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:
- Why ‘Perfect Life’ Narratives Can Make You Feel Like Poo – Jennifer Louden. When I post here or on Facebook, I try to be real and I try to be positive. I don’t want to gloss over things because my life is far from perfect. There are a lot of challenges to it. But as someone who has a natural inclination towards the negative (I’ve been feeling it A LOT lately…poor Sweet Husband has been receiving my commentary that is snarky and painful and even mean but he knows what it is…as do I), I can’t spend too much time there or the world gets incredibly dark incredibly fast. I’ve trained myself to see the silver lining even before it appears…many times because I’m trying to will it in to existence because I *need* it that badly.
- Also from Jennifer Louden’s site – from her Navigating Your Life Series – Rachel Egan. This post just resonates with me, perhaps because my morning routine – including my yummy coffee that takes a good 40 minutes to brew when I’m at home – is so critical to my well-being. I have been asked by several people lately about my sleeping habits and how difficult getting up at 3:00 or 4:00 to write must be, and SH is forever needling me about whether I really need to be up that early. I know how important sleep is – particularly during these days when I am so inexplicably exhausted – but I don’t sleep anyway. And since I don’t sleep anyway, I might as well engage in habits that bring me peace and happiness.
- 5 Cute Christmas Crafts for the Home – Lime and Soda. I really love that plate. Think I might be making it over the Thanksgiving break.
- Choosing to Take Care of Yourself – Random Little Faves. This is important to remember. Above I said that I don’t sleep so getting up early to write isn’t that big of a deal. But. This week, two mornings out of my five, I got up and started my routine – even had a cup of coffee & started a page in my notebook – but I quickly realized that the much better option for me – the option that prioritized taking care of myself – was to go back to bed and sleep for an hour before going to work. So that’s what I did. Looking at those empty pages in my notebook is hard; I won’t lie. But that’s what I needed to do.
- Red Carpet Style – You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out. I miss fall color. Next year we have to make it to the mountains in October.
- 11 Home Cooking Tips – Lucy Bennett for A Practical Wedding. SH and I have been talking a lot lately about needing to cook more. There are a few things that we rely on, and that is fine, but we do need to toss in a few other things now and again. It’s hard when I’m not home to actually do it (which is why I eat Subway most nights), but these times won’t last forever.
- Making Peace With My Smile – Vivienne McMaster. What a wonderful opportunity to join Vivienne and take some selfies! I’m not all that fond of my smile…not necessarily because of how my smile looks but because what it does to the rest of my face…so this will be a great opportunity. Interested? Join in!
- Short Story, Big Memory – Karen Hutton. So beautiful.
- Success Redefined – Rachel W. Cole. This is a message I needed to hear right now. A lot feels hard, and there are only a few things that are feeling successful.
If you’re exhausted from trying to control your weight, stop. Try instead to eat in a way that feels good, tastes good, and honors your body. If you can do that (and you can), what your body weighs will matter a whole lot less.
If there’s a creative project you’re pregnant with or a career move calling to you, play with defining success as trying something new, or as Brene Brown says, as getting into the arena.
I can work with this idea.
- Discover Your Magic Words – Jamie Ridler. This seems like a great exercise for me complete during my week off.
- 7 Ways to Make Thanksgiving Mindful – Karen Maezen Miller. Good reminder because Thanksgiving with it’s fellowship and good will can be stressful.
- Finding Life in the Margins – InspiredRD. There is some work to be done in the next couple of days, and there will be a ton of work to do next weekend but in the in-between time, I’m planning to find my life in the margins.
These are the things that I found interesting this week – those pieces that spoke to me, lit me up. Which ones are your favorites?