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. Enjoy!
- On What It Takes – Dani Shapiro (shared by Jill in her Something Good post – one I look forward to every Monday) . This speaks to me simply because I am not really sure what my identity as a writer is. I know what it isn’t. But I’m still searching for what it is, who I want to be, what story needs to be told through my words. Haven’t found it yet, but hopefully soon.
- 20 Happy Days in May – The Daily Tay. If you’re up for an instagram challenge, this is for you. (I like to think I’ll participate, and then…I never do. *sigh*)
- You Matter – Your Courageous Life. I needed to hear this right now. Like, really, really needed to hear this now.
- The Lost Art of Real Conversation – Do What You Love for Life. I can’t remember the last time I had a real conversation – one of those big idea conversations. Maybe when Darcee & I last hung out? Life is busy, and we don’t seem to know how to disagree without being disagreeable. In this link is a great resource if you’re considering starting a business. I’m going to be working through it over the next couple of weeks.
- We Journal Love – Finding Neverland. I signed up because I miss that connection.
- The Heart of Memory-Keeping: Respect the Journey – Life Captured, Inc. This. So much this. I know so little about my parents and my grandparents and there are fewer and fewer people to ask. My paternal side of the family is gone (although I do need to call Aunt Imogene). The maternal side of my family continues to dwindle. Sweet Husband and I may never have children (although we are strongly beginning to think about adoption), but if we do – what will they know about us? It’s important.
- The Cost of Daydreaming – Vivian Gornick. Sometimes I worry about the amount of daydreaming I do. And some times I worry about how I don’t live my life day-to-day because I’m too busy living in my head – planning, plotting, scheming – but never quite get around to doing things.
- Enough – Chookooloonks. I have long been conscious of the fact that I cannot know what life is like for people of color. I do know that we have got to do better. I see it in the faces of the students I serve; I see it in the potential that is lost. I see it in how my life cannot be as amazing as I want it to be if there are members of our society who are not treated as equal. We are all diminished when any of us are diminished.
- The Art of Being Unproductive – Tomomi Kojima for Elephant Journal. This spoke to me. My to-do list is miles long and it feels like I’m always running. And I don’t like it. What would happen if I just stopped – slowed down? Apparently life would get a whole lot better.
Slow. It. Down. Make everything as slow as possible and watch it. Because our life is passing by. Fast. I think we all know this because we fear it greatly. That’s why I filled my schedule with so many things, making sure that I did as much as I could, being productive and important in my life and in the world. But while we skim through our daily to-make-myself-feel-important list, life is definitely, most certainly passing by for all of us.
- Blog Every Day in May – Life Behind the Purple Door. Prompts to get you writing/blogging in May
- 31 May Writing Prompts – Mama’s Losin’ It; May Prompts – Life Captured, Inc.; 31 Days of Writing Prompts for May – SITS Girls Blogging; May Prompts – Write Alm.
- Open Thread: Today’s Marriage Equity Arguments – Meg Keene for A Practical Wedding. I believe passionately in the right of all people to marry. I don’t know why we don’t want more love in this world – more stable and committed relationships – why our government isn’t wanting to promote that for all families. Meg nails the bigger issue that is wrapped up in marriage equity.
But marriage equality isn’t just about the families it protects, it’s about deciding as a society to show foundational respect, and love to everyone. When I flash back to the tearful conversations I had at sixteen, with friends who had been convinced of their own worthlessness by the world around them, I know that the constant legal discrimination against gay people re-enforced my suicidal high school friends worst fears about themselves. They couldn’t imagine a place for themselves in the world we lived in, and that constant discrimination pushed them further and further down the path of pills and razors. So today is not just important for families, it’s important for those twelve and fourteen and sixteen-year-olds, who need to see a way forward.
- How to Start Your Day – Danielle LaPorte. There are a few of these I like. You?
- Myths About Insomnia – Professor Adrian Williams for Headspace. I’ve been sleeping pretty well this week, but that’s is an anomaly. There for a bit I had a great sleep routine. I need to get back to it.
- 4 Years Later – Life Less Bullshit. There’s a lot of truth in this post. Nicole uses the lens of sobriety to talk about life change and it’s all so very, very true. I need to put this on a post-it and carry it around with me. “You can’t change your life without changing your life.”
That’s what we often overlook when we’re trying to make a change in our lives. It’s not just the change itself – that would be relatively easy. But as anyone who has tried to change their lifestyle and habits knows, it’s not easy, and that’s because you’re doing more than changing a habit, you’re changing your identity.
- How I Build My Ideal Work/Life Balance – Jennifer Louden. I particularly like the idea of naming what is enough – not how much I want to make, and I like the idea of asking for the support you want and need. I’m getting to that point – trying to decide what help I need and where best to get it.
- Beyond Arms Reach – Vivienne McMaster. Selfies don’t have to be a narcissistic form of expression. They can be so very much more.
- How to Find Time to Read – Oliver Burkeman for The Guardian. I struggle with this, but I do know that when I tell myself that I’m going to read for the 20 minutes before bed, I do it.
- How to Engage in Purposeful Decluttering – Be More With Less. As we are getting ready to buy a house and move, I am seriously thinking about decluttering and simplifying. Which means that there are a lot of things that need to go. I can think of most of them right now. I am waiting for the week we get out of school to get thorough about it.
Aaaaaaaannnnnd I’m done for the week. Which one was your favorite this week?