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Health for the Whole Self discusses fat discrimination and how to combat negative comments: Things Fat People Are Told

Kate from Divergent Musings has a fantastic post on body image issues and a follow-up post on saying “screw you” to labels: Thoughtful Thursday: On Body Image Issues and Thoughtful Thursday: Numbers & Labels

Arash Mazinani speaks about his beef in an absolutely true post about body shapes: My Beef with Body Shapes

Zen Habits discusses how to deal with negative people – do you agree?: 7 Simple Tips to Deal With Negative People

Rosie Molinary talks about ways to develop and convey confidence (a HUGE component in attractiveness): Steps to Confidence

Annie on Strong, Healthy, Fit tells readers to declare themselves perfect already: I Am Bikini Ready

Stylish Thought discusses savage bloggers – are you one?: Are you a Savage Blogger?

Beautifully Invisible (hilariously) shared how Jack Sparrow taught her fashion lessons: 5 Things Jack Sparrow Taught Me About Fashion and Makeup

Sally McGraw guest posted on The Frisky about improving body image by dressing for her figure: Dressing Vs. Dieting

Em of Oh, the Places You’ll Go had a great post on trying new things on those days you feel ugly (and looks adorable to boot): Contextualizing Ugly Days

Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, talks about 6 happiness “boosters” and their not-so-greatness: Why These 6 Happiness “Boosters” Might Actually Make You Feel Worse


Since my awesome boyfriend is in town and it’s the weekend, I don’t feel like talking!

(shocking, I know)

But don’t worry, lovely readers, I’m not leaving you high and dry. Instead, I’m going to link you out to some worthy blogs and articles! I’ve honestly been meaning to do this for a while, so it’s long overdue.

Have a great holiday weekend, everyone!

This morning, I dragged myself out of bed after getting less than seven hours of sleep (I was at speech sections so I didn’t get home until 11:45 p.m. and I need at least eight hours of sleep to function), frustrated myself with bad drivers in rush hour, and struggled to wake up despite coffee intake. That all felt better when I logged on and found out that I was nominated for a Versatile Blogger Award by MB of Tickling My Fancy!

I am incredibly grateful for the shout-out, MB, and congratulations on your own!

Here are the rules of receiving the award:

  • Thanking and linking to the person who nominated you
  • Sharing 7 random facts about yourself
  • Passing the award along to 15 newfound blogging buddies (Yes, this is a pay-it-forward award, which I love)
  • Contacting those buddies to congratulate them

Seven random facts you may not know about me:

  • I love headbands, but I don’t think they look very good on me. I have a somewhat round face (or oval, as I’m told) and a large head, so I have a hard time pulling off the headband look. I might be able to do a headband with a distinct attachment like a flower, though.
  • I’m on a mission to find amazing thrift store finds. I tend to suck at this, however, so I’m hoping that I’ll find some good stuff soon – I’m planning to try some new shops and make a day of it.
  • Speaking of thrift stores, I’ve considered opening up my own plus-size younger audience thrift store. Believe me when I say that there is NOTHING like that out there. It’s incredibly difficult to find stylish clothes in my size in thrift – hell, it’s hard to do that in retail stores!
  • I love spending time outside when it’s nice out, but my fear of wasps/hornets sometimes keeps me indoors. It’s ridiculous and depressing, I know, but my house seems to attract the little bastards. I might try to spray early this year in hopes of preventing them from coming around.
  • I really want a Mazda 3. It seems like everyone I know drives a Mazda. Not fair.
  • I’m about to try a Kashi Dark Mocha Almond bar that my mom gave me. I suspect it’ll be delish.
  • I love otters and tulips. Those are the way to my heart.

And without further ado, here are my 15 nominations for the Versatile Blogger Award – go check them out!

Go, go! Check them out!

Here’s my version of a #FF (Follow Friday on Twitter, for you non-Tweeters) – aka ways to waste time at work:

1. I’ve shared this before, but it’s just too damn funny not to share again. DYAC makes me want to get a smartphone just to have these horrifying experiences.

2. Everyone knows it, but who doesn’t love seeing random kitty pictures? Plus they have a kajillion other pieces to their site, including Puns, daily Squee!,  and the FAIL Blog.

3. Facebook/Twitter: I feel lame for even listing those, but they do include a good portion of my time-wasting efforts.

4. Other blogs: Hyperbole and a Half – Newfound treasure that reminds me of David Sedaris in blog form. Spastic Musings is a mixed-bag of goodies. See Jane Run…the Show is a good feminista blog. I’ll add others to my blogroll as the time comes.

And the top time-waster…

5. Like you thought I wouldn’t put this on there. The ultimate sarcasm site? Come on.

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