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Friday Link Round-Up: Weakness Edition

Collapsed Pup by Elizabeth Ditty

Whether you’ve faced the question in an interview or have been provoked to do some soul-searching on your own, there’s something to be said for knowing your weaknesses and how to deal with them.  Reviewing Steve Jobs’ biography earlier this week got me thinking about strengths & weaknesses and how we manage them.

Thought-Provoker of the Week

The first step to dealing with your weaknesses is learning what they are and how to talk about them.  Penelope Trunk talks about how to do both.

Lesson of the Week

Once we’ve identified and come to terms with our weaknesses, we can then focus on turning the into strengths.  ZenHabits talks about how to do just that.

Recipe of the Week

This Men’s Health article suggests that the problem with most of our restaurant comfort foods is cheap, poor-quality, artificial ingredients.  By using high-quality, real foods, we can take our favorite comfort foods into something that, if not exactly healthy, at least isn’t detrimental to our health.

Product of the Week

Coffee is definitely one of my weaknesses, and while I adore my Starbucks baristas, I’m trying to be more responsible with how much money I spend there.

To help in this endeavor, in addition to my pour-over coffee, we recently spent a grand total of less than $40 on a Bialetti espresso maker and a milk frother to use at home.  So far, we’re very impressed with the simplicity and quality of both, and it’s nice being able to have what feels like a little bit of luxury at home.

Laugh of the Week

Sometimes the best way to face a weakness is simply to embrace it, just like Loca, the dog who can’t run.

 

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Friday Link Round-Up: So You Messed Up Edition

Sad Lilo by Elizabeth Ditty

Let’s face it: none of us are perfect all of the time.  And unless you have a puppy dog face like my dog Lilo up there, there’s a lot to be said for learning to firstly take responsibility for our errors and secondly do what it takes to make it right.  That’s what this week’s round-up is all about — what do you when you mess up.  (Pay no mind to the fact that this post is going live the day after Valentine’s Day.)

Lesson of the Week

An apology is only worth the amount you mean it.  Here are three perspectives on how to apologize.

Product of the Week

You know how I’d like someone to apologize to me? With cupcakes.  This $11 cupcake pan comes ready to transport with a cover.  So simple, yet what a difference it makes!  (And as an FYI for any sometimes or frequent bakers out there, I’ve had nothing but wonderful experience with Wilton products for baking.  They’re entirely affordable and super high quality.)

Recipe of the Week

And speaking of cupcakes, if anyone has any reason to apologize to me and wants to take my suggestion of sending me cupcakes, these carrot cake cupcakes with maple-cream cheese frosting from Smitten Kitchen are a fantastic choice.  I made them for T’s birthday (along with How Sweet Eats’ Angel Food Cupcakes — also very good), and I think I ate at least 80 percent of them. (Can I blame that on being pregnant?)

Thought-Provoker of the Week

“Compassion has enemies, and those enemies are things like pity, moral outrage, fear.” That’s a quote from Buddhist roshi Joan Halifax in her TEDTalk on compassion.

Laugh of the Week

When all else fails, sometimes the best way to say you’re sorry is from the inside of a box.