, whether you live in a tiny space or not:

    If you’re not going to take advantage of the special functionality of a piece, consider whether it’s worth trading out what you already might have and love for something new.

  • How could I resist this re-write of Baby Got Back?

    But, you know, who understands those book nerds anyway? They only read because they’re like total dorky intellectuals. I mean that book, it’s just so hefty, it’s like, a door-stopper, I mean – gross. Look! They’re just so… THICK!

I know you’ll enjoy your Sunday afternoon with THAT in your head!

Some posts here you may have missed: Valentine’s Day Gift Guide (there’s still time!), my January reading recap, and why working at a coffee shop isn’t free.

Laura Lindeman

Laura Lindeman