Links – Found Interesting w/c 18 July 2016

Follow on from last week’s post, some things I read this week that might be of interest:

  1. Zen Habits – How to Develop an Awesome Sense of Direction – I’m glad I’m not the only one with a terrible sense of direction! Some great tips on what you can do to try and orientate yourself in a new place. Can’t rely on Google Maps for everything!
  2. Buzzfeed – 21 Feminist Books Every Girl Should Read In Her Lifetime – Have read 13/21 of these! But I do think I’d like to make my own list one day. Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In seems to be missing!
  3. Zapier – How an Award Winning Food Blogger Used Trello, Todoist and Zapier to Grow Traffic 10x – Really getting into Zapier and all it offers at the moment – this a great blog about developing content for blogs using these three great tools.
  4. – Bill Gates, Warren Buffett And Oprah All Use The 5-Hour Rule – Love the idea that if you spend an hour a day reading/creating/thinking then it can add to your success. Seems obvious really! I went through a phase of listening to TED talks every morning for a while which was great for this. I do try to put time aside for regular reading (actually writing this blog is helping me keep to a schedule for the moment) but it’s hard work.
  5. Backchannel – “Airbnb’s Sheryl Sandberg” is the Valley’s Quiet Superpower — Backchannel – really interesting article about Belinda Johnson, Chief Business Affairs and Legal Officer (read Brian Chesky’s Right Hand) and how she’s helped keep Airbnb ahead of the game.

    Belinda Johnson

    Belinda Johnson from Airbnb has a pretty inspirational story (photo credit: bizjournals)

  6. Zapier – Trello Everything: 28 Ways to Maximize Your Work with the Visual Task Management Tool – Well it wouldn’t be a blog from me if it didn’t have Trello in it would it?!
  7. Harvard Business Review – Learn to Love Networking – A great article on things to focus on when meeting new people. Some tips in here that I’m definitely going to try out!

You’ll notice that I dip into the same blogs often (Trello, Zen Habits, Zapier) – so if you think of any website that you think I should check out – please do let me know as I’m totally on the look out for new things to read and use for curation.

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Links – found interesting w/c 11 July 2016

Some things I’ve read this week which might be of interest.

  1. The Psychology of Checklists: Why Setting Small Goals Motivates Us to Accomplish Bigger Things – Trello Blog – Well, most people who know me, know I love Trello! This is a great wee article on why checklists make sense – not just practically but psychologically. If you’re into lists – check out The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande – it has changed my life!
  2. 21 Top Podcasts to Listen to for a Healthy Work-Life Balance – A great article with inspiration for some new podcasts to listen to. I’ve already subscribed to some – looking forward to my walks to and from work. (Big thanks to my pal Catrin who got me up and running with podcasts again!)
  3. To Create a Habit, Tell a Good Story : zen habits – Zen Habits is one of my favourite blogs – this article focusses on the positive reinforcement you can do when working on a new habit. It’s working well with my “give up sugar” challenge at the moment!
  4. New Recipes We Love – IFTTT makes me so creative! I really enjoy reading their Recipes We Love section – not to necessarily to use those recipes but to give me food for thought on what might be useful. An example for me would be the If It’s Raining Tomorrow Let Me Know (below) – for me, it doesn’t quite work in time – it always tells me too late – so I’ve written my own recipe, using the same ideas. Screen Shot 2016-07-13 at 17.22.12
  5. How To Find Your Most Productive Hours – Trello Blog – OK OK so another Trello example – but this article, on how to work out when you’re most productive, looks really good! I’m totally trying this out over the next couple of weeks. I’ve been feeling out of sync lately and think this might do the trick!
  6. 17 TED Talks Guaranteed To Change Your Life – I don’t agree with all these talks (I’m not an Amanda Palmer fan) but I think it’s great food for thought – TED talks are awesome – and I heartily recommend you watch/listen regularly.
  7. Sheryl Sandberg, like so many, did not get how hard it is to be a single mother – bit behind on reading this article – but I’m always so inspired by Sheryl Sandberg, one of the First Ladies of Tech.
  8. A Reading List for Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” – If you’re like me and love Beyonce’s latest album (I can’t stop listening!) then this reading list is for you. Some friends and I are in the process of setting up a Feminist Book Group and this list is going on there to discuss!

Hope you find this useful – please do share any thoughts, or any articles/blogs you think I might like!

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Bruntsfield Challenge – brunch at La Barantine

La Barantine - Bruntsfield

La Barantine – Bruntsfield

La Barantine is a small patisserie/ boulangerie/ cafe in the heart of Bruntsfield and a perfect spot for our brunch this morning! It was quite early – just after ten so we got a seat easily – as we were leaving around an hour later it was much busier.

We had brunch – toast with scrambled eggs and salmon/bacon – with a little salad on the side. Both utterly delicious!

Salmon and scrambled eggs (I forgot to take the photo straight away!)

Salmon and scrambled eggs (I forgot to take the photo straight away!)

The staff were lovely, friendly and welcoming.



As well as being a lovely cafe for breakfast/brunch/lunch/afternoon tea – it’s also a takeaway patisserie. We were a bit full up from brunch but bought some for later. Nom!

Delicious food to take away

Delicious food to take away

So all in all, a great place to eat/drink and be merry – recommended.

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Lists – Cineworld Pass – one year on

My black Cineworld Unlimited Card signifying a year of movie watching arrived this month.

My black Cineworld Unlimited Card signifying a year of movie watching arrived this month.

In the last year, we made the decision to re-invest in Cineworld Unlimited cards. We live super close to the Cineworld in Edinburgh and we do like going to the cinema – we figured regular payments for a pass would also motivate us to go more often. I also love the indulgence of going to see a film I enjoy more than once, without the guilt of paying lots of times, so I doubled up on a couple of movies this year. I’m impressed with the number in the last year and look forward to more in the next. My list of films in the 12 months since I’ve joined is:

  1. Insurgent
  2. Cinderella
  3. Fast and the Furious 7 (twice)
  4. John Wick
  5. The Duff
  6. The Avengers: Age of Ultron (twice)
  7. The Age of Adaline
  8. Pitch Perfect 2
  9. Tomorrowland
  10. San Andreas
  11. Man Up
  12. Jurassic World (twice)
  13. Terminator: Genysis
  14. Ant Man
  15. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
  16. The Fantastic Four
  17. The Man from UNCLE
  18. Trainwreck
  19. Straight Outta Compton
  20. Everest
  21. A Walk in the Woods
  22. The Martian
  23. Pan
  24. Inside Out (I saw this as a Kids Movie special in the morning and felt very weird being the only one without a child. Next time time I’ll bring one!)
  25. Suffragette
  26. James Bond: Spectre
  27. Brooklyn
  28. Mockingjay: Part 2
  29. Steve Jobs
  30. Sisters
  31. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (twice at Cineworld, three times in total!)
  32. Joy
  33. Zoolander 2
  34. Deadpool
  35. Hail, Caesar!
  36. London has Fallen
  37. Allegiant
  38. How to be Single

Having been to see The Force Awakens three times in total, it’s pretty obvious what my favourite film this year was, but apart from that I also loved The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (just a great laugh, and, you know, Henry Cavill) and Straight Outta Compton. No terrible movies* in this list either – hurrah!

Henry Cavill may have influenced my enjoyment of The Man from UNCLE

Henry Cavill may have influenced my enjoyment of The Man from U.N.C.L.E

What are your favourite films of the last year? I’d love to hear about them!



*Was pretty disappointed with Joy

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