What's Up Wednesdays: The Grand Adventure

Are you struggling to get over yet another hump day? It’s like they come around every week, just like these speedlinks that should lift your spirits. How convenient! Starting things off, we visit with Vuitton Chan who explains the many perks of traveling alone. I’ve said many times before that travel is one of the best ways to spend your money, but I’ve never really done it alone. Maybe I should. It’ll encourage me to meet new people and learn more about myself in the process.

Of course, I’ve already embarked on the grand adventure of parenthood already. Each new day brings a new challenge and a new experience. My daughter loves story time, so it’s very timely that Stephanie Slate recently highlighted a couple of new kids books by Lisa Bowes. The Lucy series depicts a young girl embracing her love for sports and the two newest entries have her trying soccer and short track. This sounds like a great way to encourage an active lifestyle and a an insatiable curiosity about new activities.

They change in the blink of an eye. One moment, you’re changing her diaper. The next, she’s complaining about boy troubles. I’m not looking forward to that. Jeff Bogle has been on this journey already and he has decided on eight things that he won’t stop doing now that his daughters are tweens. Some of these are related to the lessons I want to teach my daughter, like continuing to advocate for gender equality and challenging her to be better and to try harder.

When you go into business for yourself, you wear many hats. You’re the logistics department. You’re the accounting department. You’re human resources and outside sales. Barbara O’Neal understands that the money part of writing isn’t easy. Many of us wish we didn’t have to worry about it, but that’s just not practically possible. Therein lies the critical distinction between the fantasy of “the author life” and the reality of “the writer life.” We’ve got to keep writing. And then writing some more.

As the mercury continues to drop and put away our tank tops for another year, personal stylist Samantha Dempster offers some sound advice on how to take care of your sweaters. Pilling is one of those things that is inevitable, but there are measures you can take to minimize it from happening in the first place. For starters, you can choose a coat with a silk blend lining. This will reduce rubbing and consequently reduce the loosening of fibers in your sweater.