As part of my 31 Days Project with The Nesting Place, I’m posting about (relatively) the same topic every day during the month of October. Because my life has gotten a bit hectic the last month, and I feel a little bit like I might be drowning under the tide of obligation and responsibility, I’ve decided that my topic is “Searching for Inspiration”.
Today’s post is brought to you by fatigue. And a little bit of extra time. But not a lot of extra brain power (or computer battery power either, come to think of it, since I left my power cord at work. Whoopsie). That means that today’s post is going to be a link round-up. Things that inspire me. And I hope perhaps inspire you too.
- I’ve been so angry and frustrated about the Government shut-down and Congress’s inability to get something done that it really took a post like this from The Bloggess to help me think about it all in a very different light. Sweet Husband and I didn’t suffer much during my unemployment. I received some severance. We had some money in savings. We’ve been paying off some bills. But it could have been much worse, and we were lucky. I know that there are many people who are suffering because our elected officials can’t stop acting like children and do their jobs. A concrete way to help…that’s some good stuff right there.
- Our October Offering from Our Collective. I can’t, unfortunately link you to the actually magazine because you have to be a subscriber in order to gain access to each month’s images and words and thoughts. You want to subscribe. It is beautiful in so many ways and it is about the thing I long for most besides inspiration: time. Haunting photos. Tight writing. Lovingly put together. It’s not too late. Subscribe. See it and take it in and think about time for yourself.
- This piece from Judy Clement Wall about criticism and how to appropriately handle it. I will admit to having been a bit shell-shocked in the last couple of months. I think my previous job has taken a huge bite out of my self-esteem and my ability to believe in capabilities. While I wasn’t blameless in the situation – there were things I did wrong and I can acknowledge that – but all of the things leveled at me weren’t all mine to accept. I don’t have to let that break me anymore.
- Alex North’s and Jason Taylor’s photos. They take some gorgeous photos, and I am always amazed at how they make the Mississippi Gulf Coast look. I hope that one day I’ll be able to take pictures that look something like that. Maybe. Hopefully. Because they are incredible. They are offering workshops in December and again in February. I think I’m going to save my pennies. Or perhaps suggest to Sweet Husband that he might want to consider a Valentine’s gift. Maybe.
Four isn’t too many inspirations, but four feels enough for a Thursday. We’ll be preparing for a possible hurricane landfall this weekend, which means that over the course of the weekend, I may lose power, internet or cellphone connections. While I am not at all planning on not being able to post, if you’re looking for a post and don’t see it, know there’s a good explanation other than I fell asleep on my daybed on the front porch listening to the sound of the rain 😉