The story of this week in Atlanta was threatened snow and ice that never came! I holed up at home for a lot of the week anyway. I’m finding that even though I’m working from home the majority of the time, I don’t really get cabin fever. I’m such a homebody that I actually really like it! I have enough out-of-the-house activities every week to keep me acclimated to the outside world, but I get to stay in my cozy cocoon often enough to satisfy my introverted nature.

Although, this week’s snippets are rather cat-heavy…so maybe I am becoming more of a cat lady than I’d care to admit.

  • This is a little late for Valentine’s Day, but how cute are these tiny hamsters?! It’s worth going down the rabbit hole (hamster hole?) of watching the other Tiny Hamster videos while you’re at it.

On a related note, Andy and I had a lovely Valentine’s Day. I actually needed to do some work, so we went to one of our neighborhood coffee shops for the afternoon and drank good coffee and ate scones. Then we transferred to one of our neighborhood pubs and had drinks and burgers. It was super casual, no pressure. We ended the evening at home with pink champagne and Valentine’s Day on Amazon Instant Video. A simple day, but lots of time together, which is what counts.

  • 50 Shades of Grey Cats
    Much cuter than the book.

  • The Schedule Very Successful People Follow
    I’m well aware that I can be super productive if I roll out of bed and get to it, and yet more often than not I fritter away that first hour or two scrolling through social media, cleaning the kitchen, or eating breakfast. I’m more satisfied with my day even if I just spend that early morning time reading and drinking a mug of tea. I think being mindful is the real trick.

The feeling of being hurried is not usually the result of living a full life and having no time. It is on the contrary born of a vague fear that we are wasting our life. When we do not do the one thing we ought to do, we have no time for anything else. ~ Eric Hoffer ~

It was less about making room and time, I realized, and more about recognizing the room and time that I already had. Those empty minutes. While waiting for the pasta water to boil, while waiting for boys at practice, while waiting my turn during a board game, and certainly while listening to the audio book after I’d slid into bed at night. Receiving the calm I needed from contemplative, creative, repetitive movement. Pause the brain, and let the body hum.

  • The Privilege of Pursuing Financial Independence
    This post really resonated with me. It was something I thought about pretty often when I worked at a non-profit that served low-income folks, but I hadn’t thought about it in awhile. It’s true–the ability to save, to shop mindfully, and to imagine complete financial security is quite a privilege.

  • This cat loves the snow
    (P.S. Have you seen this one? Andy’s off to the arctic of New York City this week; I hope that’s not how he has to get into his hotel!)

  • Let’s be real here, I’m undoubtedly going to make this cake for Kira at some point.

Apparently I had time management and cats on the brain this week. Seems about right. What’ve you been thinking about lately? How do you make use of your empty minutes?

Laura Lindeman

Laura Lindeman