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{This week: censorship, reconciliation, social media, 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 loved Alexandra Franzen’s recent essay—On hiding, censorship, and the impossible task of trying to please everybody.

2. Reconciliation—a segment produced by TED Radio Hour—is a powerful podcast. TED speakers talk about how to look past anger, fear, and how to reconcile our differences. Please listen to the show.

3. Another fantastic piece Alexandra Franzen: Why I do not use social media anymore.

4. In 2017, I’ll be using a Hobonichi Techo Planner and Cait’s Mindful Budgeting Planner.

5. Beautiful & sweet: If your star is crooked.

6. Truth: “You don’t need to drink to celebrate.”

7. Cal Newport wrote a thoughtful essay about digital minimalism.

8. An important article about loneliness: How Social Isolation Is Killing Us.

9. Marc Rosenthal wrote an intriguing essay about hygge—Move Over, Marie Kondo: Make Room for the Hygge Hordes. Also, I shared a few essays about the topic last month (see #8).

10. A Simple Year 2017 is open for registration. The course is the brainchild of my friend Courtney Carver—founder of bemorewithless.com and Project 333—and I’m thrilled to be part of A Simple Year 2017. I hope you’ll join the class!

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

With gratitude,
Tammy

On Monday, I spent a few hours looking through my photo library because I wanted to share my favorite photographs from 2016 with you. I took thousands of images during 2016, so choosing my top favorites was hard! Despite the challenge, it was a joy to look through my photographs and reflect on the beautiful moments that encompassed 2016.

If you’re reading this via email or in a feed reader, visit RowdyKittens.com to view my 2016 photo gallery.

In addition, here’s a list of my most liked photo roundups from the year:

Thanks for visiting my corner of the web this year. I love sharing my creative work with you. Wishing y’all a Happy New Year!

Before you go …

For the last few years, I’ve contributed to A Simple Year: Twelve Months of Guided Simplicity. The course is the brainchild of my friend Courtney Carver—founder of bemorewithless.com and Project 333—and I’m thrilled to be part of A Simple Year 2017.

I hope you’ll join Courtney Carver, The Minimalists, Cait Flanders, Brooke McAlary, Marc and Angel, Anthony Ongaro, Colin Wright, Jules Clancy, Erin Somerville, and myself, as we guide you through A Simple Year.

Read the full course syllabus, FAQs, and become A Simple Year member here.

With gratitude,
Tammy

Photo by Tammy Strobel

For the last few years, I’ve contributed to A Simple Year: Twelve Months of Guided Simplicity. The course is the brainchild of my friend Courtney Carver—founder of bemorewithless.com and Project 333—and I’m thrilled to be part of A Simple Year 2017.

Course Overview

Imagine what it would feel like to breathe a little easier, and feel lighter moving through your home and life. How would things change if you started taking steps to be less overwhelmed, busy, sick, or tired?

If there was less on your plate, fewer decisions to be made, less stress about money and relationships, could you be happier, healthier, and feel more at ease?

Living simply provides so many benefits, but sometimes it can be challenging to maintain a commitment to long-term change. If you look forward to living with less stuff, less stress and less obligation so you can have more time, money and energy to pursue what means most to you, choose to live a simple year.

A Simple Year was designed to help you simplify your life gently and with purpose. You’ll learn something new each month and focus on what matters most with a simplicity advocate that specializes in topics like clutter, food, money, relationships, and busyness.

Each month you’ll receive written articles, plus an audio or video recording. There will also be a live monthly webinar where you can connect with the contributor, ask questions, and meet other people on a similar path. The live webinar will be recorded and provided so you can watch it anytime. You can even submit questions in advance.

Here is a quick overview of what’s included in the course:

  • new content every month all year long
  • live monthly webinars with recordings
  • private online group for support and connection
  • optional homework assignments with surprise bonuses for completing your homework

Because we encourage you to go at your own pace, we’ll give you a PDF at the end of the program with all of the content, and links to all webinars, so you can revisit the material anytime.

Read the full course syllabus, FAQs, and become a Simple Year member here. The course begins on January 2, 2017.

And last but not least my friend Courtney Carver wisely noted:

“Maybe A Simple Year isn’t the answer, and there probably isn’t just one answer, but I want to encourage you to take a step towards change. You are brave and strong enough to answer the call. Big change comes from hundreds of tiny steps and they all matter. You don’t have to have a perfect plan for the next 10 years or even the next 10 days. All you need is an open heart and the next step. Not all the steps, not a big step, just the next one. You’ve got this.”

I hope you’ll join Courtney Carver, The Minimalists, Cait Flanders, Brooke McAlary, Marc and Angel, Anthony Ongaro, Colin Wright, Jules Clancy, Erin Somerville, and myself, as we guide you through A Simple Year.

With gratitude,
Tammy

{This week: Minimalism on Netflix, deep work, college students and learning, performance reviews, 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 Minimalist’s film—Minimalism—is out on Netflix. Earlier this year, Joshua sent me a screener to watch, and I enjoyed the film. Also, I’m honored that they included part of my story in the documentary. I hope you’ll watch the film and share it with a friend!

2. And speaking of minimalism, Cal Newport wrote a timely essay about digital minimalism.

3. And their eyes glazed over is a fascinating piece about college students and learning in the age of texts and tech.

4. So good: On writing the 2017 performance review now.

5. Russ Roca shared helpful photography tips in a recent video.

6. I’m on board with this—Keep it moving.

7. Powerful essays: How I gave up drinking in the music industry (and survived) and What it means to be a part of everything: Reinventing my life, without alcohol.

8. I’m obsessed with the television series Planet Earth.

9. An interesting look into what it takes to open a bookstore.

10. I need this sign in my front yard.

Bonus Links …

11. Last week, I read Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert for a second time because I’m doing research for a writing project. I’ll share details about the project soon.

12. My mother-in-law gifted me a copy of The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. On Monday, I stayed up way past my bedtime reading Kidd’s words. The storyline is intriguing!

13. If you’re looking for a good book to read during the holidays, peruse my list of good reads.

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

With gratitude,
Tammy

Holiday Vibes

Today, I have a 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.

With gratitude,
Tammy

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