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Link Love 4/13/12

2012 April 13
by Cordelia

[Every Friday, I share my favorite reads from around the blogosphere over the past week.  Enjoy!]

Happiness Is a Journey
If you think, “I’ll be happy when…”, it’s likely you won’t ever be truly happy in life. Do you wonder when you’ll finally be happy, when it will finally be your turn? Happiness is a journey, it’s not a destination.
~Chrysta Bairre at Live Love Work


Simple stress reduction to improve your productivity, focus, and sanity
When clients mention they are having difficulty focusing because of a stress-filled mind, I ask them what ordinary activities relax them and allow them to regain a sense of calm. Many have no idea. They can name beach vacations, entire days at the spa, and other extraordinary experiences that calm them, but it’s difficult to name simple activities in their regular routines that reduce stress.

If you’re someone who has difficulty finding common activities that help to reduce your stress level, start paying attention to when you have a ridiculously silly smile on your face. Are you listening to a baseball game on the radio? Are you on a short walk back to your office after getting lunch? Are you writing with a favorite pen? When you identify these actions, try your best to incorporate them into your everyday schedule.
~Erin at Unclutterer


17 Killer Strategies For Never Giving Up
Perseverance, next to adaptability is the most important skill you can have.  And it’s just that, a skill. Like any other skill in the world, you might be born with a more natural ability to persevere than others, but you can learn to stick with things and persevere if you want to. In fact, the one thing that sets people I know who succeed in the long run over the people who don’t is the ability to persevere, keep going and never give up.

The goal of this article is to get you to stop giving up!

Luckily, like everything, not giving up is a skill you can learn. Here are some strategies for never giving up to help you the next time you want to quit.
~Joel Runyon at Blog of Impossible Things


Three Things You Can Change Today (Even If You Feel Stuck)
No matter what is going on around us, we can always change the biggest factor in our success, well being, health, and happiness – ourselves.

Here are three areas you can start to change today, no matter your circumstances. I guarantee if you improve in these three areas, it’ll start a snowball effect for more great changes in your life.
~Benny Hsu at Get Busy Living


42 – Life, the Universe, and Everything
We are all desperately seeking out The Answer.

Not necessarily THE Answer, but we are constantly seeking out Answers. Somewhere along the way we stopped caring about what The Question was to begin with.

We become obsessed with The Answer.

The magic bullet that will help us shed pounds or make money quick. The 5 Easy Steps to achieve fame and success. The One who will swoop into our lives and somehow make us complete and whole.

Fixated on a stationary destination, we put our head down and hustle and shuffle to occupy ourselves until we find The Answer. We might even build our own Deep Thought that will figure it out for us. Or gather en masse outside the temple, waiting for someone else to get The Answer for us.

Give me The Answer and it will all finally make sense and I will finally be happy.

Sorry, cupcake, but that’s not how it works.
~Elisa Doucette at Ophelia’s Webb


5 Lessons in Creativity on the Return of Ze Frank
If you’re starting something, anything, and you feel uneasy about it, you’re in good company.

Ze confesses his fear and reluctance about starting again very plainly:

I don’t want to start. But I will. This is an invocation for anyone who hasn’t begun, who’s stuck in a terrible place between zero and one.
– Ze Frank

He truly doesn’t want to. But he truly wants to. Sound familiar?
~Robert Bruce at Copyblogger


How to stop worrying about your blog traffic [*Cordelia note:  This one is going up on the bulletin board right over my desk.]
According to statistics, there are 2.4 billion people online around the world.

There are an estimated 450 million blogs online.

If you divide the number of people online by the number of blogs online, each blog should have approximately 5.3 readers.

If you’ve got 10 readers, congrats, you’ve got twice as many as you should have.

If you have 20 readers, you’ve got a pretty good-sized audience.

If you have 100 readers, you are crushing it!
~Jon Acuff

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  • Abby

    As always, great links! 

    • Cordelia

      Thanks, Abby.  If my compulsive blog-reading can provide other people with good reads, then my job here is done.  :)

  • Chrysta Bairre

    Thanks for the link! And thanks for rocking your guest post on Live Love Work ! I’m so pleased (as evidenced by the abuse of exclamation points!!!!!!!)!

    Have a grateful day!


    • Cordelia

       Thanks, Chrysta.  I was so happy to be a part of your blog!

  • Meredith

    Le gasp! Then I AM doing pretty good with my readership! =)

    • Cordelia

       I know, right?  I feel like a rockstar!