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:
- Bad Career Advice: Do What You Love – Penelope Trunk. I found this piece through Dani Magestro, and it is echoing what I feel when told to “follow my passion” or “do what you love.”
…no job will make your life complete. It’s a myth mostly propagated by people who tell you to do what you love. Doing what you love will make you feel fulfilled. But you don’t need to get paid for it…
I cannot tell you how freeing it is to read those words. I’ve struggled for a long time with the idea that my passions have to be what I’m doing for a living. I am fulfilled by the scribbles that I make and the photos that I take. Would it be nice to get paid for those things? Yes it would. But much more applicable advice for me would be how to create balance between my paid work and the work of my heart. I don’t believe my job has to be fulfilling – it just has to make the rest of my life possible.
- If It Doesn’t Fit, Stop Wearing It – Lifeless Bullshit. The other day, I plugged my iPhone into my work computer and lots a ton of my apps. Now that they have been restored, one of my tasks is to go back through and set up my Awesome Notes app, which functions as my to-do list (until I can figure out Trello – any help there?), and as I’m doing that, I’m going back and looking at the goals I have set for myself. There are quite a few that I need to let go of; they don’t fit and there are too many other things that do.
- Try To Care Less – The Daily Tay. I so relate. Like we could be sisters relate.
- What Are You Devoted to in the New Year? – Alexandra Franzen. It is time, isn’t it? I signed up for a planning ecourse this week. I haven’t done any of the assignments – work was to busy. But. I know it is time to begin thinking about what comes next and what the plans are for the new year.
- …and this from Alexandra Franzen as well – Please Ask Yourself This Question Before You Decide on the Format of Your Next Project. It’s all about the feelings you want to create. I have to remember that – feelings first. How do I want to feel? How do I want others to feel?
- What Does it Mean to Live Intentionally? – Hello Neverland. It feels like the Universe is trying to tell me something. I swear I’m open to hearing it. It’s just a little overwhelming to get bombarded with it all at once right now.
- Sleep: Discipline is Needed – Quinn Creative. Oh lord do I relate to this. Lately I’ve found myself extremely exhausted. That never happens. I usually work on some level of fatigue at all times due to my chronic and severe insomnia, but lately it’s to the point of can’t-keep-my-eyes-open exhaustion. I know I need to prioritize sleep. But the problem becomes that I am not tired when I need to go to bed. At those times I’m wide-awake.
- Great Friends, Great Life, but Should I be Busier? – Love.Life.Eat. This gets to the heart of things. I feel like I’m investing in business just to be busy. There’s really not a point in it. Have to figure out how to change that.
- Unnecessary Freezing of Water – You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out. So, the water in the sky isn’t frozen…yet…here on the Coast, but it is cold. I know that for places that really get cold, hearing us complain about the temperature dropping to 28 is laughable. But you have to understand – when you’re not used to it? It’s cold.
- On Hold – Finding Serendipity. Again – such gorgeous images. I love her.
- 9 Things You Should Read if You Take Your Blog/Business Seriously – Sarah Von Bargen. Sarah has lots of great tips for bloggers. There is much here for me to think about.
- Why You Creating Stuff Matters – Jennifer Louden. This. So Much This. I write a lot here. I post 5-6 days per week, and I have very little traffic. It makes me wonder occasionally why I continue to do that. Or why I get up at 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning to write. The simple answer is that I keep doing it because it matters to me. The bigger answer is stated so much more by Jen Louden than I could do it myself:
The point of life is to make something good and beautiful in the face of meaninglessness and horror. To not give away your voice to false gods of cool shoes, Facebook likes, fat bank statements or to cynicism, resignation and anger. Rather to keep feeling, keep creating, keep enchanting yourself and others with the power of creation.
- Circle Wisdom: When Doing Nothing is the Best Thing You Can Do – Tanya Geisler for Jamie Ridler Studios. I struggle with this intellectually, although I often wind up doing nothing because I am paralyzed by indecision and the variety of choices. It is hard, though. I think this is part of the reason why I don’t sleep and why I have a hard time just relaxing – I feel like I need to do *something* but Tanya is right – I don’t have to do anything. I can just let it be and wait.
- Destroy Before You Create – Danielle LaPorte. This is so very true. I have always believed this about the end of a relationship – that you have to get over it before you can even think about being friends and trying to jump into the friendship role delays the healing and the ability to move on. I’ve never thought about it in context of the rest of my life.
- Go to Your Drinking Well – Rachel W. Cole. I think I know just what drinking vessel I would chose. you?
That’s what made my list this week. What was on yours?