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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