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:
- The Killer App is You – Jonathan Fields. I was thinking about this post in the context of teaching and the things I hear teachers say about why their classrooms aren’t working, but Fields is right. It’s about much more than that. If *I* want my life to change, if I want to achieve and be greater, to have those things on my Mondo Beyondo list, then I’ve got to know me and do the work.
You want to live a better life, before anything else, invest in a ruthless self-knowledge, then build every effort, every action, every element of your vision around the fiber of your being.
- The Upstream Field Guide – The Art of Simple. I am very intrigued by this, although I think I’ll be holding off. I have a ton of other things I need to navigate myself through first, but this is going to be remaining just off my radar.
- Should You Commit or Quit – Marie Forleo. Good questions. I need to go through this for several of the goals that I have for myself but I am not making progress towards. (guess that’s a hint right there, eh?)
- Why Family Photos are Worth the Money – Hello Neverland. I think I want to have photos done for our anniversary…because we haven’t had photos taken since our wedding. I think that since we may be at the beach for our anniversary, I’ll see about some family photos for that weekend.
- The Importance of Listening to Your Intuition – Victoria Musgrave. My intuition is telling me that I need to be doing something else. It’s just not being real clear yet on what that something else is going to be.
- 52 Cool Things for Families to Do in 2015 – Maxabella Loves. While this geared to families AND to Australia, I think there’s a lot here that can apply across the board. Since Sweet Husband’s Word of the Year is Activity – I think I might send this list to him and then see what he wants to do.
- Why Teaching (& Art) are Actually About Sharing What You Need to Hear – Do What You Love. This is an interesting perspective as I move back into a different area of teaching…teaching of teachers, which is kinda what I’ve wanted my “official” job to be for a long time.
Teaching isn’t about knowing everything or being perfect. It’s about asking the right questions, guiding, listening and sharing your experience and perspective, knowing that there is real value in that. In some cases, when you have very extensive knowledge of a particular area, it might be about sharing what you wish had been available when you were at an earlier stage of your career. But in every case it’s about opening other people’s eyes to new ideas and possibility, and often in doing so you offer just what you need to hear.
- Pictures of Us: The Do Good Fund – The Bitter Southerner. I love this weekly mgazine. I love the work they do to bring us stories of the American South. These images remind me of some of the things that on my best days I hope to capture but never quite think of.
- Why I Blog – Girl Lost in the City. While I haven’t had many of the same experiences, I can echo what she says, particularly this:
Writing genuinely is like playing a piano. You have to have the passion in the first place, the determination to keep doing it, and then practice does really make perfect. Having written this blog for nearly four years and writing at least once a week, I know that my writing has improved, it’s impossible not to. I usually blog on here when I’m half asleep so nothing is ever perfect, but you learn to have an opinion on things, how to write quickly and efficiently, and how to edit. Blog posts don’t have to be perfect, it’s just doing it because you want to that counts.
- The Courage to Embrace Delight – Your Courageous Life. Such lovely wisdom here. It reminds me of our Saturday afternoon beach ritual. I cannot wait for it to be warm enough for us to sit on the beach with a 6-pack in the cooler, listening to our wedding playlist, soaking up the sun and watching the waves (or what passes for waves on the Mississippi Gulf Coast) roll in. We didn’t do that enough last year. It’s worth every minute we take to do it.
What have you read this past week that you loved? Share them with me because I’m always searching for something new to read!