victory-cookie (1 of 1)Before we jump into the corral of links for the week, I just wanted to share with you this shot I took of my celebration cookie. I was talking with my life coach, Ashley — and by the way, she’s sweet and amazing; and if you’re in your 20s, which I’m not anymore but whatever, and if you want to make your life more awesome, go check her out before her rates skyrocket — about launching. Launching a business, but also launching a first product, more specifically. I was telling her about how part of me was over the moon about the response for Rawness of Remembering in its first launch week, and on the other hand, was busy comparing myself to other people whom I knew had more registrations in their first launch week, and I’d earned an income of X amount, but gosh, I still had startup expenses, and la di da…

I really just want to celebrate, I said.

So we decided that I was going to celebrate that day with a cookie — and not just any cookie, but a cookie that I had specially mail-ordered from Momofuku’s Milk Bar. For those who are new to the site, or new to me in general, I have been avoiding sweets for the past decade or so. Cookies are not a regular thing for me, but a definite treat. And this particular cookie was gluten-free, vegan, and promised to be delicious.

When the cookies arrived via UPS, I set one up on a plate, as seen above. I took a picture to email to Ashley. And then I ate it, and I celebrated the heck out of my new beginnings.

Speaking of celebrations, I want to announce the winner of the limited-edition print/notecard set from my survey sweepstakes. Because the survey was anonymous, and therefore excluded personal information such as names and email addresses, I’m going to post a quote from the winning response. Said the winner, “I need to learn the ‘art’ of writing. Preferably, online with guidance.” Was that you? Please email me at to claim your prize.

What’s your favorite way to celebrate a win?

And now, for the Saturday round-up:

Enjoy your weekends, folks. I know I’m going to the beach today — it’s finally summer (which happens only in September, here)!