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:
- 14 Ways to Get Over a Crisis of Self-Esteem – Yes and Yes! I’m usually pretty confident in my skin, but every once in awhile I can be not so kind to myself, like most of us, I think. I’m a big fan of #12.Also from Yes and Yes! – 22 Free (or Cheap!) Things to Do When PayDay is Far Away. This is great to have in your back pocket when you’re a teacher and get paid once a month. Pay day is always far away…particularly in January when we go 6 weeks between paydays. Having worked at a cosmetology school, I take regular advantage of #15, and I’m looking forward to doing 18, 20, & 21 with Sweet Husband or friends soon.
- How to Buy a House that Will Encourage Your Creativity – Hello Neverland. I like to think that we have a house that is perfect for encouraging creativity, but the problem is that it’s not our house and because it’s an older house that has suffered through Hurricane Katrina, it’s in need of quite a bit of love. Perhaps a bit more love than we realize. We are thinking that the landlord will want to sell the house this year when the lease comes up for renewal, and if the price is right, we will definitely consider it. Because e love the house with it’s huge porches and quiet neighborhood. If not, then we’ll be looking for something that meets our needs, and I’ll keep some of these things in mind.
- This Magic Moment – Lisa M. G. Dennis for A Practical Wedding. I really love this post. I’m not one for remembering the fine details, so I couldn’t create a post like this for you of my relationship with Sweet Husband; I can give you the big things because I’m much more of a global thinker. I wish, though, I could pinpoint minutes because this post is beautiful.
- Is This What I Really Look Like? – H. Savala Nolan also on A Practical Wedding. I experienced this just the past weekend. I really enjoyed myself at Uncle Bubba’s wedding, and to be honest, when I got dressed and ready, I thought I looked good. My Sweetest Husband told me I was beautiful, and I believed him because I know he means it. I was happy. And then I saw the pictures of myself afterwards. Much like I felt about the photos after my wedding, it’s hard for me to reconcile how the way I see myself when I look in the mirror can be so different than how I am captured on film.
It’s about analyzing this dark learning I’ve done, deeply, deeply, from girlhood to now, and finding a different way to comprehend and believe my own joy.
Amen. If I was happy, then I was happy. I get to be happy, regardless of how this body of mine looks. But it’s so hard to remember that.
- Listening to the Light – You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out. Gorgeous and true. I’m not quite to the place where I’m following the light. I’m still following my interests – the things that stand out to me and strike me as interesting or beautiful or whatever. But. I’m noticing more and more that those things contain an element of light.
- The 2014 Holiday Gift Guide – Rachel W. Cole. There are some beautiful things here – a few that I think are going to be Christmas pressies for friends. And it reminds me that it’s time for me to begin putting together a gift guide. I know what I’m getting for Christmas (for the most part), but you never know when there might be a little something extra that shows under the tree…
- Kindness in Marriage – Finding Serendipity. I can fangirl so hard over this blog. *sigh* I love the photos; I love the words; I have it in the back of my mind when I’m creating photo posts, and I know that I don’t come anywhere near creating anything as beautiful. This is a beautiful post, but the message has a huge impact on me. I waited a really, really, really long time to get married. When Sweet Husband and I got married, I was almost 36. He is incredibly good to me, so much more than I deserve, and so much better than me in so many ways. I am not always as kind as I should be. Particularly given that we spend so much time apart. I am working to be kinder, to think of him more often.
- Changing the Channel: I’m Done with this “Curated Life” Bullshit – Love.Life.Eat. I’ve just finished a course on blogging and growing my blog and finding my niche and all the things that I’m supposed to have in order to be successful at this thing that I’ve already been doing for 12 years. I’ve learned a lot. But there’s a lot that leaves me feeling hollow. Felicia’s post resonates deep in my core. Particularly this part:
Because I want to be 80 and seeing something new every single day. I want to create until the clock stops ticking. I don’t want to post a pretty picture just for the sake of posting. I want this space to be a record of another kind of art I want to create.
- Growing Without Pushing – Quinn Creative. I’ve been getting this same message from a few places lately. I’m trying to remember it.
It’s an easier life if you don’t have to put your shoulders down and bull your way through. It’s far more rewarding to work with your natural gifts, with people who are already around you. By heightening talents you have in situations that present themselves, there is less damage to your spirit and more building of your strengths. Less grinding, more polishing. Less spinning, more weaving. It’s a good life.
I’ve been presented with an opportunity, and I’m stressing myself out trying to figure out if it’s the right opportunity for me. I’m remembering that if it’s right, it’s right – I don’t need to try to force myself into it.
- The Joy of Colour(ing) – Jamie Ridler. I forget how much I used to enjoy coloring. I’ve recently bought some pens because I keep meaning to do some art journalling (I want to do it but it gets too complicated and time consuming for me), but perhaps I just need some colored pencils.
- On Writing as Work– Write ALM. I have this dream that one day I’ll be able to make writing (& photography) my life’s work. That some day I’ll get paid for what it is I do on the fringe of the rest of my life. I’m no where near there yet. But this post gives me some hope and some insight. And really what I take away from it is that I need to focus. I’m trying to serve a whole bunch of masters right now, and no one is leaving the table feeling satisfied, least of all me. So. Decision time is coming up. Which direction am I going to go? What’s it going to be? How am I going to proceed? I think I know…or at the least have a very good idea…but it’s actually committing to it that gives me a little bit of pause.
- Ten Fall Cocktails – A Practical Wedding. I am always up for a cocktail. The ones on this list that are making my list are the Vanilla Bean Whiskey Cocktail (possible DIY Christmas pressies), the Jim Dandy, Hot Buttered Bourbon, and the Lion’s Tale. Who’s with me?
Those are just a sampling of what has spoken to my soul this week. What have you read that made you stop and think or that made you pay attention? Share it with me because I’m always looking for something new to read!