Link Love Wednesday: Go Away, Caillou

caillouHey there, readers, and happy new year! I hope everyone had a fabulous time celebrating with friends and family, and that you are all settling in nicely to 2015 2016. (I think it will take me until about March to get that right!)

The new year has been treating me well so far, and I’m looking forward to all the opportunities and adventures ahead. To kick things off, let’s dig into the first Link Love of 2016!

Things I’m Loving Lately

  • Aziz Ansari’s Netflix show Master of None. This show is incredibly accurate for twenty-somethings, and the episode about the crazy things that women have to deal with really hit close to home for me.
  • This amazing Whole30 compliant Thai Curry recipe. I’ve been making it at least once a week.
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Amazing page-turner so far!

What awesome links are you finding this week? Share your latest link love in the comments section below!

Link Love Wednesday: The Meaning of Life

purpose-in-life-warning-to-others-ecardWhat’s shaking, readers? We’re already a few weeks into the New Year, but I’m still referring to 2013 as “last year.” Are any of you guilty of the same thing?

2015 is treating me well! Between attending events for work and attempting to cook without burning my kitchen down, I have been keeping busy and having a great year. What have you been up to since the clock struck midnight on January 1?

No matter what your plans have been, you’ll want to check out the latest in Link Love. Your computer will thank you!

What have been some of your favorite links this year?

Link Love Wednesday: Heartache and Coconut Chicken Bites

HeartbreakGood evening, and happy December! Blogging has been a bit slow here at So It Must Be True in the last month, but life has been good. Outcomes for my fantasy football team may have taken a turn for the worst in the past few weeks, but the holidays are almost here and it’s time for celebration. What are your plans? Any fun holiday parties in the works? Share what you’re most looking forward to this season in the comments section below. As always, enjoy this week’s batch of Link Love!

What are some fun links and interesting articles you’ve come across this week?

Link Love Wednesday: Boy Bands, The Sorcerer’s Stone and Romantic Comedies

harrypotterI hope this week’s Link Love finds you well! Can you believe how quickly the summer is flying by? When I was in high school, I always felt a sense of dread around mid-July, when the new school year seemed to be looming all too closely. Nowadays, I work year-round, but I will never forget the way I felt as I watched the summer slip away. For those of you who have a break from school or work this summer, hopefully you are finding ways to make the most of your days off – away from the computer!

Of course, when you do stop to check Facebook and your favorite blogs (wink, wink), be sure to enjoy some of our latest Link Love!

How are you spending your summer? Any great links you’ve come across this week? Feel free to share in the comments section below!

Link Love Thursday: Don’t Call Me “Bae”

Batman-Dick-GraysonHope everyone is having a fantastic week! Summer officially begins on Saturday, so I’m excited to log some more days by the pool on the rare occurrence that it’s not raining in Florida. How are you spending your summer? You can start with a peek at this week’s Link Love, and post your own favorite findings in the comments section below!

What are some of your favorite articles from the last few weeks?

Link Love Wednesday: Happy Belated Thanksgivukkah!

Artwork by Mica Angela Hendricks

Artwork by Mica Angela Hendricks

For those of you who celebrated, I wish you a very happy belated Thanksgiving and/or Hanukkah! I am thankful for many things at this juncture in my life: a wonderful family, a great group of friends, a job I love and a supportive network of readers! 🙂 Of course, I am also thankful for some of the awesome articles and links I came across over the last week or so, and am excited to share them with you as we make our way into December!

Again, hope you had a wonderful holiday! Any great links you’ve come across this week?

Link Love Wednesday: 23-Year-Old Edition

online datingHappy November! The temperatures have gotten lower, the Halloween candy is gone and the pumpkin-spiced drinks are in full bloom, so it’s starting to feel a lot more like fall around here!

This week’s roundup delves into a few of life’s greatest mysteries. Kidding – just a few interesting articles to get you through the week!

  • Having just celebrated my 23rd birthday in September, I can’t help but relate with these soul-crushing truths about being 23, as I’m sure many 20-somethings will.
  • Which professions have the most psychopaths? Here’s hoping that your career doesn’t pop up on this listing!
  • This article discusses why online dating can be a good thing.
  • Of course, this article suggests that online dating is making us miserable in our love lives because of the number of choices available to us. What are your thoughts?
  • For many of us, middle school was a miserable time in our lives. This BuzzFeed list reminds us of the things we are definitely not missing out on, now that we are all grown up.
  • I stumbled across this site, Forty Days of Dating, a few days ago and was completely glued. Two friends in New York with completely opposite relationship problems decide to date as an experiment for forty days, and the lines between friendship and love become increasingly unclear. You will want to stick around till the end!
  • Looking for a good read? This article will guide you to a classic book you’ll love based on your TV preferences.
  • The most retweeted tweets of all time will give you a greater insight into social media and society itself. (Sad to know that more than one of these tweets came from a member of One Direction!)

Any great articles this week?

Link Love Wednesday: From Goosebumps to Mr. Darcy to Miley

GoosebumpsHope everyone is having a beautiful week and a lovely October – I know I am! With the fall now here and the weather finally beginning to cool down, it’s time to lounge outside on the porch and check out some of the latest interesting links to hit the web. Enjoy!

What are some of the interesting articles you’ve picked up this week?

Why Nice Girls Finish Last

Can our innate niceness be misconstrued as neediness? — Tweet this!

According to a recent article in Cosmopolitan, yes it can. There is a reason, couples counselor Randi Gunther argues, why some guys prefer a not-so-nice girl, and it isn’t what you might think.

The feature then claims that some nice girls are too giving, and that their significant others may perceive their selflessness as dependence and clinginess. Therefore, the logic would follow that a mean girl has her own agenda and won’t ever indirectly make a guy feel bad about not giving enough of himself.

As one of those notoriously nice girls, I was a little sad when I first read this, because I’ve always believed in being as good as you can to the people you c are about. Did this mean that because I wasn’t a total shrew, I was bound to fail at every relationship that came my way? Was I about to be punished for putting others ahead of myself? The label didn’t even make sense to me, because I’ve always been very independent and never one to cling onto any one person.

Looking back, however, I can see how this may have applied to me at certain points in my life… and how girls tend to follow similar patterns with guys. Any time you see a guy getting serious with a girl who doesn’t seem to deserve him, it’s because she’s not always there… she doesn’t obsess over his feelings… and he doesn’t have to worry that she cares way more for him than he does for her. Turn that around, and you’ll see that girls are guilty of the same. We say we want a nice guy, but how many times have we ditched that notion in favor of someone who doesn’t treat us well?

I think this extends into all types of relationships, friendship included. The trouble is, where do you draw the line? If you seem like you care too much, then you’re labeled clingy and obsessive. If you don’t seem like you care enough, then you’re automatically selfish and probably a little stuck-up. So how do we avoid sabotaging our relationships without forgetting the true essence of who we are?

First and foremost, we have to look out for ourselves. If we don’t give ourselves a high enough ranking in our own lives, then how can we ever rank highly in anyone else’s? We can still be generous and willing to help others, but we should also remember that our own wants and needs are important, and that we cannot simply rely on others to take care of us. By taking a little more time out of our lives to focus on ourselves, we may be a little more successful in relationships and overall a lot happier with our lives.