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Happy Friday!  Can you believe we are already at the end of August?! This month flew!  It is so crazy that school is about to start up again.  Campus is so quiet and peaceful over the summer and you feel like you have it all to yourself.  Sometimes in the summer I forget how busy campus, and the whole town, is during the school year.  Even the grocery stores are less crowded on student breaks.  I guess that shows how much this is truly a college town :).

link love 8.19.2016

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And here we go with this week’s link love!  We have a strong Olympic theme this week.

We have been watching the Olympics almost every night.  I loveeeeee the Olympics, winter and summer, and am always excited when they come around every two years.  We have watched lots of swimming, gymnastics, diving, beach volleyball, track and field events, and some basketball (that one is for Will – I don’t need to see basketball when I could watch all of the cool sports that are not otherwise broadcasted during the year.  I also don’t need to see Coach K more than I already do throughout the year ;) ).  Since Will and I both ran track and field in high school, I feel like I know the rules, the lingo, and the events better than many of the other sports.  We watched some of the shot put, hurdles, and track races and it felt like we were back in our high school days talking about the events during our meets.

I have mentioned it a little bit in previous link love round-ups, but I love seeing women and girls who have self-confidence and love their body, no matter what body type they have.  I am guilty of criticizing myself and not feeling confident in how I look, and I think it is great for women in the spotlight to set an example of self-love and self-confidence to younger girls.  The US women’s Olympic shot putter, Michelle Carter, does this wonderfully.  I love her quotes in the article, as she explains, “You have to understand everyone’s body was built to do something. I was built to do something, and that’s how I was built. I think the world is realizing we were promoting one body type and there have always been many.”  The ultimate you go girl.

I’m sure you have seen the races or results that Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky medaled in, but this photo is priceless!  It is so crazy to think that the kids getting autographs from this year’s Olympians might be our Olympians in the future.

Now, these competitors and Olympic medalists are amazing, but what can we learn from their successes?  How do they get where they are?  These six habits of champions might be a few tips that we could actually use.

On a related note, we all make excuses to avoid doing things.  I feel like I make more excuses to myself the older I get.  How do we change this and what can we learn from our excuses?

These last two links are some of my favorites this week.  Over the past few years it has been so clear that your 20s are a very shaping part of your life.  From college graduation, to staring new jobs, changing jobs, trying to figure out what it is that you actually like to do, getting married (not necessarily everyone, but I did this in my 20s), figuring out new cities or towns, for some people the decade includes buying houses and having kids, your 20s are hugely shaping in your life.  It is a bit overwhelming.  I always like to look to those who have lived through it for advice, and this article really hits home.

One thing we also need to do, that sometimes gets pushed to the wayside because work, social time, family time, and other commitments take precedent in our lives, is to take care of ourselves.  We are the best version of ourselves for those who are around us and those who love us when we take some time to take care of ourselves as well.

I hope you have a splendid weekend, full of the last of the Olympic events, summer sunshine, and some time to take care of yourself.  Happy weekend!

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