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{This week: May The Thoughts Be With You, burnout, dating, Microsoft Pix, and more.}

Photography by Tammy Strobel

Hi all,

This week was full and lovely. I poured my energy into editing and updating my online journaling course, Write to Flourish. The course is filled with a great mix of people, both alumni and new students. I hope you’ll join us for the upcoming session.

In addition to lots of writing and editing, I attended a wonderful event on Tuesday—hosted by JEDI—about business and marketing, visited my mom, swam lots of laps, and stuck with my journaling and photography practices. I didn’t take as many photos as I wanted, but at least I read a lot!

And speaking of good reads, below are 10 happy links that inspired me this week. I hope you enjoy them, too!

1. I discovered Charlotte Reed’s work in the latest issue of Flow Magazine. Charlotte’s website and bookMay the Thoughts Be With You—are beautiful.

2. A must-read: The ten tell-tale signs of burnout (and your new to-do list).

3. A fascinating interview with Katie Heaney—Dating Was So Hard, Until It Wasn’t.

4. I’ve been experimenting with Microsoft Pix, and so far I really like the app.

5. Wise words via Jack Hitt: “I’ve always lived more or less unemployed in these markets, and happily so. I think being unemployed keeps you a little more sharp in terms of looking for stories. It never gets any easier. That motivation and that desperation, whatever you want to call that, is still very much behind many of the conversations I have all day long trying to find those threads, those strings, that are going to pull together and turn into something.”

6. Such a cool idea: an expanding origami pot. {via Flow Magazine}

7. I need to send postcard gardens to my pen-pals. It’s such a sweet idea! {via Flow Magazine}

8. Sandra Pawula—who blogs at Always Well Within—asked me if I removed the social media sharing buttons from my website. I told her no. For some reason, they disappeared, so I added a few simple sharing buttons to the bottom of each post. If you’d like to share my work, now it’s a little easier. (Thanks, Sandra!)

9. A few weeks ago, I was in Ashland, OR and I bought Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Woman and Alcohol by Ann Dowsett Johnston. Drink is a memoir, and it’s also filled with fascinating research and important cultural critiques of high-risk drinking in the Western world. Johnston raises important questions about drinking at social gatherings, the supposed benefit of drinking a glass of wine every day, and “the clear causal link between alcohol and a wide variety of cancers, including two of the most frequently diagnosed: breast and colorectal.”

The following words by Johnston struck me:

“For many, red wine ranks up there with vitamin D, omega-3s, and dark chocolate. If one glass is good for you, a double dose can’t do much harm, can it? Actually, a double dose has its drawbacks. The largest health benefit comes for one drink every two days. Which raises a simple question: why are we aware of the dangers related to trans fats and tanning beds and blissfully unaware of the more serious side effects associated with our favorite drug? It’s a head-scratcher, to say the least.”

Drink was an enlightening and informative read; I recommend picking up a copy.

10. The Minimalist’s film—Minimalism—is doing great. The film opened in theaters as the #1 indie documentary of 2016. A few months ago, Joshua sent me a screener to watch, and I really enjoyed the film. Also, I’m honored that they included part of my story in the documentary. You can purchase the film—plus 6 hours of bonus content—here.

Thanks for reading! If you enjoy my weekly happy links roundup and want to support it, then buy a book, share this post with a friend, or register for Write to Flourish.

With gratitude,
Tammy

{This week: Write to Flourish, book magic, places to visit, 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. I’ll be teaching my journaling course—Write to Flourish—in August. I hope you’ll join us for the upcoming session! Details here.

2. I’m going to turn my standing desk into a Bliss Station.

3. I’m happy for Cait! I can’t wait to read her book.

4. During my vacation, I read In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware in one evening. It’s a scary and thrilling novel! Since I enjoyed In a Dark, Dark Wood so much, I ordered Ware’s latest book—The Woman in Cabin 10. I read it in two days! The book reminded me of an Agatha Christie novel. If you enjoyed Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl or Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train, you’ll like Ware’s books.

5. Can we take things slower?

6. Here’s a rad post about Iceland! I need to visit Iceland because it’s beautiful and they have swimming and soaking pools (check out link #4 to read about Iceland’s lovely pool culture).

7. I must see Norway by train.

8. I adore Flow Magazine, and I enjoyed Astrid’s recent post—The Art of Being Messy.

9. And speaking of Flow Magazine, I ordered their latest issue.

10. Recently, I decided to start using Pinterest again because I’m creating digital scrapbooks. Check out my pins over here.

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

With gratitude,
Tammy

On Weddings & Writing

Photography by Tammy Strobel

Logan’s cousin Jenny got married on the family ranch last weekend. The ceremony and reception were beautiful! I didn’t take very many photos at the wedding. Instead, I enjoyed good conversations, food, and a few glasses of wine with friends and family. I took a few snapshots at the wedding and included them in the gallery below. I hope the images give you a sense of the scene. Sarah Gross was the official wedding photographer, and I can’t wait to see her images. She’s got a great eye.

Attending Jenny’s wedding brought back a lot of good memories. Just over 13 years ago, Logan and I got married on the Smith family ranch. It was over 100 degrees on our wedding day! My maid of honor, Sera, noted on Facebook, “Weddings on the ranch bring back happy memories of your big day…I can still picture you with the fan blowing up your dress to keep you cool.”

The pre-wedding cool down tactics weren’t glamorous, but I laughed so hard! Also, most family members have a lovely glow in our wedding photos because of the hot weather. Despite the heat, it was a fun day. Dancing with my dad, Logan, friends, and family at our reception was a blast.

In other news, I spent Monday organizing my summer work schedule. I’ll be teaching my online journaling course—Write to Flourish—in August. I hope you’ll join me for the upcoming session. The course begins on Monday, August 15.

If you’ve taken my journaling class previously and want to take it again, please email me at [email protected] Alumni are welcome to re-take the course for free.

Cheers to a fun and productive workweek!

If you’re reading this via email or in a feed reader, visit RowdyKittens.com to view my photo gallery.

With gratitude,
Tammy

{This week: On choosing curiosity over fear, a work-free world, Bill Cunningham, and more.}

Photography by Tammy Strobel

Hi all,

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

1. I listened to Krista Tippett’s interview with Elizabeth Gilbert twice because the conversation was interesting and inspiring. Also, I learned about why it’s essential to choose curiosity over fear in one’s personal and professional life.

2. Would a Work-Free World Be So Bad? 

3. Bill Cunningham New York is a fantastic film.

4. Yes to this: Just don’t lose the magic.

5. I ordered a pair of Capri PUNJAMMIES®! I love this company’s story.

6. Beautiful notes on creativity.

7. Fantastic articles by Cait: Two Years Without Shopping: What I Bought, Donated and Learned to Be True and Your Salary is Not Your Self-Worth.

8. An interesting piece about Marie Kondo and the things we own.

9. Over vacation I read and loved: In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware, The Joy of Swimming by Lisa Congdon, and The Yoga of Max’s Discontent by Karan Bajaj.

10. Two books—A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman and The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware—are sitting on my desk waiting to be read. I can’t wait to dive into these novels.

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

With gratitude,
Tammy 

I’m back from vacation!

I’m back from vacation! The break was lovely and I’m looking forward to diving into work.

Today, I have a vacation photo round-up to share with you! If you’re reading this via email or in a feed reader, visit RowdyKittens.com to view my photo gallery.

Enjoy the photos and have a lovely week!

With gratitude,
Tammy

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