Friday Five

So, funny story. My blog was hacked last week and since it was an attack with the server, I ended up switching servers. My hosts were great and moved everything for me, but due to the hacking, they weren’t able to save my latest posts. This probably doesn’t bother any of you like it does me, but I wanted to note it here. That way, when I look back at my post history, I will have on record that I did not skip any Friday Fives. (There were also some great guest posts—Bachelor Recaps by Someone Who Doesn’t Watch The Bachelor. Just FYI, future self.)

Okay, now for your regularly scheduled programming:

1. I’ve been listening to this music all week. Piano versions of classic and current hits. It is so perfect for reading/writing/editing. 

2. My new favorite instagram feed

3. I love this NEEDTOBREATHE song (of course) and they made a new version with Gavin DeGraw. It’s just fun. 

4. The Post About Beth Moore Thinking My Mom Was a Drug Dealer. This is just funny. 

5. Ohmygoodness. Parenthood. Y’all, I’m still not over it. But neither is showrunner Jason Katims. This article made me cry (this is your tissue warning) and it has some minor spoilers. But I just love those Bravermans. 


Friday Five

1. Made any New Year’s Resolutions? Here are 25 Easy Resolutions to Transform Your Health

2. You may have already seen this. I know our local news did a 5 minute spot on it on NYE. #Nashville But, it’s too good not to post (also, check out the rest of her channel. She has some other great mashups.)

3. The Sad Internet: 2014 in Review. This is fantastic.  

4. That Thing You Do

5. The Boston Globe’s Big Picture Year in Review is always a great look back at the year. Here’s Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3



Friday Five

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! 

1. Keeping in the Christmas spirit for a little while longer, here’s a post on Christmas that I loved. 

2. And here’s some Celebrity Christmas Cheer 

3. It’s time for end of the year lists, videos, and mashups. First up, 2014 Photos of the Year.

4. And DJ Earworm’s remix, United State of Pop. 

5. And the Google Year in Searches: 

Here’s to the last week of 2014. Make it good, y’all. 


Friday Five

1. 10 Lessons I’ve Learned in 10 Years of Blogging. I appreciate how practical this advice is for anyone thinking about or trying out blogging. 

2. Feliz Navidad – cinco people, uno guitar style. 

3. Confessions of a First-Time Sketchnoter. I am always so jealous of people who can sketchnote well. This blogger gives some tips and links to several other helpful articles on learning how to sketchnote (I just learned from this article that it’s like a whole thing. I didn’t realize!). 

4. Speed Dating in the 19th Century. This is such a great idea and my friends and I may be reviving this practice on New Year’s Day this year. 

5. Hope Is Alive. Love this Christmas song by Ellie Holcomb. “He is right here among us. Our God is with us tonight. Into our aching, into our breaking, into our longing to be made whole, Your arms are reaching, your love is holding us close. Into our suffering, into our weeping, into this need we have to be known, Your arms are reaching, your love is holding us close.” That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown. 



Friday Five

1. 100 Years of Beauty in One Minute. 

2. When Singleness Feels Like a Mess

3. I’m pretty sure someone tweeted this video, but I can’t remember who. Anyway, so good.

4. Spotify’s Year in Music. This is fascinating. You can also see your own year in music. Apparently I like a lot of “acoustic pop” and “shimmer pop.” 

5. Speaking of years in music, here’s a fun video of the hit songs of 2014, all smashed together (I believe the kids call it a mashup [I also call it a mashup. I'm not sure why I called it smashed together earlier or why I feel the need to explain all of this or why I'm still typing.])


Because this is where you come for all your Lennon and Maisy news and they have a cute Christmas video out:





Friday Five

1. This is interesting: The Universal Typeface

2. Here are 10 British Christmas Traditions that may be worth incorporating into your own celebrations.

3. Two articles about Advent (y’all know how much I love Advent, right?) I read this week: 1) Advent Antidote by Micah Fries. “We need to sit at the feet of Jesus every day, drinking in the reminders of his coming.” 2) Arrival by Jessie Buttram. “Jesus, God’s Word, became human, yes, but sometimes I forget how He grew into a man. Years and years removed from the comfort and authority of Heaven so He could walk and laugh and grieve and tire among us, His beloveds, His creation.”

4. A mash-up of The Greatest Christmas Films of All Time

5. Finally, I would be remiss to not talk about what’s happening in America in reaction to Mike Brown and Eric Garner. I don’t have words for this situation, so I’m just going to link to those who do. The common thread is Romans 12:15b, “Weep with those who weep.” Here are some powerful thoughts, words, and music from Trip Lee, Trevin Wax, Dr. Moore, Propaganda (Part 2). 


Friday Five

1. Happy Thanksgiving! Here’s a map detailing what each state is thankful for. It’s fascinating to me that so many people are thankful for YouTube. 

2. “I’m going on a cardboard diet.”

3. If Mindy Quotes from The Mindy Project Were Motivational Posters. Keep these coming, Buzzfeed.

4. This probably took forever to accomplish. 

5. It is officially Christmas season. If you’re local, check out these 100+ places to buy local! I’m also a fan of Batch Nashville, which has a new shop open in the Farmer’s Market.  



Friday Five

1. Smile, You’re Speaking Emoji: The Rapid Evolution of a Wordless Tongue. Listen, this is a very long article. That’s why I’m putting it first. I recommend you read for a while, take a break and watch/read the next thing on this list, then go back. As many times as you need. Because, it’s an intriguing article. It covers everything from why we like talking in pictures, to why the poop smiles, to what the shrimp can mean (apparently someone has written an entire essay on the shrimp emoji), to why millennials embrace emojis and what that means about us. And if you see me soon, I will probably be bringing all of this up because it is fascinating.

2. Ready for your first break?  

3. How to Make Your Last Name Plural. PLEASE READ THIS. It is so important that I do not get any Christmas cards from the Smith’s or the Jones’.

4. I know it’s not time for Christmas music (please ignore that tree in the corner). But is this technically Christmas music? It just talks about being cold outside and it IS cold outside right now. This version is adorable and not at all creepy-OMG-did-he-just-roofie-her-drink questionable which I appreciate. 

5. Finally, Christian Girl Instagram. 



Friday Five

OK, here we go.
1. Let’s talk about Serial. Here are some theories. And then here is a post that reflects what I’ve been thinking about when I hear people say, “I bet the twist at the end is…” It’s real life.

2. What Should I Do When Prayer Makes My Anxiety Worse?  This article is great for those dealing with anxiety and those who know people dealing with anxiety.

3. This is precious. 

Also? I love that kids are still watching that movie. My sister and I loved it growing up.

4. When Healthy Eating Calls for Treatment. I have erased about 10 sentences regarding how fascinating I find this from various angles. But I’ll just leave it at that—fascinating. Let me know if you’d like to discuss further. I have some thoughts, obviously. 

5. Do you need a Thanksgiving playlist? Of course you do. #NoChristmasMusicYet


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Erin and MeLissa went on tour and all they brought us was this video.