Friday Five, March 31

It's been awhile and I realized I've missed making these lists. I still love reading what other people discover on the internet and I have a wealth of time on my hands so let's give it a go again. 

Friday 5. March 31 |

How Running Taught Me About the Importance of Vulnerability. I've been listening to Kelly's podcast the last few weeks and it's had me thinking a lot about going viral. I've know many women who have gone viral, and most often it's been for less than ideal reasons. Getting shot, a child dying, unearthing a blogger scam... Kelly's story is different. It's had its negative implications, but for the most part it's been a positive force in her life. 

How Does a Rebel Change Habits?  I've been examining how I feel about routines and structure and as part of that I've been meaning to reread Gretchen Rubin's Better Than Before. Funny story. When I first read the book I was convinced I was a questioner because I ask all the questions. When I took the quiz and was informed I was a rebel. I wasn't sure I believed it. I told this story to Rita after I made her read it and she laughed at me and basically said, "Dude, you are a REBEL. Deal with it." Then a few months ago I was telling some of our former coworkers about this story and they all laughed at me because duh. So, hey. I'm a rebel. Deal with it. I'm still figuring out how to and if you are like me, you might find these suggestions on how to how to change your habits helpful. Or not. I don't want to tell you what to do. I know how rebels feel about that. 

The Ugly Truth Behind Why I Quit Being a Social Media Influencer. Omg omg omg that Facebook group. Omg. Don't do that. Seriously, if you are running a marketing campaign and you are encouraging your influencers to lose weight in order to promote your products, YOU ARE DOING IT WRONG. You are not medical professionals. Your job is to tell people they look fabulous just. as. they. are. If anyone needs to lose weight in order to enjoy your products, it's a flaw in the product and your campaign strategy, not in your influencers. If you are an influencer who has faced that kind of pressure, I'm sorry that happened to you and I encourage you to cease working with that agency. You are awesome just as you are. Don't let someone trying to sell a product ever tell you anything different. 

Facebook Launches Stories to Complete its All-Out Assault on Snapchat. What I find interesting about this is that it comes just days after Facebook launched the "My Day" option in Facebook Messenger. It seems they have two products in direct competition with each other. Overall, I'm not surprised that they've launched something like this. Instagram Stories did a pretty good job of taking a chunk out of Snapchat. 

Octopus Cupcakes. It's octopuses. On cupcakes. What's not to love?