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!
- 52 Weeks in 2015: Ways I Relax – Studio 10 Creative. I always check in with Di’s weekly lists, but I don’t often remember to actually do them. Think I will definitely get this one done in my Morning Pages (check them out on Instagram). Just as a preview? I relax by taking photos, gardening, writing…just to name a few. I’ll get the rest of them in the morning.
- How to Make Your Own Rosemary Sage Smudge Sticks – Hello Natural (thanks for sharing Nicole!). There have been several times that I’ve wanted a smudge stick but I haven’t had one – like before each of my new/full moon rituals – and this will make it easy for me. I need to go out and gather supplies so I’m ready for the full moon at the end of the week.
- 10 Tips for Overcoming the Fear of Change – Maxabella Loves. As soon as I get a moment to really think them through, I’ll be making quite a few changes to my space here. Which is frightening. I’ve been this presences for over a decade – actually approaching 15 years now. The blog has gone through a ton of changes, but this will be the biggest. And it’s nerve-wracking.
- This is Not What I Thought 32 Would Look Like – Eve Sturges for A Practical Wedding. I’m inching closer to 40, and I totally relate to this piece. In fact, all along, throughout my life, I’ve thought, “This isn’t what it’s supposed to look like. This isn’t where I’m supposed to be.” I feel like I’m finally starting to get it together, but I also kinda feel like I should have gotten to this point a decade ago.
- My Morning Routine. Fascinating! My morning routine is pretty set, although I’m constantly working to refine it, particularly in light of the fact that I get to live at home, sleep in my own bed, and am surrounded by my things. Looking at others’ routines gives me a glimpse into the work of others and think about why I’m doing what I’m doing. (Thanks for sharing Jill!)
- Accidentally Good at It – Chookooloonks. This is interesting. I think that focusing on the ritual could really be helpful for Sweet Husband and I in some of the things we are looking to do with our lives. AND because I’ve been talking with the kids in the behavioral modification class that I am teaching about setting and achieving goals, this could be of use to them as well.
- When You Struggle with Imposter Syndrome & Self-Doubt – Be More With Less. I was first introduced to imposter syndrome when I started work on my doctoral program. I kept waiting for people to figure out that I didn’t belong (I keep waiting for people to find out that I don’t deserve that degree. Perhaps that’s why I don’t use the title at work). I like the idea of asking if I have something to offer.
I don’t ask myself if I’m the only person for the job, or the best person for the job. I don’t ask myself if I have something to offer everyone. I simply ask myself if I have something to offer.
- The Heart of Memory-Keeping: Make Time – Life Captured, Inc. While not directly related to memory-keeping, throughout the weekend, I kept stopping when I was engaged in mindless activity and asking myself, “How is this getting you where you want to be?” So I responded to blog posts when I’d rather play candy crush, and I crocheted wash clothes for Christmas presents. Practicing discipline. Avoiding procrastination.
- If Life Hands You Oranges – The Chronicles of Chaos. I like this take on the If-Life-Hands-You-Lemons platitude.
- The Courage to Stop Making Excuses – Your Courageous Life. I have been making a ton of excuses for why I am not doing what I want to be doing – why I haven’t made progress on my numerous goals. And when I’m making the excuse, I know that I’m making an excuse. I know that I could be doing something that moves me closer to where I want to be…but I don’t. A lot of it is because I’m terrified of what happens when I start and there is no response or even worse – there’s a huge response that I can’t deliver on.
- Too Much to Do, Not Enough Time – Zen Habits. This is a huge problem for me. I’m working on simplifying my to-do lists and figuring out how to really hone in on what it is that I want to do each day. I’ve been working with my students on this as well.
If you could only do three things today, which would be the most important? If you’ve ever played baseball, and swung a bat, you know that what matters is not so much how hard you swing, but hitting the ball with the sweet spot of the bat. What you need to do with your task list is hit it with the sweet spot of the bat — find the tasks that have the most impact, that matter most to your life. Choose carefully, because you only have so much room in your life.
- Hello, August – Finding Serendipity. I didn’t realize how much I’d missed these posts. I can just breathe it in and feel the relaxation and joy spread through my soul. I want my photos to feel like that.
- Let’s Stop Being Embarrassed that We Want to Be Better – Yes & Yes! I kinda hide my obsessive blog reading and keep my biggest goals to myself. Because of fear mainly. Fear that it’s silly, fear it won’t happen, just fear. Which really – people know me. They know what I’m working through and how I’m working. So despite how I’m trying to hide it, everyone already knows it.
- Must You Have a Public Opinion About Everything – Jennifer Louden. I haven’t said much about anything political in awhile – particularly here on my blog but especially on my personal facebook page. The words feel hollow. So, instead, what I’m doing is working with my students. We’re having hard conversations. We’re having discussions about things that are bothering them, the things that matter to them. I don’t know if it’s enough. But it feels tangible…and enough.
- Writing Prompts: Lists – Hello Neverland. I love having tons of prompts to chose from…and I love making lists.
What are you reading this week? What is inspiring you?