Web Time Wasters

So proud to call Ilhan Omar one of Minnesota’s own! Fellow Minnesotans: remember to vote in the primary on Tuesday! Here’s everything you need to know about the candidates and races. 

How was your week, friends? I crossed ‘hammock camping’ off my New Things List and was surprised to discover I liked it! It is a million times easier and more fun than tent camping.

I also opened my super-affordable ($35!) super effective class Bank Boost on Wednesday. In the last three months, Bank Boost students have collectively added more than $45,000 to their bank accounts! Class starts tomorrow, so if you’re keen to join us, now is the time!

Links for you!

Related to my hammock camping: if you’re in MSP, you can rent outdoor gear for a pittance at the University Of Minnesota’s Outdoor Center – even if you’re not a student! I rented my hammock for $6!

I was on the Middle Finger To Perfection podcast talking about the ways I am (and am not) a perfectionist and how to stop using money to buy love or solve other people’s problems.

I loved this colorful house tour!

What do 90-somethings regret most?
Every single one of these 90-something-year-olds, all of whom are widowed, recalled a time when their spouses were still alive and their children were younger and living at home. As a busy young mom and working professional who frequently fantasizes about the faraway, imagined pleasures of retirement, I quickly responded, “But weren’t those the most stressful times of your lives?” Yes of course, they all agreed. But there was no doubt that those days were also the happiest.

Related: A better way to think about ‘busy’

Periodic reminder that if you like my taste in links, you’d love my Pinterest boards. Are we friends there?

Confirmed: Paul Rudd is exactly as lovely as expected.

How to support the victims of California’s latest wildfire.

Four bright spots in this never-ending maelstrom of bad current events:

  1. LeBron James’ new school
  2. This devoted shopping cart-return-er
  3. This awesome, successful fundraising initiative
  4. This advertisement for Las Vegas, of all places

Nine women talk about their divorces.

Related: Surprising marriage advice … from divorced people.

I loved this: A Brooklyn Retreat Inspired by Movies of the 1990s

“I’m Outraged, but Failing at Activism. Why?”
If I focus on just one issue and apply genuine effort and attention to it, I just might contribute something useful. I choose to invest that energy in different ways, whether it’s writing about a pressing issue, amplifying the voices of others, donating money and time to nonprofit organizations, or whatever I can think of that might be useful. Sometimes, I have no idea how I can be useful, so I ask people who are well positioned to point me in the right direction because I recognize that I don’t have to have all the answers.

Hope you had a lovely weekend, friends!



I miss your non-sales related content. I love what you offer, just missing the other parts of the blog 🙂

Sarah Von Bargen

Hi Anon,

The reason I can continue to blog after 10 years and 2,000+ blog posts (without sponsors or ads in the middle of all the blog posts) is because I sell courses.

And in order to sell courses, I need to write blog posts related to the topics of the courses. Just like how tv shows have ad breaks and magazines have advertisements. Hosting a website, paying a coder, a designer, an assistant costs money … money that I make by selling courses.

The other parts of the blog – True Stories, Mini Travel Guide, Mornings In posts – I loved them! But people rarely ever commented on them, shared them, or pinned them … which seems to indicate that I was the only one you liked them.

I love running this blog and I love writing but ultimately, I have to be able to support myself. And that means writing sales-related content sometimes. 🙂


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