It is Friday night and I am sitting here on my couch with Bailey. While that is actually my preferred way to spend Friday night winding down from the week, today it is because I have a freaking sinus infection and feel like death. Sick twice in one month? Screw this healthy living stuff, itâ€™s not doing anything for me. In all seriousness, itâ€™s a sign for me to slow. the. eff. down.
Last week we had a LOT going on at work, I had a lot going on personally, and then I hopped on a plane to switch climates and run a half I was underprepared for before hopping back on a plane, spending 7 hours in the layover from hell in Miami and coming back to freezing temperatures. NO WONDER Iâ€™M SICK.
I have not worked out since a DB YogaÂ video on Monday, and I am getting antsy. Iâ€™m planning on taking one more full rest day tomorrow and hoping to feel up to skiing on Sunday…
Hereâ€™s a gratuitous puppy picture.
So letâ€™s share some fun links, eh?
Are We Happier When We Stay in the Moment?Â This is from a TED talk that was on NPR that my therapist recommended to me. My sinus pressure made me want to close my eyes and not open them until it went away, but I couldnâ€™t sleep, so I listened to this TED talk last night. Did you knowÂ we spend 47% of the time thinking about something other than what weâ€™re doing? The talk also mentioned a site called Track Your HappinessÂ that sends you a survey three times a day (it takes like a minute to respond to it) asking you how happy you are, what youâ€™re doing, etc. The data is part of a research project at Harvard (I donâ€™t mind being a data point), but the act of thinking about it also makes you consider if what youâ€™re doing is what you really want to be doing. So far Iâ€™ve been sick, so my answers have generally been unhappy at home but happier at work because Iâ€™m around people I enjoy and doing what I like to do.
How Wellness Became the New Luxury Status Symbol: SUPERÂ interesting. With NYC boutique fitness classes at $30+ a pop, yup. Itâ€™s an area where conspicuous consumption is a little less obvious than some flashy bag, but there all the same. Since I started working out seriously six years ago, Iâ€™ve seen the fitness industry explode, and Iâ€™m glad thereâ€™s also gyms like Blink to balance out the bottom of the market.
Track Your Blog Stats WorksheetÂ I live and die by tracking social media stats and traffic at work (I have an unhealthy addiction to GA realtime), so for my personal stuff, I generally click into Google Analytics every few days to see if Iâ€™ve gotten some awesomely weird bump in traffic or if something I wrote totally bombed and nobodyâ€™s reading my blog any more. Well, this awesome guide helps you track all your stats and if youâ€™re Excel-dumb like me, includes plenty of helpful formulas to calculate growth.
Inside the Strangely Profitable World of Discontinued Beauty:Â There is an eyelinerÂ I have been wearing for nearly seven years that is no longer carried in stores but is available on line. You best believe I hoard this baby and will be disappointed when it vanishes. Paying more than retail for it though? Probably not.
Feel Like Itâ€™s All Been Done Before? Watch This.Â Loved this video from Marie Forleo. Iâ€™ll admit to having a little green-eyed monster over some blogging stuff lately combined with a what-do-I-really-have-to-contribute-to-the-conversation? Maybe my blog will never be The Biggest but Iâ€™m proud that I generally write about what matters to me, and I donâ€™t write just to write.
I have some big plans in store for this site this year, but Iâ€™d love to hear what you like and, yup, even what you donâ€™t, so I can make it better though. Lay it on me. What good have you read lately?