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!
- Reverb 2015 – One of my favorite times of the year is December when the Reverb challenge begins. There are several different folks who host Reverb, and they each bring a slightly different take to the reflective writing that helps close out the year and lay the groundwork for the new year. Check out offerings from Besottment by Paper Relics, and Kat McNally & Wolf and Word. Project Reverb was another offering, but I don’t know if they will be hosting this year or not.
- Writual Blessings – Cynthia Morris at Original Impulse. I wanted these last year when I stumbled across them, and I just placed an order for a double pack. I know who I will be gifting the second set to 😉
- 8 Inspiring Tricks for Becoming a More Confident Woman – Well + Good. I need to take 7 to heart. I know who I want to contact. I just need to suck it up and do it.
- 8 Meaningful Gifts to Support a Simple Life – Be More With Less. Yes to this. Most of our gifts this year will be home/handmade…or experiences.
- Rebel Without a Clue – Daily Angst. As Meredith says, the holidays are here and we may be stressed out. Give yourself a break because we are all going to need it. (I miss my piercings. *sigh* I do.)
- An Iconic Photograph or a Photographed Icon – David duChemin. While duChemin is talking about travel photography, the deeper message is about photography in general. I’m working to get better at capturing a perspective that may be overlooked or forgotten or unseen.
It’s being there, being really present, and having eyes open to all of it, not just the big stuff on the postcards, and finding something there that means something and pulls at us in new ways.
- December Reflections – Susannah Conway. I tend to have some difficulties keeping up with daily photography challenges, but I always like giving it a shot. I’ll be attempting to keep up this year.
- A New Spin on Setting Your Big Goals for 2016 – Rachel Cook. I like the idea of thinking about how 2015 felt. For me – there was a lot of stress, some growing pains, and lots of joy. While it was difficult to get there, this year has given us everything I wanted for the year.
- The Dos and Don’ts of Periscope – Love Life Surf. Have you heard of Periscope? Are you on Periscope? I have done a couple of scopes but not very many. I’m never quite sure what to do with them, but I think in December (perhaps while I’m doing my December Reflections), I’m going to give it a whirl.
- The Annoyingly Simple Thing That’ll Change Your Art & Life – Karen Hutton. I often get stuck in the not-good-enough mode, which isn’t good for me or my work…and I feel it a lot with my work. I really like this perspective from Hutton. The truth of the matter is that I know this. I know that I can put myself on one train or another, and I can always get off whatever train I’m on.
…pick out some better thoughts and feelings to focus upon and Voila! Re-landscape your whole life. I’ve observed and experienced this enough now for it to be one of those “What I know for sure” things. It sure is important to know for your creative process… and in life.
- Finishing Things You Start – Your Courageous Life. I do not always finish the things I start. I mean to. But it doesn’t always happen. And then I usually feel awful about not finishing things. But some things don’t need to be finished, and it’s OK to let go.
- How Lowering Your Standards Leads to Greatness – Jennifer Louden. I needed to read this. I often fall prey to the thought that if I can’t do it perfectly, then why do it at all? It happens a lot with my photography. I have tons of shots. Most of which I don’t ever do anything with. And I don’t make it to most of the photography club shoots because – it’s just me with my crop sensor camera and who am I to hang out with the cool kids? But it’s really more about showing up, I think. If you just show up, who knows what is going to happen?
- 8 Tips for Photographing a Family Event – Hello Neverland. Even though Thanksgiving is over, there are sure to be lots of events coming up. I know we have Christmas on the horizon, but I’m also thinking about the girlfriend gathering that I’ll be at in just a few weeks.
- December Instagram Challenge – The Almost Indian Wife. Another photo challenge for those of you who are looking for something to inspire you.
- New Year’s Revolution – Do What You Love. A great free workbook to help you organize yourself and plan for the best year of your life.
- 50 Ways Happier, Healthier, and More Successful People Live on Their Own Terms – Benjamin Hardy for the Observer. 50 is a lot. A. LOT. And #1 is never – never – going to happen. But. I work hard to do #17, #18, & #32. I want to get better at #3, #6, #7, #32, & #34. You?
That’s what has made my list this week. What about you? Did you read anything good this week? Let me know in the comments!