1. The 100 Day Promise from Sandi Amorim. “The 100 Day Promise is a practice that guides you through the process of change in an in-depth and soulful way.” I mentioned this last week, but wanted to tell you again in case you missed it because the program started on January 1st, but Sandi is leaving registration open until the 7th. You should also check out her book , The 100 Day Promise: A Guide To Changing From The Inside Out.
2. Things you should quit this year (Sugar is not one of them!). This last part, “Health and fitness comes in all shapes and sizes. Truly. You cannot tell by looking at someone how fit or well they are. You don’t know if they have strong mental health, absence of illness, physical strength, and stamina or if they have a disordered approach to food, suffer from mental health issues or struggle with fatigue. A person’s size cannot tell you these things.” Word.
3. Nigella Lawson: Clean Eating Is ‘a Way to Hide an Eating Disorder.’
4. 9,500-Year-Old Tree Found in Sweden Is The World’s Oldest Tree. So cool.
5. Here’s How Many People Fatally Overdosed On Marijuana Last Year.
6. What 8 body positive activists want you to know about losing weight in the new year.
7. The 50 Funniest Tweets From Women In 2015. So funny.
8. Baby trying bacon for the first time. 🙂
9. There are performances, and then there are performances. It takes a certain kind of woman to go on stage in an ankle length fur coat (ethics of wearing fur aside). It takes whole other kind of woman to take that coat off, throw it on the floor, and SING.
10. Onion Dip from Scratch recipe. Confession: I love onion dip and a good crisp salty chip.
11. Carrie Fisher to haters: Youth and beauty are not accomplishments. What makes me crazy about this is I saw the movie, and thought “she looks amazing.”
12. In Defense of Food and the Rise of ‘Healthy-ish’ “A new PBS documentary and Bon Appetit’s January issue espouse a radically moderate approach to eating.”
13. President Barack Obama on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. I’ve said it before, will say it again: I’d vote for him again if I could.
14. White Awake. “White Awake’s mission is to bring contemplative spiritual practice to white affinity work around race and inner transformation.”
15. Don’t Cry Over Oprah’s New Weight Watchers Commercial. Amen.
16. The Weight-Inclusive versus Weight-Normative Approach to Health: Evaluating the Evidence for Prioritizing Well-Being over Weight Loss from the Journal of Obesity.
17. Manifesting 2016: Consciously Creating Your Year from Andrea Scher, self-paced and pay what you can.
18. Happy New Year, Weirdos from Renegade Mothering.
19. Change, Part 1: A New You For a New Year a great dharma talk from Philip Moffitt. I especially love this: In our saying “Happy New Year” one of the things we may be meaning is “This year, may you cease to be the cause of your own suffering.”
20. Happy Notes from Jennifer Belthoff. Such a great idea.
21. A Celebration of Ravi’s Life. “In 2014 Maggie Doyne took malnourished Ravi in at her school and home in Nepal and saved his life. A little over a year later, he passed away in a tragic accident. All money raised will go to Ravi’s siblings in Nepal.” This story is so heartbreaking. Thankfully, this fundraiser gives us the opportunity to do something.
22. Wisdom from Rumi, “I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my soul.”
23. A Sentiment for Blazing from Danielle LaPorte. I love the last part, “let your pure faith burn the way.”
24. A beautiful New Year’s wish from Andrea Gibson, a poet even in her Facebook posts.
25. Dear Oprah: Please Stop Projecting Your Insecurities Onto Me. Amen.
26. When You’re Both Overweight and Anorexic.
27. 23 Things To Do To Improve Your Mental Health In 2016. A good list.
28. Wisdom from Seth Godin: Surefire predictions and Who is Us?
29. What I learned not drinking for two years.
30. Speak For Yourself Oprah from Dances With Fat. Word. Also from Ragen, New Year’s Revolutions.
31. How to write a simple and beautiful manifesto from Alexandra Franzen. In her latest newsletter, she also shared a link to this cover of Drake’s Hold On, We’re Going Home that’s super dreamy.
32. 10 Best Articles on Writing of 2015. Disclaimer: I haven’t read all these, so I can’t promise these are truly the 10 best.
FYI – the spruce article is misleading. It talks about the oldest single stem clonal tree. The physical tree itself that you see is not nearly that old. The oldest non-clonal trees are Great Basin bristlecones that live in the Great Basin area of the U.S. I believe the oldest dated was somewhere around 5,000 years old (they can’t get an exact date because the central pith had eroded – their wood is so hard and in such dry areas it erodes instead of decomposes). The oldest living non clonal tree is also a Great Basin bristlecone, which is in the 4,000 year old range. The oldest multi stem clonal tree is an aspen called Pando. I believe there is also a clonal plant in either New Zealand or Australia that is older than any of these – they used fossils to help determine that the same general genetic organism had been growing there since something like the time off the dinosaurs (I’m fuzzy on the exact details on this last one). The professor I taed plant bio gave an extra credit with fun plant facts including many of these organisms. If you get into bacteria, their ability to be in stasis and be revived is impressively crazy.
Aramati, I love that sometimes half of the stuff you are saying I can’t even understand. ❤
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