Interweb Finds: Curing the computer hunch, mouthwatering recipes & more

Cassie Paton

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How was everyone’s weekend? Did it go by as fast as mine did?

Friday night, I had the chance to meet two blogger friends in real life, both of whom have guest blogged for me in the past. Ashley of Your Super Awesome Life and Ashley of Ashley Riordan were in town, so we met up at the Black Cat here in Silver Lake, just down the street from me. They were super sweet, smart and fun. Yesterday, John and I took advantage of the free museum day to check out the LACMA… and so did everyone else in the city, apparently! All that looking at art and dodging strangers with cameras made us hungry, so we checked out The Golden State and got ourselves some delicious burgers with applewood bacon and fresh buttery buns, jalapeño cabbage slaw, and french fries with curry ketchup. (Yeah. It was awesome.)

Unfortunately, I also woke up to the news that there had been a shooting at the mall in my hometown, Columbia, Maryland. Three people including the shooter were killed. This is not the kind of thing you’d expect to happen in Columbia. The town is about as bland, suburban and—usually—safe as it could be. I worked in that mall for about three years back in high school. The two people killed were close to my age—people I could’ve gone to school with. One was a mother. The whole thing is just sad. I was almost ever-so-slightly desensitized to these senseless shootings—until one happened where I’m from. I’m sending my thoughts back home.

Here’s what you came for—the interweb finds of the week:

If you’re like me and spend most of your waking hours in front of a computer, you might want to try this exercise. Very effective at curing the feeling that you’re becoming a hunchback.

I’m obsessed with these magical photos taken on one family’s farm. This is exactly what you imagine when you fantasize about growing up surrounded by animals and nature.

Pictures of cats sneezing. Nothing else needs to be said here.

Why the grammar police are bad writers. (I’m a grammar fanatic—but I agree that the practice of smugly correcting people’s grammar online is obnoxious.)

You ready for four amazing new recipes to try? Quinoa stuffed bell peppers. Indian chickpeas and kale with rice. Skillet lasagna. Quinoa cauliflower bowl with almond sriracha sauce. You’re welcome.

I’m thinking Tallulah Bankhead—a wild and witty actress from the flapper era—will be my next girl crush after I read this book:

“Tallulah found herself hailed as one of the wits of Manhattan, and she worked hard to make sure the reputation stuck. In private, she could still be assailed by childish terrors and weep in her dressing room from stage fright, but in public she could launch herself into a room with a stream of slick, rude and seemingly spontaneous one-liners: ‘I’m as pure as the driven slush,’ she would remark, tossing back her hair whilst taking a calculated drag on her cigarette. ‘I don’t give a fuck what people say about me so long as they say something.’”

This gothic industrial loft isn’t really my style. And yet I’m drawn to so many aspects of it—like the spiral staircase, the dark hardwood, the long bookshelves and the tall, arched windows. Absolutely gorgeous.

And that’s all from me today. I’ll have some fun photos taken around Los Angeles to share later this week. Have a good start to yours!

 

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What it means to be brave

I’m really excited to revive my guest post series today, because a) I somehow always get fabulous submissions like today’s and b) I’m crazed as hell and happy to occasionally let others do the content creation for me. Today, I share with you the lovely Ashley Wilhite of Your Super Awesome Life. She’s an ambitious entrepreneur, a talented writer, an insightful life coach, and a dedicated runner. (She just ran her first marathon last week!) And her post couldn’t be more fitting for what this space has been about lately, so I’m going to let her do the talking about being brave.
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Have you noticed when people say “You’re so brave,” what they don’t seem to notice is that you’re trembling inside?

They see you embarking on a solo vacation, sharing your story with others, asking for a raise, or doing some other monumental thing that they perceive as outside of their comfort zone.

But they can’t feel how your stomach is full of butterflies and your toes are tingling with fear. They can’t see that your palms are sweaty or that your mind is racing with anxious thoughts, questioning whether this a huge mistake.

That’s the thing about bravery, though. It feels like fear, but it looks like courage.

One of my favorite authors, Brene Brown, says, “You can’t get to courage without walking through vulnerability,” and that encapsulates it perfectly.

To everyone else, you appear confident, fearless, and heroic. But on the inside you feel nauseous, shaky, and hesitant. You feel vulnerable.

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When I think about what it means to be brave, I think about being afraid, but doing it anyway. I think of the times I wanted to quit because I was scared. I think of the moments when I didn’t know how it would end, but I kept going anyway.

I think of the months when I was floundering, trying to start my business. With a heart full of passion, ambition, and determination, I threw myself into this new adventure. I started before I felt ready. I jumped in before I knew how the chips would fall, before I had all the answers, and I figured it out along the way.

I think of the moment when I launched my newest program, Cake for Breakfast. I believed in the power of what I had created, but I was still scared to share it. It’s a vulnerable thing to put yourself and your work out there for other people to judge. Looking back, it was one of my bravest moments, but at the time I felt exposed and insecure.

I think of the day I ran my first marathon. I woke up knowing I would run 6.2 miles further than I had ever run before, but I didn’t know how I would make it through. I felt nervous, but I started on the course with the other runners, put one foot in front of the other, and kept going until I crossed the finish line.

Bravery isn’t a magic spell you cast upon yourself. It isn’t a matter of ignoring your feelings or never being afraid. It’s about trusting yourself, locking in on your faith in your ability to follow through. It means pushing through your fear and choosing to hold on to courage instead.

 

Your Super Awesome LifeAshley Wilhite is the founder of Your Super Awesome Life, where she coaches 20-something women and helps them figure out what the heck they want to do with their lives + find the confidence and courage to actually go through with it. She is a huge fan of hot pink nail polish, sparkly cupcakes, and only doing what feels good. You can find Ashley and get your free copy of her e-book “The 5 Things That Hold You Back From Living A Life You Love” here.

 

 

 

 

 

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