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Five Friday Faves: Did You Miss Me?

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, and then it was the best of times again. I’m talking the month of May here, people. It’s fantastically refreshing and then spring allergies hit you and you’re certain you know what the Black Plague felt like and then it’s glorious once again. Did you miss me last week? I know you did. I missed you, too, Internet.

 

Mother’s Day was last week, but my mother doesn’t know what I do for a living all the time.

Okay, so, remember that running joke on Friends how no one knew what Chandler did until he finally quit his job? This is just like that, but it’s your life and your mother. When it comes to the Internet, a lot of parents just don’t understand. You tell them what you do for a living and they exclaim how proud they are, how much you’ve achieved, and show everyone your business card. But when asked what exactly you do, they’ll all have no idea. But did you see her business card?? Nice try, mom.

 

Derby and Steeplechase: Horses getting news coverage like they’re people.

It’s racing time in the USA. Keep your Indy Cars, Indiana, and your Daytona 500, Daytona, because Kentucky and Tennessee have horses (like the Tennessee Walking Horse, which is the state horse. #TheMoreYouKnow.) More importantly than informing you on Southern social traditions, I’d like to direct you to the real star of horse racing season, whiskey. We’re sorta connoisseurs here in the Mid-South, and Maker’s Mark is killing it on their Pinterest profile. They’ve turned what is essentially a one-trick pony (pun absolutely intended), an alcoholic beverage, and reminded us that it can be consumed responsibly anytime, anywhere. And their social profiles aren’t just boozy outings, but entertaining information that we can use, which is the gold standard when working in social media. Drink up, the race is on!

 

And the Lord said, “Let there be coffee.” and it was good. Slightly twitchy, but good.

Okay, I’m the first to admit that I might have a slight, very slight, caffeine addiction. But admitting it is the first step, right? RIGHT? Even if you aren’t in a long-term committed relationship with coffee like I am, you can’t argue with the genius of (wait for it) COFFEE POPSICLES. I’ll just let that sink in. Iced coffee is amazing, but iced coffee popsicles will make you feel like a kid again… no? Just me with the childhood iced coffee? Maybe my addiction is slightly more than slight…

 

‘Cause Darling I’m a Nightmare Dressed like a Taylor Swift Lyric

Don’t you wish that you could just have the perfect TSwift lyric at your fingertips for any situation because ugh she’s just so darn relatable? I mean those lyrics touch your soul right in the feels. Thanks to the popularity of the Drizzy App that enables you to send Drake lyrics with any smartphone application that uses a keyboard, TayTalk hath been created. Even though she’s removed her songs from Spotify, you can still have her narrate every aspect of your life through electronic communication. Petition to have this app released to the public ASAP? Sign me up.

 

Run faster, you will. Just repeat after me.

Mantras are not just for yogis, my friends, and even though this article is from Runner’s World, the advice they present is not just for runners. The University of Kent’s School of Sport and Exercise Science conducted a huge review of articles that looked at the impacts of psychological coaching like mantras, self-talk/self-coaching, and goal setting that found that the better runners were able to utilize these techniques, the better they performed. The study also showed that mental fatigue was bad for performance (as I’m sure you, reaching for your 3rd cup of coffee, know well.) Even if you aren’t a runner, the takeaways here are: mantras, positive self-talk and setting achievable goals, whether that be getting your idea pitched at the next meeting, setting and monitoring key performance indicators or whatever that relates to what you do, are a vital part of doing your job and doing it well. It also means that viewing your work as a thing that is within your control, and a thing that exists for you to do well, can be the difference between super-achieving and just getting the job done. Add in some time for relaxation to stave off mental fatigue, and you’ll be unstoppable.

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