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Friday Link Round-Up: Don’t Give Up Edition

Tea Wisdom: Inspiration is an unlimited power.

They say that nearly half of us make New Year’s Resolutions every year, but only 8 percent of us are successful in achieving those resolutions.  If you’re struggling now that the newness of 2013 is starting to fade, it’s perfectly OK to give yourself a new start.  Remember, it only takes 21 days to form a habit, so there’s still plenty of time left in the year to make good on those resolutions.

Product of the Week

One way to stay on track during those habit-forming 21 days and beyond is the Chain Method, first popularized by this Lifehacker article on Jerry Seinfeld.  As much as I love all the digital tools out there, sometimes there’s nothing better or more motivational than a good, old-fashioned calendar.  I like the size & feel of a traditional desk calendar, but this dry erase calendar is pretty snazzy, too.

Recipe of the Week

If you’re looking for healthy but also delicious recipes, then check out Gina’s SkinnyTaste food blog. She provides not only the recipe (with enticing pictures) but also nutritional information (including Weight Watchers points, if that’s your program of choice), so you can choose and plan recipes to fit your diet.  Here are her Top 25 recipes of 2012 to get you started.  (I adapted her Skinny Scones on New Year’s Day, and they were excellent.)

Thought-Provoker of the Week

Forbes tells us why our New Year’s Resolutions will fail by Feb. 1 — and offers advice on how NOT to let that happen.  And remember, you can make resolutions at any time of the year, so if you’ve decided your initial resolutions weren’t quite right, use this advice to make new ones!

Laugh of the Week

Jimmy Kimmel asks folks if they’ve been able to keep their New Year’s resolutions two & a half weeks into the new year.

Lesson of the Week

And because any time is a good time for a TED Talk, 12 TED Talks to inspire your New Year’s (and anytime) resolutions.

Bonus Video of the Week

And when times get tough, just remember…

That’s it, folks! Have a great weekend!

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Friday Link Round-Up: New Year Edition

Tea Wisdom from Yogi TeaHere’s what’s been capturing my attention around the internet this week.  If you’ve come across anything interesting (or have anything to say about the links below), I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Product of the Week

If a new and improved healthy eating plan is on your agenda for the New Year, then this Personal Blender with a Travel Lid is fantastic way to enjoy easy-to-make, vitamin-packed smoothies on your way to work or after a workout without dirtying up another cup.  Pro Tip: start with liquid, then add softer ingredients like yogurt, fresh produce, protein powders, etc., and top it off with frozen items like fruit or ice.

Recipe of the Week

And to go with that blender, how about a Green Smoothie Challenge? This collection of 5 combinations is super easy to get you into the the green smoothie habit.  I’ve been looking for easier ways to get my fruits & veggies in (since I crave salt & sugar even MORE while pregnant apparently), and smoothies are a great way to do it.  Adding a handful of spinach or kale to a fruit-filled smoothie packs a huge nutritional punch, and you’ll never even know you’re drinking spinach/kale — except for the bright green color, that is.  Throw in some Greek yogurt or some protein powder to make it a fully functioning nutritional powerhouse!

Thought-Provoker of the Week

I’m big on reviewing the previous year (the good and bad) and setting new goals for the next year.  Instead of setting New Year’s resolutions, I define New Year’s initiatives.  I first came across Nicole’s review method in 2011, and I used it again at the end of 2012.  If you haven’t done any sort of review/initiative process yet and want to, check out her free guide.

Laugh of the Week

To the point about why content matters, from The Oatmeal: How to Get More Likes on Facebook

Lesson of the Week

Inc. interviews successful entrepreneurs for their advice on How to Succeed in 2013.

Shameless Self-Promotion of the Week

Speaking of facebook (and I’m pretty sure I’m not committing any of The Oatmeal’s DON’Ts here), if you’re facebook-inclined and like what you’ve seen so far here, I’d like to invite you to visit (and like if you like!) the Sarah Writes Stories facebook page, just launched last night.  Thanks, and have an awesome weekend!