Stained Couture’s weekly series, Link-End Round-Up, features interesting reads I read from around the internet this week.
Happy Friday, people! I really hope you had a good week or at least a productive week. Although my week started off slow, it quickly picked up and I’m super glad that it did. For some reason, it’s been taking me a little longer than usual to shake the “holidays hangover” that occurs after the new year. Typically, I fall back into my schedule and usual stride after a couple of days of being back in the office. However, this year, everything didn’t feel like it was back to normal until this past Wednesday.
Thankfully, I got my mojo back just in time, because it’s fasting season! Yes, every year around this time, my church does a corporate 21 day fast. This year’s fast started yesterday and I’m actually very excited. In the past I’ve done the Daniel Fast, fasted off of coffee, and even fasted off of meat. Each year, I used that time to strengthen my faith and pray for things on my heart. This year is no different. This year, I’ve decided to fast off of sugar, which I decided on just days before while preparing for my fast. Initially, I was going to fast off of bread, but sugar seemed to be bigger scope. Plus, it’s something I’ve been wanting to do to see just how it effects my health; mentally and physically.
While fasting, I’m going to be praying and preparing for the all the good things that I know are in store for me this year. I’m praying for some big things to happen this year and need to make sure that I’m focused. After spending these last few years fasting, I’ve notice that I become more focused when doing so. I assume it’s partly due to the fact that I’m not distracted. When you fast off of anything, it causes you to become more focused on NOT doing something which has a tendency to spill over to other things. It’s weirdly good!
Personally, I think everyone needs to fast off of something every year, but this doesn’t have to be limited to food. Over the past few years, I’ve seen a huge increase in the number of people who fast off of social media. This just shows you how big of part that social media plays in people’s lives now. I might do it one year, but not this year. 🙂
Anywho, I hope you all have a great weekend and use this time to rejuvenate something that you’ve been missing in your life. Spending quality time with loved ones, picking up a hobby you use to enjoy, or binging old episodes of The Office on Netflix are some examples. In other words; just do you, boo!
LINK-END ROUND-UP: January 11, 2019
- The sugar conspiracy – The Guardian
- Redesign your workspace for a productive 2019 – Fast Company
- How the keto diet works. (FYI, I’ve fallen off the keto wave) – Vox
- How to transform supermarket flowers into cool bouquets – Domino
- Where have all the women’s magazines gone? – The Washington Post
- Ways to apply retinol without irritating your complexion – Well + Good
- Motivate yourself to do things you don’t want to do – Harvard Business Review