Wednesday, January 01, 2014

I've Got Your New Year's Advice Right Here

It's New Year Day and everyone's thinking about ways they can improve. Luckily, the internet has been chock full insight all day long.

1. F. Scott Fitzgerald has some oddly deep advice for his daughter about what to worry about in the coming year.

2. Hunter S. Thompson boils it all down to two things: floating or swimming.

3. Virginia Woolf pipes in -- as the voice of the ladies? -- about the creative benefits of keeping diary.

4. Losing weight seems like a daunting task, but it will seem less so once you read Mama Laughlin.

Two years ago she was fifty pounds overweight. She is now a lean and mean vision and training for a fitness competition. Her story is inspiring on its own, but also fascinating since she's a married, working mother with two little boys. And she gets it done.

Her Instagram is great for daily updates and before and after photos.

5. This morning's fitness instructor reminded the class that abs are made in the kitchen. There's a lot of junk in processed foods, and even in foods that seem healthy, that will sabotage even the best laid fitness plans. Subscribe to the Food Babe's updates and sort it all out.

6. Randy Pausch's Last Lecture never gets old. You can watch the hour long version or the truncated, 11-minute long Oprah show version.

7. Don't even think about getting into a new relationship in 2014 without reading Alain de Botton's book, On Love: A Novel. It puts everything romance related into serious perspective.

8. If you like your New Year to start with heavy guitars, might I suggest "The New Year" by Death Cab For Cutie?