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Hello, friends! Welcome to this week’s edition of Evolution’s Friday Carousel. I hope that your New Year is off to a beautiful beginning. We are halfway through the first month of a brand new decade. How exciting? Have you defined your goals yet — both long and short term? If not, get to it! This is your chance to start fresh, new; to begin living the life of your dreams.

That said, let’s have a look at this week’s links. Shall we?

1. 25 Questions That Provoke Thought: I loved these questions from marcand angel.com. A lot of them are truly thought-provoking. Perfect way to get your mental juices flowing as we head into the vast wilderness that is 2010. My favorite question is—

“Is it crazier to choose to be poor or to spend 40 years of your life hating 40 hours a week?”

2. What’s in Your Garbage & Start the Year Squeaky Clean With These Top Detox Foods: I loved both of these posts from epicself.com. The garbage post really made me think twice about my contributions to our ever-growing pollution problems. And the detox foods post contains some really good ideas for detox foods, which I think we can all use after this past holiday season. I know I can!

3. 14 Tips for Getting More Sleep & Why It Matters: You may have noticed that it was a bit quiet around here last week, why, you ask. I suffered through an awful bout of insomnia! I went 5 days straight on less than 3 hours of sleep per night. It was awful. Luckily, I’ve gotten back on track this week, but sleep deprivation is no joke. I’ve written about it before, and this post from thehappinessproject.com has a bunch of really good advice, too.

4. One Foolproof Trick to Blast Writer’s Block: I don’t know how many of you have blogs of your own, but I’ll best a lot of you do. It seems to be a given for most people today! Even if you don’t have a blog, you probably write at some point in your daily life, whether at the office or just letters to family & friends. I really liked this post from Copyblogger. It’s got some really solid advice to beating your writer’s block.

5. The World On Your Shoulders: Taking a trip anytime soon? This post is a must-read guide to minimalist packing!

6. 101 Most Inspiring Quotes Part 2: I love quotes and I love inspirations, this post is a Win-Win!

7. The Amish & Their Ability to Get Rid of Distractions & Amish Hackers: It’s no secret that I have been undergoing a major lifestyle revision over the past year. I have slowly been moving toward minimalism and financial independence. Well, who better to run to for inspiration that the Masters of Minimalism— The Amish! I loved these articles about Amish, technology, and their ability to do without, really inspirational.

8. Incomplete Manifesto for Growth: 43 solid pieces of advice, my personal favorite—

14. Don’t be cool. Cool is conservative fear dressed in black. Free yourself from limits of this sort.”

9. The End of Procrastination: Whether you’ve been putting off implementing your new site’s Word Press design *cough, cough* or just haven’t gotten ’round to cleaning the kitchen floors in awhile, this post is for you. Stop thinking, start doing!

10. Today’s Top 9 Easy Ways to Personal Reinvention: And last but certainly not least, every single day we have the ability to reinvent ourselves. That is the beauty of life! Check out this post for some easy ways to do it.

“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.” —John Wayne

Have a beautiful weekend! Spread love & light where ever you may go.

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