Friday Links November 17th

Kew Gardens

Boy have I had a great week. My staycation was exciting AND restful, and just being able to float around without really having to talk with anyone has been the best thing ever. I ticked off two major things I’ve been wanting to do – Kew Gardens and Sky Gardens, and visited a whole bunch of little places I had on my list.

I also had the time to read a whole bunch of internetty things!!

Let’s Linkie!

Professional setbacks can happen to the best of us, here’s how to deal with them. Wit and Delight is one of my favourite sites; they always pick up topics that are meaningful and relevant, and write on them so well. It’s always a chore to pick which of their articles I want to include.

Liz wrote a really touching post about what it’s like growing up deaf and the communication and identity issues that come from that. The world of deaf people is something I sadly know very little about.

I’m all about my energy levels. I make decisions not to do certain things because they drain me – like spending time doing things I don’t want to do, and being around people I don’t like. Here’s how to take this sentiment and turn it into a life hack.

One of my favourite musicals – Legally Blonde – is touring the UK right now!

I completely agree with this post on not getting involved in stupid Facebook games that supposedly help beat cancer. No, they do not.

Who’s joining me on a roadtrip through Scotland?

Bloomzy has a great roundup of independent shops you should look to buy from this Christmas.

Looks like I’m going to have to go back to New York to try this matcha latte!

Also Birmingham needs to happen.

Have a lovely Friday!

Friday Links 10th November

Cambridge UK

Things with the American didn’t last long. My hopes weren’t up, so it’s ok.The last straw for me was when he and his buddy were yelling that the bonfire night fireworks were “just like Afghanistan” and how it’s giving them “PTSD”. Mildenhall, Suffolk is the furthest from home they have ever been. Neither of them have passports.

I’m thinking of maybe doing a whole bunch of dates exclusively with people younger than me to see how that goes. If you’re in Cambridge and want to set me up then please do! I strongly believe that referrals are the way to go.

Let’s Linkie!

Bev has been eating bugs – not sure I would want to, despite them tasting like a veggie burger!

It seems to be the month of new things, as Beth is trying gymnastics!

I loved watching Katy English and co’s travels around Japan, and I’m so excited for all the blog posts. Here’s what to expect when you first go to Japan.

Need a side hustle? Career Contessa has a whole bunch of them for you.

This Reddit post with a mock up of Instagram in 2011 and 2017 is hilarious and spot on.

I love to geek out on marketing blog posts a bit, and it was great to see this about how big brands are prioritising influencer marketing now.

NYC preschools look pretty intense. I think I might just have my kids draw kittens and stuff like that.

Emma has some great travel tips – actually decent and useful ones!

The gorgeous Lizzie has some great book recommendations for these cold nights.

I’ll leave you with an interesting video I watched this week. I’m not a fan of the Japanese host of Asian Boss (there’s something…off about him) but the content is invariably of high quality. The video below is about how Japanese girls get scouted for porn. This is something I saw on the streets in Nagoya when I studied there. I might even write a bigger blog post about it at some point.

Have a lovely weekend!

Saturday Links November 4th

Winter is upon us, and I’m getting ready for the fireworks and bonfire tonight by wrapping up warm. It’s been pissing it down all morning so the ground will be wet too. Boo.

I have one more week of work before I have a week’s annual leave, and I can’t wait. I have so many awesome things planned. Just one more week to go.

Let’s linkie!

Nothing beats autumn in Japan, so let’s take a little trip with Travel with Nano B (which I keep reading as “Travel with a Nob”…)

While we’re on this invisible plane, let’s pop over to Belgium with While I’m Young.

Haley has been teaching me all about vitamin D recently. Here’s her blog post with the facts.

If you’re still feeling sad this autumn, perhaps it’s “Fall Anxiety“?

Nicole is one of my favourite bloggers, even though I’m not that into fashion. I’m really excited for the series of posts about this capsule wardrobe – I think we could all learn to live with fewer clothes.

If you’re struggling with something and wish your situation was different, you need this post from Sophie Cliff. Probably the best post I’ve read in a while.

If you’re coming to London, don’t just head to Big Ben and then head home, make sure you make the most of what this amazing city has to offer. The Culture Map has an excellent list of how you can make this happen.

Heading over to Berlin but worried about the vegan food scene there? Amanda has you sorted.

Coworker horror stories are the best – here’s a great little collection from Career Contessa.

I’ll leave you with a video that made me cry this morning. John Green may seem to have the perfect life, but it just goes to show that depression can hit any of us.

Have a great Saturday. Please be mindful of wildlife and pets if you are using fireworks!

Friday Links Oct 28th

I’m quite looking forward to this weekend, it’s a quiet one so I can relax and get some things done.

On Instagram this week I mentioned that I’m taking some time off in November and might go on a road trip. I had initially wanted to drive to the New Forest, which is where I was born. But as I was planning I kept on getting distracted by things I have been keeping to do in London, so I may just spend a couple of days there instead.

I save screenshots of places I want to go to and exhibitions I want to see. I’m hoping this week off will allow me to tick off loads of places I’ve saved up.

By the way, the dog above was at the pumpkin patch and his name is Couscous. You’re welcome.

Let’s linkie!

Another person who has been pumpkin patching it up is Alice! Her photos are gorgeous!

Kelly came to my indoor market last week and took part in the craft workshop! So lovely seeing the outcomes!

In the lead up to Halloween, here is a great list of modern horror films you should consider. (Love Witch sounds pretty good…wonder how scary it is…)

Portly Gourmet has been to Smokeworks, the dirty meat-eater he is.

These failed Nintendo pitches were quite interesting! Even we as translator saw projects that were completed but never released.

I follow Guyliner on Twitter, and he wrote this great piece in British GQ this week about how men can be better to women.

In a creative funk? I discovered blogger Susie this week and she has just the post for you!

Another blogger I’ve loved this week is Rhianna – I loved reading this fantastic body posi piece.

Lastly, my favourite find of the week, this Louis Therous bot. Have fun sinking hours into this Twitter feed!!!

Have a great Friday!

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