Friday, January 9, 2015

five on friday

five on friday
This week was my girls' first week back to school after winter break. I have a love/hate relationship with breaks. I love the time off obviously. However, we also kind of get thrown off of our routine. Next week will be better hopefully.

These are 5 links I came across this week that I'd like to share:

1. Though we were thrown off of our routine somewhat over winter break, I've been sticking to my morning routine as best I can. I highly recommend a morning routine if you don't have one already. I read this article by Rivka Caroline for Lifehack: 4 Things You Should Not Do For A Productive Morning. She notes, "Your mornings are an integral part of your day. From the moment your eyes open, your day has officially begun. Use that precious morning time for your advantage later on in the day when your energy and mental agility is declining." Definitely.

2. Because establishing a morning routine has improved the quality of my days, I am gearing up to establish afternoon and evening routines. Jennifer Holder shared The 10 Most Productive Ways to Spend Your Lunch Hour for WiseBread. I can get behind taking a nap. "Research shows that naps will make you more productive and reduce stress."

3. I was happy to come across this article after Jessica O'Brien tweeted about it: Your Kids, Too? Practical Advice When Kids Have Too Much Stuff by Sharon Holbrook for The Washington Post. It was in response to her first article My Kids Have Have Too Much Stuff. In her first article, she expresses, "I hate to sound like one of those walked-uphill-both-ways types, but when I was a kid, I don't remember there being so much stuff given to me all the time, from everywhere. [...] I think the heart of [this problem] is that my children don't value their things." I agree wholeheartedly.

4. Do you have toxic people in your life? Sarita King for LifeHack encourages us to Say Goodbye To These Toxic People Before 2015. "The truth is that you will never make them happy because they themselves are unhappy, and that is something they must work out on their own. Perhaps by you stepping away, they will be able to focus on their own lives and see that the problem isn't you- it’s them." So true.

5. I'm excited to read a few books which will be made into movies in 2015. In 2014, I read The Fault In Our Stars and I didn't think it was all that and a bag of chips (yes, I grew up in the 90's, and say corny things like that sometimes). I also watched the movie (also not a fan). I read If I Stay (loved it!) and watched the movie. The movie was fairly good. Some of the actors didn't fit the characters for me. Anyway, here's a list of 100 Books to Read Before They're Movies, listed by Shannon Vestal for Popsugar. I'm interested in reading The Martian by Andy Weir. The plot is similar to the highly acclaimed film Gravity in that it's a story about survival set in space. Who woulda thought I would like space adventures so much?

Hope you have a great weekend! See ya Monday.