This week, there have been several things that have inspired me. Most of them I’ve come across because other bloggers I follow have shared them. I’m sharing them with you now. Just a few lovely things.
Words Heal on Roots of She – I used to be much better at getting hand-written notes to family and friends. I’ve got a cabinet full of stationery that I haven’t really touched since I moved home from Louisville. I’ve got a note card that’s been riding around in my Jeep for two weeks now, and the notes I took to Hattiesburg to send back to Sweet Husband during the week haven’t been used yet. Mail that isn’t bills is a wonderful treat. I know that. I’ve got time to do it. I just need to prioritize that work.
Creating the Life We Want – This is difficult for me because I know that the life I have right this moment is not the life that I want to have for always. It works right now, but it is not what makes my soul “exquisitely happy”. There’s a lot of work that I need to do. A lot of preparation that has to happen, and I’m putting it off because deep down I’m terribly afraid of failure. The great irony is that every time I’ve said yes to something that I wasn’t entirely sure of, every single time I’ve made the leap – just like that wonderful older gentleman once told me at Tootsie’s in Nashville, there has been a net.
How to Love a Girl Who Writes – So much of this is true to me. I saw myself when Kate says
She will not always tell you how she feels out loud.
And even if she does, trust to the fact that she’s rolled it around in her brain (and possibly her journal) for quite some time before she comes out with it. Her words are her tools, her armor. She’s best with them when she can shift and spin them on the page. In her throat, sometimes they get caught and fall out all at once—or worse—slide back down and vanish until they flow through her fingers into her next story.
I often struggle terribly to say what I’m thinking, to let people in to the word in my head, and it is true…I won’t have a conversation unless I have thoroughly worked it out in my head. I know that’s frustrating for Sweet Husband. I’m trying to get better at it, but old habits die hard.
This map of states I’ve visited, shared on Reve’s Other Outlet. I’ve done a lot of driving through states. I’ve made it to quite a few and spent some time camping in a lot of different places. There are a bunch of places I still need to make it to, places I want to revisit, sights I want to show Sweet Husband.
A Daddy’s Letter to His Daughter – This is incredibly sweet., and I’m lucky to have found exactly that man he wants for his daughter. I spent a really long time essentially single, and to be honest, I’d sorta come to the conclusion that certain things weren’t going to be in the cards for me. And now I have it. I’m blessed in a million ways, my marriage and my husband being the greatest of them all.