Best Links of the Week: Saturday Edition


Today’s TMI Saturday seems to go in one of two directions: aesthetic design or evocative reads. (And of course, lots of BuzzFeed.) Hope you enjoy them as much as I did this week!

Cool Design

  • Buzzfeed says it best: these bookstore ads “capture the magic of reading”. They’re enchanting. 
  • These awesome film & TV poster inspired Save the Dates have gone viral lately, but the best part is that I have friends who know them! Fun fact: the couple’s actual invite was a DVD case!
  • So, this isn’t as timely as it would’ve been in say…May, but this cool visualization of the plot of “The Great Gatsby” is simply cool. Keep doing what you do, designers!
  • In that note, if you work best at a coffee shop but as also broke as a joke, check out Coffitivity! It plays “cafe noises” to help you be productive. I haven’t tried it yet, but will soon! I wonder if it has a “include pretentious hipsters talking” background option.

Feel things. 

(Okay, you need a break from crying.)

Feel more things. 

  • The latest viral Christian/marriage post is the sharply titled “My Husband is Not My Soul Mate.” What do you think of it? (Remember, read with a grain of salt, as the author didn’t intend for such a giant audience of readers.)
  • This made me SO angry: Sojourners has an incredible series of posts about sexual violence in the Church & this post about “masculine Christianity” takes the cake. Powerful stuff: “[Rape] is not about short skirts…It’s about fear of powerlessness. It’s a crisis of masculinity and social control.”
  • To combat the anger, check out Rachel Held Evan’s insightful examination of anger versus bitterness, “Why I can’t stay angry.”

TMI Friday? (Just roll with it): Summer Reading

So far in post-grad life, I’ve been trying to figure out just exactly where my entire day goes…turns out, it’s the Internet.

(I mean, are you really surprised?)

In the spirit of taking a break from constantly looking up cool articles, today’s TMI Thursday Friday is thusly devoted to literature. My parents gave me an iPad mini for graduation (very surprising!) and I’ve quickly gone from being completely apathetic about iPads to addict level. And now that I’ve found that the public library has an ebook system, well, all I do now is read books on my iPad. (For the record, I still refuse to take pictures using it; I’m not that much of a jerk yet.)

I’ve been checking out a TON of the “Must Read Summer 2013” lists–if you’re into that too, consider this a review!

Definitely recommend: 


  • Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn: fantastic thriller all about sociopaths. So good. Makes you wonder if you’re a sociopath…and then you realize you feel TOO many emotions, so that’s impossible. I rarely read fiction, but this is one that makes me want to be a better writer.  (Lazy? It’s turning into a film–in talks to be directed by David Fincher, aka it’s a big deal)


  • Start, Jon Acuff: I love Jon Acuff. I saw him speak last month at a church nearby and not only was he incredibly engaging, but very wise. His latest book is just the same! It’s been beyond encouraging and helpful for me as I sort through the unknown that is my future.


  • Love Does, Bob Goff: Another life-alteringly inspirational book. I read this in the UK and took pages of notes while doing so. Goff’s writing style is conversational–he’s a storyteller above all else, but you’d be surprised what you learn and realize along the way.Unknown
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan: Really unusual book with characterization to spare. It’s full of interconnected stories, much like this new season of Arrested Development, actually.


Okay, so just one book, but I’ve seen it on several “Must Read” lists.

paris wife

  • The Paris Wife, Paula McClain: Although it follows the life of Ernest Hemingway’s first wife Hadley, I was rather bored. The story got a bit stale.

Currently Reading/too soon to catagorize: 

  • Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn (so far, so…interesting)
  • Superfreakonomics, Steven Levitt (I’ve read Freakonomics and I’m excited to read this new version!)
  • Hidden Order: The Economics of Everyday Life, David Friedman (what? I really enjoy economics…)

TMI Thursday: Best of the Week & 100th post!

Today I spent the afternoon in Huntsville, Alabama! Very random, very my family. During my 7 years of homeschooling, we went on the MOST obscure, arbitrary field trips in the world–all with good intentions, albeit a few without actual entertainment. So, as all 6 of us sojourned to the Huntsville Space Center, it was like one giant middle school flashback.


…A great field trip venue for someone who used to have an irrational fear of outer space…

So, for this week’s edition of Too Much Information Thursday, I just have one link. This video deeply was incredibly affecting–In all of my browsing, there has yet to be something that has moved me this much.

Zach Sobiech just passed away 3 days ago from a rare bone cancer, but his story and infectious hope & joy is such a legacy. I wish I could’ve met him. He’s an incredible reminder to everyone that living with purpose is not an end result, but a current mentality.

This video is 20 minutes, but so worth the investment.

Here’s Zach’s original song “Clouds” (which is #1 on iTunes right now!) Listen to this too.

TMI Thursday: If you give me a video to watch…

Then of course I’m going to have to share it! This week there were just too many awesome things to watch–I could barely stand it!

1. OF COURSE, you need to see the Season 4 Arrested Development trailer:

2. …Then once you’re thinking about TV series, you MUST watch this touching Office goodbye from the cast. Very sweet.

3. But you might remember how funny the Office (and AD) are and want to watch this hilarious couple caught by Jay Leno’s fake gas pump news prank. Rumor on the street is that it was fake, as the couple are professional actors, but hey. It’s still funny.

4. Hey, you know what else is funny? Stephen Colbert reviewing The Great Gatsby.

5. Then you can’t stop thinking about The Great Gatsby. What if the new soundtrack played for the Robert Redford version of the movie? What kind of sorcery is this!?

6. Then you start thinking of the addictive personalities in Gatsby and watch this lady who is addicting to becoming fat. Because it’s kind of interesting.

7. Then you’ll remember how the CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch has been in the news lately about how  he doesn’t want anyone he doesn’t deem as cool enough or pretty enough to wear his clothes. This guy decided to buy up Goodwill’s A&F clothes and give it to the homeless! While I wish he had a little more interaction rather than just seemingly tossing the clothes, the point is still there.

And then you’ll have to move on with your life until next week’s links! ha.


TMI Thursday: Choose Your Own Adventure

Are you ready for your day to be MADE?!

Are you ready for your day to be MADE?!

A million links for you, hot off the Google presses! I missed out last week, so get ready for some AWESOME stuff to look at. You can…


Cry a little:

Get Inspired:

  • Lately, the topic of friendship keeps coming up in my life. I’m really lucky to have awesome people in my life.  I really enjoyed this explanation of good friends. :)
  • DIY Fix: super awesome cheap necklace redo 


Gatsby (not a verb…or is it?):

Think more about sex & shame & Christianity:

TMI Thursday: Procrastinating Finals Edition

Welcome to a new weekly thing, TMI Thursday!  It’s no secret I spend 4.3 hours a day on a quest for the weirdest, cutest, funniest links on the Internet. My level of dedication is almost the same as a fierce mountain goat’s…or something. So, what better way than to round up some of the best of the best each week & share?

You may have seen my earlier attempt at procrastination (Finals week, as told by gifs), and well, I’m still not done with those papers. I’m currently halfway done with the worst one, which is luckily the last, and then freedom! If you, like me, are still procrastinating or are just totally bored, enjoy!

Tiny Timewasters: Procrastination Level 1

  • World, I give you the best thing & a rather short list: People Who Taylor Swift hasn’t dated (YET)
  • Is this real life? Read for yourself: A Christian newlywed couple maintain abstinence for TWO years after marriage
  • Oh Jimmy Kimmel. Tricking Coachella hipsters to talk about literally made up bands= Priceless. I did the same prank to my sister once with a book series–works like a charm.

Ain’t nobody got time–wait, maybe: Procrastination Level 3

  • So, the other night I had the privilege of hearing the hilarious Jon Acuff speak at a local church. He has this awesome new project called No More Voices, which is all about anonymously sharing the lies that burden us & releasing them for freedom! Really, really awesome. Take a look!
  • Social experiment to ponder: this woman took anonymous self-portraits of people in public who seemed to be nonverbally commenting about her appearance. What do you think? Is she projecting her insecurities or are people truly awful like that?

THIS IS SERIOUS BUSINESS: Procrastination Level 5!!!!!!

  • Watch this alarming, poignant short film that asks “What if heterophobia was the norm?” It’s 19 minutes long, but the time really flies by and leaves you with a lot to think about. Worth the watch.
  • On Facebook lately, there’s been an article passed around called “It Matters Whom You Marry and I wasn’t 100% sure if I agreed with the points made. It kind of rubbed me the wrong way, as it reminded me of the whole “You complete me” relationship mentality. Matt Chambers over at EthoShift has a great rebuttal, entitled “How to ruin your marriage before it begins” Part I & II. Really interesting insights.

Bonus: Self-promotion, I know, but I forgot to mention a new article I wrote for Threads UK! It’s all about how the show “Mad Men” reminded me that shame is not okay. 

I’ll leave you with this mantra (It’s finals and you deserve it):