Sunday Link Love will be a weekly feature on Life in the Meow. You may have seen similar posts like this on other blogs. Essentially, this a weekly roundup of articles, posts, or video that I’ve read this past week that stood out which I believe you would enjoy too.
Simply click on the title of the article you want to read and it will take you to the original post.
Leave a comment below with your favorite article and your thoughts on it.
Molly over at Still Being Molly wrote this thought-provoking response to a PSA she watched on online bullying and mean tweets.The video is linked here. Watch the video first and then read her response. I warn you though you might need a box of tissues. It’s eye-opening, heart-breaking, and so incredibly important.
This article…wow. It felt like someone was pulling actual thoughts from my brain. I’m an introvert, and losing friends has never been easy for me (it’s not easy for anyone!). It seems to me that some people have an easier time letting go of friendships that no longer work. I still mourn the loss of friends from over a decade ago and constantly wonder what I could have to prevent the breakup. This was a comforting read to know that I’m not alone.
That’s all, folks! Don’t forget to share and leave a comment!
I wish I could say that the reason for my disappearance lately is because I had been traveling the depths of Africa in search for the missing link, but it’s really because I’m a procrastinating slacker. Professionally…I belong to the National Association for Professional Procrastinating Slackers. It’s pretty exclusive.
The process to earning my teacher’s certification has been all-consuming…which is why my last post was all the way back in January.
2016 is FLYING by. Faster than I can catch up. My mom says that’s what happens when you get old…time goes by at hyper-speed.
Now I’m waiting to hear back on my transcript evaluation for my teacher’s cert process. It’s a 6-8 week process which turned into a 12-16 week process because of an idiotic mistake on my part. That whole transcript evaluation thing? Yeah, they require official transcripts, and my dumb self sent unofficial ones. Duh.
Trying to remain positive by seeing the wait as time to focus on the blog, like I’ve attempted several times since the beginning of the year!
Stay tuned. I promise to do my best to not pull another Houdini act on you!
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Scrolling through my Facebook feed the other day, I noticed an awesome challenge posted by PopSugar. It’s the best sort of challenge as it involves reading.
Which, I’m pretty great at. Anyone who knows me, knows that my books are my babies (second to my cats).
Last year didn’t involve much reading at all. I mostly caught up on some series that I hadn’t read in a while-like all of my crazy vampire romance novels that I read in high school because I was a die-hard…twi-hard. For those who don’t know what a twi-hard is…it’s those psycho fan-girls (and boys) who are a wee bit obsessed with the Twilight series.
Like this one time, I betrayed my mother’s strict orders to NOT go into the city with my girlfriend by ourselves at 15 years old so we could meet Stephenie Meyer.
Proof with a grainy photo:
Go ahead and laugh while I hang my head in shame.
This challenge though from PopSugar involves 40 different reading tasks/categories including reading a book you can finish in a day, a book published this year, and a book recommended by someone you just met.
I see the reading challenge as an excellent way to sort of veer from my typical literary genres and explore. I have some books laid out already for what I’m hoping to read, but we’ll see where it takes me!
You can click this link to find the 2016 Reading Challenge.
Here are some of my anticipated reads:
-Book set in your home state: “The Sacrifice” by Joyce Carol Oates
-Book translated in English: “The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas
-New York Times Bestseller: “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins
-Book becoming a movie this year: “Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes
It is statistically impossible for someone to say that they do not know someone who has served in the military. And if you haven’t, chances are you actually do.
That being said, Veterans Day is coming up soon (it’s this coming Wednesday!). I never paid much attention to celebrating it because I didn’t really comprehend the significance of it.
Now I do. And if I could individually thank every single person who has sacrificed their life for another persons chance to at freedom, I would. When I say sacrifice, I don’t just mean losing a life. I mean those military personnel who sacrifice their time, relationships, and their own freedoms to protect yours and create freedom for others.
My senior year of college, I did my field research paper on suicide and depression in the military. It was alarming to read the statistics and reports of just how many of our countries bravest have taken their own lives. Most due to traumatic experiences, mental health disorders, lack of support, and lack of resources.
Every day. Every. single. day. 22 veterans commit suicide. When you think of how small the population of military personnel is and you put that number in there, it’s heartbreaking.
Those who we believe are our strongest and most courageous are actually our most fragile. And they need help. Support. Love. Acknowledgement. Validation.
There is an amazing organization out there called the Veterans Yoga Project. This organization provides yoga, meditation, and restorative classes for veterans and active military personnel. It has been noted that these sorts of mindful activities have helped our soldiers immensely.
Here, they have a place where they can learn to open their mind, to calm it, to work through their panic attacks, flashbacks, etc. On the mat, they have an outlet and pure acceptance, understanding.
In order to grow their numbers, classes, and resources, the Veterans Yoga Project needs some help. They want to spread awareness on the issues that our soldiers face when they come home.
During Veterans Gratitude Week, they ask yoga instructors all over the country to provide donation-based classes to raise money and awareness. The instructors who hold these classes are not paid for teaching and 100% of the proceeds raised from these classes go towards the VYP.
At the gym where I work, we will be holding 2 opportunities for you to participate in a donation-based yoga class:
You can also learn more about the Veterans Yoga Project here. At this link, you can find a map that shows the different locations where there are donation-based classes in your area!
You can help out in anyway whether it involves attending a donation based yoga class between now and Nov. 15th, spreading awareness and knowledge about our veterans’ struggles, donating money to the cause or meeting me on the mat at my gym, you can help.
Hope to see you around. And a huge thank you to all of those out there who have served our country and sacrificed so much. It may not feel like you are always appreciated and cared about, but there are those of here for you.
It’s officially Fall. Yes. Basic ladies, it’s time to break out the dark nail polish, scarves, plaid, and boots. Go get your Pumpkin-Spiced Lattes from Starbucks and get ready.
Fall is my favorite season. It’s that time of year where the mornings are brisk and require extra snuggles from purring kitties. Hand-knitted or crocheted goodies get to come out of hiding. The weather is that perfect temperature-not too hot, not too cold. Halloween is coming. Everything smells like clove. I can shamelessly light all of my candles I’ve saved just for fall.
My summer bucket list was a total flop…so I’m going to attempt to complete one for fall.
I’ve never been apple picking. Ever. Instagram is chock full of those adorable photos of couples plucking apples from trees and kissing under them. Ew. Paul and I are more the couple that would be chucking apples at each other’s faces, but still…I want to go! Apple cider, apple cider doughnuts, apple everything!!!!
Bake an apple pie…
With fresh apples from my apple picking trip. I bought a pie dish that is just aching to be used. What better way to christen it then with a fresh, hot apple pie!
Go to a Fall Festival
There are so many different festivals and fairs going on in September and October. I’m not sure which one to go to, but I have to go to at least one!!
Crochet/knit a new scarf
There’s a whole giant bin full of yarn that I haven’t used yet. Those little skeins are just crying out to be made into a beautiful scarf or hat for this season. Let’s see if I can actually finish a project…
Fall is the perfect time to go hiking. The weather is fair and you can climb up to the top of that mountain and enjoy the beautiful colors of fall.
Do more yoga!
This goal isn’t very fall specific, but it’s a goal nonetheless. I need to dedicate more time to myself and my practice.
Did fall really happen if you didn’t go pumpkin picking? The answer is no.
Pumpkin picking is a must for me. Halloween is my favorite holiday, and it’s just not complete until you have a glowing, carved pumpkin on your porch.
Go somewhere new
This will be easy to complete. I’m going to Tennessee in October! I’m so excited to see my cousin and meet her boyfriend and his son. I’ve never been further West than Pennsylvania so this is sure to be an adventure. Especially since I’ll be traveling with my grandmother. She likes to call us Velma and Louise.
Embrace my inner basic-ness
When I confronted Paul with the demand to go apple picking this Sunday, he suggested we go somewhere in our hometown. First, there are no public orchards in our town so that’s not happening. Second, my response to his idea? “No.” “Why not?” “I don’t want anyone we know to see just how basic I will be that day.”
This girl went to Target the other day…and bought many fall wardrobe essentials. And I fully intend to wear them all when we go apple picking.
I realized I need to show my inner-basic. I love pumpkin flavored and scented things. I like boots. I like boot cuffs. I like scarves. I like plaid. I like cardigans. I like Starbucks lattes.
I am basic, and I am proud.
Dress (torture) my cats into adorable Halloween costumes
Sometimes I forget that my cats aren’t actually mini humans that I can dress in whatever I want. But I don’t care. There are far too many animal costumes available.
Last year, Peach was a shark.
I’m currently torn between dressing Morrigan as a taco and putting Peach in a poncho and sombrero or dressing them up as Olaf and Elsa from Frozen. Decisions, decisions.
It’s been a while since I last posted here so here’s an update on what’s been going on!
This past month and a half has been a bit crazy between studying for the Praxis, a family wedding, and trying to squeeze the last bit out of summer.
Studying for the Praxis has taken up most of my time lately (read: binge watching Supernatural on Netflix). Since I took the SAT’s once and refused to ever take them again, my scores were not so hot which means that I have to take the core exams for the Praxis: writing, reading, and math. All I can think about is how much I wish I could go back in time and beat 17 year old me with an SAT prep book…
Please don’t even get me started on the actual test that truly matters…the Social Studies Content Knowledge.
The last few weekends of summer were spent trying to enjoy it as much as possible! There were a few fishing trips with friends and family. It was nice, relaxing, and fruitful! Both times we went out on the boat, we did not go into the ocean. When it’s 8 in the morning on a Saturday and boats are still at the docks, it’s a bad sign. When you’re driving out towards the ocean and you’re seeing boats come in from the ocean, it’s an even worse sign.
Especially when you see the bigger fishing boats coming in from the ocean…
Instead, we fished around in the river and I caught my first fluke!!! All the times that I’ve been fishing, I’ve never caught one. I’ve caught everything else under the sun except a damn fluke. See picture below of me proudly holding my catch.
The second time we went out, we went crabbing. Dina and I hit the jackpot. The ladies caught dinner that day.
Family weddings are usually something to look forward or something to dread. For me, I love my family and I love being with them. I always look forward to opportunities to spend time together. My beautiful cousin, Meghan, got married this past weekend down in the Baltimore area. Post to come later about our long weekend adventure in Baltimore and Washington D.C.