I'm going to make it a priority for the rest of this year (along with finally finishing my design fundamentals course and learning to run far & fast) and focus my efforts on learning as much as I can and getting in as much practice as possible. How I am going to fit it all in is another question entirely, but when it's something I love, I just have to make it work, you know? If you've got any great time-management tips or resources that work really well for you, I'd love to hear about them in the comments.
But now, on to what I've been reading this week and what's caught my eye...
The Thermomix Epidemic: How to Protect Yourself by Melissa at Hugzilla
Over the last twelve months there has been a global outbreak of a devastating virus, an outbreak which is now reaching epidemic proportions. It’s called Thermomix, and it’s coming to a living room near you.I don't think Melissa realized just how much of a stir this hilarious little post was going to make when she wrote it. It's a very well-written, tongue-in-cheek jab at the Thermomix epidemic and what you can do to protect yourself. What's more, it's become a lesson in what happens when a post goes viral, and you can read Melissa's take on the craziness that happens when you're the author of a crazy, viral post. Part one is here, and you can read part two here. Highly recommended!
--------------------I Quit Liking things on Facebook for Two Weeks
The first thing I noticed was how difficult it was to not like things on Facebook. As I scrolled through updates, my finger instinctively gravitated towards the Like button on hundreds of posts and comments. It has become a gut-level, Pavlovian response. I saw updates I liked or wanted others to know I liked, and I found myself almost unconsciously clicking my approval.This was a really interesting post about a woman who decided to stop liking everything on Facebook for two weeks. I was intrigued to hear how it changed her Facebook feed and it's made me think seriously about trying the same thing for a couple of weeks too. I'm not sure I would be able to do it, but it would totally be worth a try. On the flipside, this guy did the total opposite and Liked everything he saw on Facebook for 2 days. He had intended to do it for longer, but when you read about what happened once he started, you can see why he couldn't do it for longer. These two posts have really made me think about my Facebook Like activity and I'd love to know what you think about it.
--------------------Hair Removal Hiatus by Handbag Mafia
Her point of view really appeals to me. Is it so wrong to refuse to conform to the expectations of a patriarchal society when it comes to my underarms? Does it matter that some people won’t like how my legs look? Why should the porn industry or current trends dictate what level of grooming takes place in my knickers? Isn’t it more important to accept my body and be comfortable with it?
One of the lovely commenters on last week's Linky Lovin' Friday post left me a link to this post she'd written about hair removal. It explores the way we women remove hair and why, and it's a really interesting piece. Again, it made me think about my feelings toward hair removal and wonder if I've been more socially conditioned than I realised.
--------------------Body after Baby by Fat Mum Slim
I know from experience that change doesn’t come from hate, or from regurgitating nastiness on a daily basis. Change comes from love.I read this post by Chantelle from Fat Mum Slim and I could relate to every single word. I've struggled with my body for a long time, especially since having babies. Some days it's a real struggle to appreciate the things my body has done, and continues to do for me, but like Chantelle, I've slowly started to realise that change won't happen from self-flagellating, negative thoughts.
So there you have it, this weeks top picks from what I've been reading. Have you read anything good this week? Care to share?
P.S. Don't forget, Share the Love Sunday is on again this weekend from 2pm over on my Facebook page. Make sure you stop by and get in on a little group love action!