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 week, the following things are making the list:
- On Blog Posts – Amanda at Write ALM. This is another one of those posts that is hitting at the time when I need it to. As I am planning on this blog being a huge part of where I am headed in the next year, I need to make sure that I’m doing it right.
- When Your Writing Routine Goes Poof – Becca Puglisi for Writers Helping Writers. Shared by Amanda at Write ALM. My writing routine goes all over the place all the time…because I’m in different places. I think the thing that helps me most is having a set time when I write and set cues for my writing – like my Serenity app…even though I believe it is the only app I own that has not updated in the last 2 weeks, which means it remains buggy.
- Creative Weekend Getaway – Maddie Richardson. Sharing this because I really, really, really want a creative weekend getaway. I’d love it if my Writing Project site would host a writing retreat.
- Waiting in Newfoundland – David duChemin. I think he might be my new mentor from afar. The pictures are gorgeous but what he has to say is much more important.
…think of this work like a long exposure. It’ll take a while. You aren’t doing this for anyone but yourself, so don’t be afraid to go at your own pace, and most importantly – to enjoy it as you go. If you wait until you “arrive” before you enjoy the passage of time, you’ll never do so.
- Becoming a More Confident Traveler – Jamie Ridler. I like to think I am fairly confident when it comes to traveling, but I also think that in the last several years, my world has gotten smaller. I go fewer places because my Sweet Husband doesn’t go with me. I’d love to get him on a plane – he’s never flown – because there are so many places that I want us to go. Perhaps I need to show him this post.
- Defining Personal Photography Projects – Hilary Camilleri for I Heart Faces Photography. I really like the idea of looking for ways to volunteer my photography (or writing) skills. I think there is something to that idea, and it’s something for me to keep in my back pocket.
- How to Get Unstuck – Andrea Scher. Great reminder for those moments when I get frustrated with this situation and where I am headed.
- Handwriting and Slowing Down – Karen Walrond at Chookooloonks. I handwrite every morning (check my Instagram feed), and while I don’t really draft in long-hand anymore, i totally prefer to edit in long-hand. I need to be able to see it and touch it and physically move things around. It gives me the opportunity to think and walk through things.
- How to Be Ideal. Seriously. I Got This. – Emelia at Trying to Be Good. It’s a little profane, but that’s just fine by me.
- Science Shows Writers Have a Serious Advantage Over the Rest of Us – Rachel Grate at Mic.com. I can agree with almost all of this except the sleeping better. I know that when I don’t write, I’m a grouchy bear. So even though there are many mornings when I’d like to crawl back in the bed, I stay up and stay after it. It makes a huge difference in my life.
- This What is Love video. It makes me think of my Grandma and Grandpa, who loved each other thoroughly and completely and who died 2 months to the day of each other.
- Be Stubborn – Jen Louden for Sarah Selecky. Things I need to hear. Especially now.
Don’t believe anyone who says, “Quit,” especially yourself. Don’t assume you don’t need to be stubborn after you’ve had some success either.
- Bryan Cranston’s One-Man Show Doing MLB Post-Season – Eonline. Because I love baseball, dammit. And because it’s good!
- A Change is as Good as a Break: 17 Little Things You Can Switch Around to Make Life More Interesting – Yes and Yes! This is a great list of things to think about. I too am a creature of habit and there are many things that I enjoy doing again and again and again. I like the idea of mixing it up a little.
- Focus on What You Can Affect – Nathalie Lussier for Jennifer Louden’s Navigate Your Life. Once again, something I needed to read. Sometimes it gets overwhelming thinking about all the changes that need to come down the pike in order to get us to where I want us to be. Not all of it is within my control, though. Natalie has a lot of good to say here, but this stands out for me:
One thing I learned early on with goal setting is that if you set yourself up for “failure” with your goals, it can be demoralizing. So instead of focusing on things that I can’t control, I focus on the efforts that I’m making. I can’t guarantee how many clients or sales I’ll make, but I can focus on the quality of my marketing and answering people’s questions intentionally.
- 20 Small Reminders – World of Wanderlust. Because.
Have you read anything that stuck with you this week? Let me know about it! I’m always looking for something else to read 😉