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What are you up to this week? We kicked off Monday night with a documentary screening about the opioid crisis and heard from the director a drug rehabilitation program in nearby Decatur. It was an enlightening evening. The weather has been very cold and rainy so I think I’ll just hibernate until we hit the road for our Thanksgiving festivities! If you’d like to click around on some links I’ve been enjoying, go right ahead…

The 10 most popular beer brands in the world.

A roller skating girl gang? Sign me up.

Doctors respond to NRA with gruesome photos of treating shooting victims.

Turkey and stuffing meatballs sounds way more delish than plain ol’ turkey for T-giving.

Genius travel hack.

How a woman becomes a lake.

Meet the Progressive Liberal, who’s body-slamming his way through Trump country.

The 2018 midterms were huge for women candidates. Here’s how they could change policies.

The name of this podcast made me LOL.

A Harvest Punch cocktail for November.

Follow me on Instagram.

Follow my podcast on Instagram.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — 10 Easy Ways to Personalize Your Wedding and A Birthday Trip to the Tennessee Aquarium.

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What are you up to this week? I’m headed to Bowling Green on Friday, and I can’t wait to be wowed by the WKU Forensics Team. The weather has been cooling in these parts and the sun has that magical autumn sparkle. I’m loving any excuse to take a brisk walk, and we’ve been making lots of fall-weather foods – like Cincinnati chili, gumbo, and Girl Scout stew. And thank you to everyone who has taken the time to check out my podcast! It has been a blast making it and I can’t wait for you to hear all the upcoming episodes. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and enjoy these links from ’round the world wide web…

How to make a Beyonce at Coachella Halloween costume.

The FBI of the National Park Services handles the complex crimes committed on NPS land.

Who does “Southern femininity” really belong to?

Related: Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon

The power and legacy of Amererica’s female spirtualists.

Social media is turning an art form into an industry.

The $11 drugstore item Queen Elizabeth uses to fall asleep.

Cool timelapse. (…but very triggering if you ever had braces, lol.)

West Virginia’s small-town revival.

Isolated nomads are under siege in the Amazon jungle.

How to eat your way through Nashville in one day.

The perfect morning workout.

Related: A 12 Day Workout Challenge 

A woman’s paycheck is influenced by her hometown — even if she doesn’t live there anymore.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — How to Spend Your Time Helping Others and A Random Read.

Breaking a Habit

Did you know that most Americans check their phones on average between 80 and 300 (!) times a day? In fact, a study in 2017 found we only go about 12 minutes between putting our phone down and picking it back up again.

Yikes!

Because I work with multiple clients – and sometimes with multiple accounts for each client – I’m constantly getting emails, notifications, or checking up on things online. Sometimes I do this from my phone and sometimes at my computer. So, even if I check my phone MORE than 300 times in a day, I don’t necessarily mind.

But what I DO mind is when picking it up leads me down the rabbit hole of looking through a bunch of different things…clicking here and clicking there…scrolling, scrolling…and THEN putting the phone down. (I’m also guilty of this habit on the computer–I’ll just click around and not really read or take anything in!)

It’s such a time suck and I know there are a million and one things I’d rather be doing with those precious minutes. So, I need a plan.

Here’s what I’m thinking —

a) Focused mornings.  For the first few hours of my work day I’ll leave my phone in the other room and stay off distracting websites.
b) Implement one unplugged day a week. Try to keep all phone and internet usage to a minimum every Saturday. (Full disclosure: I tried kicking this off already and it was a bit of a fail…WORK IN PROGRESS!)
c) Do my research. I’ve heard this book is really good.

What am I missing?

Do you have a habit you want to break? What are you doing to make it happen? Have you successfully broken the habit of mindless scrolling?! TELL ME EVERYTHING!

The Totally Random Instagram Accounts I Follow

So it’s been over a month since my last round-up of Instagram accounts you should “totally follow” but I promised you one more post and one more post you shall receive. I present to you: The TOTALLY RANDOM folks I personally follow. Whatta ya say? Wanna see who fills my feed (& my heart!)?

[Besides the FOODIES and the CELEBS and the BLOGGERS!]

Let’s Scroll —

eriqlasalle … because the OG cast of ER is life.

bustle … for the relatable memes.

marachok … for my obsession with all things Russian ballet.

usweekly … following has drastically reduced my urge to buy trash magazines (+ they have “Who Wore it Better” polls in their IG stories and I can’t resist that).

ownitbabe … sometimes even the most curated of social media feeds needs a shot of body positivity!

femalecollective … girl power!

todaypuppy … this is an obvious one, right?

90sanxiety … oh those nostalgia feels are strong.

cheapoldhouses … because I like to pretend I’m someone who could flip a house.

miamidadepubliclibrary … i’m a sucker for their book stack posts.

westelm … home decor #goals.

natgeo … because the magazine is my fave!

and way, WAY too many more!

Leave one random Instagram account you follow in the comments below. (And you can follow yours truly at BBerg1012!)

The YouTuber Instagram Accounts You Should Totally Follow

Much like BLOGGERS, folks who share on YouTube are already offering us a glimpse into their worlds. Whether their channel showcases travel, food, style, or minimalist living…we get a backstage pass. All from the comfort of our homes!

[For more accounts to follow, check out these FOODIES and these CELEBS!]

And because YouTubers are already masterful video creators, following them on IG is EVEN MORE fun thanks to the advent of Instagram Stories. (Admittedly, one of the biggest time sucks in my day — whoops!) So, let’s take a look at a few of my favorite vloggers!

You Should Totally Follow —

kittenxlady … check out her channel HERE.

thebudgeteers … check out their channel HERE. (I can’t wait for Season 3 to drop!!)

simpleliving13 … check out her channel HERE. (Brittany shared her favorite mantra with Finding Delight readers in this post.)

badyogiofficial … check out her channel HERE. (Erin also shared a favorite mantra. Check it out!)

mrsvitale … check out her channel HERE.

demicouturestylist … check out her channel HERE.

I have one more crop of Instagram accounts I’d like to share with y’all before I close out this series and that’s the TOTALLY RANDOM ones. I think I have a fair few of those (as I’m sure you do too!). If you’d like to follow me, I’m at @BBerg1012 and I’d love to connect! Leave your handles below!! 

The Blogger Instagram Accounts You Should Totally Follow

Bloggers already offer a great window into their world. They share insights and offer a peek at their lives in the form of blog posts, which often include beautifully crafted prose and top-notch photography. But sometimes you wanna see what’s going on in their lives in between these posts.

Enter Instagram. A great way for bloggers to share on the fly and show off their photo styling skills!

I’ve shared my favorite FOODIE and CELEB follows but today let me hit you with some Instagram accounts that are near and dear to my heart — BLOGGERS!

You Should Totally Follow —

carrotquinn … who blogs HERE.

taralynnmcnitt … who blogs HERE.

hannahcozens … who blogs HERE.

jjjasuuu … who blogs HERE.

latonyayvette … who blogs HERE.

and stella.blackmon … who contributes to THIS BLOG.

Oh and perhaps you’ll consider following yours truly at BBerg1012 … I blog right here! But I guess you already knew that. 😉 Don’t forget to leave YOUR handles in the comment section, sweet internet friends!! xoxo

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I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July!!! Did you BBQ? Pop fireworks? Sing patriotic songs while you packed for upcoming travel?! *raises hand for that last one* I’m on my way to Kentucky today! I’ll be hanging out with my Mom for the next couple days and I can’t wait. (I have an embarrassingly long list of food you can only get in Lexington that I want to consume during my short visit.) Hope everyone’s day is peachy and here are a few links for your amusement…

Central Americans, scared of what’s happening in the U.S., stay put.

The U.S. already has a high quality, universal childcare program — in the military.

The problem with writing about Florida.

9 fun activities that also happen to be exercise.

Related: Ballin’ on a Budget — Ditch the Gym Membership

Monthly art projects sent to your door!

35 cheap recipes that will help you stick to your budget.

Related: How to Eat on a Shoestring Budget

Um, a 40 of ROSÉ? Yes, please!

Make the bread, buy the butter.

Ghostwriting for social media stars is the secret new Millennial It-career.

Long absent from discussions about employment, the retail workforce is taking matters into their own hands.

How to think about Bill Cosby and The Cosby Show.

Q&A: WTF is gut health? 

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — My Top 4 Healthy Lifestyle Intentions and TV Recommendation: Westworld.

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How have you been, friends? I spent the weekend sleeping in + eating brunch + wandering around Coconut Grove + buying way too much local food. (Oh and I finally watched this movie! So good.) I did not spend the weekend doing laundry + cleaning my apartment. Whoops! Kinda don’t care. Sometimes you just need to do YOU for a weekend, ya know. Ok, here’s a few links for your enjoyment…

 

Block people and pretend they died.

I did a sheet mask last night and now I want to impulse order a million on Amazon.

An eye-opening text convo reveals the reality of everyday abuse.

One fifth of American students wear school uniforms. Do they level the playing field or just further marginalize poor kids?

Forty-nine straight hours inside Trump’s Washington hotel.

So, is Gwyneth Paltrow a modern-day snake-oil saleswoman?

Related: Maybe so, but her food IS good.

He convinced former CIA operatives he was one of them. Was he an impostor?

A paper flower replica of your wedding bouquet would be the sweetest 1st year anniversary present EVER! *HINT, HINT!* 

Help deliver a truck to the Chico Mendes Reforestation Project.

Living by the Girl Scout law, even without a home.

I’m ordering this shirt and this one to wear all summer long!

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Editor’s Note: Today, Finding Delight is thrilled to welcome Adam to our weekly round-up for the second time. (Here’s his first visit to the Mid-Week Round-Up.) I hope his post and links resonate as much with you as they did with me. 

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Over the weekend I was cyberbullied. It wasn’t the standard “you’re a liberal snowflake asshole” attack you might expect. It was more vicious this time and quickly escalated from some guy making veiled homophobic comments to likes and retweets of an emerging chorus of “queer” and “glory hole sucker” posts aimed directly at me. A couple of the attack tweeters lifted my profile picture and began using it in their posts. Clicking onto their profiles, I saw them having separate conversations about me, using my picture and saying things like I was a “disgusting queer” and “probably have AIDS.”

Full disclosure: I’ve written a few loud and arguably ignorant comments on some crazy-pants Facebook posts. I usually give social media attacks directed at me a pass, thinking “I, too, have posted things that 20 minutes later made me shameful.”

This time though, after resisting the desire to fight back and simply reporting them, I tried to go on with my day. But hours later, I had to keep checking on the tightness in my chest.

I wondered how women and female journalists continue to endure this on a daily basis. 

The attack made me think back to one of my 2017 New Year’s resolutions: Get off social media. Why didn’t I stick with it? Why am I even on here

Perhaps I’ve just accepted that virtual bullying comes with the territory? In truth, it’s easy for me to accept that reality; I’ve lived most my life knowing there’s a strong likelihood that a passing stranger will call me a fag

So many people face vicious onslaughts of degradation simply by being present in both virtual and real-world spaces. Social media and internet links, so often, seem to be a product used to push shame; an evolving technology dedicated to tearing people down in ways that transcend virtual space with real life implications.

But looking over stories about the Muslim travel ban protests at airports all over the country, I realized the reason I’m still here—present in the shit hole that is social media—because it’s the links… Our links to one another are important. 

It was the Instagram post from a friend that helped me stop feeling bad about the bullying I faced. The hate is not normal—and I do not have to tolerate it. 

Seeing this tweet of a nun jamming at the airport protest in San Francisco made me laugh. Hard. The link was important. The Stanger Things’ SAG award acceptance and Wynona Ryder’s face made me take in the fact that America is already great.

I am benefiting from the resistance and the “personalized act[s] of labor dedicated to communal protest,” which are so often being transmitted through links—nudging me to recognize that now is not the right time to leave social media

The link-driven resistance is not a bunch of “liberal lawyers,” as the New York Times might argue. It’s about sharing stories to bend the arch of justice toward a shared sense of ethical humanity.

I will continue to actively link with the resistance by writing personal op-eds and showing up at town halls.

I will continue finding Finding Delight’s Wednesday links post through social media. It’s important to be connected these days. 

So, for the sake of theme and the goal of promoting a shared sanity in these harsh times, here are some other, more specific hyperlinks that you might also find helpful:

Anyway, with that, I hope you “like” this Wednesday’s links post. And I hope you “like” other peoples’ links too—it’s critical for us to lift up and recognize individuals and institutions when they’re focused on promoting truth.

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Hi friends! I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving holiday. I’ve been a bit M.I.A. around these parts. Our internet is a little on the fritz, and nothing annoys me more than starting a post only to lose internet connection for the next two hours. Hopefully the problem will be resolved soon. Another reason for my absence? A little Thanksgiving vacay in St. Pete! Chet and I drove up to spend some time with my mom and sister for the holiday weekend. We had a wonderful dinner at Bella Brava, played a few rounds of shuffle board, enjoyed some lovely parks….and watched ALL of the Gilmore Girls revival. All in all, a very productive trip! I hope y’all had similarly magnificent weekends. Now, enjoy a little mid-week pick-me-up in the way of one dozen links…

Small space holiday decorating hacks.

My thoughts and heart are with Appalachia.

The case for abolishing high school football.

Reddit is tearing itself apart.

How to create the perfect holiday cheese board.

What it’s like to have your period in prison.

I’ll take one of each, please!

Adding this to my list of podcasts I want to check out.

A mental disorder that gives us unique insight into the digital age.

Gorgeous budget-friendly bag, if you’re in the market.

This book is definitely on my holiday wish-list.

And speaking of books… I just finished this memoir and now I want to eat at this restaurant and binge watch this TV show!