Each week, I read a wide variety of blog posts and articles across the internet. I wander here and wander there and before I know it I’ve spent an eternity avoiding all the work that I should have been doing by reading other people’s writing. I share my favorites here with you each week in the Weekly Wanderings link round-up. Enjoy!
- 5 Ways to Get Back on Track After the Mid-Year Point – Best Kept Self. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my to-do list and the automatic things that are on them – things that I want to make sure I do every day but things that rarely get done. That means that I need to revamp the thing (#3 on this list). It’s clearly not working for me. I’m also totally looking for a Mastermind group (#4). I want someone to help hold me accountable and to help me think through things.
- A Rough Day for Redbirds – JL Strickland for The Bitter Southerner. You read the Bitter Southerner each week, don’t you? If you don’t – even if you’re not from the Southern US – you should. There is excellent photography and storytelling each week. Dig in! And this story here? I laughed so hard I snorted…which means it’s way funny!
- 5 Reasons Not to Go Pro as a Photographer – Keli Hoskins for I Heart Faces. Nos 1 & 2 are the reasons why I don’t want to be a pro. Do I want to make some money? Yes. Do I know how to run a business? Nope. Do I handle pressure well? (Ask Sweet Husband that question) Not at all – sure outwardly but not internally where it does the most damage.
- Dance Me: Responsibility Troll, Meet the Deva of Responsibility – Hiro Boga. Perhaps it is because of the space in which I find myself currently, but the first time I read this post, it didn’t hit me like a ton of bricks. I thought, oh this will be nice to share on Sunday…and when I re-read it to get an idea of what I would say about it, it was like a punch in the gut. Especially this:
If you work on your business hunched over as the Responsibility Troll, gritting your teeth to make it through that next project, pushing yourself harder, you add to the suffering of the world. Each time you treat yourself unkindly, telling yourself the end justifies the means, you increase the sum of unkindness in the world. You contribute to a lack of empathy and generosity.
- Learning How to Say No – Restored Natural Body Care. I am forever apologizing for just about everything. Things I do, things I don’t do, things I want to do, things I don’t want to do…and I think the apology allows people to think that there’s a way in when really I don’t want there to be at all. Right now I’m struggling not only with that but also with Listening for What’s Next. I am terribly afraid that something I desperately wanted has fallen through, and I want to stay right there in that desperation…but I’m also terrified that if I do, I’ll miss what might be coming next.
- 20 Things You Need to Let Go of to be Happy – Ashley Fern for Elite Daily. Geez – I’ve got quite a few things I need to work on – namely 1, 2, 8, 10, 11, & 19. *sigh*
- How to Make Your Own Luck in Life – Suger Coat It. I can’t remember now where I heard it but there is that old saying about how there is no such thing as luck – there is only hard work and preparation. I think part of my problem is in the preparation. I’m certainly willing to do the hard work, but that procrastination thing bites me in the ass more than I care to admit. And there there’s the looking for opportunity. I need to get much better at this. Starting tomorrow because I could really use a lucky break right about now.
- Write On: Short, Easy Ways to Nurture Your Writing Habit – My So-Called Literacy Life. While this might be targeted to writing teachers (& I’m as shocked as anyone else that writing teachers don’t write. I’ve always at least scribbled something and had some pretensions of being a writer…and a reader), I think there is a lot in the post for people who aren’t teachers and who don’t consider themselves writers. I’m already a HUGE list-maker, but I think I want to take a peek at Encyclopedia entries and give those a whirl.
- Jimmy Carter and Jacqueline Woodson on Race, Religion and Rights – Philip Galanes for the New York Times. What an incredibly fascinating discussion. I have a lot of respect for President Carter, and I love Jacqueline Woodson’s books. To have this interview with them is incredible.
- Memory & Delusion – Shirley Jackson for The New Yorker. A fascinating piece about the writing process and how many writers work. I find this part of a paragraph particularly true and it’s why I never minded much the kids who took forever to get started on their pieces – thinking is a huge part of writing.
I cannot find any patience for those people who believe that you start writing when you sit down at your desk and pick up your pen and finish writing when you put down your pen again; a writer is always writing, seeing everything through a thin mist of words, fitting swift little descriptions to everything he sees, always noticing.
- The #lifecapturedproject: August Journaling Prompts – Life Captured, Inc. 30 prompts to help you dig down into some memory-keeping. I print these out and paste them into my writer’s notebook and if one strikes my fancy, I write about it.
- The August Break, 2015 – Susannah Conway. I always have these wonderful intentions of completing photo projects when I start them, but I’m not so good at follow-thru. *sigh* I’m going to attempt to work through August Break again this year, but if I drop a few days or out completely, I’m not going to beat myself up. These could also be used as writing prompts…so they will be printed for my writer’s notebook too.
- Are You Already Doing the Thing You are Meant to Do? – Rita’s Notebook. I’ve long struggled with the idea that our jobs are supposed to be our fulfillment, but Rita’s post is giving me another way of looking at it…and helping me realize that really – I AM already doing the thing I’m supposed to be doing. I may not be in the exact right position – I may need to move and flex a bit there – but I am at least on base.
- August Prompts – The Habit of Being. Once again, I don’t write to these every day, but I do print them and put them in my writer’s notebook so I have them and can make use of them if I choose to.
- Approval and Art – David duChemin. Very important for me to remember. Maybe it is for you too. I need to remember engagement.
This hunger for approval is understandable. It’s just not sustainable. Or, ultimately, desirable. Art, I’ve heard it said, should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. It should make us more human, and that means a stirring of all our emotions, so we can see them all, sift through them, experience them. If we accept that there’s a kind of responsibility to create this stirring, then it is not “likes” that should remotely concern us. It is engagement.
- Summer Slowdown 2015 – Stay With Yourself. First – it’s not too late to join. Second, there are some heavy-hitters who will be providing insights and contributions to this project. One of my goals is to meditate more. I’m looking forward to this opportunity.
And that’s all I have for you this week. Once again, a bit of a different mix.
What have you been reading? Anything that can’t be missed? Let me know in the comments!
Posts You May Have Missed This Week
- Photo Friday – Grand Bay NERR (make sure you check out the water lilies…as well as the very first shot)
- (Almost) Wordless Wednesday – also from Grand Bay NERR (my friend Kelly tells me it’s a Golden Silk Orb Spinner)
- Photo Friday – Lighthouse Park Biloxi – Biloxi’s newest park