Each week I read a ton of blogs and articles, and when I find something I like, I enjoy passing it along to all of you here. The following are the gems from this week:
- The Fat Boi Diaries: Why Selfies? – Blaqueer. I don’t take a lot of selfies, but I do know that there’s a bit of backlash going on against selfies. I particularly liked this part of the piece because I find it true for myself:
I take my selfies because I am that guy who, unless he takes the picture or suggests it, doesn’t get his picture taken.
Thanks for sharing this Jill!
- Coming Alive in Your Work – Julian Summerhayes.
Don’t wait to be picked. No one is coming to your rescue. If you want a different life, it rests on your shoulders, not some Boss-type figure.
You’ve heard the expression, ‘build it and they will come’, and a lot has been written of the fallacy of believing it but trust me I’ve seen enough examples on the web of people who by dint of their passion, guts and determination have done exactly that.
So, what’s stopping you from doing your best work and not that crappy stuff that’s filling up so many hours of your day?
It’s not that what I’m currently doing is “crappy stuff, and it’s not that I don’t enjoy teaching. It’s just that I don’t know if it’s the right thing for this moment in my life given all the stuff that teaching is going through right now. But it is true – no one but me is going to create the reality that I’m looking for.
- Settled Down, Not Buying a House – Meg Keene for A Practical Wedding. This echoes how I feel about buying a house. I’ve talked about it before, but the three years that I owned my condo were some of the most stressful years of my life. I was slightly panicked the entire time, worried about how I was going to pay for everything and what would happen if something majorly went wrong. It was during those three years that I got myself into some serious trouble with debt that has only just now been paid off. As we watch friends buy houses or contemplate buying houses, it’s easy to feel a little bit left out, but the truth of the matter is that our lives are still a bit unsettled. We don’t know what our future holds in terms of my job, and while we could certainly do an owner-financing of the house we currently rent, I don’t know that I want to buy it (I suspect there are a ton of problems that are hidden beneath its facade. We know it needs new electrical throughout and probably new plumbing as well. There are most certainly some foundation issues. Plus there is the neighborhood…which isn’t the greatest). I’m fine with renting. I don’t know that we have to buy in order to feel that we’ve made it, but I also know that it could make more sense financially for us to do so. There are some great comments along with the post if you’re in the same boat.
- Core Desired Feelings Library – Danielle LaPorte. I love the idea of having visuals to go along with the core desired feelings, and I love the idea of using pinterest to map out my CDFs.
- Feeling Lost? Please Read This – Jess Lively. I feel a bit this way myself right now, and the interesting thing is that I know I’ve been needing to stop and ask these types of questions. I just haven’t gotten around to doing it yet. I suppose I need to get on the stick and make that happen, eh?
- 12 Tips for Night Photography – Living in Another Language. I’m going to have to play around with this. I struggle without a tripod, so to hear that you don’t need a tripod? I’m going to have to give that a whirl.
- 5 Ways to Make Anything Easier – Be More With Less. I really like the need to let go of having it all be right and perfect. I struggle with that.
- Hard Wood Grows Slowly – Yes and Yes. Having spent a lot of time stacking wood and working in my father’s sawmill when I was younger, I understand all about hardwood. I know it can take a long time to get to where you want to be. It remains frustrating, though, that at this point in my life, I’m just beginning. I really wish I’d gotten here so much sooner so I’d have even more time to enjoy all we have and will build.
- …which builds nicely on this post from A Practical Wedding – F*ck Your Timeline by Moe.
- Beer Geography – Pacific Standard. Who doesn’t love an interesting take on our beer drinking habits?
- Baseball: The Best of All Games – The Boston Review. Baseball is back, and I’ve updated my At Bat app, which means I can listen to games with impunity. God I love baseball.
- Are You Chasing the Success Carrot – Indie Kindred. I particularly like the different ways to measure progress, especially the one about who you have touched, who has benefited from your work?
- What I’ve Learned From Photography – Rowdy Kittens. I’m really working on taking photos every day. I start each week well-intentioned, but as the week wears on, I get bogged down and forget.
- 15 Things that Every New Photographer Does Wrong – the Photoblogger. I’m guilty of not taking enough pictures and not making prints. (I’ve been waiting for a sale to make some prints. I want some photos on the walls)
- Go-To Camera Lenses – Click-It-Up-a-Notch. For anyone who is looking to get me a birthday pressie (it’s a little over 2 months away), I’d really like this one or this one.
- The South’s Favorite Shrub Poses for a Photo – The Bitter Southerner. I have a love-hate relationship with azaleas. I love them when they are in bloom. When the blooms are gone, though, azaleas aren’t that beautiful. They’re actually kind of ugly. However, these are some wonderful photos from the 1970s.
What of interest did you find on the interwebs this week?