reading list, volume 24.

by mindy @ just a one girl revolution. on 01.25.14

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reading list

On Remembering to Play via Blonde Bostonian because when was the last time you stopped to simply play?

As adults with schedules and competing priorities, one of the first things that seems to disappear is the desire to play. The joy that play brings gives us peace and feeds our inner child.

Happiness Without a Price Tag via Converge because we, as Americans, so easily forget what true happiness can mean.

I think the reason Haitians and so many of the countless individuals living in under similar circumstances have found happiness is because many understand what it truly means to be happy.

Answers to 5 Hurts-So-Good Questions About Foam Rolling via Healthy Tipping Point because I love to hate the ‘roller.

The idea behind foam rolling is that, by applying pressure to your muscles and tendons, you speed healing, reduce soreness, create elasticity and flexibility, and allow for freedom of movement. The rolling movement and pressure softens and releases tight fascia and sends blood and oxygen to your muscles.  It’s kind of like a deep tissue massage that you can do to yourself.

4 Running Mistakes that Keep You Stuck and Frustrated via No Meat Athlete because, umm, guilty as charged.

Almost every runner’s frustrations are the result of the same small handful of mental mistakes.  The good news is they’re fixable: all but one of these mistakes has an easy, obvious solution, once you’ve identified the problem.

I’ve Lived 10 Years Longer Than Planned via Passion for Life, Love, and Health because holy tears, Batman.  More importantly, because I’m thankful that my friend, Ashleigh, is still here to share here story.

I’m not telling you that it’s going to be easy. It’ll take at least half a decade before you stop hating yourself. You won’t follow a traditional career path. Your illness is lifelong, and you will have to learn how to manage it in ways that keep you sane. But I am telling you that it’ll be worth it.

Body Love vs. The Desire to Be Thin via Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen because I can 110% relate to this, and I think a lot of other people can, too.

See, I can wax poetic for ages about how I want to get healthy and be strong and how I’m not at my best when I’m being lazy and unmotivated — and all of that is true. But what I don’t say very often, what I don’t even really admit to myself, is that underneath all of those good intentions and righteous reasons for doing, well, this, is still that pervasive, seemingly unavoidable desire to just be thin.

The Rise of the Part-time Vegan via BBC News Magazine because it’s nice to see the plant-based diet get more positive recognition.

Once veganism was widely associated with animal rights activists, the health conscious and the religious. But now more and more people are dabbling with a vegan diet, albeit temporarily. Why?

13 Things That Are Totally Going to Change You in Your 30s via HuffPost Healthy Living because I’m a total sucker for posts like these and it was a great reminder that my 30s can be pretty amazing in a turn my world upside down kind of way.

13) You will accept your previous struggles as life lessons and gain a greater sense of life purpose. Amen. It’s part of the beautiful game of life. Now play ball.

10 Tips for a Productive Life via A Beautiful Mess because it’s a great list and I loved it.  I found myself nodding in agreement a ton.  There’s lots of talk about goals and to-do lists, too, which are things I really love.

At first I was going to call this article, “10 Tips for a Productive Work Day.” But the more I thought about it the more I felt like productivity isn’t just about work. I like having a productive weekend or night at home too. (But, of course, I love a good vacation day spent doing NOTHING as well!) I would really like to have a productive life, but it’s sometimes a bit of a struggle. Here are ten tips that help me stay on track.

Veggie Pizza Squares via back to her roots because this is one of my favorite appetizers and I’m super pumped to try this healthier version!  A good Super Bowl party dish, perhaps?

The original version uses canned crescent rolls as a crust and a ton of cream cheese and sour cream for a sauce (hence why the kids would tolerate the veggies), but my version has a homebaked multi-grain crust and an herbed sauce that is lighted up thanks to my beloved Greek yogurt. It’s just as yummy, but even healthier!

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Ashleigh @ Passion for Life, Love, and Health January 26, 2014 at 6:33 pm

Gotta admit, your “holy tears, Batman!” comment made me laugh and feel bad all at the same time, lol. I’m sorry for the tears! <3 And thank you SO much for sharing the post. It's a message I REALLY want to get out.
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