Weekly Roundup | Quiet & Loud

Friday, March 18, 2016

You may have noticed my near silence this week. You may have also noticed a post I published and quickly unpublished earlier this week titled "A Post Where I Complain and Feel Sorry for Myself," in which I did exactly that. You may have also noticed that you could click on it and read it in full on Bloglovin' because even though I unpublished it here, I didn't think to delete it there. It's gone now, but it was available a full 24 hours.

The reason I unpublished it is because I try really, really hard for this to be a positive space. I'm not always successful in that, because dammit sometimes you just want to complain and have someone say "I hear you." I put it all out there in that post and even now I'm considering republishing it, regardless of how negative and angry and ungrateful the whole thing sounded, because that's life. Sometimes you have really negative, angry, ungrateful days and I don't think that my personal space on the internet should be wiped clean of that reality.

I don't have the energy to pretend here.

I've had a rough week, as if you couldn't tell by that post and everything above. Because of that, I stopped reading blogs as much and definitely haven't been posting. I stepped away from consuming so much social media and news (although I do admit Tweeting a few times) and it was a breath of fresh air to take a step back and not have a million and one people shouting so much information and so many opinions at me from a screen. I feel as though my mind has been more quiet and I think that's exactly what I needed. I still need more, too, so I almost didn't even show up here today.

The good thing about turning off the sound of the internet is that my mind has been allowed to wander. The book I'm writing has been coming more and more together in my head, something that can't happen with the constant intake of mindless information the internet provides. I've been able to sit in the quiet and truly think about life and goals and how I'm really feeling right now. It has been refreshing. I recommend everyone give it a try sometime.

On the complete opposite spectrum of quiet, I give you the only bit of a roundup I'm doing this week, because computer-free time can always go for a little music:

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Weekly Roundup + A Blog Survey

Friday, March 11, 2016

Any day now I will be setting a launch date for my newly-designed Wordpress blog. You know I'll be screaming from the rooftops when this new site launches, so I promise you won't miss it. I'm excited about the clean, professional look it will have as well as specialized travel pages that will make navigating my site much easier than it is currently.

Even as I've been dedicating so much time to setting up my new site, I've been concerned about the content, quality, and consistency that you find here on Em Busy Living. I know that when I'm busy I'm not as consistent, and sometimes the topics of my posts are all over the place. EBL isn't much of a "honed-in niche" blog, but I do have some recurring themes, even if they're sort of broad. I decided to throw this survey into one of my "Weekly Roundup" posts because it is my most consistent series, but I'm even asking you to critique my "Weekly Roundups" in this survey.

Please help me out by spending 5 minutes answering these 9 questions. Your feedback will help me more than you know.

And now, on to my roundup...


  • Cooked (Netflix) Cooked is a beautiful four-part documentary series that delves into the world and history of cooking. Following the research of author Michael Pollan (whose recent book Cooked is what this docu-series is based on,) we're taught the history and basics of cooking around the world and throughout time based on the four earth elements: Fire, Water, Air, and Earth. This series reminds you how beautiful and what an act of love cooking is, and that we should all aim to spend more time cooking from scratch for and with those we love.

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It's Okay to Change Your Mind

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Several months ago Coley, creator of the site "Life Goals Mag," reached out to me and asked if I'd like to contribute to her online magazine. After finally clearing my schedule enough to do so, I've finally submitted my first post, "Why It's Okay to Change Your Mind." It went live yesterday, and you can read it right here!