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Inspiration | December 19

Inspiration December 19 >> Life In Limbo

Currently going through Chris Guillebeau’s annual review + goal-setting process to set goals for 2015.

I love these 33 thoughts on reading and am embracing all of them wholeheartedly.

There were some awesome recommendations on this list of 25 apps to make your life easier via TED staff.

I loved these 100 ideas of things to do every day in 2015. I’ll definitely be buying the PDF download of the tracking calendar when it comes out on the 22nd.

I finally watched Boyhood this week and it was absolutely amazing. Worth every single bit of praise it’s gotten.

It’s that time of year again! Pop Danthology’s mashup of the year in pop music came out this week. I always love these.

Some totally gorgeous photos in this round-up.

I got interested in minimalism again this week and this “Start Here” page is dangerously close to increasing my currently open browser tabs by a factor of 3.

Last night I finished reading book 73 of 75 for 2014! Thanks to two children’s books I had to read for my job I’m actually ahead of schedule. I am actually surprised I managed to pull it off, but so thrilled. I’ve also been adding books to my to-read list like crazy lately. I’m so excited for reading in 2015.

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I’ve had a wicked cold this whole week, so I think the weekend is going to be pretty relaxed for me. Christmas totally crept up on me and it’s starting to feel strange that I’m not home for the holidays. I think the 24th and 25th will be hard, especially being in a different time zone from my loved ones, but on the 27th I fly out for my vacation so that will make things a little easier! I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your family and friends. xo.

101 Things To Do On Study Breaks

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Please tell me I’m not the only one chained to my desk these days! I’m in the middle of my final exams, it’s freezing cold outside, and I am feeling equal parts frazzled and exhausted. But I’ve still been taking time to schedule in as much fun as I can make time for. I’ve compiled a list of things you can do for fun on your study breaks, most of which can be accomplished at your desk in the library, or without having to go on a time-consuming outing. I know we students don’t have time for much besides studying these days! So just pick a few of the activities below, and maintain your sanity for just a few more days. Enjoy your study breaks to the fullest. Happy studying!
  1. Start a blog
  2. Start a tumblr
  3. Join 750words.com
  4. Bake cookies
  5. Make dinner
  6. Call your Mom
  7. Skype with friends
  8. Get Starbucks
  9. Go for a run
  10. Read the headlines
  11. Do a crossword
  12. Have a dance party
  13. Do yoga
  14. Put all your favourite blogs into a blog reader
  15. Catch up on your favourite blogs
  16. Clean & organize your workspace
  17. Clean your room
  18. Record a video or podcast
  19. Write an article or short story
  20. Sketch a picture of yourself studying
  21. Get a massage
  22. Paint your nails
  23. Make origami swans
  24. Meditate
  25. Write someone a letter
  26. Brainstorm your next year’s New Years Resolutions
  27. Journal
  28. Work on your Life List
  29. Create an issuu magazine
  30. Start a scrapbook
  31. Look through old pictures
  32. Watch one episode of a funny tv show
  33. Sing along to musical theatre show tunes
  34. Play an instrument
  35. Make a list of things you’d do in your city if you had time
  36. Deactivate your Facebook account
  37. Start a Pinterest account
  38. Pay your bills
  39. Watch a TED talk
  40. Watch movie trailers
  41. Look at the Spring RTW shows
  42. Troll FoodGawker
  43. Build a snow man
  44. Decorate your place for Festivus
  45. Write a to-do list
  46. Play brain games on Lumosity
  47. Start a massage train with your friends
  48. Listen to really old pop music
  49. StumbleUpon
  50. Get lunch/brunch/dinner with friends
  51. Do the dishes
  52. Walk around the block
  53. Read a chapter of a book
  54. Make paper snowflakes
  55. Moisturize
  56. Take a bubble bath
  57. Take a nap
  58. Make a cup of tea or hot chocolate with little marshmallows
  59. Clean out your bag and wallet
  60. Give a loan on Kiva
  61. Play FreeRice
  62. Apply for something: volunteer position, internship, job
  63. Play hangman or tic-tac-toe with someone
  64. Watch videos of puppies or kitties playing
  65. Read Jezebel
  66. Read TextsFromBennett
  67. Give yourself a pep talk
  68. Switch up your study spot
  69. Do jumping jacks
  70. Do your laundry
  71. Start using Evernote
  72. Make a list of things you want to do around Christmastime
  73. Write a song
  74. Go out for a drink
  75. Eat a few seasonal clementines
  76. Learn about common misconceptions
  77. Go to the gym
  78. Buy + eat a chocolate bar
  79. Clean out the fridge
  80. Have a shower
  81. Have a snack
  82. Read a magazine
  83. Listen to lots of holiday-themed music
  84. Plan your dream vacation
  85. Plan a holiday party
  86. Do some online shopping
  87. Create a countdown until your exams are over
  88. Do a workout video in your living room
  89. Go grocery shopping
  90. Start a Facebook/BBM/text conversation with your best friends to share news and pictures
  91. Discover some new music
  92. Browse the local book store
  93. Learn a new skill online
  94. Play agoogleaday
  95. Dress up and get outside
  96. Catch up with a friend over coffee
  97. Pray
  98. Get take-out
  99. Daydream about having free time again
  100. Create a plan for studying
  101. SMILE
Stay sane, stay happy.
All my love in this hard time!
What do you do on your study breaks? What are exams like for you? Do you need motivation, or do you need to slow down? What are your favourite activities? 

The Best List, by Stephanie

This list is inspired by the magnificent Danielle Laporte’s Best Lists vol 1 and 2. She’s amazing, and her list is more focused & grown-up than mine, but these are the things that I love. Expect more installments in the future!

The New York City Public Library

Apple Trailers. Glossy, high quality anticipation. Bite-sized movies. Entertainment at its finest?

Yummy Earth lollipops. Pomegranate, strawberry, green apple, grape, cherry, blueberry. 22 calories. Big flavour.

Voluspa candles. Preferably Maison Blanc collection, 12 oz, in Pink Citron or Saijo Persimmon.

The 4 Minute Workout. Gets your heart beating, metabolism working, muscles toned.

Mason jars. To be used as juice cups, wine glasses, candy/spice/sugar cube storage, vases, change jars..

Netflix. Cheap, legal, high quality. Syncs automatically from my computer to my phone. Good selection + growing.

Exercise balls = desk chairs. Balance, core exercise, bouncy bouncy fun!

Moleskine notebooks. I use them for everything from food logs to recipe books to journals to scrapbooks.

Cubano sandwiches. Sauteed mushrooms, mashed avocado, garlic mayonnaise, melted Monterey Jack.

St. Ives Clear Pore Cleanser + Tea Tree OilBlemishes be gone! I’ve never had clearer skin in my life.

Everyday Food magazine. Inspiration to cook at home!

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