Good Vibes: August - Lollipops & Laptops

Some people find the end of the month relieving. For me, some month ends are more chaotic than others, like fiscal year end or quarterly reporting periods. But sometimes, after a month like this, you just need some good vibes. Going forward, my last post each month will include some of my favorite reads and other goodies from around the web. Here are a few things I’m finding intriguing, entertaining, and funny this month.

Live Well

It’s been a tough couple of weeks with some crazy things going on around the world. I found myself feeling overwhelmed and paralyzed with no idea what to do or how I can make a positive impact in the world. A friend reminded me that being a mom is one of the clearest, easiest ways to make a positive impact by instilling the values we hold so dearly of openness, inclusivity, kindness, generosity, and love into our kids. This post has great book ideas to help teach our kids those values.

About 7 years ago, I went digital with my file storage. I rid our home of most hard files, ensured all my bills were delivered electronically, and created an e-file system in place of my file cabinets. It has been life changing, but there is a new kind of de-cluttering that we should all be doing, and this article has a few great tips to keep our digital clutter to a minimum.

Work Smart

It’s tough enough to keep yourself out of a rut, but when you manage employees, in addition to your regular tasks, you are charged with keeping them happy and engaged. This HBR article has some good tips to help find meaning in your employees’ daily work.

Until our most recent vacations (read about them here and here) I hadn’t taken almost any time off in THREE. YEARS. I quickly racked up weeks and weeks of PTO and never felt like I should use it without a worthy reason. But this was a nice reminder that there are plenty of good reasons to take some time off of work.

Play Hard

I’ve written about how hard it is for me to come up with ways to entertain my kids. And I don’t know where everyone else always finds interesting things to do, particularly on the weekends, but I found this no-frills list to give me a lot of great ideas for upcoming weekends. There are options for weekdays, too, for those of you who don’t work or have a schedule different than the typical 8-to-5.

I liked this article because it identified an interesting conundrum I often find myself in: feeling nervous or introverted in social situations as a fairly extroverted person, and feeling tormented by the expectation of smoothly inserting myself in any given social situation. Anything that lays out a clearly defined plan is something I can get behind.