I hate being cold (I know, I know, I live in Austin, but basically every time it gets below 60 degrees I can no longer feel my hands) but I do love this time of year. There’s a lot going on and life is full, but there’s also the pull to reevaluate, to shake things up. The past two years I’ve missed out on that post-Christmas navel gazing. In 2013, I’d just had a baby and in 2014 I had ptosis surgery the day after Christmas. I’m truly glad both those things occurred (my kid is awesome, having surgery over the holidays meant my mom was available for childcare), but I’m really looking forward to some serious introspection next month, unhindered by recuperation.
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend, including an early birthday celebration for my almost-two-year-old (we’ll have another small party on his actual birthday). And now we’re rolling on to Christmas, counting down the days with advent activities. But before then, here are a few things I found interesting over the last month.
- I’ve never really used LinkedIn but I know some people swear by it. I’m interested in learning how a freelance writer can use the site effectively: 10 Ways Writers Can Use LinkedIn to Find Freelance Gigs, 5 Surprising Ways Writers Can Use LinkedIn, LinkedIn for Freelancers and Entrepreneurs.
- Little Skein puts together kits for knitting projects inspired by classic children’s books. I want them all.
- 5 Food Lessons Learned from Kids’ Books
- The Sunday Home; I love the idea of this. I’ve gotten in the habit of menu planning, going over my schedule for the week, and cleaning out the refrigerator on Sundays, but I could do more to prepare for the week ahead.
- The Art of Freelancing: solid advice on building a freelance career
- Lauren and her husband just launched a wonderful little newsletter called The Highlighter (I’m a sucker for office supplies and I love the name)
- 9 Contemporary Children’s Books You Should read as an Adult
- The cheapest marble backdrop ever
- I impluse-watched (that never happens) Beyond the Lights one afternoon and it was so good. Highly recommend if you’re in the mood for a romantic-drama featuring pretty people.
- And from me, I started a page where I’m collecting freelance writing opportunities for moms. Why moms? Because I find myself mostly interested in writing about parenting-related topics these days and I started saving links for my own benefit. But it’s always nice to share information so I figured I’d publish it. I do need to alphabetize the links. Expect it to be updated frequently as I come across new opportunities.