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:
- Be Prompted – Besottment by Paper Relics. I am not at all sure that I need another challenge in which to participate, and if I do participate, it certainly won’t be as fantastic as what Hope Wallace Kearney creates. Art journaling intimidates me because my brain just doesn’t work that way, but I think I could handle some photos and some words. So. I’m keeping this in my back pocket to think about.
- Remembering How to Play – Jamie Ridler Studios. I think that these days particularly when I’m struggling with where I want to go and what I want to do, this is an important message for me to hear. Maybe if I get back to playing with some of the things that I love to do, the decisions get easier.
- How to Consult with a Mystic – Alexandra Franzen. As someone who enjoys the occasional reading and who pulls a daily card, I found this tips interesting and maybe even a little helpful.
- Settling and the Happiness Paradox – Rose B. for A Practical Wedding. There are some great thoughts in here, and some of them echo what my thoughts have been. One of the things that I resolved early in my singledom was to not be too picky. I created my list of 5 and that’s what I looked for. I’m fortunate that my Sweet Husband is all I didn’t know that I was looking for and more, but I almost missed him – even with my list of 5. He wasn’t what I was looking for, but I’m glad that he was patient enough to wait for me to come around. Happiness is what you make of it, I think. And I think we’re doing pretty OK.
- Spend More Time with People Who Lift You Up – Be More With Less. God. Yes.
- My Favorite Tricks for Photographing Babies – Elise Blaha Cripe for enJOY it. As I make plans and begin thinking about making moves as well as lining up folks to help me make moves, this is good for me to read, remember and keep in the back of my mind.
And finally – I know this is an old video, but I’ve been using it this week with my students. We are spending this first part of the year setting SMART goals and we will shortly begin creating vision boards for those goals. I teach rough children – children the system has given up on and children who have sometimes given up on themselves. They have high absenteeism and when they are in school, they are challenging and terribly frustrating. If I can teach them anything this year (and I hope I can teach them a lot), but if I can teach them anything, I hope it is that they have the power to change their circumstances. Yes, the deck is stacked against them, but they can *decide* what kind of life they want, and they can decide who they are going to be. They don’t have to remain the kid who has spent their entire academic career at alternative school. Or even if they are the kid who has spent his entire academic career at alternative school, that doesn’t mean he can’t be something more. I think this video encapsulates those sentiments well (and they like Will Smith so it works).
Those were my best-of this week. What did you come across that you really enjoyed? Let me know!