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:
- How to Wear Red Lipstick on Your Wedding Day – A Practical Wedding. Not just on your wedding day – every day. I like Clinique’s Angel Red and Cider Berry. I need to remember to wear them more often.
- Filtering the Digital Mess from Your Life – Girl Lost in the City. I don’t usually have a problem unfollowing folks on twitter or deleting folks comments on my Facebook page (It’s my page, jackass. You don’t get to come to it and ben an asshole to me). I do have difficulty unfollowing blogs. there are those that I started reading because of a connection but the connection has faded. As a blogger, I know how much those follows mean so letting it go is hard because I put myself in that position. But. I too can’t handle the negativity. Or the superiority. So I’m getting braver about unfollowing.
- Finding Vision – David duChemin. I love this, and it’s a great reminder for me.
Maybe we’re chasing the wrong thing. Maybe it’s enough just to be aware of the role of vision, and to create in alignment with it. I do think being aware of what we feel and think and want to say, is important, especially at the beginning when we’re not as intuitive as we think we are. But like anything, it’s easy to make a religion of it. It’s easy to look for something so earnestly, to want to find something so badly, that we lose the joy of it. And maybe it’s enough just to be assured that it’s there – your vision – and stop fretting so much about it.
- Ordinary Day – Song-ography – You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out. These are gorgeous photos of Prague. I want to go there, and when I grow up, I want my posts with photos to be like Kathy’s.
- What Does Courage Look Like – Your Courageous Life. I need to remember that courage happens in the small moments of my life, and particularly in choosing to honor my desires and to create the life I want for myself.
- Give Away Your Work? It Can Work – Quinn Creative. I’m not at the point where anyone is asking, but I’m hoping that soon they will be. Perhaps it’s being a public school teacher, where you necessarily give things away for free, but I’d like to really be smart about how I give my work – and myself – away in the future.
- Why Mindfulness Techniques Can Bring You Success in a Wired World – Do What You Love. I particularly like 2 & 4.
- What Are You Capable of Giving – Alexandra Franzen. This is an excellent reminder to me.
When it comes to your business, your writing, your body, or your body of work, there are always going to be people sprinting ahead of you and lagging behind you. Doesn’t matter.
Obsessing over them — and making up stories about them — is just a way of diverting your focus and energy away from where it needs to be.
(This is a lesson I keep forgetting — and re-learning.)
“Other people” are not your competitors and they are not your concern.
Your only concern is what you can give.
- A Gradual Approach to Healthy Eating – Zen Habits. I like the gradual approach. i can handle making change for one meal at a time. An all-or-nothing approach quickly grows old.
- 25 Meaningful Things You Can Do in 30 Minutes or Less – Be More With Less. I like 4, 7, 13, 16, & 22.
- 28 February Writing Prompts – Mama’s Losin’ It; 28 Days of Writing Prompts – The SITS Girls; February Prompts – Write ALM
- Choose Love – Vivienne McMaster. I’m working hard to do this with every decision I make, to remember it when I need love and when I see others who need love.
- How to Be a Nice Human Being – Fat Mum Slim. Yes, please. More nice human beings, please.
- You’re Afraid, I’m Afraid, Let’s Talk About it Over the Apples – Jennifer Louden. I’m afraid all the time. I am surprised that I get out of the bed most days. And I’m pretty open about it because I don’t know how to be any other way.
- My House of Belonging – Susannah Conway. There is so much truth in these words.
What have you been browsing the past week? I hope it was something outstanding!