Now Trending – Best Links Week of 10.27

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Happy Halloween! Not going to lie, I’m really not that interested in Halloween. It’s more hassle than it’s worth for me. It’s one of those holidays that has all these expectations that are never met (see also: New Year’s Eve). I used to love it until college when I suddenly hated it. I wasn’t good at thinking of a costume that was funny, original and kind of slutty (I mean, I went to college at WVU, being overdressed was a real issue most days of my life).

The past few Halloweens have been underwhelming since college: in a relationship with a guy in finance who had all this month end work, broken up with the following year (+ Hurricane Sandy) and had to go to LA for work then last year, just over it. This year I’m a two-day resident of San Francisco with no plans for the day thus far, except it might be the perfect time to get some apartment shopping done. So there’s that. If you don’t have any plans you can console yourself in the best links from the past week then FaceTime me.

Travel
India has been high on my travel list forever. So jealous of Marisa from Uproot from Oregon’s trip to India and living vicariously through her travel diary.

24 Hours in Napa. Not that 24 hours is enough, but so excited to live so close so I can make many, many trips to wine country!

Lifestyle
I am so. overhelmed. trying to figure out decorating my 600-square foot studio apartment, especially because I left everything but my clothes and Vitamix in Pittsburgh (well, and a few other things). Decorist uses algorithms and quizzes to match you with the perfect decor for your home. Problem solved!

It’s kind of not a secret I suffer from anxiety. This month was a real journey on handling – or not handling at times – my anxiety. I love that Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere says that anxiety isn’t something to be ashamed of: it’s totally out of your control… but you can manage your anxiety with her tips.

Davida told me to listen to the Jess Lively podcast last week and whenever Davida tells me to do something, I listen and you should too. I listened to four episodes since Sunday (three while running, one while driving).

On the overwhelmed front, I totally shut down and basically didn’t leave the couch last week. Sarah from Picky Runner discuses how sometimes when you’re feeling overwhelmed, you need to take a step back and just relax.

Fitness
I’m back on the “listen to Podcasts while on runs” grind (see above). I haven’t given any of these podcasts for long runs a listen yet but I’ll be queuing them up soon.

I need to get back on my strength training kick. Last week I barely ran, let alone did anything else (this week I’m back at it). All of my home gym equipment is in my car trunk en route to SF but I’ll be mixing this full-body circuit routine into my week soon.

Even before I knew Susie was a fellow Sigma Kappa (#dovelove), I really liked her from her blog. She talks about why gaining weight during marathon training was a good thing for her in a very honest post.

Food
Healthy drunk food is kind of an oxymoron… unless you are Angela and me and you eat sprouted toast and blueberries after you’ve been drinking. Have to check out these restaurants for late night healthy drunk food next time I’m in NYC.

As soon as I get a skillet back in my life (oh, and groceries) I’m making this Single Serve Chickpea and Egg  Breakfast from Erin. Why am I on such a legume kick?

Loving the idea of these Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Bites from Debbie from Dietitian Debbie Dishes on Jill Conyer’s blog!

Blogging
If you get into the technical, digital side of blogging you might hear a lot of weird terms. I realize I throw a bunch around when I’m talking about social media. Here is a nice little dictionary of commonly used tech terms.

Want to blog as a business? Then you better take it seriously and look at what performs and what doesn’t. Davida has an amazing breakdown of the analytics behind The Healthy Maven.

Chat with me:
What are you doing for Halloween? What is your go-to drunk food? What awesome links did I miss this week (leave them in the comments!)?

36 comments on “Now Trending – Best Links Week of 10.27

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Tina Muir on October 31, 2014 7:21 am

Ooooh haven’t seen Davidas post, will check that out for sure! I know how stressful it can be fitting your life into a tiny apartment, I did that last year. Its tough, but you will be surprised how well you do with it! Remember to enjoy it my friend!
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Cassie on November 3, 2014 1:33 am

Thank you for that reminder… it’s supposed to be fun, not stressful… well, maybe both lol.

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Susie @ SuzLyfe on October 31, 2014 7:23 am

So honored to be included! I always think you have excellent links, so that really means a lot to me. Thank you. I definitely need to check out Davida’s post on analytics. It’s also probably about time for my site to get a makeover. Of the professional variety. BLARG
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Cassie on November 3, 2014 1:34 am

Let me know if you want some help with that, my designer was great (obvi).

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Sarah on October 31, 2014 8:54 am

Thanks for the link love! I’m really glad you can relate and let yourself enjoy that couch time this week too :)
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Cassie on November 3, 2014 1:31 am

Couch time didn’t happen this week due to lack of couch lol… SOON THOUGH!

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Bri on October 31, 2014 9:45 am

Will be checking out that “podcasts for long runs” link for sure! I’m always looking for something to listen to. Right now I’m really into AudioDharma and Rich Roll :)
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Cassie on November 3, 2014 1:31 am

I’ll have to check both those out, too!

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Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon on October 31, 2014 9:53 am

I seriously am packing you in my suitcase next time. I love traveling with others!! I am dressed as a leprechaun at work today… mostly because the costume I was going to wear is lost in my boyfriend’s parents house, and I woke up at 5 AM and googled “halloween costume green dress.” My drunk food is always scrambled eggs as soon as I get home – weird but delish.
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Cassie on November 3, 2014 1:30 am

Haha what were you going to be??

Scrambled eggs are another great drunk food!!

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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine on October 31, 2014 10:53 am

Yea, no real Halloween fun for me. I’ll just be kickin’ back with my bad self today writing blog posts, doing some school work, and watching last weeks episode of the Walking Dead ;)
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Cassie on November 3, 2014 1:30 am

I love nights like those :)

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Farrah on October 31, 2014 11:47 am

I don’t tend to do a whole lot with Halloween either. I finally have a day off though, so I’m probably going to use it to catch up on all the sleep I haven’t been having, getting some studying in and maybe watching a movie.

Definitely gonna have to check to some of those links! I hope SF is treating you well! :]

I don’t drink, but if I were to, I think my drunk food would probably be carne asada fries, haha.
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Cassie on November 3, 2014 1:30 am

What movie did you watch??

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GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth on October 31, 2014 12:00 pm

No plans for halloween here either. I’m not a fan of traipsing around in the cold/snow/rain in minimal clothing. #sorrynotsorry
I’m planning to get a jump on my weekend sleeping starting tonight- it’s gonna be epic.
After the insanely hectic week I had, I’m gonna need to check out those links you shared, so thanks for that.
Oh, and happy shopping :D
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Cassie on November 3, 2014 1:14 am

Happy shopping until my AmEx was denied because they thought it was fraud haha… whoops :)

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Ange @ Cowgirl Runs on October 31, 2014 12:00 pm

We are totally on the same page with Halloween and New Years….except I’ll totally dress up my cat :)

That anxiety post is spot on and it definitely what I try to do if I’m feeing anxious.
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Cassie on November 3, 2014 1:13 am

I need to see Merlin dressed up ASAP.

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Sam @ Better With Sprinkles on October 31, 2014 12:23 pm

I’m going to a Halloween party tonight! I feel like I’m kind of reliving my undergraduate days with this one (slutty costume included) but that’s ok, lol.
Drunk food: poutine (god, I’m so Canadian) or shawarma. Super healthy when I’m drunk.
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Cassie on November 3, 2014 1:13 am

I’ve never had shawarma… or poutine. I feel like I am missing out!! PS I owe your amaze e-mail a reply :) You know how crazy moving is though, xoxo

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Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on October 31, 2014 3:37 pm

Anxiety sucks! Sending hugs your way! And thanks for the Decorist link!
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Cassie on November 3, 2014 1:10 am

Wasn’t that quiz so fun?

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Lynda@fitnessmomwinecountry on October 31, 2014 3:46 pm

Love from this wine country gal {Sonoma, Napa Valley}. The most amazing places to see and visit, eat and drink wine. Running is also amazing here. :)
Happy Halloween
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Cassie on November 3, 2014 1:10 am

Yes, love running by the Bay every day :) AND I LOVE NAPA!!

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genevieve @ gratitude & greens on October 31, 2014 4:57 pm

Can’t wait to check out all these links. Good luck with the apartment hunting and furnishing- I just moved into my place a few weeks ago and the first week was just crazy busy/stressful for me! Hope your anxiety is better, I get the same way sometimes and it’s pretty awful. I don’t drink very much but when I do, I always go home for healthy munchies… like toast and almond butter or something I can whip up super quick!
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Cassie on November 3, 2014 1:10 am

Yummmm toast + AB = perfect drunk food haha.

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Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on October 31, 2014 6:57 pm

Hi Cassie! Don’t worry about not dressing up for Halloween this year, because there are other chances during the year in SF to be in costume, Bay to Breakers is a big one in May. Hope you have a great weekend, and I’d love to see you back in my classes soon for another workout!
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Cassie on November 3, 2014 1:09 am

Already signed up for Bay to Breakers with the Halloween discount!! Hope I can get to one of your classes again soon, had so much fun!!

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~ Carmen ~ on October 31, 2014 8:42 pm

What is healthy drunk food? Is that real? Sounds like a miracle to me. Happy Halloween! :] // itsCarmen.com ☼ ☯

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Cassie on November 3, 2014 1:09 am

It definitely is… makes me want to move to NYC (just kidding, I love SF)

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Jill on October 31, 2014 11:15 pm

I’ve been over Halloween for a few years! Too much stress trying to come up with a costume idea and I’m not really into drunk shenanigans anymore :)
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Cassie on November 3, 2014 1:08 am

Spending Saturday hungover reminded me of that haha.

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Francesca on November 1, 2014 11:14 am

Love the link love roundups. Makes it easy to find quality reads with our busy lives ;) Thanks!!
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Cassie on November 3, 2014 1:08 am

Hope you enjoyed them!

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Sarah on November 2, 2014 2:15 pm

Thanks for the helpful round up
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Matt on November 2, 2014 8:18 pm

Thanks for the links!

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