Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

Today is the start of my spring break! Come six p.m., I’ll be free for a week. I can’t wait! I have a lot of great plans for break including meeting this girl, hanging with this girl, spending a day with my mom, and celebrating my birthday early at Hofbrähaus. Hopefully I can fit some quality time in with Adam and my dad, too. It should be a fab week, even if I’m not spending it on a tropical island.

So this past week. So much good in the blog world, especially with the bevy of posts like mine yesterday. Some of my favorite posts to read are those that are honest and raw. They’re also my favorite to write. So thanks for reading here; now go give these other great read a look.

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Thinking Out Loud: NEDA: Sam from Better with Sprinkles gives an honest look at just how unexpectedly eating disorders can creep in and change lives. I am so thankful that she shared this with everyone, and boy, am I glad she is still here to even do that in general.

. thinking out loud #67 .: Of course, I have to thank Amanda from Running with Spoons again for hosting yesterday’s link-up and encouraging readers to share their own take on eating disorders. Without that, I wouldn’t have stepped out of my shell. Her own post was a really beautiful take on all the things she couldn’t do that she loved while overcoming her own disorder.

{Thinking Out Loud} The Gift of Time: You know the saying “hindsight is 20/20?” Davida from The Healthy Maven wrote a great post about learning, over time, that we have to love our bodies the way they are. All of the crazy things we do to get that perfect body (my favorite example of her’s: eating a salad before a night of drinking… gross) won’t bring us real happiness and content in the end.

Let’s talk about body image: Jan from Sprouts ‘n’ Squats wrote an eye-opening, personal mini-timeline of her own journey through body image. She talked about a lot of things that I didn’t even know were a factor in her life, and I applaud her.

Life Lessons: On Counting Ingredients, Not Calories: Alexis from The Hummusapien gave the real low-down on how important it is to pay attention to ingredient lists in stores. Would you believe that some store brands are actually less processed than big brands? If you need help navigating the aisles, check out her post.

Justification: In one of my favorite more controversial posts she’s written, Sarah from Pickyrunner talked about the need to justify all of our actions, specifically around food and exercise, these days. She believes that the need for justification is at an all-time high, but it really shouldn’t be. What do you think?

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And just for a little fun, you have to check out this Buzzfeed article about why Dimitri from Anastasia is the best guy/boyfriend/hottie ever and no one else can compare. I have to say I could have written this. It’s been my belief since forever.

ALSO, did you hear that Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are engaged (if you watched That 70’s Show this is the best news)? #KelsoandJackie4ever

Question of the Day:
>>What are you up to this weekend?
>>Do you think Dimitri from Anastasia is the hottiest hottie ever?

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Friday Favorites

So maybe you’re all like “Hey, Angela has hardly posted all week, why is she doing this lame Friday Favorites thing instead of giving me something real?”

And then I’m all like, “Listen, it was a crazy week, and no, I didn’t post a ton. But I certainly read a some great content from some awesome people, and even if I didn’t comment I still totally checked it out.”

And then we’re all like, “Yay! Friday Favorites are awesome!”

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Favorite Thankful

We need to remember to be thankful every day of our lives. As Amy said in her post this week, we never know when the end will come. Sure, that might sound scary, but why should you let it scare you? That’s something I struggle with all the time, honestly. I just need to remember to live for the now and be happy with what I have right now.

Favorite Perspectives

The comparison trap: you’ve heard that before, in jobs, life, etc. It’s especially prevalent in the health and fitness field. We constantly bombard ourselves with “inspiration,” but can we sometimes take that “inspiration” too far? Or maybe we start to question what “healthy” really means? Am I not healthy because I sometimes drink? Am I healthy because I make healthy brownies? Truthfully? We can really only compare ourselves to… ourselves. Both Kaite and Claire gave two great perspectives on what “healthy” means to them as individuals.

Favorite Reflection

Do something that scares you. Often. It will lead to great things. Davida and her post are living proof of that.

Aaaaaand some shameless self-promotion:

I’m in this class right now that I really love. Basically, we are a group of students acting as our own firm for a website that we blog on. My first post went up yesterday! The website contains a mix of general marketing and social media info as well as some Athens-centric posts. We would love for anyone and everyone to check the site out.

And just because I could use a little of this today, here’s a fortune that was in my cookie a few weeks ago:

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Here’s hopin’.

Question of the Day:
>> What is one of your favorite posts from this week?
>> Any fun plans this weekend? Also, how is it already the weekend?

Friday Favorites

I feel like I haven’t done a Friday Favorites in a while, but I’m pretty sure it’s only been two weeks! This year is already flying by, and I can’t keep track of it. 2014, can we please slow down?? Today can hurry up, though. My brother is visiting tonight! He will get here around dinner time and stay through Sunday for Sibs Weekend. We have some fun things on the map, but mostly I just want to hang out with the kid.

He’s one of my favorites. Here are a few other things that made my favorite list this week:

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Favorite Personal Opinion
At this point, I’m sure you’ve seen the controversy surrounding The Biggest Loser. Do I agree that she is on the underweight side? Yes. But Sam from Better with Sprinkles put her thoughts out there, and she explains why that is sending such an unhealthy message. Take the time to read her opinion.
*edited to add: I don’t mean to say that the contestant did something wrong, is a bad person, etc. But, I think that there is a large percentage of girls who might misconstrue the show’s message. I hope that the winner is actually healthy and happy, and, if she isn’t, that she gets there eventually.

Favorite Get In My Mouth
This cake. Tell me you don’t want it, too. If I keep going this is going to sound a lot more 50 Shades than I’d prefer. Lexi from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen hit it out of the park with her flourless chocolate cake.

Favorite Growing Up
My girl Cassie’s post about the joy of missing out on her blog Almost Getting It Together was so relatable for me. Have you ever heard of FOMO? Fear of missing out? Cassie flips that on its head and explains why, as we get older, we realize there is good reason to be happy about missing out sometimes.

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This quote kind of summed up my life, so I had to make it into a graphic. Shamelessly promoting my own pin here.

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Favorite ‘Burgh
I saw this post originally on Glamour, but I had to link back to the original to see the full list of the 20 Most Romantic Cities in the U.S. Pittsburgh is on the list! I guess I’m moving back to the right place after school. 😉

I’ll see you Sunday! I’m going to go sit by the window like a puppy and wait for Adam to get here.

Questions of the Day:
>>What’s one thing your city is known for? Pittsburgh is recognized for being far more things than romantic. Boisterous and loud is probably #1.
>>Are you more likely to experience FOMO or JOMO? If I’m in a mood I definitely get FOMO. Most often, I am fine with missing out on a wild weekend, though.