Fun Things To Read On A Friday

Say Hello To The Weekend

It’s Friday! Time to kick back and relax.

It’s the first weekend of the year, how are you spending it, folks? I don’t have a single thing on the agenda (well except to avoid thinking about all the wine I am NOT drinking and some more meal prep) and I am quite looking forward to it.

For those of you doing the Whole 30 — good luck to you on your first weekend! And to those of you NOT doing the Whole 30, I rounded up a number of non-nutrition challenge related links so that everyone has something to read today. Hooray!

* I bought one of these Incredible Year Workbooks last year and you know what? I had an INCREDIBLE YEAR. Obviously I bought one again this year. And a second one for my mama. Highly Recommend.

*I read two things that made me cry on the internet this week.
(I KNOW!) (It was an emotional week.) The first was this post on CrossFit Lisbeth that just gave me a great dose of perspective. I’m trying to keep an eye on the mindless complaining I do (I probably can’t give it up completely, I am human after all) but man this was a powerful reminder.

*The second thing was this post called I Am Plus Size from Stephanie over at Radical Hateloss. It is such a great piece that reminded me again that losing weight is rarely about the things you give up, and so much more about the things you gain when your mindset changes. Definitely worth a read if you have any weight loss goals on your agenda this year.

*Speaking of goals, I read so many great lists of resolutions and seasonally appropriate pieces of inspiration this week. In the end I wanted to share How To See The Barrier To Reaching Your Goals because I think a huge part to success is getting comfortable with failing. And I want all of you all to be successful in 2013 — however you define that. But that’s the key, I think. Defining what you want. It doesn’t have to be an arbitrary list of things to do, it can be a word or a feeling that will a giant banner sign that you have arrived. SUCCESS: YOU ARE HERE.

*All of this talk of putting goals out there, reminded me of Brene Brown’s book Daring Greatly. (Maybe you remember me mentioning it briefly last year?) These ideas of fear and vulnerability are all swirling at the surface during this time of year because the majority of us have some fear and judgment tied to failing. I wanted to mention that book because I think the start of a new year is a GREAT time to read it. But also, if you don’t have time to dig into a whole book right now, check out this post about why we don’t do the things we know we should do. Such a great reminder that instead of beating yourself about all the things you coulda woulda shoulda done last year, just let go of the fear and resolve to DO them now.

*If Menu Planning is one of those things you resolved to do, check out my good friend and half marathon buddySarah’s approach to meal planning. This is the Anti-Planning Guide to Meal Planning, and she has delicious dinner on the table nightly. I mean, have you seen her Instagram feed? Good stuff!

*Maybe you resolved to blog more (or blog your Whole 30 experience?) If so, check out Blog Maven’s 12 Best Time Management Tips for Bloggers. Blogging can be a full time job! It’s nice to hear how other folks fit it all in.

*Maybe you resolved to get your nutrition in check this year.
Or to check out all this Paleo business, eh? If so, check out 4 Great Ways Paleo Plan Can Help You With Your New Years Resolutions. Paleo Plan is an awesome site full of resources, and I had the pleasure of getting to meet Neely while I was in Colorado this year and she is totally worth showing some love! Plus, she just started CrossFitting and I loved her review of the whole experience.


Is that enough reading material for the day? Man, so much good stuff on the internet this week! Have a link to share? Did anything move you, inform you, or get you super motivated to start the year off right? Share…pretty please? Have a great weekend you all!

(Whole 30ers: I’ll be back tomorrow with a round up of fun Whole 30 Food Inspiration from Instagram and Twitter (remember to tag yours with #hwisc if you want to be included) and a new meal plan on Sunday. Keep up the good food work this weekend!)

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17 Responses to Fun Things To Read On A Friday

  1. Kelly says:

    I really enjoy reading your blog- it’s become part or my weekly morning ritual (even before checking Facebook and Pinterest!!) Thanks for all of your insight and inspiration. Have a great weekend!

  2. Neely says:

    Thanks for the mention, Holly!

  3. Rhonda H says:

    Ok trying this Twitter thing — resurrected the account I made years ago and never used and posted my first tweet today! Added my dinner picture and the #hwisc — it goes IN the tweet yes? LOL I am so twitter-dumb!

  4. Rhonda H says:

    So when I looked at mine it didn’t show the pic until I clicked on “view photo”… I need to figure out how to make it show up in the tweet itself I guess? Thanks for the help!

  5. Lesley says:

    “Racing” just for fun tomorrow in the New Years’ Duathlon. 100 spots are still open for race-day registration with a $20 donation to the charitable beneficiary, Girls on the Run of Greater Sacramento. Anyone? Bueller? Awesome race for a great cause! Sunday will be How to Train Your Dragon live show (Mom + C time) and hopefully meal planning and prep for the week to come. Happy New Year!!

    • Holly says:

      Hey that looks fun! I will be be helping Garrett clean out the gutters at my mom’s house. And by “helping” I mean sitting on the couch gossiping while I pet the dog, I’m sure. 🙂 I am totally going to run with you at some point this year. And by “run with you” I mean watch you as you leave me in the dust. That’s a promise!

  6. Jeni says:

    Hi Holly, lovely site! Happy New Year, and thanks for the mention – I appreciate you. 🙂


    • Holly says:

      Thanks Jeni! Your site is relatively new to me and I’m having fun reading through it. Thanks for all the great content.

  7. andrea says:

    I bought the workbook this year. I was wondering if you did it all in January or broke it down?

    • Holly says:

      I went through most of it last January but I used it all year long deleting things and adding things as I saw fit. Sometimes it was nice to just go back and see what I had been thinking in January. I really just think it is the perfect combo of hippy dippy and practical and I just love that!

  8. Raquel says:

    Hi Holly, great post! I too, love reading your blog as part of my morning routine. Hey, on day 3 of the whole 30, and feeling soooo tired. Normal?

    • Holly says:

      Hi Raquel! Thanks so much. And yes…The Tired? So normal! Whole 9 actually wrote a great post about how the 30 days might look, definitely check it out. It’s funny, if nothing else: Obviously mileage can vary, but it will give you an idea. Best of luck for a great 30 days. Take naps!

  9. Megan W says:

    You’re making me want to get that planner! And I just got Daring Greatly via Amazon and excited to start reading it. BUT I also got The Fault in Our Stars from the library and read it all in one sitting last night (book nerd Saturday night). Now I’m exhausted from staying up until 2:30 am and my eyes are puffy. SO worth it though!

    Sorry for the rambling. Have a great week!

  10. Rhi says:

    OOH. The time management for bloggers link is a GOOD ONE. Thanks for sharing it!