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Visual Pitstop: Entrepreneurship, Love, and Pets

Lessons on Love, Learning, and Leadership from an Entrepreneurial Power Couple
// Video, Entrepreneurship, Life, Love // Yael Cohen Braun and Scooter Braun talk about how they balance the demands of an entrepreneurial life with family and love.

How Passion, Priorities, and Family Power These Two Driven Entrepreneurs
// Video, Entrepreneurship, Balance // Yael Cohen Braun and Scooter Braun answer some viewer questions. Worth playing in the background just for hear them out.

How Your Cat is Making You Crazy
// Article, Pets, Health // One of my best friends loves her cat to death. She thought I was crazy when I mentioned hearing about this parasite and its freaky freaky effects. Babette, I’m not nuts. It’s worth a read even if you aren’t a cat owner or you don’t give a shit (pun intended) about cats because this is riveting stuff, psychologically- and scientifically-speaking.

Love is Not Enough
// Blog, Love, Relationships // Mark Manson writes: “The only way you can fully enjoy the love in your life is to choose to make something else more important in your life than love.” In this romantic day and age where so many of us hope for the once-in-a-lifetime, soulmate-type of love, this piece can take you back to earth, gently and lucidly.

Finally, I really enjoyed this What’s in My Travel Bag video by heyclaire, who is quickly becoming one of my favourite youtubers:

 

Enjoy!

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Do I Look Like a Man? // Article, Body Image // A reflection on femininity (and by extension, masculinity) and society’s expectations of how women ought to look.

Cry, Robot: Automata Review // Movie Review // “Not since The Matrix, or perhaps even Blade Runner (which Automata also liberally references), has a dystopian world seemed so compelling in-and-of itself.” References to 2 of my favourite films of all time? Science Fiction? Robots? I was convinced this was a must-watch after viewing the trailer — The Verge‘s review just confirmed it.

The Food Lab: Make Your Own Just-Add-Hot-Water Instant Noodles (and Make Your Coworkers Jealous) // Recipes // I was so taken by this that I re-read it about 10 times. Really. Now to just give it a shot.

The Making of Malala // Video, Documentary // I love the NY Times for various reasons and documentaries like this are one of those reasons. Adam B. Ellick and Gabe Johnson present a side of Malala Yosafzai’s story that we may not have come across.

Sam Harris on Spirituality without Religion, Happiness, and How to Cultivate the Art of Presence // Book Review // I do not agree with Sam Harris’ take on religion entirely, but this review on Brain Pickings does reflect a belief I’ve always held: that you can be spiritual without belonging to an organised religion.

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The One and Only // Article, Only Children, Relationships // A short article on the psychology of only children in romantic relationships. I recommend it because I’m an only child and because a lot of what is mentioned is quite true. Even my partner agrees.

How Your Spouse’s Personality Affects Your Success At Work // Article, Relationships, Career // Turns out that if you’re supportive, your spouse will thrive at work! Who knew?! But seriously, take a look at the list and see how you can make a difference 🙂

People Who Jump From Screen To Screen Have Less Gray Matter In One Brain Region, Study Finds // Article, Media Consumption, Multitasking // So maybe it’s not a matter of causation, but the correlation is interesting, no? Multitasking ↔ less grey matter in the part of the brain that is responsible for emotional and cognitive functioning?

How to Get Better Sleep (and Need Less Every Night) // Article, Sleep // I’m struggling with this now so this article was particularly relevant. It has plenty of suggestions about how to improve your quality of sleep. Let’s see if they work.

This Facebook post by Dan Steele about poor folk and the sayings that we have.

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And So There Must Come An End // Blog, Mortality, Family, Farewell // Huffpost writer, Charlotte Kitley, battled cancer and succumbed to the disease last week. This is her final farewell. Poignant.

Why ‘I Love You’ Isn’t Enough // Psychology, Relationships // (Spoiler) The key to a happy relationship is three-fold: Decrease the criticism, increase the appreciation, and be specific about what you appreciate. The first two are pretty obvious, the third, however, is often overlooked.

Why The Fear of Rejection Never Goes Away // Relationships, Rejection // The Philosopher’s Mail writes about our regular need for reassurance, and differentiates it from that nasty word: neediness.

Sometimes Those Who Have Less Give More // Video, Generosity, Charity // My friend shared this on Facebook and I thought it drove home a point. Sure, it’s a video and may not present things in the most accurate fashion. We can all be skeptical about it. But we can also recognise the other message, namely: How difficult is it to give? It’s often not very difficult at all.

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28 Secrets of Exceptionally Productive People // Article, Productivity, Anecdotes // It’s always interesting to find out what other people do. Here’s an easy-to-read collection 🙂

Refinery29 // Magazine, Lifestyle // I have a couple of go-to sites and R29 is one of them. There’s a lovely balance of women-oriented, lifestyle topics, and even a great tech section.

honey & the moon // Blog, Lifestyle, Photography // I first stumbled upon Emma’s instagram and really really liked her pictures. Her tumblr is a collection of those instagram pictures and others. Her appreciation of simplicity and minimalism really comes through.

How To Replace Your Dog With A Baby // Blog, Pets, Parenting // This post hooks you with what seems like a how-to. (Hint: It’s not.) What it really is, is one woman’s reflection on this change in her life.

This vine. Watch it. It’s priceless!

Why We Sleep Together // Blog, Relationships // Joanna Goddard’s response to this article from The Atlantic. Thought it was interesting because one of my favourite parts of the week is sleeping in with my partner 🙂

At the end of each day we remove the onerous cloaks we’ve donned to face the world, and we want to do this lying next to our best friends, to know we’re not in it alone. — from The Atlantic article

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The Love Edition

The One Thing Your Relationship Needs Right Now (And Every Day) // Blog, Relationship // We often take our partners for granted and spend time with them without really spending time with them. Denise Li reflects about the importance of being present, always.

Taking Marriage One Year At A Time // Opinion, Relationship // Edan Lepucki writes about the trials and tribulations of staying married, and of renewing the decision to stay married every year.

How We End Up Marrying the Wrong People // Article, Relationship // The Philosophers’ Mail analyses the common oversights responsible for marital unhappiness. This is a really long piece, but it’s worth the read.

What Every Argument You’ve Had Is Really About // Article, Relationships // Spoiler: “It’s not you, it’s me.” is actually quite true. It’s really simple.

 

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The Blog edition

What Katie Ate: Italy 2013 // Blog, Photography // Beautiful photographs from a whole slew of lovely, picturesque places in Europe. Worth repeat visits 🙂

What Breaking Someone’s Heart Really Teaches You // Blog, Magazine, Relationships // Articles about dating and relationships often discuss the ins and outs of starting a relationship and what you learn from it, but few ever talk about the end of the relationship and how that changes you.

Reading my tea leaves // Blog, Life, Interior Design // A simple blog by a lady who is a genius with furnishing small spaces. Love.

A Cup of Jo // Blog // I used to read Joanna Goddard’s blog religiously. I’m talking about before her marriage. That’s a lifetime ago. It’s always nice to rediscover old indulgences.

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Consistent Goals, Evolving Headspace: Interview with Wellness Expert Krista Scott-Dixon, Part 1 // People // I admire her work. F!ck Calories was one of the first books I read on nutrition.

My Wife Is a Fighter: A Husband’s Perspective on Woman’s Boxing // Sport, Relationships // Looking at an interesting phenomenon from the other side.

Christmas Abbott on Barbell Shrugged podcast // People // first off, Christmas Abbott is one of my role models — I think she’s so kickass and tough while being feminine — and second of all, I’m really liking the Barbell Shrugged podcasts. That said, this episode is worth watching because it’s quite funny 🙂 

5 Scientific Insights Into Creating A Meaningful Life // Life

The Psychology of Loves that Last a Lifetime // Relationships // Interesting and research-based. Check out the links 🙂

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Visual Pitstop: “Hackschooling Makes Me Happy: Logan LaPlante at TEDxUniversityofNevada”

Hackschooling (possibly the ultimate differentiation), experiential learning, and interest-driven learning, are definitely the way to reclaim the point of education. Sitting at the computer googling all day isn’t, though. That’s just not enough.

http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/Hackschooling-Makes-Me-Happy-Lo;search%3Atag%3A%22tedxuniversityofnevada%22

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Reading Pitstop

If I could describe my younger self in one word, it would be “bookworm”. I read a lot. From fiction (Enid Blyton, anyone?) to the encyclopedia (before the age of Wikipedia), I consumed a lot of information. (Retaining that information is a whole other story.)

These days, I still read a lot — in fact, I’d much rather read than do a lot of other things (clean the house, for example) — but my reading tastes are more varied. Besides the all-important fiction diet (I can consume a novel a day), I’m finding that I read a lot of fitness and nutrition related articles on the interweb too. Here are some that I loved recently:

  • CrossFit: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    Not because I hate CrossFit (I really have no experience with it), but because this article has a great takeaway for anyone who engages in a fitness regime: that is, why are you doing what you’re doing? and is what you’re doing the best way to get there?

More to come!