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{This week: a big gift, newsletters, advice from the National Book Foundation, and more.}

Photo by Tammy Strobel

Hi all,

Below are 10 happy links that inspired me this week. I hope you enjoy them, too!

1. The folks at Wholesale Solar gifted us solar panels for our tiny house. Logan and I are extremely grateful for the gift! Check out Wholesale Solar’s website to learn what it takes to get a tiny house set up with solar power.

2. I loved Paul Jarvis’s article—My favourite newsletter is one you’ve never heard of. I hope my weekly blog posts bring you joy. If they don’t, unsubscribe. It won’t hurt my feelings.

3. Great advice from the head of the National Book Foundation: One Way To Bridge The Political Divide: Read The Book That’s Not For You.

4. SO GOOD: Quit Social Media. Your Career May Depend on It by Cal Newport. Also, be sure to read Cal’s follow up piece on this topic.

5. Dakota’s recent essay—Cutting Back on Social Media Distractions—was a timely read for me. I’ll write about why I’ve cut back on social media use soon. Stay tuned!

6. One of my goals for 2017—and for the rest of 2016—is to give more money to organizations that empower girls and women. For example, I made a $50 donation to Girls Inc. last week. Check out their work here and here.

7. A powerful article about body image & the paparazzi by Jennifer Aniston.

8. So true: You don’t have to do it all.

9. Before the Thanksgiving holiday, Logan and I saw Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I loved the film!

10. And last, but not least, the lovely folks at Flow Magazine gifted me a copy of the Flow Book for Paper Lovers and the Flow Mindfulness Workbook! I adore everything Flow Magazine creates because their products are positive, beautiful, and helpful. Being self-employed is rad. However, if Flow Magazine were hiring, I’d be the first to apply. You can subscribe to Flow Magazine here.

Thanks for reading! If you enjoy my weekly happy links roundup and want to support it, share this post with a friend.

With gratitude,

I’m on Real Talk Radio!

Real Talk Radio


I’m back from my mini blogging break with fun news! On November 8, 2016, the lovely Nicole Antoinette interviewed me for her amazing podcast, Real Talk Radio. I’m a huge fan of Nicole’s podcast, and I was nervous about our conversation.

Despite my nerves, I’m happy that I agreed to Nicole’s interview request. Our conversation was the most vulnerable interview I’ve done. I still have a vulnerability hangover.

Here’s Nicole’s description of the episode:

“In this episode, which I just absolutely loved recording, Tammy and I talk about the decade we’ve both spent sharing our lives online. We discuss online business, setting boundaries, and the damaging myth that everyone working on the Internet is making tons of money.

She shares stories from the four years that her and her husband lived in a tiny house, and I get a hilarious crash course in how to use a compost toilet.

But we also talk about deeply personal things—such as body image, alcohol abuse, death, loss, grief, and more. Tammy shares about her dad’s illness and death in 2012, and about the photography project that helped her to move through her grief.

Every moment of this conversation felt moving and real to me, and I’m so delighted to share it with you.”

Listen to the episode by clicking here.

With gratitude,

Photography by Tammy Strobel

Since December 2007, I’ve been sharing my writing and photos on RowdyKittens.com. Over the years, I’ve taken short and long digital sabbaticals to renew my creative juices. Every time I take a break from blogging, email, or social media, I feel refreshed and recharged.

For the next few weeks, I won’t be sharing essays, photos, or happy links on RowdyKittens. My mini blogging break isn’t a full digital sabbatical because I’ll be working, checking email a few times a day, and sharing a photo of My Morning View on social media. Instead of blogging, I’ll be focusing on larger writing projects, reading, photography, and my health.

If you’re looking for something to read while I’m gone, buy one of my books, explore my recommended reads, or peruse my past articles and links.

If you celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope it’s filled with interesting conversations, good food, and lots of love.

See you in a few weeks!

With gratitude,

{This week: Social trust, post-election wellness, bath & tea gardens, and more.}

Photo by Tammy Strobel

Hi all,

Below are 10 happy links that inspired me this week. I hope you enjoy them, too!

1. A fantastic podcast about social trust: Trust me.

2. I really needed to read this essay: 5 Ways to Restore Post-Election Wellness.

3. And speaking of wellness, I love the Chozu Bath & Tea Gardens in Ashland, OR.

4. So good: What to do when you don’t know what to do.

5. I’m obsessed with this Whole 30 Breakfast Bake. It makes a great dinner, too.

6. This piece was really helpful: A Big Life Change Is More Planning Than Magic.

7. Truth: “Beauty can be found everywhere, even in drain covers.”

8. How to Get a Better Night’s Sleep by Tara Parker-Pope is an informative and helpful article. If you want to dive deeper into this topic, read The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington.

9. A powerful post by Susannah Conway: That’s how the light gets in.

10. I subscribed to the digital version of the New York Times because I wanted to broaden my reading and perspective. The NYT is filled with great articles on policy, books, art, culture, and more. I wish I’d subscribed sooner.

Thanks for reading! If you enjoy my weekly happy links roundup and want to support it, share this post with a friend.

With gratitude,

Hi all,

The recent U.S. presidential election left me feeling wrung out, scared, anxious, and sad. On the other hand, I feel hopeful for our global community because I believe that most people are good. In addition, there are incredible and compassionate leaders—like The Dalai Lama—who are working toward peace, understanding, empathy, and kindness.

My feelings of hope, sadness, anger, and uncertainty are a strange mix. Since the election was called, I’ve been on the lookout for extra doses of inspiration. Over the last week, encouragement and inspiration came in the form of long telephone chats with friends, journaling, writing thank-you notes, and through my photography practice.

For example, I looked through my Florida photos and found five images to pair with inspiring quotes. I use these photographs on my desktop and iPhone to spur me forward, especially when I’m feeling sad. Today, I decided to share my images with you.

Feel free to use the snapshots on your desktop, blog, or share them on social media. And last but not least, I hope the photographs and quotes remind you to move through the world with empathy and kindness.

Wishing y’all peace and love.



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Download links:

1. The Dalai Lama
2. Anne Lamott
3. Eleanor Roosevelt
4. David Cain
5. Aesop

With gratitude,

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