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April Happy Links: Learning Is Good for Your Brain 

{This month: Learning a new language, books, writing, and more.}

Photo by Tammy Strobel

Hi all,

Thanks for your well-wishes! Taking the time to rest and recover from the flu was important. I feel healthy and grateful that I’m back to work, CrossFitting, and more.

With that, below are 10 happy links that inspired me this month. I hope you enjoy them, too!

1. Duolingo—In August, Logan and I will be in The Netherlands. We’re really excited about the trip! Once I book our flights, I’ll let y’all know because I’m going to host a reader meet-up when we’re in Amsterdam. I’d love to meet some of my amazing Dutch readers! In the meantime, I’m learning Dutch. I started using Duolingo, and it’s helpful. Do you have any language learning tips (like books, courses to take, etc.)? Leave your recommendations in the comments section (or respond to this email).

2. Mindshift by Barbara Oakley inspired me to think differently about my career and to start learning Dutch. If you’re in a career or creativity rut, I highly recommend reading Oakley’s book.

3. Hourglass by Dani Shapiro is an incredible memoir. I love Shapiro’s writing, and her new book helped me reflect on a number of topics, including my amazing marriage, how I write, and how I view time.

4. Good Girl’s Guide to Talking Dirty by Alice Faris (my sister-in-law) is a fun romantic comedy. There some serious tones to the book, too. I really enjoyed it!

5. On treating your body like garbage & writing like you’re running out of time—a beautiful personal essay with so many good reminders.

6. How I’m Living Small in a Not-So-Tiny Home—a fantastic piece by Cait.

7. Exactly how I self-published my book, sold 180,000 copies, and nearly doubled my revenue—a helpful and real essay about self-publishing a book.

8. How to Be Creative Like a Motherf*cker with Cheryl Strayed.

9. Notes from Italy—I loved Austin’s travel essay.

10. KEDI—At the beginning of April, Logan and I watched KEDI, and we loved it! It’s a beautiful portrait of street cats and cat lovers in Istanbul, Turkey.

Before you go, I have a few bits of news to share:

—Registration for Write to Flourish is open! The next session starts on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

— If you purchased Everyday Adventures, THANK YOU! Also, I have a favor to ask. Would you consider rating my journal on Amazon? Readers rely heavily on reviews before purchasing a new product, so the more reviews, the better!

Thanks for reading!

With gratitude,
Tammy

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  • Chrissy April 26, 2017, 8:15 am

    I just started Hourglass last night and I can already tell I’m going to love it.

  • Rebecca April 27, 2017, 11:41 am

    I highly recommend Fluent in 3 months. If you subscribe to his blog he will send you helpful sites and other tricks to learning a language. Unfortunately he does not have a Dutch book published yet.

  • Lies April 28, 2017, 5:37 am

    Hi Tammy,
    If you’re coming to Belgium too, Ghent is definitely the place to be! And as for your Dutch, this is a famous song about Amsterdam, in Dutch https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aJIUSN2PqEE.

    • Tammy Strobel April 28, 2017, 7:47 am

      Thank you! I’d love to visit Belgium. We might do that on a separate trip. 🙂

  • Emma Fleur May 17, 2017, 12:25 am

    Goedemorgen Tammy,

    ik wens jullie heel veel plezier in Amsterdam – het is een echt mooie stad. Als je het een betje rustiger mag hebben, is Utrecht ook en goeie hint.
    Voor de rest: doe in iedergeval een fietstocht! Dit is het best, om kennis te maken met de stad en een gevoel voor het leven hier te bekomen.
    Groets,
    Emma

    • Tammy Strobel May 17, 2017, 7:52 am

      Dank je! Ik moest Google Translate gebruiken om je reactie te lezen en schrijf dit. 🙂 Ik ben nog steeds aan mijn nederlands. We hebben maar een paar weken in Nederland. Ik zou graag een fietstocht doen! Ik ga vandaag nog onze tickets boeken. Dan beginnen mijn man en ik onze reis te plannen. xoxo.

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