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Happy Links: From Contentment To Guilty Pleasures

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{Every week, I publish a series of inspiring links. Enjoy!}

A revolution of contentment.

Resisting the allure of a sale.

How to wake up early.

A cool tiny house in Omaha!

10 lessons of less for high school graduates.

I added an Instagram gallery to my photography page, using SnapWidget. Check it out!

9 rules for a simpler day.

This looks like a fun ecourse: “Small home. Big life.

My guilty pleasure: Logan and I watched the first season of Downton Abbey this week. I love the show!

What are you reading? Share your recommendations in the comments section.

Be well,

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  • Dan Garner May 31, 2013, 9:12 am
  • Debbie Roes May 31, 2013, 2:26 pm

    Tammy, Thanks so much for linking to my article in today’s links post! I really appreciate it!

    I have finished about half of your book so far and am really enjoying it. It’s hard to believe you used to be a major shopper like me. There is hope for me yet! I don’t know if I’ll ever live in a tiny house (although I think yours is cool), but I hope to find a lot more things that bring me joy in life besides shopping. Any joy I receive from shopping is momentary at best… One interesting tidbit of something you and I have in common. My first full-time job out of college was at Franklin Resources, which later became Franklin Templeton Investments, where you worked! I worked in the SF Bay Area and am a few (cough cough, more like 12, I think) years older than you, but it was for the same company. Small world, huh?

    My journey toward minimalism is taking time and the closet is one of the last things to go. I’ve already made great progress since starting my blog in January, though. The amount I’ve spent on shopping this year would have been at least double this amount in previous years. Plus, I’ve gotten rid of MANY things, too!

    You’re a definite inspiration and I very much enjoyed taking part in your writing class over the past month! Although I didn’t participate much in the Facebook group, I read what everyone else wrote. A very creative and inspiring group!

  • Katie June 1, 2013, 4:28 am

    Hey Tammy,
    I LOVE Downton Abbey too – more than I thought I would – I ended up with a powerful addiction and watched the first two seasons in a weekend last summer….be warned! 🙂
    I just finished reading Daring Greatly, from your recommendations. What a powerful and interesting book. I’m looking forward to watching Brene’s TEDtalk as I don’t think I ever saw it.
    Going to check out your links now, they look great!
    Katie. XXX

  • Ikuko June 1, 2013, 10:30 am

    e-course from “Small home. Big life.” sounds good!
    I have a vision getting my own Tiny House in the future – not necessarily on the wheels, but off-the-grid. I’m not 100% sure if that’s really work out for me since I love taking a bath (need at least a small tub…), cook (I love your kitchen area arrangement, Tammy!). It might be a good start for the exploration.

    Tammy, I believe you’ve mentioned at somewhere that you had a chance to rent someone’s Tiny House on wheel prior to building your own…? (sorry if that wasn’t you…)
    I’m traveling to Portland, OR mid June. Do you know anyone who offers short term rental there? I will not be able to attend the workshop by PAD, but thinking about contact them as well…

    • Tammy Strobel June 3, 2013, 9:25 am

      Hi Ikuko – I’d suggest touching base with PAD. I stayed at a friend’s tiny house prior to building our home. Also, you should check out Air B & B for tiny house stays.

      Good luck,

      • ikuko June 4, 2013, 8:36 am

        Thanks, Tammy.
        I will contact PAD.

        I checked airbnb (I’m an avid airbnb user!) and the new site called tinyhousevacations.com, but didn’t find any that would work for my upcoming trip… maybe next time!

  • Jill Salahub June 1, 2013, 12:37 pm

    I love checking your happy links (they make me happy!) and I always smile when things on your list were already on mine. If you like Downton Abbey, watch all you can and are looking for something else, I recommend Call the Midwife, http://www.pbs.org/call-the-midwife/home/

  • Scott June 1, 2013, 4:09 pm

    Keep going with Downton Abbey. It only gets better. In my opinion the mark of a good story is that you begin to care for the characters and in this series you really do. My wife and I just finished the last episode of Season 3 today. Whew! We can’t wait for Season 4!

  • Lyle Robinson June 1, 2013, 6:47 pm

    Wonderful links as usual Tammy, thanks for sharing. I was actually dropping by to share one with you if that’s ok? I think you might get a kick out of it. Take care and all the best to you all.



  • Alex Blackwell | The BridgeMaker June 2, 2013, 4:46 am

    Thanks so much for sharing the contentment!


  • Bridget June 2, 2013, 8:17 am

    Homeward Bound
    Aka New Domesticity.
    By Emily Matchar

  • Delicia June 3, 2013, 12:29 pm

    A book found me recently at the right time and I am loving it. It’s by Pema Chödrön – When things fall apart: heart advice for difficult times. Her writing is really inspirational.

    Thank you for all your happy links, there is always something fun and interesting! xx

  • Wendy June 3, 2013, 4:10 pm

    Just finished Finding Ultra and Lost Cat. Starting Zero Waste Home(my summer goal). Loved the article how to wake up early.

  • Amanda Bretz June 3, 2013, 8:03 pm

    Downton Abbey is as addictive as TV shows come! I know you also love to read, so if you continue with seasons two and three and find yourself needing a Downton Abbey-ish fix, there’s some great books out there that have a similar premise, Phillip Rock’s Passing Bells series is a great one. There’s also Lady Alimina and the Real Downton Abbey, which is a biography about the woman who inspired the BBC series and her home, Highclere Castle (which is the house on the TV show).

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