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:
- 18 Ways to Get Noticed as a Blogger – Fat Mum Slim. Chantelle has been posting a lot of things lately that are speaking to me as I begin contemplating the moves that I want to make in the next year. This one is another great timely post that I’m going to need to remember as I gear up.
- Starting a new Adventure, Inching Towards a Dream – Elisabeth Snell for A Practical Wedding. This is so me.
If there are those who run toward their dreams, whether from excitement or readiness to change or just desire to avoid inertia, then there’s me waving over in this corner, often stuck in place by fear of the unknown, potential failure, or just plain change. When I get really stuck, I have a hard time deviating from the path I’m already on, even if I know the path is at best boring and safe and at worst destructive. Oh, how I envy the runners! It’s just not as flashy to be a tip-toer.
- Make Your Vacation Cell Phone Photos Better – Vanelli for Photofocus. A quick article with a few good tips for improving cellphone photos.
- 31 Days of Making Time – Do What You Love. I’ve been doing the activities with this series all this week, and I have to say, I’m enjoying it. I didn’t particularly like the haiku (I’m not a poet) but slowing down has been lovely.
- Time is on Your Side, If You Put it There – Quinn Creative. This is another good one for me to file away because as I think more about the path I want to take and the life I want to create, I believe this will come into play for me.
- The Most Charismatic Leaders are People you’ve Never Heard of – Janet Choi for iDoneThis blog. I have had some bad bosses. I think I was probably a bad boss. If I am ever in a situation where I will be a boss again, I want to make sure that I’m a good one – one who facilitates the success of others.
- Navigate Your Life – Karen Walrond for Jennifer Louden. I’ve only in the last 5 years or so really gotten comfortable with my journal and only really in the last two years gotten into a very solid morning writing habit. I don’t know what I’d do without it at this point in my life. I’d like to turn my notebook into a little more than what it currently is, though, and this piece gives me some great pointers.
- 9 Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Blog with Pinterest – Anna Majkowska for Pinterest blog. As I begin to work on creating a new path for myself, again this is good stuff for me to keep in mind.
- ‘Grit’ May Not Spur Creative Success, Scholars Say – Sarah D. Sparks for Education Week. I know how to do school; I always have. I know how to help students do school. But this work that I do outside of school is much different, and while I apply some of the same skills to the work, I don’t get the same results. I think this article gives me a bit of a clue as to why…and it gives me reason for caution when it comes to what I’m teaching in my classroom.
- The Place I want To Get Back To – Judy Clement Wall. Goodness I love her, and I feel the same. I posted on facebook a few weeks ago something about wanting to make sure sure I found the good in everything, and a friend replied that she just couldn’t do it. There was too much evil and too much hate and too much awful int he world right now to believe in the positive, in the hope, in beauty. I can’t go there. I am essentially negative. it is incredibly easy for my internal loop to get stuck on doom and gloom, leaving me in a terrible state. So I force myself to look for the good, to focus on the good, to pay attention to that which is good and right and pointing to what I need. Because I can’t let myself go there.
What did you read of interest this week? What inspired you this week? Let me know in the comments.