I read a lot of blog posts during the week – I kind of consider them like a little retreat during the beginning, middle, or end of a day – thus the title of this series of posts – weekly retreats. I try to remember to collect the best of them here for you each week so you can be as entertained or prodded or as moved as I am.
This is actually a best-of for the last two weeks, and to be honest, I’m not quite caught up yet so next week should be long as well:
- 30 Things to Start Doing for Yourself – Marc and Angel Hack Life. New Year’s will be here, along with the resolutions that many of us make to create change. We can start now.
- I Owe, I Owe…On the Right with Debt – Hiro Boga. I find it a bit of karmic beauty that this post arrives today, after I’ve been out shopping most of the day – not spending extravagantly, aware of how much I was spending and knowing what I was comfortable with, knowing that what I was purchasing with the exception of the mani/pedi were things we needed. And even with that knowledge, I was sick with dread when I opened the banking app on my phone. I have a tenuous relationship with money. I need to get better with it. I want to some day be comfortable with that banking app. I’m OK with our level of debt. It’s not too terrible all things considered. But we are like most Americans, a step away from disaster.
- The Truth, Wisdom, & Lessons of Your Jealousy – Kyla Roma. (thanks for sharing Sarah!) I don’t know if I had ever thought about it like this, but I know that there have been times when I’ve used my jealousy to prompt action.
- Twelve Habits of Healthy, Happy People Who Don’t Give a Shit About Your Inner Peace – I Am Begging My Mother Not to Read This Blog. I’m working on getting to the point where I. Don’t. Give. A. Fuck.
- The Divine Wisdom of Not Needing to Be Right – Your Courageous Life. I struggle with this all the time. My husband has learned to let go of the need to be right, but I can’t always do it. I don’t often speak it, but I allow it to cause me no small amount of angst and frustration. I need to get better at this.
- Gratitude for Seven Things that are not on Sale – Be More With Less. Yes, this, so much this. Particularly this:
For today, enjoy and celebrate all of the things in your life that are not for sale, and will never be on sale. If that feels good, do it again tomorrow.
- 30 Famous Women on Overcoming Their Insecurities – Julie Ma for NYMag. We all struggle, don’t we?
- The Magic of Taking Shadow Selfies – Vivienne McMaster. I have never really thought much about my shadow, but I love the idea of using my shadow as me…and how it can give us information about ourselves in broad strokes.
- Food for Thought – Do What You Love. I love this. And I can’t wait until I’m home in my own space to apply these take-aways. I’m trying to eat more healthfully, but these schedules don’t much allow for it. I’m ready to be home with my husband making different and better choices for us.
- You Might Be a Writer If... – Quinn Creative. This is a great post, and I relate to so much of it. Particularly this:
You have to be curious about the world. You can’t be curious if you don’t know about the world. Which means you have to experience it, get involved, and yes, watch the news. No hiding from the magnificent, roiling combination of environmental, human, and geographical conflagration we partake in. You can’t grow an imagination on a steady diet of popular culture and celebrity. You’ll wind up writing lame fan fiction like Fifty Shades of Navy.
- December Blogging Prompts – Hello Neverland, Reverb 14 Prompts – Besottment by Paper Relics, 31 December Writing Prompts – Mama’s Losin’ It.
- Make it Now – David duChemin. This morning as I was driving to work, there was a gorgeous sunrise with a double rainbow shining down to earth coming straight out of the clouds. I wanted to pull over; I wanted to stop. But I thought about the meeting I had to be to and the work I needed to do and the fact that I didn’t have the BGC with me…and just took my phone out to snap a picture as I was driving (I know. I know) Then I got to work and read this post.
It’s a lesson well-learned as a photographer, and more so as a human: whatever it is, make it now. We won’t always have what we have now, these moments, these loved ones, this health, or these bank accounts. If there’s one thing certain it’s that life changes. Too fast at times, and too slow at others, but it changes. We have this time. That is all that is guaranteed. Don’t get complacent. Whatever it is: making photographs, making love, making a difference, making good – whatever it is, make it now.
- Unraveling the Year Ahead – 2015 – from Susannah Conway. Great FREE stuff here. Download it and let’s get to making 2015 our best year yet!
- Time for a Me-Set – Karen Hutton. Just because Lake Tahoe is gorgeous…and I miss it.
I hope you enjoy this collection of links! There’s a lot of great people out there, sharing amazing work. Go check it out!