Each week, I read a variety of blogs and articles online. Many of them prompt thoughts or reactions or a desire to do better or make a change. I share the best ones with you here each Saturday.
This week’s gems are here:
- You Will Be Called On to Expand – Danielle LaPorte. This is a timely reminder.
You don’t need to forgive until you need to forgive. You don’t need nerves of steel until you need nerves of steel. You don’t need to call on your reserves of compassion, or fortitude, or faith until you’ve used up everything else.
- The End of Should – Susannah Conway. Again, timely. As I’ve been struggling to find my way in 2014, it is freeing to remember to leave the “should” behind – to do the things that my soul tells me that I need to do and move on from there, letting go of all the other things that I think I ought to do or others think I should do or be.
- 14 Things to Do in 2014 – Fat Mum Slim. Odd that this comes after a post about getting rid of the “shoulds” in my life, but there are some lovely little things here for Sweet Husband and I to think about. I particularly like the crazy traditions, self-dates, cleaning out the wardrobe, and get in the photo. There were a bunch of pictures taken this past weekend and I didn’t put myself in any of them…even though I think I looked pretty good. That needs to change. Part of why we didn’t send out Christmas cards this year was because I didn’t have a picture of *us* to put in them.
- Hello, focus! My 10-word plan for the rest of the year – Alexandra Franzen. I’m still struggling with what I want to get out of this year, and Franzen makes it all seem so very simple when you really get down to the bare bones of it.
- Sometimes it’s Easier to Stay in Your PJs – Do What You Love. This post is what started the You’ve-Got-To-Get-Out-Of-This-Funk process for me. As she says,
But as I discovered this morning, and as is true in so many areas of life, sometimes it is easier to stay in your PJs, but it is rarely better in the end to do so. The good stuff happens when you get out of the door…
I often want to stay in my PJs, snuggled up on the couch, a puppy at my feet, a cup of coffee or a bourbon mary in my hand, my notebook on my knee. That is what heaven seems to be like to me, and a lot of days I’m not sure that the result of my getting out the door is worth the effort I’ve made. But there are days when it does work, and the good stuff *does* happen.
- The Particular Grief of the Life That Isn’t Ours – from K. Foley Wellness. Perhaps it is because she quotes from Diana Gabaldon or perhaps it is because I have long felt that the hardest part isn’t necessarily that things are over or that they are changing but rather they are no longer what you had hoped and dreamed they would be, this piece hits home for me this morning.
At this time of year, as we look back on all the hopes and dreams we had for 2013, it might be appropriate and comforting to formally release the dreams that didn’t come true. If you feel regret, assume legitimacy. You built dreams in your heart and lived out fantasies in your mind. If you don’t feel regret, that’s still legitimate.
- Good Habits – Start a Routine – from Made to Travel. I used to have a routine. I need desperately to get back to one that works for me because in this new iteration of my life the old one cannot be made to fit. I’ve got to give up what was and figure out how to create something new that works as well or better because I sorely miss the peace and familiarity my creative routines.
- It’s Saturday – You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out. I just love her photos. She is a constant reminder me to me to have my camera with me and take some pictures (hoping to do that this afternoon at the Pass Christian Oyster Festival)
- How to Be a Deep, Appreciative Listener – Alexandra Franzen. It’s another post from Alexandra Franzen. Because she’s that good. I like to think I’m a good listener, but there are a few things I could improve upon. These are great reminders.
What have you read this week that has made you pause and reflect? Let me know in the comments.