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:
- Taste Test – Rachel W. Cole.
Tasting the full menu is one of the best parts of life. It allows us to feed grounded in knowing that what we’ve chosen is more right for us, in comparison to what we’ve let go.
When I look back on my life I see a woman who needed to taste some very icky, very off, and very painful things in order to learn what worked.
- 10 Commonplace Journal Ideas – Quinn Creative. I mainly just use my Writer’s Notebook to record my morning pages but occasionally I am reminded that there are lots of things that can…and should…go in a writer’s notebook that can make it more interesting or useful.
- Everything is Changing for Us (& How it Could Change for You Too) – Writing Our Way Home. This post haunts me a bit. I’m not sure how to make this work. I wish that I knew how to hold “them (my dreams) more lightly, and let the Universe help you?” Because I feel like I’m putting it out there. I feel like I’m adopting a sense of what is going to be is going to be but there is no movement. It’s a frustrating place to be. *sigh*
- How Do I Know What I Think Til I Read What I Write – Lisa Reiter at Sharing the Story. Bite- Size memoir is back y’all! I’m so excited to have this to add back into my writing routine! I’m even thinking about having my students do it as an extra credit assignment in class 😉
- Seeing is Doing: 8 Creative Ways to Visualize Your To-Do List – Belle Cooper. I don’t know how well many of these work for me since I’m not in my own space much of the time, but I do like the idea of translating the major things I have to do into something more than tick boxes in my app. I may have to see what I can incorporate – figure out something that works for me.
- So You Want to Be a Blogger? Here’s How You Get Rich – Jill Kraus of Baby Rabies.
You’ll see the faces, and hear the words of people who are doing hard work, too, and you’ll know at that moment that you are rich with the kind of wealth nobody can take away. You can re-invest it over and over, and make it grow exponentially. You can freely share it with those around you, and the more you share it, the more you’ll get back.
- RunWrite5K – 10 Minute Writer. I’m including this because I think it’s an interesting idea. I am no where near ready to run a 5K (even though I’m supposed to be training for one. Ahem) but I could walk one. And the idea of writing 5000 words is intriguing to me. I’m not totally sold on this idea, but I could be. Possibly. Maybe.
- Is Positive Thinking Sabotaging Your Career? – Create as Folk. I worry about this a lot. Being away from home takes a huge toll on my relationship with my husband and keeps me from fully living the life that I want to lead. Is it worth it? Am I hanging on to the positives when really I should be letting go of all the junk?
If the best part of your day is that you hit all the green lights on the way home from work, or your daily latte, or the walk around the block you take during lunch…heads up. Some a**hole is handing you Kleenex and hoping that’s enough to keep you around.
- Ship. Iterate. Improve. Repeat. – It Starts With. I keep telling myself this. I just need to do it.
- A Gathering of Saints, Or the Importance of Writer Friends – Norah Charles. Just about everything about this blog resonates for me. I miss my writer friends. I miss connecting with them. I miss having someone to share my writing with. I need a writer’s group.
- Peace & Kindness and Nature in the City – Finding Serendipity. If I get this post scheduled before FS posts her Friday post, they will always be included here. I love them. Plain and simple. And these are from Utah. What more can I ask for?
- Letting Friendship Develop Even When It Doesn’t Seem Easy – Nicole for the Art of Simple. I miss my girlfriends. I mentioned the possibility of having a slumber party recently; I need to talk to SH about when we can actually make that happen – complete with beach bonfire. Some weekend he goes off for a football game…some weekend his besties are in town too.
- How to Conquer Your Massive Creative Project the Ken Burns Way – Joe Berkowitz for FastCo.Create. For the part about editing alone. (Thanks for sharing Victoria!)
- Envision the Results – Karen Hutton. I have been following the King Fire because it burns near my beloved Tahoe and because my mom in Reno has on continual oxygen. This post, though, reminds me that we need to manifest our dreams and desires – put it out there into the world, believe in it, ask for it – they will arrive.
- On Losing the Dog That Helped You Grow Up – Jess for A Practical Wedding. I warn you – you will cry. They may in fact be ugly tears. This makes me ache for my own black lab – my sweet, sweet Cobbler – the doggie who has helped *me* grow up. She will be 8 this January. The white is creeping from below her chin to above; it’s showing up in the pads of her paws. And it will kill me to lose this darling girl who has always loved me with those eager and seeking brown eyes. Losing the Peach was hard; losing my Cobbie will be harder.
- 7 Smart Phone Photography Tips and Tricks – I Heart Faces. Neat stuff here!
- The M-Word: Talking About Money – Do What You Love. I keep talking about the move I want to make within the next year. I need to print this post out and really dig in to what it is saying.
These are the things that are making my list this week. What about yours? Let me know what you found that you loved or that made you think; I’m always looking for something else to read!