I continue to be amazed by how much awesome content can be discovered (free for the reading!) on the good ol’ World Wide Web. This batch of share-worthy links is for the productivity junkie, the stay-at-home mom in need of encouragement, and those seeking less stress and more intention.

These Things Are the Big Things // Hayley Hengst

“I think sometimes as moms we are on a quest for Big Stuff…the Monumental Life Talk, the Huge Surprise that Will Knock Their Socks Off, The Perfect Gift, The Magical Moment….and every now and again those happen.”

Never smooth enough—a modern addiction // Seth Godin

“Seeking a perfect sphere might be a hobby, but if it’s not giving you joy, it’s a lousy way to live. It’s an addiction, not a useful tool.”

Two Words That Will Make You Happier, Calmer, and More Certain // Sarah Von Bargan

“Women negotiate better outcomes when they’re negotiating for others than when they negotiate for themselves. I was the same. Until I started creating ‘personal policies.’ . . . When we create personal policies, we remove a lot of those gray areas that trip us up. We give ourselves the structure and support we need to do the things we say we want to do.”

Say What You Mean to Say // Anne Bogel

“He popped his head inside and said, ‘Anne, do you want to come say hi?’ But it was well past dark and I was already in my pajamas, cozied on the couch with my book. Changing into jeans sounded like hard work. ‘Tell him hey for me,’ I said. I regret that now. How hard is it to put on pants?”

This Is What ‘Self-Care’ REALLY Means, Because It’s Not All Salt Baths And Chocolate Cake // Brianna Wiest

“A world in which self-care has to be such a trendy topic is a world that is sick. Self-care should not be something we resort to because we are so absolutely exhausted that we need some reprieve from our own relentless internal pressure.”

Why Children’s Books Should Be a Little Sad // Kate DiCamillo

“E. B. White loved the world. And in loving the world, he told the truth about it — its sorrow, its heartbreak, its devastating beauty. He trusted his readers enough to tell them the truth, and with that truth came comfort and a feeling that we were not alone.”

Time Saving Hacks for a More Efficient & Productive Year // Erin Schrader

“Spend a few moments at the beginning of the day thinking about what needs to be done throughout the day and make a prioritized list. Less wasted time throughout the day wondering what to do next! Narrow down your top 3 MOST important items that need to get done and focus on those FIRST.”

How I Manage My News Intake // Crystal Ellefsen

“I needed to take back control of when and how I read the news so that I could better manage my emotional health, stay productive at work, and set myself up for success to be the parent I want to be (which basically means not a crazy, emotional wreck).”

I came across so many great links this month that I’m splitting this roundup into two parts; I’ll be back next week for a few more links deserving your attention! 

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