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I’m Tammy Strobel. Welcome to my digital home!

I'm a writer, photographer, and cat lover. I'm also obsessed with CrossFit and coffee.

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Happy Links: From Sickness to Love

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{Every Friday, I share a round-up of happy links because these resources have inspired me to make positive changes in my life. I hope they motivate and inspire you, too! Enjoy.}

Last weekend, my mom was in town for Easter. We spent an afternoon in Ashland, OR, hung out with family, and ate delicious meals together. Unfortunately, she got really sick during her stay. We took her to the emergency room early Monday morning, and the doctor prescribed medication to help her feel better. The medication worked, and she was back to her usual perky self by mid-day on Monday.

The experience reaffirmed how fragile life can be. In one moment, life is going smoothly, and in the next moment, you can get extremely ill. I'm grateful my mom is okay and feeling better. Life isn’t perfect or easy. However, when I take time to practice gratitude—especially during difficult situations—my days are better and I feel happier.

Now onto this week's happy links ...

I love getting up early in the morning, and I loved Jess Lively's interview with Hal Elrod. It was an inspiring segment.

An important post by Meghan about mental health and difficult conversations.

I’m reading Animals in Translation by Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson and The Five Languages of Love by Gary Chapman. Both are fascinating reads.

April is National Poetry Month!

Great advice from Marie: “What to Do When You Feel Useless and Alone.”

On Being is one of my favorite podcasts. The latest epiode, featuring Greg Boyle, was beautiful: "The Calling of Delight: Gangs, Service, and Kinship."

Courtney Carver's latest post was touching and heartfelt: “Grief is the price we pay for love."

Be well,

Tammy

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P.S. In May, I’m teaching my photography e-course again. You can sign up and read the updated course description here. I hope you’ll join us for the next session!

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