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!
- THE Morning Routine Every Entrepreneur Should Implement – Kelly Elizabeth for Best Kept Self. I struggle with absolutes. I struggle with being told that there is *one* way to do something. Now I incorporate most of these elements into my morning routine. I don’t do them in this order. Because I know that I can’t fully relax until I’ve taken care of the biggest part of my morning routine – the shower – that happens first. And then I do my shot of Yoder’s Good Health (thank you MIL for thinking of my health) in my glass of water, pour up the coffee and head to the Writing Porch for meditation, morning pages, and a mental ordering of my day. Then I’m ready to get ready for work.
- The 4 Dangers of Busyness – Embracing Simple. I’m working really hard to not be a supplicant at the altar of busyness. I’ve learned with my seizure disorder that if I don’t take care of myself, if I don’t leave myself some time, then I’m guaranteeing some awful outcomes. I’m working on saying yes to only the things that matter most to me. Being a people pleaser makes that difficult for me.
- On Wanting More – David duChemin. I would repost this entire thing for you, if I could, but instead, I encourage you to just go read it…& in particular the last bit about why duChemin decided to repost this essay from his previous blog. Yes – so much yes – I’m working to be a more interesting person so I can be a more interesting photographer. But. This paragraph really resonated with me:
The first voice is a cultural one: to desire more and more means more stuff. I can’t help you with that, but I can tell you that the more stuff you acquire the bigger the pile of reasons (things you have to lose should the story go sideways) not to live that larger story after-all. Who needs a great story when you can watch one on a new television the size of a car? I don’t think the most rabid materialist wants too much; I think he wants too little. I think he settles for a counterfeit, preferring the ease of Stuff over the beauty of Story. Story can’t be bought with a credit card, and Stuff never lasts.
- Grandma’s House After the Storm – Hello Neverland. As we deal with the GrandSner’s decline and knowing that our family has come apart at the seams because of greed, this piece hurts my heart.
- Creating the Season Ahead & Celebrating the Summer that Was– Jamie Ridler Studios. Some writing prompts to process the change of seasons.
- News Flash: Fear Does Not Respond Well to Self-Discipline – Jennifer Louden. I feel this a lot. Being home full-time, being in a new home, working in a new job, dealing with this pain in my shoulder, wondering about other health issues – all of them are hard to handle, and I’m not doing so well with them. Because this:
Here is what big life changes pull back the curtain and reveal: we are a mess. We are never the story we construct – whatever that story is – and that’s such good news. Because my story, your story is ALWAYS removed from life itself. Our task, and it’s so hard when comfort is ripped away but that’s what makes it good news!, is to shift our allegiance from thinking about our lives to being alive.
- 24 Ways to Distract Yourself – Maxabella Loves. There are quite a few habits I need to work on kicking. Including spending way too much time on my phone. Great infographic on ways to distract myself that don’t involve being on my phone.
- Serial Outrage – Quinn Creative. This piece is a punch to the gut. I’m outraged by quite a bit. My personal facebook page is a repost of a lot of articles or memes that express whatever idea it is that floating around in my head. But what exactly am I do? What action am I taking? In some cases, I’m working to pass legislation (Initiative 42, I’m looking at you); in some cases I’m directly working on making a situation better (hello paid work); in others, I’m supporting the candidate that I believe makes the most sense for me; in some cases, I’m contributing financially to causes that are important to me. But really? What am I doing?
- Blue Fog & Oxygen – Rachel W. Cole. I can’t say that what I’m experiencing right now is depression. My anxiety has been in over-drive, though, and for the last two weeks, everything hurts. It is time to find a way up and out.
- The Truth About Your Uncertain Life Path & Purpose – Zen Habits. I am not at all sure that where I am is where I want to be, even if I do believe that where I am is where I am supposed to be. This year I feel so much more settled and comfortable than I have in the past – like life is finally starting to come together. Like I made my way through the dark & am now being rewarded for it.
- 8 Ways to Finish the Year with Love and Intention – Be More With Less. It is almost October. There is so much to do. So many things that I haven’t done yet this year. But lately I’ve been feeling an extreme need for rest, and perhaps that is really what I need to finish the year well – that and kindness and compassion towards others.
- 5 Things You Can Do Right Now to Make Movement on Your Dreams – Firework People. The first one – Reach Out and Make a Connection – is one that has been weighing on my mind for quite awhile. I just need to do it.
- 7 Beautiful, Meaningful Writing Projects You Can Finish in a Day. Because Finishing is Sexy – Alexandra Franzen. With a hundred different projects that are started but not finished and that won’t be finished while I recover and rehab from shoulder surgery, it would be nice to finish something.
When you long to create something — but you can’t seem to finish what you’ve started — it is like a little ghost haunting you, whining, crying, “Why why why? What about me?”
Conversely, when you yearn to bring something into the world and then you actually follow through and finish it? Whoa. Fireworks explosion of goodness. It’s like adding a one thousand dollar bill to your confidence and self-esteem bank. Nothing feels better than saying, “I did it. I finished it. It’s done.”
- The Art of Self-Promotion: 6 Tips for Getting Your Work Discovered – Jessica Grose. (thanks for sharing Sarah!) I feel like I’m working hard but not getting too far with the work that I’m doing. I’m going to have to spend a little more time with this post to see where I can work smarter.
- 9 Things I’ve Learned About Marriage from Being a Couples’ Therapist – Sherry Amatenstein for Vox. (thanks for sharing Jill!) Overall, I think SH and I are good. I’m continually working on 8 & 9, though.
And that’s what I have for you this week. I know that it’s been a minute since I’ve curated a list of articles for you. Life has gotten away from me, but I feel like I’m ready to dive back in to it. Have a great week!