Things I Love Friday // Link Love // 31.5.2013

Gratitude is a vital part of healing, mental health and wellness. Once a week, we compose a list of things we're most grateful for. You're invited to share yours in the comments below.

Hi, darling! I've had an excellent couple of weeks! (Hope you did, too).

♥ Two weekends ago, I had a sleepover with my longtime best friends, Chana, Tush and Shu. We made delicious pasta with cream sauce and broccoli and cheese, stayed up late chatting and sat on the porch swing to enjoy the warm weather.

♥ Last weekend, my mom and I stayed over at my Aunt Suzie's. We stayed up late and made crafts, looked at old photos and chatted about makeup and travel and magazines.

♥ Getting back in the swing of things! I'm rekindling my motivation, writing a lot and working on Facebook marketing. It feels good. 

Little things which made me smile:

♥ Slushies! Cherry mixed with Pepsi is ah-mazing! Chatting with my new friend, Kathryn American chocolate bars candy bars ♥ Arrested Development. It's just so good! (Gob is my favourite character. Who's yours?) ♥ This quote. Writing! ♥

Great Reads, Fun Stuff & Invaluable Resources:

You should wear red to work, says Levo League.

Carrot tea cake with cream cheese frosting sounds ah-mazing! The recipe is at the source.

Classic books annotated by famous authors. Readers come in two editions: those who write in their books, and those who don’t.

And if you're as stoked as I am about Arrested Development's triumphant return, you'll enjoy these 25 immortal season 4 gifs.

Have a wonderful weekend!

What I Learned At Trichotillomania Learning Center's Annual Conference

It's been over a month since the Trichotillomania Learning Center's annual conference, but I'm still digesting all the invaluable lessons I learned. Even if you didn't get the chance to attend, these ideas might help you, too.

Don't compare your problems to others'. Who's to say pulling is worse than picking, or vice versa? Besides, comparing issues is a waste of time that could be spent working toward a solution.

Even the people you look up to struggle sometimes. I met some incredible, accomplished, well-respected people. They're doing amazing things, living inspiring lives and they look put-together and flawless while they're at it. You'd never guess they secretly struggle with BFRBs. Hearing about their experiences, and learning that they lead fulfilling lives in spite of them is exactly the motivation I need to stay on the path to recovery.

Relapse happens, and that's okay. Some days, I pull a lot. Some days, I can't stop chewing my lip or biting my nails or picking my skin. And that's okay. Recovery isn't a destination; it's a journey, and it takes time. We all slip up. It's okay.
Being open about your struggle is brave, healthy and can help both you and others. Don't be ashamed of your illness; be proud of how hard you fight it every single day.

Things I Love Friday // Link Love // 17-18.5.2013

I've missed you, gorgeous! Thanks to some really painful complications from PCOS, I've been MIA for a little while, but I'm slowly getting back on track. That's something I'm incredibly thankful for. What are you most excited about this week?
Little things which made me smile: 

♥ 30 Rock marathons ♥ Connecting with new people on Twitter ♥ Learning lots from Alexis' webinar on Twitter for Go-Getters. Plus, you can sign up for Lexi's next free webinar here! ♥ Re-reading The Help ♥ Lana Del Rey's Fashion Magazine cover ♥ Working on new content for The Teacher and the Traveller ♥ Electric blue nail polish ♥ New music from two excellent but very different artists: Demi Lovato & HIM ♥

I'm desperate to visit this cat cafe in Budapest!

These Scrabble cookies are adorable.

Lastly, here's a travel piece I wrote with Lin: Mars on Earth: Visit the Cheltenham Badlands.

Have a wonderful weekend!
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