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:
- How to Deal with Distractions When Working From Home – Dani Magestro. I really hope that in a year’s time, I have to come back to this post and remind myself of all the the ways to make my days working at home most productive.
- Why It Doesn’t Matter How You Feel About Your Friends – Shauna Niequist for Storyline. This is a good reminder for me. I don’t think ice been a very good friend lately & that pains me because I’ve always prided myself on being a good friend. Guess I need to make some changes, no?
- How Everything We Tell Ourselves About How Busy We Are is a Lie – Vivian Giang for Fast Company. A lot of this rings true for me, except it’s not television that is taking over my life – it’s the internets. I find myself mindlessly browsing when I could be doing things like editing photos or writing posts or reading or crocheting or anything really. When I catch myself, I move on to a more productive habit, but often I don’t catch myself until it is too late and then I’m angry with myself. But I definitely agree – it’s not that I’m too busy. It’s that I’m too busy doing the wrong things.
- Why Walking Helps Us Think – Ferris Jabr for The New Yorker. I believe this. When I am in motion, I am better. Which is why I need to be in motion more often than I am.
Because we don’t have to devote much conscious effort to the act of walking, our attention is free to wander—to overlay the world before us with a parade of images from the mind’s theatre. This is precisely the kind of mental state that studies have linked to innovative ideas and strokes of insight.
- Surfacing – I Saw Your Dancing. It was a rough weekend, and it’s good to know that it really is going to be OK – regardless of how it turns out. It’s going to be OK.
- Let Fame and Fortune be the By-Products of a Life Well-Lived – Jamie Varon for Thought Catalog. This is a great post. I need to go back and take a look at what it is that I say I want out of my life and figure out if I’m chasing the right things. I don’t necessarily want fame and fortune – I want purpose and usefulness and direction. If money and contentment and all the rest of it comes along with it, great. I suppose I’ll be re-examining that this week.
- Be Your Own Patron – David duChemin. As I think about the direction I want this life to head, these books could be helpful. There is also this post as well, and I think I might love it even more. Talking about money – hell even thinking about money – is hard for me. But if I’m going to go boldly in the direction of my dreams, then I’ve got to do more than think about it. I’ve got to do something about it. While his post is targeted specifically to photographers, it applies to all creative entrepreneurs, I think.
- So Fragile, but So Enduring – The Bloggess. This is a wonderful tribute, and it gives me a lot to think about. I didn’t know MeeMaw, but I know a lot of MeeMaws.
- 10 Strategies for Absolute Clarity – Be More with Less. There are a couple of things in here that I need to do/think about.
- September Sun – Finding Serendipity. Because she inspires me, because it’s Utah and my heart still smiles when I think of that place, because I love that particular weed.
- Tiny Steps to Adulthood: Should I Get Life Insurance – Elisabeth Snell for A Practical Wedding. Good read. These are things I’ve been thinking about lately. A lot. I feel like it’s time to really be a grown up. And stuff.
What did you read this week that made you stop and think? Let me know in the comments because I’m always looking for something new to read!