Links I Love: June 30, 2013

Want to stay in bed longer? Here’s what I’ve been loving, laughing, and getting intrigued by all week long. Now cozy up with your laptop/iPad and enjoy :)

Links I Love

Original image source: Mike Licht


In today’s age of oversharing, more people need this flowchart: What should you post on Facebook?

Five things you can stop worrying about when you worry about getting a job. Fascinating insight into current employment trends.

What should you do with your life? Ah, if only it were as easy as reading one article and having an “aha” moment…. but this step by step guide is pretty darn good.

Really interesting story from both sides – I’ve run into this problem before with guys I’m dating and it’s always a challenge how much to disclose! I Make Less Than My Wife’: How 3 Real Men Feel About It.

Could Getting Ahead at Work Cost You at Home? Of course it can, but I think that’s as it should be. It’s unfair to expect to have it all; it’s more important to make conscious choices about what’s most important to you.

My daughter thinks she can’t be president? The end of this is amazing, and I think is a great example of how sometimes the reasoning in our heads for something is not always what people expect.


I Failed is all about recognizing your faults, owning them, and moving forward. Love it!

How to easily increase willpower and improve self-control. This one has some really amazing tips!

The origin of the 8 hour work day and why we should rethink it. Robert Owen is my new hero – can we bring back his campaign?

This next one includes an app you can download to get the benefits anywhere, but I’m not sure I’m sold. How the Hum of a Coffee Shop Can Boost Creativity.

Pictures: 25 Motivational Quotes to Jump Start Your Week!


I love this image because it’s how I started running! Thanks to my Yumilicious partner-in-crime Blake for passing it along.

Showing off or actually impressive skill? The New Fitness Power Move.

“SoulCycle for Homeless People” classes being taught at CitiBike docking stations. The title is rather offensive but the concept is cool – fitness should be free!

I actually really like “fitspo” but found this fascinating and I can certainly see the argument: 5 Reasons Photos of Hot Women and Catchy Slogans Are Ruining The World.

Floss Your Way Fit? I set a New Year’s resolution in 2011 to floss daily, and have kept it up since, so that puts me right on track.

I love interval workouts and being as efficient as possible, so these two definitely caught my eye: The Rise of the Minimalist Workout, and Has Interval Training Made Exercise Just About Efficiency?

Something most of us don’t consider, but should: Breathing Techniques When Lifting Weights.

I once fell off a treadmill – we’ve all been here before! Funniest Fitness Fails.

On a more serious note: Why is Healthy Food Such a Joke?

I’m all about variety,  so I thought this was a fantastic idea: Cross-Train Your Diet. It’s all about balance!

Traveling for business and want to stay in shape? Under30CEO put out a great shortlist of Easy Tips to Keep Up Your Health Routine While on the Road, while PFITblog did an in-depth guide to exactly what you need to do to exercise on the go.

I’ve become addicted to foam rolling to help with the aches and pains of travel and working out; anyone tried these balls for deep tissue work? They look amazing!


Irrational anger pointed at FAA’s electronics ban might be displaced – maybe we should just get off our damn phones? I tend to agree with this one – the period of “no electronics” is always when I catch up on books.

But whether I agree or not doesn’t matter; this may be changing anyway. Expert Panel to Tell FAA That Leaving Electronic Devices On is OK!

Apparently just traveling is no longer enough to set yourself apart: the rise of the big, unnecessary, crazy, travel adventure. But I think it’s a good thing that everyone is recognizing the value of seeing the world?

11 Things We No Longer See on Airplanes sparked a really interesting Twitter discussion about additions – like “legroom” and “travelers behaving like humans.” I blame falling ticket prices (relative to the rate of inflation) and people thinking air travel is a right rather than a privilege.

Hotel trends: Holiday Inn Express and Marriott Eye the Younger Traveler. I think we’re going to see a lot more of this as business travel continues to evolve.

Eating In, Maybe With Carryout. Yes, yes, yes! For my long-term business travels, I’ve used Seamless in Boston, GrubHub in Dallas, and CampusFood in Charlottesville. It would be great if this became enough of a trend that there was one site with nationwide coverage – or perhaps the hotels themselves could even come up with an app to make it even more seamless?

The Shortcut to Getting Elite Frequent-Flier Perks. What this article fails to mention is that most status matches are “one per customer per lifetime” – so if you get AA to match you now, then have UA match you next year, you likely wouldn’t be able to get AA to match back later. (Or maybe I’m just not elite enough?) Claim your matches carefully!


Riveting must-read: The Story of the Boston Marathon Attack.

This one isn’t 100% suitable for work, but it’s surprisingly not raunchy; instead, it’s intellectual and fascinating. Deep Inside – A Study of 10,000 Porn Stars.

For a cool quick look: Single photograph looks like 4 individual photographs.

Last weekend, I went to a wedding solo. Apparently, the correct (and more hilarious answer) would have been to find a random guy on Craigslist! – This Wedding Season, Say Yes to Strangers: What I Learned From My Craigslist Date.

Wish I had read this before the picture taking extravaganza last weekend: 7 Ways To Look Better In Photos.

Guest Photographers or: Why You Should Have an Unplugged Wedding. I kind of disagree with this one, as my friends’ wedding app showed that all the “guest photographers” got some really great shots. I just hope I wasn’t one of the annoying people getting in the official photographers’ way!

And finally, an interesting infographic: Corporate Map of the USA.

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  1. Thanks for the great links. LOVED the article on Fitspo/thinspo as well as the fitness fails!
    Laura @losingrace recently posted…Good, Bad & Yummy 6/28-6/30 & June FavsMy Profile

  2. I have a very mixed feelings on it. I don’t think that trying to attain some “society driven perfection” of a body is the best way to go about things, but if it works to get you motivated than who am I to judge. The thing is, Fitspo is TEMPORARY motivation and inspiration–if you want to make a lifestyle change and try and get healthier…no quotes or photos are going to do that for you or keep you motivated long enough to make it happen. YOU need to believe it and have your own personal reasons for doing so, otherwise at some point you won’t keep working towards it. A lot of thinspo/fitspo isn’t realistic for the average Jane- you have to have personalized goals that work for you and your own body type and lifestyle, smaller attainable goals are much better in my mind than bigger ones (big goals do have their place too). BUT I admit I have boards on pinterest with quotes and fitspo/thinspo… they do help give me a boost sometimes- more than anything I see that and it helps me make smaller changes. I see that photo while browsing on lunch at the office, I might be more likely to eat a salad than a burger, or might be more motivated to hit the gym BEFORE going home than waiting until I get home and using excuses not to work out. But like I said- it’s TEMPORARY motivation, no photo is going to help you run a marathon or give you enough fuel to get through your first half-iron. Maybe it will help you through a 5k, but that is even a stretch.

    And something that rings very true to me— you gotta have POSITIVE reasons to make changes. I was just talking to my fiance about how I used to use negative emotions as fuel, and now I try and use the power of positive for fuel and it works much better. Those women who workout because they think they are too fat or imperfect, would be a lot better off if they’re reasoning was, they want to be a happier healthier person. For me, I workout because I like the way it makes me feel and I like the positive things it brings to me, where before I worked out because I needed to burn off anger and emotions all the time (yes sometimes running out those emotions is good, but that’s ALL I did)
    Laura @losingrace recently posted…Good, Bad & Yummy 6/28-6/30 & June FavsMy Profile

    • REALLY great points, and thanks for sharing all that! I think a lot depends on your mindset and whether you can see it and forget it or tend to obsess over it. I agree with you that it’s temporary motivation, but I also use it as something that I see online, maybe Tweet about, and then don’t look at again. I think it could be a lot more detrimental if someone did the old trick of sticking the picture on the fridge to shame themselves into eating healthy.
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  3. Exactly, I will pin or tweet it, maybe put it on a blog post but other than that I forget about it.
    Laura @losingrace recently posted…Good, Bad & Yummy 6/28-6/30 & June FavsMy Profile

    • Hi Lauras (note the plural!),

      The motivation to move to action for anything stems from two opposing emotions: desire (positive, long-term change) and fear (negative, short-term change). Nothing that we see, hear, touch, say, or feel motivates us to action. Any sensory stimuli (fitspo graphics? infographics?) can only – if they have any affect – temporarily influence our thinking.

      So, the question then becomes: how can I develop thought patterns that will train my subconscious mind so I can be continuously motivated to seek new and positive outcomes? Will fitspo graphic type images accomplish this? Will refrigerator pictures accomplish this? What do I need to do to ensure positive, long-term change?

    • Where fitspo has helped me is when I have a temporary lapse in judgment about diet/exercise/etc. Although you definitely need change in the long-term, that can be broken down to a series of short moments of strength/weakness. If fitspo can get you through one moment of weakness, that helps you get on the long term path. A few years ago, I really enjoyed a book on willpower (totally blanking on the title/author) that pointed out that willpower is like a muscle – each time you strengthen it, it’s easier the next time. I think fitspo can help with that by providing small moments of positive thinking.

  4. I read/skimmed four articles:
    1. Spousal income gap;
    2. I Failed;
    3. 8 Hour Work Day;
    4. Fitspo.

    A brief thought on each:
    1. Whatever happened to the virtues of single-income families?
    2. Pathetic. I couldn’t stand reading it, so maybe it wasn’t pathetic, but the guy needs some help.
    3. The economic history of “successfully evolving” the 8 hour workday is also the reason why society has not successfully evolved to shorter workdays in the last 75 (nearly 100) years. I wonder how short the work day would be in 2013 if politics had stayed out of the work day in 1913?
    4. What the hell is propogates? Made up words and pseudo-facts in a poor attempt for greater popularity.

    General thought:
    1. How do you find the time to look at all these links during your busy work week? :) Are you culling the good stuff from other news aggregates?

    • Apparently I need to make these links posts shorter :)

      1. Went out with consumerism and one income not being enough to keep up with the Joneses!
      2. I usually love his wisdom/insight, so perhaps this was just interesting to me from an honesty/humble perspective.
      3. Not sure what you mean – if it hadn’t been for Ford/factories, wouldn’t the work day be longer?
      4. Think she meant it as “breeds/encourages,” but you’re right that it’s not really correct.

      And finally – I read most stuff on my phone while I’m on elevators, walking to meetings, etc. I use Buffer app (whose blog is where the 8 hour workday article came from) to share the most interesting articles on Twitter/Facebook/LinkedIn, and then I use IFTTT to archive a list in Google Drive of everything I’ve buffered. On Fridays/Saturdays, I go through the things I’ve Buffered that week and pull out the most interesting for this post :)

    • I’ve been out of cyberspace for a few days, but thought I’d do a little follow-up…

      1. So, in principle, you believe in the single income concept? :)
      2. I just wish he had spent less time dwelling on failure; and more time thinking, “that wasn’t like me, next time will be more like me.”
      3. I suspect that enough wealth and productivity has been generated in the last 100 years that if politics had stayed out of the workplace we would be down to a 4 hour work day (or less) and a lot happier.

      I may have to look into Buffer when I finally look into the app Longform.

      Oh, and I hope the recovery from the back problems goes smoothly!

    • Not sure on 1, but DEFINITELY agree with you on 2. In general, I can’t stand when people make excuses/feel sorry for themselves instead of figuring out WHAT TO CHANGE for next time. (Of course I am guilty of this at times but I hate it when I do it too.)

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