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:
- Can You Hear Your Creative Fear? – The Word Cellar. This hits home in major ways. I live with fear on a pretty much constant basis. I’ve said before that it is a wonder I ever even get out of bed in the mornings. I know that fear rules my creativity.
I am beginning to see my perceived issues (laziness, confusion, bad time management) for what they really are: Fear of not creating something perfect. Those perceived issues feel like personal failings, like character flaws. But Fear feels like an external force working upon me.
- Kaleidoscope Project – Cambodia Edition – November 2014 – Rowe Timson Photography. There are some absolutely beautiful images in this post.
- Make Time to Play – Do What You Love. I could use a whole lot of play in my life after this week. How about you? How are we going to make it happen?
- How I Live My Life on Purpose – Yes and Yes! This reminds me that I’m not asking myself those essential questions – not what I have to get done today but rather how do I want to feel? Big shift. I think I need to put that at the top of my to-do app so I remember it.
- The Power of Being Stubborn – Jennifer Louden. I’m not sure if I ever give up, but I often want to. I suppose the desire to quit is OK as long as I don’t actually do something about that looks like quitting.
- 30 November Writing Prompts – Mama’s Losin’ It. Because sometimes we all get stuck and it’s nice to have something in our back pocket to think about.
- …and these November Blogging Prompts from Hello Neverland.
- An Anthem of Hope: 4 Ways to Recharge – Maddie Richardson. This reminds me that it has been awhile since the Super Deluxe Shower. I need to get on that. And find someone with a proper tub so I can take a nice long soak.
- How We Do It: Personal Budgeting When You’re No Longer Broke – Meg Keene for A Practical Wedding. We need this. One of my goals for the new year is going to be getting our finances under control and figuring out a way to make us more secure. We’re not broke by any stretch of the imagination, but we need to begin thinking about bigger things than the next paycheck. and Letter from the Editor: Home – Meg Keene for A Practical Wedding.
- Fall Break – Finding Serendipity. As always – gorgeous.
- How Long Does it Take for a Dream to Come True – Jamie Ridler. I know that it can take a really long time. I have walked that particularly path with my love life and the reward has been sweet. I’m not sure why I don’t remember this in other areas of my life, but I’m feeling it keenly now. Like time is running out and I’m going to miss everything if it doesn’t happen NOW…or at the least SOON. But it happens when it happens. I have to remember that.
- On Writing As Work, Part II and On Writing As Work, Part III – Amanda at Write ALM. I’ve loved this series. It’s given me a lot to think about with regard to what I want my work to eventually look like.
I tell you this, writer, to remind you no matter how easily or slowly the words flow, no matter the ebb and flow of clients, no matter how disappointing your bank balance, if this is the work you are called to do you must persevere and either find the ray of light or be the ray of light.
I have no idea what will eventually become of my writing, and I know that things are difficult and tenuous right now. It is interesting to me that “persevere” is the word Amanda chose – like it’s speaking right to me. I have it tattooed on the back of my neck as part of breast cancer memorial for the woman I credit with saving my life when I was 12. I also have tattoos on my feet that mean joy and peace – reminding me that there is a distinct choice in how I travel this world. I can choose happiness – being a ray of light – or I can surrender to the difficulties. I get side-tracked now and again, but I work to get myself back on track…and my writing helps with that.
Those are my favorites for the week! What did you read this week that was of interest? Any thing you’d like to share with me? Because I’m always looking for something new to read!
Posts You May Have Missed This Week:
- Weekend Unwind – Learning to accept being between a rock and hard place
- Tuesday Thanksgiving – working on gratitude
- Song-ography – Abra Moore’s Strangest Places
- Photo Friday – Austin Flowers