Grab a cup of tea and pull up a chair…here are some of my favorite things from the Internet this week.

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  • From Frugaling, a new-to-me blog: Being the Best Made Me Miserable
    Sam tackles this topic from a consumerist perspective but the principles apply in any area where you’re struggling with feelings of inadequacy (hello, anxiety). This resonated with me.

  • My friend Steph designed this amazing image with a quote from my blog. I’m honored!

  • A reminder from Laura Vanderkam to buid the habit first then shell out the cash. I’m underbuying for my triathlon–not buying “the best” of everything like I usually do–since I’m not sure it’s something I’ll stick with in the longrun. I enjoyed this article about the bikes people used for their first triathlon. I think I’ll be okay!
  • From The Art of Simple: Limits give birth to freedom
    As someone who sets arbitrary timelines for herself I could relate! It’s an interesting paradox to find freedom in restriction.

  • From Shauna Niequist: Burn the Candles
    This one blew up the Internet this week, and I know why. I’ll give you a taste of it, but go read the rest. Maybe grab a kleenex.

    Burn the candles. Not just when people come over. For you, because someone gave them to you. Open the wine and have a glass tonight while you fold laundry. Wear the perfume, the pretty scarf, the whatever that you have tucked in a box, too fancy for you. […] Because it’s not about candles or coffee. It’s about believing that you’re worth the good stuff, that someone wanted you to feel loved and seen and known. I bet that someone didn’t want you to hoard your candle or your fancy tea or your beautiful lotion. I bet they would love to know that you’re drinking fancy tea all day and all night, reveling in the feelings of being loved and noticed. That’s how I feel, when I give someone a gift—I don’t want you to put it on a shelf for when someone else comes over. I got it for you, for you to feel loved and seen and known.

Okay, let’s lighten things up a little bit…

  • I chimed in for a Twitter chat with That Working Girl and found myself mentioned on their blog!

  • I made a yummy soup with the last of our Christmas ham (but you could buy a ham steak or diced ham to use in it, too).

I hope you’ve had a relaxing weekend!
Relxing pig

What made your week this week?

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Laura Lindeman

Laura Lindeman