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What are you up to this week? We actually started a Whole 30 on Monday. Have you ever done one? Any tips?? We seem to be right on track with the timeline of symptoms for completely cutting out sugar. Days 2-3 are known as The Hangover phase and “many Whole30ers report headaches, fatigue, and general malaise.” Haha, noted. Hope you have a good one, and eat a baked good for me! Now, on to the links…

A solar eclipse is coming to America (Aug 21!). Here’s what you’ll see where you live.

New neuroscience reveals 4 rituals that will make you happy.

Downton Abbey movie is in the works!!! (In case you’re wondering what Lady Mary is up to.)

Related: For the love of DOWNTON!

Every year, the sky “rains fish.” Explanations vary.

Do emoji have grammar? 

This title made me laugh.

Armed with science (and snark), a gynecologist takes on Trump, Goop, and all manner of bizarre health trends.

Applying lessons from cholera to the opioid crisis.

Inside New York City’s housing crisis.

This food bank goes beyond the pantry and invests in the local community.

Love crafting but hate shopping for supplies? Check out this subscription service.

Related: DIY: Paper flowers on canvas with Home Made Luxe.

State-sanctioned efforts to keep the incarcerated from reproducing began in the early 20th century and continue today.

P.S. Here are a few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Restaurants Are Not Food Culture and 100 Abandoned Houses.

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Hello my beautiful friends! Today marks my THIRD day in a row of waking up at 5 am. (How do you every-day early-risers DO IT?) These early rise times have been to facilitate a pretty mind-numbing project so maybe it’s less about 5 am and more about all the work in the hours that follow. But either way, I’m totally zonked. Wednesday tho, amirite!? WE GOT THIS! Here are some links to help keep your eyes pried open ’til the weekend…

The surprisingly interesting story behind the filet-o-fish sandwich. (<–You know it is Lent when…)

Here’s what a food blogger actually eats in a day.

Photographer Omar Robles’ portraits capture dancers en pointe in San Juan.

This Kentucky Forecast t-shirt made me laugh.

SOOOO relateable re: small(er) town living has perks and big cities can be a sorta nightmare.
“i can’t deal with traffic anymore. or people. or pretty much anything that takes longer than five minutes and doesn’t move its mindlessly texting ass out of the way. i thought i was committed to being a city person but i’ve been in both new york and los angeles for work (LOL) over the past few months and rather than being like “hooray! look at all of the expensive juice options laid before me!” i’ve instead found myself thinking “shit, have there always been this many people on earth?”

A purse with TWO pom-poms so it can be your personal cheerleader.

Related: Gift ideas for  sisters, girlfriends, best friends, wives and any other lady loves!

The next scientific breakthrough could come from the history books.

Researchers uncover a regional distinction in American Sign Language, and seek to preserve it.

Once hunted to near extinction, Europe’s great egrets take refuge along the Danube.

101 small ways you can improve your city.

I always end up sleeping in gym shorts and t-shirts but I’m considering an upgrade.

Pumping iron with Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s personal trainer is no joke.
“Asked earlier this month about the most important person in her life, Ginsburg, who was widowed in 2010 and lost a close friend with the 2016 death of Justice Antonin Scalia, responded, “My personal trainer.” That would be Bryant Johnson, 52. You could think of Johnson’s sturdy limbs as a fourth branch of government, grafted onto the judiciary, keeping it aloft.”

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Found! The Greatest Exercise Video Ever and Must-Haves for Sleeping in the Heat.

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How’s your week going, friends? I can’t believe it’s February! I’m sure all you folks further North were pleased as punch that Punxatawney Phil didn’t see his shadow. Early Spring! Hope you all have a most wonderful day, and here are a few links in case you’re in a web-wandering mood…

In an interview with Tori Spelling, Lena Dunham captures the essence of my love for so many reality TV notables.

Discover the world through the eyes of some of the most well-traveled and talented photographers out there.

A reaction to the liberal backlash against Hillary.

Mid-Century Modern swoon.

Looking forward to this new documentary about the counter-culture icon Janis Joplin.

The 20 minute surgery that cured a prince’s deafness.

I would love if someone design-inclined gifted me a Matrimonial Map for my wedding.

A new series offering an insider’s peek into the last taboo facing modern working women–money.

Short answers to hard questions about Zika Virus.

Wedding inspo.

A book by my favorite MTV VJ!

The science of “Little House on the Prairie” aka “hi, I’m switching career paths immediately because this is all I want to do with my life now kthanxbaiiii.”

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How was your holiday weekend? We took a little trip up to St. Petersburg (as I mentioned in this post) for a belated Christmas celebration with my mom, sister, brother, and sister-in-law. We had awesome meals at Casita Taqueria and Bella Brava, if you’re in need of recommendations. We also drove over to Tampa to catch my sister in a play. The show was called Speech and Debate so OF COURSE I loved it, haha! #SpeechNerd It was edgy, witty, and laugh out loud funny. My sister in particular was HYSTERICAL! Now it is back to reality, but never fear! The links are here…

Google maps out the tiniest city.

Bad day? Pick one (or two, or ALL) of these videos and try not to smile.

What would you serve on this dinner set?

Science-themed nursery for a very lucky baby.

I’m an abreve profesh.

Add a pop of color to your breakfast.

Winning the lottery.

Frequent recess leads to more attentive children.

One of everything, please!

Why you should commit to a sleep routine.

District Attorney Ken Kratz’s holiday cards.

The life, death, and rebirth of the New York City coffee cup.

P.S. I just finished the book The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom and I would highly, HIGHLY recommend it if you like historical fiction.

 

Strike a (power) pose!

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In her TEDTalk “Power Poses” Amy Cuddy explains how striking a new pose can change how powerful you feel. It’s true that people with power–media moguls, Olympic victors, monarchs–showcase that power through confident non-verbal communication. They stand up straight, take up space, maybe even reach their hands up high or relax with their feet kicked up on their desk. But Cuddy wondered if the reverse was also true. If expressing these same sorts of powerful poses could make a person feel power.

IE) If POWER —> POWER POSES, could

POWER POSES —> POWER???

Her study pointed to ABSOLUTELY! After asking participants to stand in various “power poses” for just two minutes, Cuddy found they experienced higher levels of testosterone (the “confidence” hormone) and lower levels of cortisol (the “stress” hormone). As a result, she encourages people to use her findings when they may need a dose of confidence or find themselves in a stressful situation.

Instead of hunching in a chair scrolling through notes on your iPhone, spend a few moments before a big interview stretched out as big as possible in the nearest bathroom stall. Have a big presentation at work? Close your office door, kick your feet up, and stretch your arms behind your head.

When I first watched the video of Amy Cuddy’s presentation, I really needed it. I wasn’t feeling all that powerful. I needed to find a job. I needed to make friends. I needed to do all those pesky-scary things that come with being in a different place from the one you’ve been in for seven years. In fact I was feeling pretty powerless. I’m sure my non-verbals weren’t doing a great job at hiding that fact.

But Cuddy’s “fake it ’til you make it” advice made a lot of sense. I knew from years of dance and competitive speech & debate that my body and my posture and my physicality could speak volumes and impact other’s perceptions of me. But now I realized I could turn that knowledge on it’s head and impact my perception of myself. I started doing yoga regularly (warrior poses are fantastic for this) and I began to make the conscious decision to take up more space.

Fast forward a few years and a few promotions (score!), Cuddy’s instructions began to sink in. I was in a position of power at my job and when I needed to communicate and exemplify that power, even if just to myself, power poses fit the bill.

My go-to posture in this new position became the same pose Cuddy opens with in her presentation; hands on hips, wide stance. Think: Wonder Woman. If I needed to persuade a customer or discipline an employee or haggle with a vendor, I was ready.

One unruly and frequently belligerent customer found himself getting familiar with my new stance of choice. When he was around trouble usually followed. So I wanted to feel powerful when confronting him. I also wanted him, and my employees, to know I. meant. business. I would saddle up to the scene, hands on hips, stance wide, spine straight. After finding himself on the receiving end of a Wonder Woman a few too many times this dude started to get…how shall we say, comfortable. He actually started mimicking my moves and mocking my posture.

“How dare he?” I thought. “Would he behave this way with a man?!” But each time he did this I continued to hold my ground. (Even when he would refer to my pose with such colorful language as “sassy” or “bitch.”) And then after his brief ridiculous displays were over he would follow my instructions, apologize, calm down, or rectify whatever other issue he had instigated.

These interactions proved to me the veracity of Cuddy’s claims. Because this dude was clearly threatened. A human twice my size with the ability to get twice as loud was threatened by my 5’3″ frame, soft voice, and calm demeanor.

I stood powerfully so I felt powerful. And this guy, for whatever reason, didn’t like that.

But guess what? My body didn’t need to speak apologies for HIS wrong-doings. Just like yours doesn’t need to speak apologies when you’re feeling powerless in front of a crowded room or when you’re feeling powerFUL.

So, yeah. Stretch your arms over your head before that interview, take up space, be noticed!

It feels pretty good.

If you’d like to implement the benefits of Power Poses, may I recommend this yoga video or this one. If you want to pose for a few minutes before an important, stress-filled happenin’ then check out this helpful chart

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“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”

-F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby 

Enjoy the links…

The best explanation of Uber ratings. 

How did Chris McCandless die? 

RuPaul’s RuTine. 

Congrats William & Kate!

Espresso in space could have strong scientific impacts.

This essay is a heart-wrenching reminder of the emotional power of food.

Oh, NBD…just pictures of ragdoll cats.

I think I need to adopt this little guy!

Lessons in emergency eating.

I’m totally a #4 but now I’m looking to become a #6.

The comment section on this post was enlightening to explore.

Style sudoku would be a great resource for summer packing.

And click over to THIS POST and enter to win my FREE GIVEAWAY! 

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Half-way there check-in, readers! How’s it going? What’s new? I started a new position on Monday, and last night I watched my weekly dose of The Wire with friends (and had some Country Boy Brewing Cougar Bait lol). Also, if you’re looking for something fun and free to do this weekend, head on out to the Clark Family Farms on Saturday for the Follow  the Food Farm Tour–featuring farm exploration, live Bluegrass music and local products available for purchase. Oh, and ME in the Good Foods tent. : ) Very in the spirit of this post. Hope you have a delightful week, and here are some mid-week internet gems…

Ever “discover” something that wasn’t really new?

What development can mean for our natural wonders.

For when you’re craving something sweet.

Excommunicating women.

Futuristic farming in Japan.

Well this certainly makes my blood boil.

I love a good themed activity.

Terrible. Super police work, LAPD.

Books can solve anything…even PMS!

Plans are in the works for a “pay-what-you-can” community restaurant in Danville, KY.

What your rental dollars can get ya.

Feels like an homage to this summer! (So long KY Summer. See ya next year!)

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Hi! How’s the week going for you guys? My to-do lists have been super long the last few days. Isn’t the ramp-up in obligations and tasks around school startin’ time weird? It’s not like I had the whole summer off for vacay! For those of you who ARE starting school for the year, GOOD LUCK! I hope this semester goes fantastically and that you learn a whole bunch.

Here are a few neat posts from around the web…

Why one father has chosen not to tell his son he’s smart.

Sarah Silverman is my spirit animal.

What French kids eat for lunch.

Can you guess these famous first lines from classic novels when they’re written in emojis? (Number 12 made me laugh out loud.)

Former member of a tight-knit prayer group turned cult tells all.

Easy and delicious pasta dinner.

Running wild with Photoshop to examine global standards of beauty.

Pictures of communal living in the Netherlands.

Studies begin on the babies born with genetic material from 3 parents.

Do you have a non-Gmail email?

Neil DeGrasse Tyson is such a BAMF.

Miley Cyrus speaks out about homeless youth.