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I’m Tammy Strobel. Thanks for visiting my digital home!

I write about creativity, living simply, everyday adventures, digital minimalism, and more. Hope you have a nice stay!

April Happy Links: Learning Is Good for Your Brain 

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

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:

— 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!

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