I read a lot of blog posts during the week – I kind of consider them like a little retreat during the beginning, middle, or end of a day – thus the title of this series of posts – weekly retreats. I try to remember to collect the best of them here for you each week so you can be as entertained or prodded or as moved as I am.
This week, the following things are making the list:
- 15 Ordinary Things to Do in 2015 – Fat Mum Slim. There are lots of these lists floating around right now. They’re fun to look at and think about.
- 5 Kick-Ass Strategies for Making New Year’s Resolutions Stick – Paula Reed Nancarrow. Now is about the time that folks begin to fall off the wagon. Here are some strategies to help.
- How to Be Happy – Your Courageous Life. Some GREAT suggestions here!
At your core, you are light n’ joy–of course. But you can’t see the light when you’re hiding out in a dark room. The first thing you’ll “do” to decide you want to be happier will be make a choice: I want to be happier, and I’m willing to make different choices.
- Unhappy? Re-Think – Quinn Creative. Good reminder to look at things from a different angle.
- How to Pay Attention – Rob Walker. Some great ideas here. I think with my weekly photo project, some of these could make great photo prompts. (thanks for sharing Susannah!)
- Postcards from Hokkaido – David duChemin. Simply gorgeous photos.
- Go Closer – Rachel W. Cole. Connection is a central need for us, but it is incredibly difficult to make meaningful connections to others when our own stuff is in the way.
- The Power and Danger of Labels – Do What You Love. So true. As I think about my professional home and where I ultimately want to wind up, this is a great reminder to me.
You are not your job. You are a complex individual with layers of skills, experience, connections, hopes and dreams, with much to bring to the table. Instead of starting with what career label you want to pursue, start thinking about what you would like the day-to-day experience inside your life to be.
- Where are the Hardest Places to Live in the US? – Alan Flippen for the New York Times. As an educator who believes in the power of education, I believe that poverty is the single greatest barrier to increasing the quality of life of the citizens of this country. I also believe that poverty is at the root of our issues with the education system in the US. I have no idea how to fix it but I know that what we are doing makes things harder.
- Why We Make Unhealthy Compromises – Danielle LaPorte. Amen. I’ve got to get past the fear of getting what I want – dream bigger, believe bigger, do bigger.
There are a lot of layers to get to root-fear of not getting what we want. We don’t speak up for fear of rejection and criticism — which would keep us from the love and respect we really want. We stay in ridiculously dramatic relationships for fear of loneliness or despair — which would keep us from the connection and joy we really want. We keep up with social situations even though they make us feel flat, fake, or alien, because we don’t want to be cast off entirely — because that might keep us from the nourishment and affinity that we really want.
- 10 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Happy – Jeff Haden. Number 9 is the impetus for my Word of the Year. I want to be at home. The time I spend away from home kills me. (thanks for sharing Do What You Love!)
- Top 10 Blogs for Writers – Write to Do. Some good suggestions here.
- January Blog Prompts – Hello Neverland; 31 January Writing Prompts – Mama’s Losing It; January Prompts – Write ALM. In case you needed some inspiration.
I hope you find something here you like. I’m always looking for new blogs to read, so if you came across a good one, let me hear about it!
Posts You May Have Missed This Week
In case you missed them when they were posted this week, check out these posts from the past week: