Interweb Finds: Spilling your secrets, addiction to stress & more

rose in bloom

What a much-needed weekend this was. Yours, too?

I spent most of the week running all over town getting interviews for stories, paying too much for parking, and paying even more for a parking ticket. (Ugh.) Needless to say, I was happy when Friday rolled around and I didn’t have anywhere to be. Yesterday morning, a tiny earthquake (3.0 on the Richter scale) scared me awake. I also went up the street to check out the farmers market — which I’ll blog about on Tuesday! — and met up with a blogger friend, which I will also blog about soon! As I type this, “California Dreamin'” aptly plays on Pandora. It’s a beautiful day, and our first rose (above) is in bloom!

In celebration of the end of a glorious weekend, here are a few of this week’s best interweb finds:

Even if you typically scroll past your friends’ baby photos on Facebook, you’ll love these pictures a dad took of his daughter in various costumes — like a monk and a butcher.

Ever wish you could share secrets on social media anonymously, without repercussion? Enter the addictive Secret app.

I love how Latrina turned a bad experience (her recent car accident) into a revelation and change in lifestyle.

Are you addicted to stress? Reading this sounded a little too familiar to me:

“For some of us, the exhilaration we feel when pushing against a deadline is similar to the rush an addict gets when they shoot up. ‘Stress is a drug,’ says Hanna. By activating the dopamine reward center in the brain that feeds us feel-good endorphins, stress can temporarily boost performance, explaining why some of us appear to get so much done when under the gun.”

I’m obsessed with Kylie’s gorgeous photos. These wintry shots from Idaho make this Los Angeles lover crave cold weather… just a little bit.

How goal-setting can inhibit our happiness:

“What motivates our investment in goals and planning for the future, much of the time, isn’t any sober recognition of the virtues of preparation and looking ahead. Rather, it’s something much more emotional: how deeply uncomfortable we are made by feelings of uncertainty. Faced with the anxiety of not knowing what the future holds, we invest ever more fiercely in our preferred vision of that future — not because it will help us achieve it, but because it helps rid us of feelings of uncertainty in the present.”

Could you live in a 196-square-foot cabin in Tahoe? This couple does. And they built it themselves.

That’s all for this week’s roundup. I’ve got a lot of writing and video editing to do today—and lots to look forward to this week. What’s going on with you?


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  1. I didn’t have to read the article to know that I’m definitely addicted to stress (but I did read it) and the thing is — I have no idea what I’m supposed to do. I do literally all the things recommended to counter stress, (not to combat stress, but because I enjoy them), althoughI have ironically, just realised that the time required for all those things causes pressure which causes stress. Yikes. What a cycle… I’m glad that by the looks of it, we both got good, well-deserved downtime this weekend though 🙂

  2. Whoops… I think I did something wrong because my last comment got lost in the world wide web.

    I am loving the relaxing atmosphere of this weekend. It was just perfect and so very much needed. Also that article on being addicted to stress speaks so much to me life… and that worries me. I think I’m addicted to stress, yet I really don’t want to be. I wish I was as carefree as I like to say I am but truth is, I work wonderfully under stress. My little body (and mind) don’t appreciate it. So here is to hoping to be more positive and productive!

    Have a great week!

    Oh and ps- I have a post going up tomorrow about being an introvert. After reading your thoughts on introversion and being an introvert, I though I’d take a stab at it as well. So thanks for making me confident enough to speak openly about it on my blog. 🙂

    • Cassie Paton says:

      I feel your pain, lady. Hopefully we both can work toward being more productive… which will in turn make us more positive (and well-rested)!

      And I’m going to check out your post today! So glad you joined in and that the movement is going strong. 🙂

  3. How amazing is Kylie? I am such a fan of her imagery! Always so beautiful and raw.

    Such a wonderful list, Cassie. So happy to be among it! Thank you so much, I am so happy to have gotten such wonderful response to my blog post about traveling the world. It’s a scary thing to do — exciting, of course, but scary nonetheless! But all of the wonderful comments & encouragement makes all that worry drift away. 🙂 So exciting!

    Also: That Tahoe cabin is the cutest!! What a wonderful little spot. 🙂

    Hope your weekend was well, Cassie. Have a great day! xo

    • Cassie Paton says:

      Kylie really is incredible! I can’t remember how I came across her blog (maybe it was through you?) but I’m so glad I did.

      And I’m so glad I found YOUR blog, as well! You’re a constant source of inspiration, and I can’t wait to see where your journey takes you. xo

  4. That cabin is awesome. I love, love, love Tahoe.

  5. Lol never trust those “secret” apps – where there’s a will there’s a way, hackers love a challenge. 😛 There’s another app ( I don’t use any of these ) where you can snap a photo and it’ll “disappear” in 10 seconds or whatever you set it to; that’s a great way to get yourself in trouble if you’re not careful tsk tsk. No need for that 🙂 I can’t believe a coupe lives in a 196-sq foot cabin wow insane! 🙂 Have a great one Cassie -Iva

    • Cassie Paton says:

      Haha, that is an EXCELLENT point. I downloaded it out of curiosity and shared maybe one or two harmless things, but mostly I just like reading what other people have to post. And also, I don’t have any juicy secrets. 😛

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