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:
- Life in a Tiny Apartment, Tip 116 – Reading My Tea Leaves. I think this is kinda how I feel about making resolutions – it is a hopeful process…and just because you don’t do it, doesn’t mean you won’t do it.
As far as I’m concerned, there doesn’t need to be a deadline on resolutions. A month comes and goes and you haven’t cracked the first thing on your list? Fine. You decide that tearing down an ugly mirror in a rental is foolhardy? Been there. If you try and stop trying, you can always start trying again. Something you haven’t accomplished yet it still something you can accomplish.
- Stop Trying to Change Your Life Overnight – A Life Less Bullshit. I believe this. I believe that we accomplish what we accomplish because we break it down into smaller pieces. I think this is why I write lists that are minutely detailed when I’m doing something like cleaning or packing for a trip. I need to get better at the big changes that I want to make in my life.
- The Necessity of Practice – Chookooloonks. I am feeling this keenly right now. I was frustrated with myself this past weekend when I couldn’t make my camera take the picture I wanted it to. I need to practice, and I need to practice very regularly.
- Revenge, Paid Forward – Quinn Creative. I find myself reminding myself of this several times a day. I have pretty base instincts, and I struggle against them. My first instinct is to lash out, and I find myself walking away from situations in order to control myself and ensure that I don’t hurt someone just because I am hurt.
- Back from Hokkiado – David duChemin. Gorgeous images.
- Sweep Your Street Well – Alexandra Franzen. Good reminder for me as I’m struggling to get this year started.
- …and this from Alexandra Franzen as well. I am one of those folks who struggles with handling setbacks. Just because I stumble doesn’t mean I have to fall, though.
- Be Passionate But Practical – Allison Tait. I’d like to think that eventually I can make a living from my writing and photography, but in the meantime, I’m OK with having a day job. The day job isn’t exactly what I want at this moment of my life, but it will do.
- How Not to Be Alone with Your Writing – The Word Cellar. I so miss my writing community. I’ve asked my writing project friends about getting together but nothing has come of it. I need to find a group of people to write with because I think it’s so important to be able to be gathered into that kind of community.
- Find Your Photographic Creativity – Photography Spark. I have been struggling to figure out where I want to go with my photography. I think I have a direction now, at least it feels like it now.
- 25 Ways to Stop Feeling Overworked and Overwhelmed – Marc and Angel Hack Life (thanks for sharing Jill!). There are some good suggestions in here. This would help me immensely:
Make Sunday a fun-day. Give yourself a full day for play. Refill your bucket. That means catching up on sleep, making time for laughter and fun, and otherwise making time for recovery from the chaos of your routine.
We kinda did this during the past weekend. However, the after-effect of that is that I’m now a little stressed out about what I didn’t do on Sunday to prepare for the coming week. In order to make that happen, I’m going to have to get much better at completing my work Friday night/Saturday.
- Want More & Be Kind…& 10 Other Points on Success – Danielle LaPorte. I’m ready to get focused and move forward.
- Defeat the Clutter that Defeats Your Purpose – Be More With Less. I have been feeling the need to get rid of clutter (although I admit to being a bit of a pack-rat…I come by it natural. My poor Sweet Husband has never seen my Sner’s fabric stash – or had the opportunity to see my GrandSner’s yarn collection). This paragraph, though, hits like a punch in the gut:
Before I left my job a few years ago, I remember thinking that I had no idea what I wanted to do. I was miserable in the job I had, but I was so stressed and busy from the work I had to do that I couldn’t clearly see the work I wanted to do. When my life was full of purpose defeating clutter, debt, and obligations, I was unclear about how I wanted to spend my time, so I kept going through the motions just to stay afloat.
So much yes to this. I have an idea but I can’t get clear on it. There are a lot of things I need to let go of. Not being at home makes it difficult to do this work of decluttering.
- …and this from Be More With Less. As we are working to get out of debt this year, it is important for me to decide where I am going to invest my time and my money. I need to be thoughtful about where I am spending and what I am spending.
- In Praise of Limits – Zen Habits. Like a kid in a classroom, I like limits. I know that in my previous job, when I set limits for myself for how long I would be at work (not past 8:00 p.m. unless it was my night to stay until 10:00 p.m.), I got more efficient at working. I could see setting some limits for screen time for me…as well as limits on working.
- Who are You in 2015? – Potential Psychology. Are you looking to do some self-exploration? A little digging to find out who you are and what matters to you?
- Writing Your Way to Happiness – Tara Parker-Pope. I find this very intriguing…and I think I’d like to try it out a bit.
I had fun putting together this week’s list; there’s all kinds of wonderful writing and photography happening out there. What did you find that lit you up this week?
Posts You May Have Missed This Week
I’m getting back into my posting rhythm, and these were my favorite posts from this week: