Each week, I try to collect the best of the web links to articles and blog posts that I read and share them with you. There are generally a ton of great ones out there, and I’m always looking for new material to read. I hope you enjoy them!
- Who Fucking Cares – Painted Path. A great reminder of Anne Lamont’s words – what matters in the end? As I search for a new path, hopefully one that brings me home on a full-time basis, I need to remember this. What lives in me, lives in me and this line is the golden one:
I thought about how critical/necessary – crucial – it is to show up for the sake of my own health and sanity.
No need to put things off. Gotta keep showing up.
- Feeling Your Way Ahead in the Dark – Quinn Creative. I feel like this is where I’m living right now. Not sure where I’m going, just fumbling along in the dark and trying to make it up as I stumble along.
- Choose Analogue over Digital – Danielle LaPorte. There are a few things that I prefer to do in analog. When I’m at home, I make coffee in a Chemex pot, which is about a 20 minute process. I appreciate it on the weekend; I do not appreciate it at 3:30 in the morning during the week when I’m having to drive back to Hattiesburg. I think there is a time and a place for digital and a time and a place for analog.
- An Open Letter to the Jerk Across the Table – Wholehearted Artist. Amen. AMEN. I struggle with this now and again. As an overweight woman, sometimes it feels like my body is the property of every person who wants to make a comment about it and how I choose to adorn it. A friend of mine has a pinterest board titled “Fat Girls Can Look Cute” and it’s true – we can! Being overweight – and even obese is rapidly becoming the norm not just in the United States but in the world. There are lots of reasons for that and lots of reasons for why that needs to change, but the truth is – it’s here. Deal with it. The feminist aspect of it is a whole ‘nother piece all together as well. As Wholehearted Artist says, we rarely attack men based on their looks. We rarely make fun of men based on their weight. But for some reason, it’s perfectly acceptable to do that to women. What gives? And why do we continue to allow it to happen when women are the targets?
- You are Abandon-Proof – Jennifer Louden. I’m dealing with some abandonment issues this week, so reading this was good for me.
- 7 Things to Do When You are Really Sad – Be More with Less. This kinda goes along with Jennifer Louden’s post for me. I’m sad and anxious this week; it’s good to have some concrete things to do to deal with those feelings.
- What 3 Years of Photojournalism Have Taught Me, Pt 1 – Helena La Petite. Some good things to remember – know the basics, practice, and get some feedback. I need to do more of each, and I’m looking forward to the summer so I have a little bit more time for each of them.
- Are You Getting the Most Out of Your Smartphone Camera – Keli Hoskins for I Heart Faces. I’ve been trying to remember to use my iPhone camera for more photos because it is often the camera that I have with me most often. The reminder about Camera+ is good. I have it but I haven’t used it in awhile because for a bit it was buggy. I’m sure with the updates that have happened in the last several months, those issues have been fixed.
- Long-Lost Honeymoon Photos from 1939 – Huffington Post. These are amazing photos, and such a treasure! I wish that we had had a photographer following us around on our “mini-moon” camping trip or our anniversary trip. Or that I could take photos like those. So beautiful and lovely.
- Steps to Organize Your Professional Goals – Lisa Jacobs for Oh My! Handmade Goodness. While I don’t have a small business, I certainly have some aspirations for myself, and I think that these steps provide me with some good directions in getting myself in gear and creating some concrete plans for organizing myself and kicking things into gear.
- The Missing Ingredient to Happiness – Raptitude. This again feels like a timely article to me. I’ve been struggling the last couple of weeks. I need to remember this:
Make a habit of asking yourself, whenever you notice you don’t feel grateful:
What else does this moment actually need, in order for me to appreciate it?
Is there really something fundamentally wrong with it, or am I just foolishly asking for something a little easier, a little more perfect, before I say thanks?
- Work and Rest in a Start-Up – Joel Gascoigne for Medium. I’m not working in or planning a start-up, but having worked to the point of burn-out before, and knowing that I don’t do well pulling all-nighters, I like the idea of knowing when to “disengage”. I find that as a teacher, it’s often difficult to know when to let go, to turn off, to put things away and have a life outside of the role of teacher. As I think about where I want to head and what I want to do with the rest of my life, which might include working from home, there are some lessons here for me, I think.
- Stop Blaming Your Tools – Carly Jacobs for Smaggle. I don’t think I blame my tools very often for the things that I don’t get done, but I do know that fear keeps me from doing quite a bit of things. Fear has kept me from pursuing many opportunities, and it keeps me from doing more here. After all, who is going to read it, who is going to care, what important do I have to say?
What of interest have you read this past week? Leave me a note in the comments and let me know!