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 Online Personality Quizzes Actually Worth Taking – Modern Mrs. Darcy. I haven’t taken any of these yet – because I haven’t had time! – but I consider these useful tools in planning for the new year.
- Scott Weiland’s Family: Don’t Glorify This Tragedy – Mary Forsberg Weiland for Rolling Stone Magazine. STP formed the sound-track for most of my young adulthood. I recognized that Scott was terribly flawed and that his talent would be overshadowed by his addiction. Addiction – and to some extent – mental illness – takes people from their families long before the final blow comes.
- Be a Creator, Not a Critic – Alternative Grace. I like this idea. I’m feeling this as a person who just sent emails to a couple of people with some suggestions about things they might want to consider doing differently on their blogs…
But creating is so worth it. People who are in touch with their creativity are happier than those who aren’t. (And we’re all creative – it’s just how much we nurture and honor that part of ourselves.) Also, the world needs more creators: people willing to think differently, try things, innovate. Finally, I believe that you have to be willing to be different and willing to take risks to live a truly intentional life.
- Vision Cards: Collaging Your New Year’s Dream – Jamie Ridler Studios. I’m so glad Jamie posted this! I signed up for her workshop a couple of years ago, and I need to prepare to make my cards for 2016.
- 13 Things to Say No to in 2016 – Shauna McKenzie for Best Kept Self. These are some wonderful ideas here. I’m not ready for all of them, but I’m getting closer. I like 8, 12, and 13.
- Holiday Gift Guide – David duChemin. I really like these. Even though there are some great photography gift guides out there (with some things that I really want!), but this one gets to the heart of the matter of why we practice photography.
Give them the gift of your patronage. Buy their prints. Commission a portrait. Book a session with them. Buy their books. And I don’t mean people like me. I mean the highschool kid who lives next door. Or your brother. The guy in your camera club. Find a photographer who makes work you love and spend the money on their art. Then find a place to put it in your home. Tell them you love their work, and show up for them by taking it home. Because everyone tells them they love their work, but fewer people put their money where their mouths are.
- Snow! It’s How I Spell Relief – Karen Hutton. I share this selfishly because I miss “home” and because Hutton takes such incredible photos. When you’re having 80 degree days, it’s hard to feel in the mood for the holidays, but these photos set the right tone.
- We’re Coming for You 2016 – Susannah Conway. This link includes Susannah’s Unraveling 2016 workbook. I love working through it and giving myself a plan for the new year. There’s also a link to Susannah’s new FREE course to help you determine your word for 2016. Sign up!!
- 5 Questions to Ask Yourself When You are Feeling Stuck – Tiny Buddha. I really like thinking about these questions for the new year.
- 13 Ways to Slow Down This Christmas – Hello Neverland. GreaI list! I had intended to DIY all of our Christmas presents this year, but I just didn’t leave myself enough time. And I haven’t gotten ready to send out Christmas cards yet. Hopefully this week, but if they become New Year cards, that’s fine by me too. Because it’s all OK.
- 15 Holiday Gift Ideas (Mostly “experiences.” Not much “stuff.”) – Alexandra Franzen. Some great ideas here. I’m all about giving some books.
What have you read this past week that made you want to share it? Let me know in the comments!