My Favorite People on the Internet

Can I just point out how introvert-y that title sounds? Of course, introverts love people and in-person human interaction, but in small doses (depending on their level of introversion) and with time to recharge in-between.

But, without further ado, here are my favorite people on the internet, in no particular order! I’m 98.5% sure I’ll like them in-person, too. I also included a blurb about why I like their work.

Frugalwoods: Before committing to engage in a year of service in 2016, I did some (well, a ton) of research on people who live frugally by choice. Being a full-time volunteer, as well as choosing a program that has “living simply” as one of their pillars, I wanted to read about the experiences of people who choose to live frugally.

The Frugalwoods blog was a great resource because Mrs. Frugalwoods shares through her experience that living frugally can be challenging and fun. I love following along their journey from living frugally in the city and transitioning to rural Vermont life. I also learned from the comments section of their blog that there are hundreds (if not, thousands) of people who strive to live frugally as well! One of the most powerful lessons I learned during my year of service was that finding and creating joy is independent from the amount of money I spend. Also, almost every single blog post includes pictures of her cute kids and beautiful views from her home!

Dr. Shanny: I was first drawn to Dr. Shanny’s Instagram because of her dedication to practicing yoga and eating nutritious meals, even during a busy and stressful time like residency. She gives me hope that it’s possible to find balance during med school and residency. Her blog posts addressing current issues in medicine and her passion for preventive medicine is what makes her stand out! She also has an adorable dog and she might be the one person that loves avocados more than me.

Jenny Lawson: Have you ever read Let’s Pretend This Never Happened or Furiously Happy? If not, stop reading this post and go buy those two books or check them out from your local library. I promise, simply looking at the cover of those books will make you smile. It takes a special writer to view her experiences of depression through the lens of humor, in her books and blog. I’ve spent hours on her blog after having a not-so-great adulting day (aka I put off making two phone calls and pushed off laundry, even though I am out of socks). She continues to reminds me through her posts that adulting is hard and it’s okay to not have it all figured out.

Dr. Vania: Dr. Vania is a psychiatrist helping the medical field by raising awareness about physician burn-out. From sharing her personal experience with burn-out and being in therapy, she is doing so much to destigmatize mental illness and help current and future physicians. She also lives in LA and I may or may not live vicariously through her food and beach pictures on Instagram.

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