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January Happy Links: Getting Things Done

{This month: Getting things done, love is the answer, cats, writing, and more.}

Ashland, OR

Hi all,

Registration for A Simple Year is open until January 31st! Visit the site to learn about the monthly topics, course contributors, and more. I hope you’ll join us!

With that, below are 10 happy links that inspired me this month. Enjoy!

1. Getting things done by Austin Kleon reminded me that I’m a human, not a productivity machine. Accomplishing tasks and goals is fun, and it’s also not my sole purpose in life.

2. Embrace the Suck by Stephen Madden was the first book I read in 2018 and I enjoyed it! Madden’s memoir is about CrossFit. He also reminded readers that “love is the answer” to any problem.

3. I loved The Inner Life of Cats: The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions by Thomas McNamee! McNamee shared the latest research on cats, how-to tips, a bit of history, and beautiful personal stories. I learned so much from this book! For example McNamee explained, “Not only have cats developed a language for humans in general, they often customize it for the individual.” How cool is that?! I’m obsessed with this book, and I highly recommend it to all animal lovers!

4. Novelist Cynthia Sweeney on getting your big creative break at mid-life.

5. Recently, Tim Ferriss interviewed Gretchen Rubin and the conversation was fascinating! I liked Rubin’s idea of doing “updates” with her parents and sister. She explained:

“ . . . We’ve all noticed that when you see people all the time, you have a lot to say to them; when you talk to them more rarely, it’s easy to fall into a ‘What’s new?’ ‘Not much, what’s new with you?’ type conversation. So the four of us do ‘updates.’ Every few days, we send an email with the subject line of ‘update,’ we give the most basic details of what we’re doing, and we rarely reply to each other. Our motto is ‘It’s okay to be boring.’”

6. Alex Pang on prioritizing rest & reflection.

7. On the rise of digital activism.

8. So good: A Beginner’s Guide to Backing Up Photos.

9. Loved this conversation: Jenny Shih on Building a Profitable Business, Saying No, and Doing Hard Work.

10. This is a fun little piece—I’m The Co-Founder Of The Whole30. Here’s What I Eat In A Day.

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With gratitude,
Tammy

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