Weekend Link Roundup - February 3, 2017

Quick life update-- we've had our new puppy a whole week! To celebrate, I thought I'd share a little video of how much progress we've made adjusting in such a short time. As always, the kitties are happy to have each other and Aengus has found a friend in Keltie. People thought we were crazy but really, we're lucky!

I feel like I've been a slacker this week! I've only read two chapters of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I'm over half-way through so I just need to carve out some time this weekend to finish it up so I can move on to another book in February. This month is a short month so I'm worried about fitting two books in to meet my goal. Sophie shared a few book reviews this month that have piqued my interest. I've been wanting to watch the Minimalists' book since we watched the documentary. It's right up there with books on hygge and konmari on my list.

Sometimes it's hard for me to concentrate on my own personal goals when I'm distracted so much by social media. Instead of getting out there and creating my own stories, I become focused on other people's. The In the Frow blog has a great explanation of why you should unfollow people, even if they're your friends! I actually had to unfollow a group on Facebook today. I only have time for positivity in my life right now.

I'll be the first to admit that I can be passive-agressive at times. It's because I take being non-confrontational to the extreme. I have a hard time articulating my feelings in a way that creates a productive dialogue. We could all use these tips for how to deal with passive-agressiveness.

One of my goals for this year (and every year) is to work on my photography skills! I don't usually find these "how to take better instagram photos" tips very helpful but this video was exemplary. It's amazing what a change in perspective can do to transform your images.

Some realistic and motivating tips on how to invest in yourself. I found it helpful that the author suggested breaking your dreams into categories based on how you will achieve them! Perfect for someone who worries too much like myself.

I've really been enjoying looking at behind-the-scenes portraits of artists in their studios lately. These portraits are a reminder that things take time and not everything has to be perfect! It's all about the journey. I may have to hire a friend to take some similar portraits of me soon.

Can you imagine how many books I could read in a year if I weren't reading all these articles online? Hint: 200 books.

This calculator can show you how many hours you have to work to pay for a big-ticket item. You might not want to look at this link if you're easily discouraged.